Now that I am intimately familiar with the Windows Phone 7 operating system and have seen some of the apps we will see launching on the hardware, I am left wondering what other apps I would need to see to give up my HTC EVO 4G Android smartphone. I personally think Windows Phone 7 offers a zippier and more consistent user experience than Android, while Android is very personal and customizable with all the apps I need readily available. WP7 is also better with support Exchange and Office (obviously) while my EVO 4G has WiFi tethering.
When I look at my HTC EVO 4G, I see I have something like 50+ apps loaded up on it. However, in reality many of those are rarely, if ever, used and it seems I go to a few key apps on a regular basis. These apps and my thoughts related to Windows Phone 7 include:
- Twitter (MS showed an app coming for this.)
- Amazon MP3 (Zune takes care of this need.)
- Facebook (Well integrated on WP7.)
- Angry Birds (I am sure it will come eventually.)
- USAA Banking (This killer service lets me take photos to deposit checks. I don't see this coming to WP7 anytime soon.)
- Google Listen (Zune should allow for podcatching.)
- Slacker (Included on HD7 and Zune supports wireless streaming too.)
- Nook & Kindle (Haven't seen any ebook reader news yet.)
- Bible app (Haven't seen any news for WP7 here yet.)
- Endomondo or Runkeeper (Haven't seen any news for WP7 here yet.)
- Evernote (While OneNote looks good, Evernote gives me better cross platform experience.)
So it appears that there are only five other apps I really need to be happy, which may change when we see the full Marketplace launch in a few weeks, and these include:
- Ebook reader application
- USAA Bank
- Bible application
- Runkeeper or Endomondo
Gmail is fantastic on Android devices and if I gave up my Android phone then I would be missing that complete functionality given to me, even if Windows Phone 7 has a decent email experience.
We all have different needs and desires so I would be curious to know what 5 applications do you want to see launch on Windows Phone 7?