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What PogoPlank should really look like

I’ve always been interested in PogoPlank**, I like the idea of a wheel based menu. The problem is I’m not yet convinced to use it because it lacks of what a complete springboard-replacement should have: the combination of an impressive idea and hard work behind it.
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Don’t get me wrong, the idea of the wheel is nice. It’s probably the only one app that makes your iphone do a huge jump in the daily-experience. It unclutters** your iphone organizing your apps in one homescreen, avoiding the problem of the forgotten apps.
But it still doesn’t kick asses. Why? Because – as I said – it lacks of the final step that could make it perfect. I’m talking about this:
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As you can see from the video they** have created a complete radial menu. Although** it could be improved -especially in usuability**, the concept is awesome. It remembers me the iPod UI in some way, infact** that  is one of the most clear and uncluttered one I’ve ever seen.
I don’t know if something similar could be done with the iPhone UI, but I keep hoping. That could be the biggest step ever done since the iPhone itself was firstly introduced years ago.

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I’ve always been interested in PogoPlank, I like the idea of a wheel based menu. The problem is I’m not yet convinced to use it because it lacks of what a complete springboard-replacement should have: the combination of an impressive idea and hard work behind it.

Don’t get me wrong, the idea of the wheel is nice. It’s probably the only one app that makes your iPhone do a huge jump in the daily-experience. It unclutters your iPhone  organizing your apps in one homescreen and avoiding the problem of  forgotten apps.

But it still doesn’t kick ass. Why? Because – as I said – it lacks of the final step that could make it perfect. I’m talking about this:

As you can see from the video they have created a complete radial menu. Although it could be improved -especially in usability, the concept is awesome. It remembers me the iPod UI in some way, in fact that  is one of the most clear and uncluttered one I’ve ever seen.

I don’t know if something similar could be done with the iPhone UI, but I keep hoping. That could be the biggest step ever done since the iPhone itself was firstly introduced years ago.

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  • Jeremy

    agreed. the other issue I have with pogoplank is the lack of home screen buttons besides the bottom dock. theres some things I wouldn’t want to have to go through the menu for such as Camera/Pictures, Calendar, Clock

  • OK, so I am a huge PogoPlank fan, so I start from there admittedly – but I have to say I disagree with a lot of what you've got to say, and even your entire approach here. For starters, why lead with a comparison to PogoPlank? Why not just lead with 'here's another interesting UI concept'? And if you're going to make comparisons, could they be somewhere in the neighborhood of at least half-baked?

    You say: "it lacks of what a complete springboard-replacement should have: the combination of an impressive idea and hard work behind it". Which idea is more impressive is purely subjective of course, but where on earth does the hard work piece come from?

    How do you claim to have any clue whatsoever which one has involved more hard work? In fact, even if we're going to make guesses on that, my guess goes to the one that is an actual app, an actual UI replacement on a real OS right now, not the one that is a pure concept, implemented nowhere as yet. One offers a short demo video, the other is real and usable now on the iPhone, and getting updated with bug fixes and new features regularly – and you deem that one the one that lacks hard work? Sorry, but how does that make any sense whatsover?

  • David

    Unfortunately, the lagginess of the demo illustrates how hard the phone is working to generate the pretty UI. For practical, everyday use, the app launcher shouldn’t be the component that drains most of the battery …

  • Did anyone else find the incessant glare on the device's screen irritating? I didn't even finish watching the video. For a product demo video, they should have at least checked for glare, and adjusted the angle to compensate. :-\\

  • Rodney

    The downside I see with this and PogoPlank is that it kinda makes the phone a ‘right hand only’ or left hand only device. Believe it or not…I use my phone with either hand depending upon what I’m doing and where I’m at.

  • Anonymomosis

    I agree with you amazing alot. Pogoplank should be this. Normal Pogoplank isnt even on the right side. Someone should make an addon that changes it.