1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

Summary: We are still two weeks away from the release of Windows Phone 7 devices in the US, but the Marketplace already has 1,000 apps and counting. What apps are you looking forward to seeing?

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Something I have experienced and enjoyed on iOS, Android, and Symbian devices over the past couple of years is the initial launch of official app stores. I am experiencing that joy of discovery and thrill of the hunt daily on the couple of Windows Phone 7 devices I am testing out with daily revelations. According to the folks at WPCentral Microsoft has now passed the 1,000 app mark and we are still two weeks away from the US launch of actual smartphones.

I now have just over 30 apps loaded on the HTC Surround and wanted to share with you some of my thoughts on the ones I have been using the most and consider my top 5. This list will obviously change over the next couple of weeks when devices hit the street here, but it will be interesting to see how the number of apps and usage of them change over time.

  1. Shazam: I am horrible at remembering songs I hear on the radio and have come to rely on Shazam on my devices. The version for Windows Phone 7 is even more useful to me since it has a Zune button so you can quickly conduct a Marketplace search and get the song from the Zune Marketplace.
  2. Netflix: The Netflix app was one of the first I installed and I used it to watch a couple of movies via WiFi and 3G. The performance is quite good and it is handy to be able to watch videos on long commutes.
  3. Weatherbug: The Weatherbug app is fairly new and is one of the first we see that has support for a custom live tile. With the Weatherbug app loaded and the option for the tile selected you will see you local weather location, condition, and temperature appear on the tile on your Start screen.
  4. Twitter: There is no Twitter integration included in Windows Phone 7, but there are a couple of apps. The official Twitter app is easily the better performing one at this time and works as well as it does on Android. Unfortunately, it does not work in the background so every time you leave and come back or have the display off and turn it on again you will see your Twitter stream refresh.
  5. Flowerz: There are several games available now, but one of my favorite is Flowerz. This game is also what has my wife stealing the Samsung Focus from me daily and is one reason she is seriously considering a move to the T-Mobile HTC HD7 device. Flowerz is an enjoyable matching game that lets you earn Xbox LIVE achievements.

Other apps I have loaded include HTC Calculator, AcroBible, eBay, Facebook, Foursquare, GoVoice, IMBb, Last.fm, Level, HTC Notes, HTC Photo Enhancer, Slacker, SmartRunner, Translator, Yelp, Star Wars Battle for Hoth, Frogger, and Bejeweled LIVE.

I am looking forward to apps such as Evernote and Angry Birds. What apps do you want to see on Windows Phone 7?

Topics: Operating Systems, Apps, Microsoft, Mobility, Software, Windows

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  • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

    I would like to see MXit
    jkoorts
  • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

    I'm not surprised. Development for Windows Phone 7 is a breeze compared to other Smartphones. Anyone who has done some Visual Studio development (which is almost everyone) will hit the ground running. Quality will vary of course, but at least we won't have to worry about memory leaks or most of the common security flaws.
    A.Sinic
    • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

      @A.Sinic NO one said it was a breeze, it's only got 1000 apps. It's actually more expensive to develop MS phone 7 apps than other platforms and just as easy. There is also no guarantee you won't have to worry about memory leaks and security flaws. (This is Microsoft after all.) So stop Trolling.
      Socratesfoot
      • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

        @Socratesfoot
        How is it more expensive when the tools are free?
        rjohn05
      • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

        @Socratesfoot

        Not really true. There are a lot of things to criticize about MS, but their development tools aren't one of them. They are almost universally praised as having the absolute best development environment around.

        I am not much of a programmer, but Bing it ;) and you'll see that there is a lot of love for MS in at least this one respect.

        (Also, since when is posting something nice in a comment thread trolling?)
        x I'm tc
      • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

        @Socratesfoot
        Does not sound like you have done any significant development on visual studio then. One of its strength is not having to worry about memory leaks. Having developed for all 3 platforms, phone 7 is easily the best of the 3. objective C is just plain redundant.
        rengek
      • It's easy to understand when you look at where he's coming from...

        @jdakula
        [b](Also, since when is posting something nice in a comment thread trolling?) [/b]

        It's considered "trolling" when the person is from the ABM camp. That much is evident given his comment:

        "There is also no guarantee you won't have to worry about memory leaks and security flaws. (This is Microsoft after all.)"
        Wolfie2K3
      • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

        @Socratesfoot

        You are obviously not a developer. MS has the best software development tools by a long long way.
        tonymcs@...
      • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

        @Socratesfoot So stop trolling...are you talking to yourself in the mirror? And from what I have seen, free is not the new expensive.
        ItsTheBottomLine
  • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

    Navigation apps are still missing allthough native Bing maps navigation is pretty good.

    I would like more slow turn based games (like chess) that have live tile notifications that it is your turn in one of the long running games.

    A Beer rating app.

    A MS knowledge base app

    Voice translation apps (what is this person saying to me)

    and most of all lokalized Bing results for more european countries. Unbelievable that Microsoft has been unable to lokalize Bing in many European countries after such a long time.
    IE9
    • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

      @IE9 Actually, the AT&T and T-Mobile Windows Phone 7s will come with TeleNav built in. It was redesigned for a very nice Metro style theme. Unfortunately if you do something else and go back to the Navigation app, it has to recalculate the route.

      Turn based games are coming soon, and you'll see live tile notifications in the Games live tile.
      AdamzP
    • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

      @IE9 Navigon appears to have a WP7 edition on-deck (or in the store, not sure)
      bc3tech
    • Check out AlphaJax, turn based word game

      @IE9 check out www.alphajax.com for turn based word game (a bit like words with friends on iphone?).
      keithpatton
  • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

    I want the official World of Warcraft suite of tools from Blizzard (Armory, Auction House Manager, Authenticator).
    habraham
    • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

      @habraham
      just use wowhead. forget having a dedicated app for something like that since wow constantly changes. You're going to need to be connected to the web anyway. And since those tools rarely need touch or sensing, a dedicated app really doesn't make much sense compared to just using the web site.
      rengek
  • Your review of Surround?

    Matthew, will you be putting up a review of the Surround (after having used it for a while)? It would be interesting to see. AT&T will have two qwerty-less devices at launch (Focus & Surround) and both seem like good options. However, depending on where you read, some ppl are put off by the extra weight of the speaker on the Surround and on the other hand some are put off by the rounded corners of the Focus (the sharp corners of the Surround seem to look better with the Metro UI). Any thoughts?
    reverseswing
  • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

    I love the WeatherBug app! Did you see the animated radar maps it has layered over Bing maps? So cool.

    Another favorite that you may not have tried yet is OpenTable. It automatically knows where you are and lists times for dinner reservations at great nearby restaurants. Of course it also has all sorts of restaurant info and reviews too. Plus, the design looks great.
    AdamzP
    • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

      @AdamzP "Weatherbug" is really crappy software on PC, I hate when people at work install this thing and viruses, spy ware, and a flood of tool bars always follow. Certainly not going to put it on my phone when I can do the same thing looking out my window.
      Socratesfoot
      • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

        @Socratesfoot I agree - on the desktop (if you need anything beyond what's available with Win7), you're better off with the Weather Channel application.
        reverseswing
      • RE: 1000 Windows Phone 7 apps now available, here are my top 5

        @Socratesfoot Yes, on the PC and Mac the WeatherBug apps are horrible. Very buggy and crappy. Totally agree. On Windows Phone 7, however... it's kind of awesome.
        AdamzP