UI inconsistencies

asked 2014-01-04 01:28:19 +0200

idiallo gravatar image

updated 2014-01-04 23:58:23 +0200

After some weeks of using the Jolla, and reading complaints about so-called "UI inconsistencies", the main inconsistency I found is with the horizontal swipe:

  1. Inside applications, the middle-screen swipe is a scrolling action, and accordingly the left/right screen appears gradually from the screen edge. It feels quite natural (to me);
  2. In the lock/tasks/launcher screens, middle-screen swipe is also a (vertical) scrolling action;
  3. In the lock and tasks screens, the scrolling action to the ambience switcher is initiated with a border-swipe instead of a middle-screen swipe. It's not only inconsistent, it prevents using the border-swipe for peeking as in the other locations.To have peeking work from all screens would simplify the UI, and would give more motivation to improve the peeking action - i've suggested some ideas in another question.
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I have to agree that the ambience switcher is kinda annoying. I end up there all the time. I know it's one of Sailfish OSs big features, but seriously, how often do you want to change it? Put it in a pulley menu or even in settings, then on the home screen side edge swiping could show the next 9 open app (sic!), in app launcher side edge swipe doesn't do anything - let it peek to home screen.

Tanghus ( 2014-01-04 04:10:00 +0200 )edit

The usefulness of the ambience feature is another debate (see there for instance. Part of its usefulness is the ability to access it quickly, i'm not disputing that. The problem is see is it uses a gesture that breaks UI consistency.

idiallo ( 2014-01-04 12:02:32 +0200 )edit

Ambiance is probably aimed for teenagers ;-) Really who really needs to change profiles and/or visuals more then 2-3 times a day so I has to occupy the left/right swipe from both lock and home screens?

lomo ( 2014-01-04 16:22:24 +0200 )edit

@ lomo: right now Ambience is not very useful but more functionality is to come. When you can toggle flight-mode or messenger away/offline and so on with different ambiences than it starts to make sense.

Aigner ( 2014-01-04 17:50:17 +0200 )edit

@ideallo: absolutely correct: border-swipe for ambience makes no sense. Also ambience being on both sides, left and right, feels very strange. I see it as a physical screen, that can not exist left and right at the same time... the actual behavior destroys that illusion.

Aigner ( 2014-01-04 17:54:52 +0200 )edit