- Watch the response time as they draw the lines at the beginning. It seems quite slow, slower than Surface.
- I guess the finger traces is meant to be the equivalent of Surface's attract application. It wouldn't attract anyone unless someone else was already using the table.
- "Draw a circle to call up the menu." This is not discoverable, and doesn't even make sense since the menu is already on screen. Maybe there is a way to hide the menu but it isn't obvious.
- The menu only has room for four buttons. Do they plan to allow more than four apps in the application launcher?
- Once inside an application, there are two ugly bars in the center of the long sides with a "Back" button. That takes up more space than necessary and uses prime real estate that would be better used by the actual application.
- The applications demonstrated are bad rip-offs of Microsoft's early Surface demos from two years ago:
- Photo viewer - just a scatterview, no pods or groups or video even
- Phone comparison - Even copies the two phone comparison circle from the AT&T store application. When the lady moved the single phone around, the circle with text moved around in weird ways to stay out of the way. At first I thought this was a little bit neat but now that I think about it more, it's a bad idea since it doesn't consider how multiple users might be using the device at once. "Hey, I was reading that!"
- Drinks - Very basic app, displays some frankly unimpressive eye candy and the name of your drink when you put a tagged cup on the table. Would the form factor of this table even work well in a bar or night club?
- The IR tags have 16k possible values. This is between Microsoft's byte tag and high-res identity tag, and doesn't provide enough for many enterprise applications.
- The whole visual experience is very basic. It is obvious that they did not have a designer work on this or have any kind of UX expert.
Perhaps what we saw was just a single demo and the menu isn't some kind of common application launcher. That's even worse, since it means Espon doesn't have any effort towards providing a uniform experience.
The Surface team should not be afraid of X-Desk at all. It makes them look like an even better value with the better user experience.