Before you all get excited, let us tell you that this fictional design would perhaps never make into this real world. But, we can dream about it, right? So, you see there are indeed some people out there who don’t like Metro UI. Finnish designer Tommy Incrosnatu is one of them. He mashed up Symbian Anna’s updated UI (those round icons) and Windows Phone 7’s Metro UI to create something new, which we must say looks beautiful. The concept features a background image, live tiles that display more than just numbers and a grid style apps page with Symbian Anna’s round icons.

This design is actually possible, as we already know that Microsoft granted Nokia full permission to customize anything in the UI. But still there is one flaw in this concept. The hardware keys, look again, there is just one key, the home button. Tommy thinks that those hardware keys are “redundant” and its function can be executed by multi-touch gestures. But, removal of back and search button is definitely not going to happen, Microsoft is strict with its hardware rules for WPs.

Let us know what do you think about this concept.



  1. Omg this concept is really nice I love and hope Nokia or Microsoft see this and use it. I especially like his idea for the apps list page its way nicer then what we have currently. And the home screen looks awesome like that. Maybe someone can make and app that can do this or something if Microsoft doesn’t do it lol :D

  2. eww… I think this completely destroys the idea of windows phone in the first place. It makes it look cluttered and unorganized like android. Please don’t let this happen Microsoft.

  3. I think it looks like complete and utter dogshit. It’s awful. Metro UI is far, far better, and no, Microsoft is not going to allow Nokia to completely fuck their UI up. As for the Finnish designer who doesn’t like the Metro UI, who cares? Let me guess, he is partially responsible for that godawful Symbian UI. The last thing WP7 needs is anything from the completely shit Symbian. There’s a reason it’s dead and dying.

  4. The Symbian crowd, in case you were worried Joe, seems to regard the software you use with that same degree of disdain.

    The funny thing is that the place you’re most likely to see this first is on an Android phone. Though the Metro UI came to us second.

  5. Doug, despite my disdain for Android, it’s UI is superior to this cluttered nonsense. As for Symbian users not liking WP7, then go get Android. It’s a simple answer to their problem.

    To be honest, I’m sure I agree with you. Symbian is largely responsible for Nokia’s woes. I doubt the problem was Nokia hardware. The problem was the awful Symbian OS that few people wanted. Everyone who reviewed it just tore it apart. I never saw a positive review for Symbian, although I’m sure some exist. It was that bad.

  6. “To be honest, I’m sure I agree with you.”

    I meant I’m not sure I agree with you. Anyone ever thought about an edit button?

    (Edit: Appears someone did, Joe)

  7. It hilarious to see someone taking Metro straight back to 1996ish grid of icons retrograde look that Metro is designed to move past.

    >The Symbian crowd

    That crowd disdaining any other UI is totally laughable.

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