My favorite online photo service, flickr, recently released a radical new design for its desktop site, which has attracted mostly positive reviews (particularly about the terabyte of free storage) but also much grumbling from long-time flickr users about the design and usability of the new site.
I still haven’t made up my mind about whether the new design is a net plus or minus, but I do think that it’s perhaps a bit behind the times. Flickr has released a rich, bandwidth-intensive desktop interface at a time when Internet usage is rapidly shifting to tablets and smaller mobile devices. Right move at the wrong time?
I just upgraded to a Windows 8 phone, the Nokia Lumia 521. Best feature so far is HERE Transit, part of the upgraded map and navigation suite from Nokia. I’ve had many issues with Nokia Maps in the past, but the transit feature works brilliantly.
I live in Washington, DC, and make them extensive use of the city’s excellent transit system, so any tool that makes it easier to find the right bus or train is welcome. After saving a shortcut with my address to the home screen, I now have true one-touch access to the next trip home by bus or subway. The interface is clean and logical, and includes a map showing the route to your starting point.
Well done, Nokia!