Dell Custom UIs
The stage UI by dell is appaling. Its slow laggy, pointless and adds an extra program to be loaded at startup. I've been ordering and setting up dell systems for a few years now and when the Stage stuff started coming round, and i tried it, the first thing i noticed... wow it takes long to start up. Thats just problem one among others.
In the end, i always end up doing a clean reisntall of Windows from scratch, using core drivers, installing essential applications and keeping startup running clean. This has always results in the best customer experience.
Now dell has decided its a good idea to put a stage UI on Android devices...
Not to be a pain in the 'you know what', but its about time, Dell gave people an option to use the stock OS, or their custom stuff. PLEASE!!!!
If not an option, allow us to go to the dell downloads page and under drivers for android devices, when a firmware update is release let there be two, a stock android build and the dell custom build.
In most cases, the Dell custom UI makes things worse. It affects performance and actually takes away from the experience.
I know people bag on Microsoft for restricting OEM additions to the Win Phone 7 UI, but i think it was a good idea on their part so they can have the consumer experience the OS as was intended.
I think the companies building these UIs did enough useability research to validate their UI taking presidence over any custom UIs from OEMs.
On a sidenote, the Custom Dell Welcome screen and Wallpaper that looks like some sort of coloured liquid, .... WHO WAS THE IDIOT WHO CHOSE THAT. That is the UGLIEST thing i have ever seen!!!!
I've seen the ones HP uses and they are georgeous. I've done custom Wallpapers and Welcome screens and they look significantly better than the Dell ones.
The wallpapers that came with Vista were way better than the ones that ship with Win 7 from Dell.
Please guys, don't do this anymore.
I like Dell, they are usually really good to me, but this is becoming rediculous.
And you wonder why people buy Mac's? It's because they don't compromise the experience to differentiate themselves.
The seamless experience of the OS and Hardware is how they diffrentiate. Stop shipping trial antiviuses and shop Security Essentials. Keep the desktop clean. Dont make the programs menu bloated. Keep addons to a minimum. The Dell logo should be placed tastefully on the OS, not just anywhere, i.e. NOT the user account picture.
Where the Dell logo is place in Media Center is a perfect example of how IT SHOULD be done.