Seems like more companies are willing to take the Apple route, where they design and control the user experience at every level…
Welcome to Microsoft take to tablet computing, take two.
Courier is reported by Gizmodo to be in the “late prototype” stage of development. More:
The dual 7-inch (or so) screens are multitouch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers. They’re connected by a hinge that holds a single iPhone-esque home button. Statuses, like wireless signal and battery life, are displayed along the rim of one of the screens. On the back cover is a camera, and it might charge through an inductive pad, like the Palm Touchstone charging dock for Pre.
Technical details seemed rather boring and uninspiring. Take a look at the product video on the different ways you may use Courier.
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Things I liked:
- 0:13 — Cross-screen flicking action looks cool and is quite a natural gesture to “throw” information to the other screen. Just wondering if the map will always be shown on the facing screen when I am viewing the list of contacts.
- 0:27 — I know Apple isn’t very keen in using a stylus as a input. However if the sensitivity of the screen is high enough, it could really enable users write thoughts quickly and more naturally. (I can be very old school)
- 0:31 — Flick to flip to a new page~!
- 0:37 — Create a to-do list by drawing a rectangle around some text. Cool~!
- 0:53 — (Seemed-to-be) iPhone inspired single-home-button-on-hardware design.
- 1:37 — A symbol is drawn to represent the Enter key on the URL bar. Interesting that even the user interface has all the “hand-drawn” design elements.
- 1:42 — Love the way items seem to float slightly after you’ve touched and held it to signify that the item has already been selected. Subtle but sufficient.
- 1:48 — Interesting choice of menu design. Reminds me of an article about Mozilla considering using pie-shaped menus to improve the user experience. This clashes a little with the previous selection process where one touched and held one’s finger there. I would prefer to have a uniform interface throughout. But hey, quite an ingenious way to take screen shots.
Ah~ I wonder why the video ended so abruptly. And Microsoft hasn’t release any official announcement on its website too. Am definitely looking forward to the live demonstration~!!! (And Apple, do launch your rumored tablet soon too, please. :))