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HTC EVO 4G with Sense UI
“HTC’s goal is for the Sense experience to span all of our products"

Love it or hate it, the full-blown Sense UI is incorporated into a number of smartphones from HTC. Users of phones like the EVO 4G are quite familiar with Sense which sits on top of the stock Android UI. For those that prefer the cleaner stock Android UI, your only option is to use a custom ROM which has been designed to remove Sense.

Microsoft, when designing Windows Phone 7, decided to be quite a bit more strict when it comes to UI design. Microsoft's guidelines for smartphone OEMs don't currently allow them the same freedom as they have with Android. As a result, the user experience across numerous WP7 smartphones from different OEMs is very consistent (this is the exact opposite of Android-based smartphones).

However, that could be changing according to comments by HTC's Drew Bamford who is in charge of HTC's User Experience division. “Our expectation is that we will be able to do more over time," Bamford explained in an interview with Forbes. “HTC’s goal is for the Sense experience to span all of our products.”

Bamford comments are understandable -- with many smartphones coming out sharing the same hardware specs, screens, and pricing; features like Sense can help allow one product to standout out versus another. However, Sense flies in the face of what Microsoft is trying to achieve with WP7 which Bamford acknowledges.

Microsoft has its own goal of consistency across Windows Phone 7 products. I think it comes down to working closely with Microsoft to do as much as we can.”

Should OEMs have the freedom to muck with WP7 however they see fit, or should Microsoft force OEMs to adhere to its UI guidelines? That's the $64,000 question.

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HTC WP7? Don't think so...
By banvetor on 12/24/2010 11:36:30 AM , Rating: 3
OK, so I guess my next phone (which will be a WP7 device) will not be a HTC one...

Good job scaring your customers away, HTC!

RE: HTC WP7? Don't think so...
By omnicronx on 12/24/10, Rating: -1
RE: HTC WP7? Don't think so...
By Master Kenobi on 12/24/2010 12:15:48 PM , Rating: 2
As an HTC owner, the first thing I did with my phone was disable that hardware hog they call "sense". God I can't stand that damn thing.

RE: HTC WP7? Don't think so...
By RealTheXev on 12/24/2010 12:15:44 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see the big deal. While Sense/TouchFLO may not be right for Windows Phone 7, on my Windows 6.5 phones it can easly be disabled. I don't know if that's the case on Android but I'd imagin that there must be a way of disabiling it too.

In any case, HTC phones have been rather easy to unlock, so modding it how you want probably won't be an issue. I'm more worried about build quality in my phones then the OS, several older HTC Windows 6.5 phones have Android ports now... so whatever.

Also don't foeget that jailbreaking/unlocking your phone is no longer a crime, it's your legal right.

RE: HTC WP7? Don't think so...
By ZoZo on 12/24/2010 12:52:33 PM , Rating: 3
I don't know if that's the case on Android but I'd imagin that there must be a way of disabiling it too.

I have an HTC Desire phone which came with Android 2.1 + Sense.
There was no way to turn off Sense apart from rooting the device and flashing a custom ROM! What's more, some stock applications were replaced by HTC ones which had missing features.
For example, the stock "Contact" application is replaced by a "People" application, which doesn't let you choose which contact group to synchronize with Gmail. And since Gmail adds anybody who's e-mailed you and their dog to the "Other Contacts" group, I had hundreds of contacts to browse through everytime I wanted to do something. That did it for me, I flashed a custom ROM and everything was fine again. I also got Android 2.2 in the process, a couple of months before HTC released it for that handset.

RE: HTC WP7? Don't think so...
By RealTheXev on 12/26/2010 9:12:39 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, that blows. I'll need to put Android on my Touch Pro2 and toy around with it... just to get a feel for it. :(

RE: HTC WP7? Don't think so...
By finbarqs on 12/24/2010 2:16:05 PM , Rating: 3
Sense is utter crap. I'm on my first android phone (EVO 4G) and the sense UI is just a hog. I purchased Launcher Pro (which I never bought anything ever before on the market store) and I just use it as my default. Though it's not as polished as Sense is, the UI moves much more quickly than the pig that is known as sense.

In fact, my next phone will NOT be an HTC phone. I'm kind of sick of the issues I've been having with HTC phones in general, starting from my first touch diamond.

By cditty on 12/24/2010 11:36:03 AM , Rating: 2
Sense is the only Android skin that I actually like. I prefer stock Android though. HTC is a big guy in the phone industry now... I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft didn't make some kind of deal with them at some point.

By Akrovah on 12/24/2010 12:10:25 PM , Rating: 3
Sense is very nice, but having used both that and WP7 it si my opinion that forcing Sense onto WP7 would be a step backwards in UI design. No WP7's interface is not perfect, but I find it to be very efficient and intuitive to navigate.

By cditty on 12/24/2010 8:08:54 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I totally agree. It would have to have the ability to be turned off. I guess I am in the minority of liking this skin, though, by looking at the other comments.

By Alexvrb on 12/25/2010 12:09:09 PM , Rating: 2
I don't even think it should be ON by default. In fact, it shouldn't even be preinstalled. It should be an optional download. Then I wouldn't have a problem buying an HTC phone. As it stands now I'll probably get something from Samsung or LG next time around.

By smokedturkey on 12/25/10, Rating: -1
By 5150Joker on 12/27/2010 5:26:30 AM , Rating: 3
They need to stick to making good hardware and leave the software to professionals like Microsoft, Google and Apple.

as long as..
By kleinma on 12/24/2010 12:43:26 PM , Rating: 2
As long as they make it optional, it could work. If they force it with no way to disable it and use the stock interface, it may send people in the other direction.

Already available for download
By blzd on 12/27/2010 6:45:15 PM , Rating: 2
You can download this from the marketplace already, so it's obvious what they're looking for is to be able to preinstall it on W7P and have it enabled by default as per their other phones.

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