A great read, especially from the outside-looking-in perspective on WP7.
The thing I love most when looking through those apps is the consistency, yet each of the apps retains some form of unique identity. With iOS apps, it seems that each app has a very distinct identity, but the consistency is hit or miss.
Each of those apps looks like to does a great job of leveraging the most powerful features of the UI like Pivots and common button sets (that can be adjusted to fit the color palette of the app), and the great fonts and standard headings / text sizes the phone has. It really looks like a fantastic experience.
I really hope somebody is listening when I say that somebody should be there when RIM falls. I would love to see a Bold-9900-esque device, running Windows Phone 7 or some variant of it, and pending a few essential apps appear, I would probably switch. The touch interface is a way, but its not the only way. And for some people’s preferences, its not the best way. Apple is never going to make an iPhone with a physical keyboard. And at the rate things are going, RIM isn’t going to be around long enough to deliver a BB-formfactor device running a modern mobile OS. You’re not going to see iPhone-like demands, but thinking that you will is unreasonable. The market DOES exist. Just please don’t let Android be the solution…