Perhaps one of many reasons why Windows Phone 7 has captured the attention of so many is because it’s taking the iPhone head-on with attention to detail that people have come to expect only from Apple.
During a 30-minute presentation on the topics of “sounds” in Windows Phone 7 by Microsoft’s Matthew Bennett, Senior Sound and Sensory Designer (seriously), there’s a very memorable demo in this that I thought was a prime example of the level of detail it’s come down to for WP7.
It turns out, every time you type on the soft-keyboard in WP7, it’s a subtly different sound. Whereas the iPhone has only one audio sample that it repeats every time you tap on the virtual key, WP7 plays one of eight variations in a loop.
Although it’s ever so slightly different, Matthew claims they’ve done this so its more organic like footsteps down a hallway – the same but different, and less “obnoxious” if you were to press the backspace repeatedly. Matthew also claims feedback from “power typers” suggests the sounds deliver a better tactile experience.
Sounds good to me.