Overall, though, this interface is an exciting victory. There’s
been an obvious attempt to reduce visual clutter and find clever
solutions. After seeing a permanent hardware status bar on the top
of every phone I’ve owned over the past decade, it’s almost
upsetting to find that it’s gone from Windows Phone 7. But if
you really do want to check your battery or signal level, just
give the top of the screen a little swipe and the familiar bar
will drop down. Nice.