Originally Posted by matrix07
I looked at the video and the first impression is, surprisingly, WP7 UI looks lifeless compared to iOS and Android. It should be the contrary but it's not.
I don't know why "unread" flag is so important to the reviewer but I never use it, so don't care for it.
I know one of the overriding concepts of WP7 was for the UI to take a back seat. Instead it's all about getting the data to the user in the most clean, clear and concise manner possible.
So in a very real sense it is, as you say, lifeless
... however that is not an entirely bad thing as there can be a certain beauty in simplicity.
For another example look at just about any piece of hardware that Apple releases as they are just as lifeless as WP7. There are no multi-colored flashing lights, over-sized air intakes or visible fans with glowing LED back lights. Just simple shapes with clean lines and soft yet contrasting colors.
I made this point in another post but the importance of read/unread, email triage, flagged and urgent emails will be lost on non-business users.
The email clients make sense in a way as Microsoft would mainly get their user email statistics from Outlook (primarily a business tool) where Apple and Google would get theirs from web mail (primarily a consumer tool). The fact that Microsoft have managed to nail a business feature in v1 that Apple couldn't in three years really shows where their strengths lie.
The way the email client is built, along with the Office and SharePoint integration, is why I think WP7 is targeted at RIMs market share rather than Apple or Google's (even though Microsoft have explicitly stated this is a 'consumer' release, not a business one).