Originally Posted by Eduardv
The N9 is not sold in those countries becasue the OS is not that great,in fact i percieve the N9 OS layout as cluttered,i simply hate it. Besides that you haven't used a WP7,the OS is simply superb,very well polished and works fast and flawlessly.
Let's talk about the fundamental UI (individual applications can change, but the fundamental UI paradigm is mostly unchangeable).
I have used a WP7 device. The WP7 UI is the busiest design of all major UIs available (only a person misusing Android widgets can come close). Animations are also busy and take up time better spent actually doing things (look at how quick animations are on iOS and SwipeUI, they don't take much more time than the gesture causing them and they aren't distracting).
The panorama design is flawed (there's a reason why most other UIs use tab instead of multiple scrolls and the reason is related to efficiency).
App lists are linear and alphabetical without categories or folders.
Widgets are limited in ability due to size constraints and orientation on the home screen becomes difficult as the amount of tiles increases.
Multi-tasking is a second-class feature. Further, multi-tasking is tacked on via a flawed card view (The flaw is mostly fixed by WebOS with app tabs called "card stacks").
Besides all the fundamental problems with UI (and behind the scenes problems such as using a VM like android does) I think the OS isn't that bad. The problem is that Mango still hasn't caught up with the four-year old WM6.5 in capabilities.
All of this said, what about SwipeUI is cluttered? It is possible to use the device by using the multi-tasking screen and app drawer and almost completely ignoring the notifications. This dual screen approach is somewhat similar to WP7 (thus the question about clutter), but the app drawer is better and live programs is superior to live tiles AND a tacked-on task manager. The only thing I can think of is the app drawer, but PR1.2 adds a few features and one of them is folders in the app drawer to clean things up. Swipe UI was designed to cut down the time spent doing the things you do a hundred times a day with your phone and I believe that it succeeds at this.
Further, the blockbuster sales of the phone in the markets where it HAS been released show that the people do like the UI (enough to buy a N9 instead of WP7, Android, iOS, etc)Edited by hajile - 12/9/11 at 12:32pm