I'm an avid Android supporter and my dissatisfaction with Microsoft products and especially their User Experience (UX) is a world known fact. Being one of the proud early adopters of the Android platform, I recently bought the Google Nexus S, fed it with Ginger cookies and... it died. A lot. Then, another thing happened. I met with guys from InovaIT and we started talking about possibilities for collaboration. And guess what they asked me to start with? Something fresh and cool for WP7 platform. Ouch... That hurt. I have (had) no clue about WP7, the tricks of the platform, the UI... nada. So, I got two reasons to start fiddling with WP7. First being, I needed a replacement phone, second, I needed to explore the bells and whistles behind the magic Microsoft calls Windows Phone 7 (WP7). I got myself one of the first WP7 powered phones, the Samsung Omnia 7. It was cheap and I would use it as a replacement and a test gadget ONLY. This weekend, I got my Nexus back from almost 2 months in repair. And... it still informs me: SIM missing. Yes. I still use my WP7 as the main phone. I love it for its OS and Metro UI. It just works and does the magic that was once solely in the domain of Apple products and services. It’s really amazing, how the old school, buggy Microsoft was able to make such a bold move. The WP7 worked flawless, without a single legendary “blue screen,” for the past three weeks. At first, I was afraid that the amazement over the “new” would fade after a week, but the excitement and joy is still here.Ok, there are some downsides, for me mostly the apps and the Microsoft baggage that comes with the WP7. I miss apps such as Posterous and Picplz. And while I love the idea of exploration rather than browsing with tabs and navigation, I wonder if it works for all. All in all, have to admit, Microsoft is doing some great stuff and we can only hope they’ll keep the game alive. And because WP7 is fun to use, it is also fun to design for. It’s still fresh, new things and possibilities keep popping up everyday, at least for me. It's also well standardized and there are good guideliness not only by Microsoft but also by the developers and designers (more on designing for WP7 next time).