As a 1012 owner, I don't think it's the ugliest thing out there, and the usability more than makes up for the lack of "fashion sense." Yes, the battery may stick out the back, but considering I'm getting 9+ hours of battery life, I'll deal with a "J-Lo booty." I do wish companies would go back to matte plastic instead of the glossy fingerprint machine though.
The black/white color scheme has never really bothered me. I guess because when I'm using it, all I see is black. The white on the bottom is not in my view.