Motoblur ICS - A Review
It is arriving soon. It has been leaked numerous times. This is one of the first fully working leaks, and I think that this is a good representation of what the final thing will look like. Many have doubted Motorola, citing earlier versions of Blur as examples of what android ux design should NOT be. However, this is not the case.
Motorola has managed to distinguish itself in the land of android skins with this. It is basically stock ICS, which needless to say is a good thing. There are no over the top animations (Sense) or tacky gradients (Touchwiz). It is clean, refined and true to it's roots. However, there are a few things that have changed.
Motorola have changed the icons in the apps that are most important to the phone (Phone, Messaging, Contacts etc..) These icons work together well (they are all small rounded squares) but they do not exactly gel with the stock ICS icons. I don't think they go together too badly, but other's opinions may differ. However, you have to remember that this is Android, and all icons are easily changed.
I think that this is one case where a skin has actually improved the consistency of the OS. Everything has been skinned with the stock Holo Dark theme. This is good because there are a few apps in ICS (Contacts) that have a completely different color scheme to other apps (Contacts).
This is one of the aspects of Motoblur that I would rather be closer to stock AOSP. The Motoblur lockscreen definitely adds functionality over stock, but it does so in a cluttered fashion. There is no fathomable reason why there should be massive rings around the lockscreen shortcuts, but it is there.
These are the only things that have been changed from stock, which is something I commend Motorola on.
As far as I can tell, it is just as fast as Stock ICS - Not much to comment on here.
That just about rounds up this review, expect a more full review when the final version comes out - comment your opinions on how this next generation blur looks. Thanks Verge Readers.