I currently have BB 7.6 and love it. But I do not like the current launcher that goes right into your apps. I had Home++ but uninstalled it because of all the freaking force closes but also my phone runs alot smoother and faster. I loved it though because of the powerstrip.
I saw a launcher awhile back that had the dialer and contact on the screen. I know the Ultimate Droid ROM has a sweet launcher.