Award-winning design of the Windows Phone 8 start screen is amazing. Made up of fully customizable icons called Live Tiles. The user can stick everything they love or just want to be updated on regularly right on the part of the phone they see and use most often. Just brilliant. No more static, do nothing icons with limited information. Users can pin items to their Start menu with status updates of a friend or loved one. They can add CNN app for the latest headlines, their Twitter, calendar. The list is pretty impressive. They can fully customize it to their needs and likes. If this wasn’t great enough, the user can also position the Live Tiles as they wish, with different size and color preference. Perhaps they want the photo app to be bigger while their internet browser smaller. This allows for unique layouts which are as different as each user.
Windows Phone 8 definitely reached their goal of producing a more balanced, uncluttered look that puts the focus on “your stuff, not our stuff.”
Since Start screen menu and lock screen go hand in hand, Windows Phone 8 also made significant improvements to lock screen. For example, the user can customize the notifications at the bottom of the screen. User can choose to see email, phone, messaging and even see their pictures change every 30 minutes from their Facebook. Apps can also register to be on the lock screen so users can see CNN’s top story, how many Skype messages they missed, etc. All this can be customized in phone settings. Giving users the power to decide what they want to see. Another cool feature worth mentioning to prevent accidently losing all data because too many times the wrong PIN was entered by wrong user (e.g. toddler) is the step of entering the alphanumeric phrase allowing the true user enter their PIN one final time before the phone resets. While listening, music controls are also available on lock screen, but for those who worry of accidently hitting play while in a meeting they just need to press power button to bring the controls down.
Windows Phone 8 has the best home and lock screen. It truly stands out from the competition.
UPDATE: Videos after the break.