iOS 6 - When selecting new wallpaper, preview screenshots show a realtime view of your current home & lock screens
/via Rich Cornish
Whilst the above mentioned is a very nice touch and it makes a lot of sense, I find iOS increasingly ugly. The skeumorphism - the ‘lighting’ effects, the drop shadows everywhere, the false-glass look on the lock screen… It’s not just that it’s not ‘modern’, it’s plain ugle to me, now. Which is a shame. As an Android user I’m quite prepared to admit that there’s plenty iOS does well, plenty it does right. There’s also a fair bit it doesn’t. But looking at it now, I think it’s time for a change.
The chrome-and-glass look is distracting. The transparency, although clearly well thought-out, decreases contrast and has the potential to make things harder to read. The reflections annoy me, too. They have no place in an OS - where is the light source? Why should icons reflect at all? How do the reflections enhance usability? I see no point in them. Please scrap them.
Similarly, those aforementioned lighting effects - how do they help? Where do they come from? They’re also somewhat unnatural, being consistent and even across the whole disparate icons and positions on screen, casting shadows at a consistent angle and highlights in the same arc no matter the position. Once again I find them distracting.
The rounded corners, you may be pleased to here, I’m fine with. You can keep them. They can even help stop shapes from running together, especially in an environment such as an operating system with apps where you cannot control all of the colours which might appear. Though personally I’m more of a clean-lines and right-angles guy.
I mentioned Android earlier. Of course, Android is in no way above criticism. I love it, but at times it’s weird and clunky and inconsistent. The UI is far from smooth and equal. Many of the criticisms I’ve leveled here apply to lots of the manufacturer ‘UX’s or ‘skins’. Samsung with TouchWiz and now Nature UX and HTC’s Sense versions are particularly guilty of this. Some of that might change if purported leaks such as this one are anything to go buy, but manufacturer skins each have their own litany of faults which I could spend many posts dissecting.
Some members of the mobile team at the Verge have argued at times that these skins should not really be considered Android at all. But that’s avoiding the question. Android has its own faults, even in its stock state, aesthetically. I might get to them soon.
What do you all think then? iOS good? iOS bad? What about stock Android or manufacturer skins?