This is the first of what I’m sure will be many comparisons between the iPhone user interface and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Series. The differences are pure Apple vs. Microsoft. Luke Wroblewski on the iPhone:
The differences in information resolution between the iPhone and Windows Phone are even more stark in the application store features. In addition to seven ways of finding & filtering apps, Apple’s App Store displays four apps complete with icon, title, publishing, average rating, number of ratings, and price.
Lots of information, easily understood, easily navigated. Now, Windows Phone 7 Series:
Marketplace on the Windows Phone features one application with an icon, title, and one-line description. One touch gesture (drag/flick) later, there’s a menu consisting of six items. Tapping on “applications” takes you to another featured application. One more drag/flick and you are finally seeing three applications you can download. Contrast the amount of information present on this screen (the fourth in the process) with the amount shown on the iPhone’s initial App Store display.
Microsoft’s Phone interface gains kudos for eye candy design, but appears weak in usability.