Status Bar Design Issue on Windows Phone 8
Eagle eyed Adam Z. Lein from Pocketnow recently ran an article which talked about how the re-sizable tiles on Windows Phone 8 ( which is also coming to windows phone 7.8 ) might case some issue for users with how the Status Bar displays the content.
If you are wondering what the status bar is , it’s the top area of the pone which shows you the current time and when you tap on it it drops down for a limited time and shows you various other info including network connectivity, battery strength, signal strength and more. On current Windows Phone build as you can see from the image below , the time is always visible on the top right , even when you scroll down and the icons come up. If the app icons in that area are white the status bar is not clearly visible but the time still shows up.
On Windows Phone 8 and 7.8 for that matter with the re sizable tiles if a while icons comes up on the top right it might get in the way of time being displayed and you might need to scroll down to look at the time. The way I see it when you pick up the phone to check the time , chances are you are on the lock screen first which will tell you the time but in those occasional situation when you pull up the windows phone on the start screen with a white tile on the top right , you won’t see the time with a quick glance.
Does this bother you ? Personally for me .. Not a bit but we have some picky Windows Phone users out there , are you bothered by this ? Let us know via the comments below. Better yet got a suggestion for the design team on how to overcome this slight design issue ?
UPDATE : See it in action on video ( Thanks Joshua )