What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

Summary: The WP7 launch today was focused on hardware, but we also saw some included launch apps. Looking a my situation with a likely HD7 purchase there are really only 5 more apps I need to move from Android to WP7.

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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:

  1. Ebook reader application
  2. USAA Bank
  3. Bible application
  4. Runkeeper or Endomondo
  5. Evernote

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?

Topics: Software, Apps, HTC, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Wi-Fi, Windows

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  • RE: What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

    Microsoft angered the angry birds! They won't come to nest in WP7 territory ever!(just kidding).
    g@...
  • RE: What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

    List of apps under development for WP7
    http://www.1800pocketpc.com/category/windows-phone-7-apps

    Bible app under development:
    http://www.1800pocketpc.com/2010/10/02/windows-phone-7-apps-acrobible-bible-app-for-wp7.html
    1773
  • RE: What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

    I would need to see:
    -shopping app that lets you scan barcodes in of what you buy, finds prices at other local stores to comparison shop, and let you create a store-by-store list of whatever's cheapest at each store, so you can save your money. You could also type in your grocery list and it would auto-complete based on your past purchases, so you can build grocery lists quickly and easily, and it would auto-sort into lowest-price store for those items.
    -congress app - type in your ZIP code, and you'd see your federal house/senate representatives, state house/senate reps, and city/county officials. you'd get a main page to see each level, with a graphic of your state, county, and ZIP within your county, and you can click to zoom in, and focus on which level of elected rep you want to see. You get a panoramic profile page for each rep, filled with the official info, contact info (you can click on the e-mail to e-mail the official, and click on the phone number to phone him/her), a swipe right for a list of sponsored bills, swipe right for voting record, swipe right for news featuring that representative.
    -Finance App: pulls your balances from your bank account for you showing you how your money is spent, how best to allocate for your bills, pay down your credit cards, and save up for big purchases like a house or car.
    -Movie collection app: scan all the barcodes of your DVDs/BluRays and view them on your phone. you would have the choice of 'what am I in the mood for?' to pick a random movie, or you can choose 'I want to see a movie with Adam Sandler in it' and it'll pick from amongst your collection. Also, you can enter new and upcoming films into your wishlist, and the app would set reminders that 'Scott Pilgrim' is set to come out in November, and remind you to pick it up on your in-app release calendar. Based on the films in your collection, and on your wishlist, you would then get recommendations for other movies you might like, including synopses and trailers in-app.
    -ebook reader and Store: in app, show a book-cover collection of your books, magazines, newspapers, and comics sorted by title, author, genre, or type (book, magazine, etc.). allows you to read ebook (pub and lit format) e-books, with bookmarks, notes (in the margins), and quotes (collect snippets of a book to save for later). This would also come with either an in-app store to purchase more, with recommendations based on past purchases, or an in-Zune section for e-books, e-magazines (and subscriptions), newspapers (with subscriptions)
    -enhanced reality app: point the camera at a business, a landmark, or just at a certain GPS location, and see pop-up information such as restaurant menus/reviews, museum/landmark open hours, etc.
    modean2525@...
    • RE: What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

      @modean2525@... That is a very interesting list of apps you described. If I find some free time to work on the platform, one of your apps will be the first one I do. If I finish it, you will have free access to it for as long as you wish!
      vlah1980
  • RE: What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

    B-Folders. I would need it on any phone I would use. All my personal info and business notes are in it. http://www.jointlogic.com/b-folders/2/
    olafohman
  • RE: What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

    That would be Skype (voip) to name one.
    dave95.
    • I TRULY hate to agree with you on that one

      @dave95.
      I pay for a skype out account and the skype app on iPhone is so good that I've retired my standalone skype phone. Dumping my iPhone for a wp7 phone, which I am hoping to be able to do eventually (not being a fan of apple's business practices) is a non starter until wp7 gets skype.
      NonZealot
      • Let me note this date.

        @NonZealot

        I use Skype daily for business and personal communications. Seeing that I work remotely most of the year, it's my main means of communication with colleagues. Without any third party access to the sockets (yet) there won't be any Voip I'm afraid.

        Let me know when you're ready to dump that iPhone, and how much.
        dave95.
  • So did you wait for all these before buying your iphone/android phones?

    or is this a double standard?
    Johnny Vegas
    • RE: What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

      @Johnny Vegas When I changed platforms from WM6.5 to Android, there was only one app I "lost" (PocketBible, and it's in the works) - everything else I used was already available in one form or another. As I've since integrated additional apps into my workflow, it's reasonable to expect those apps on a new platform before I consider switching, just as before.
      dougsyo@...
  • RE: What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

    Looking to dump my iPhone (need a physical keyboard). So my top five apps:

    1. Outlook Task integration or Remember the Milk - Complete dealbreaker without some tasks app. Don't know why MS didn't build a native one if you're targeting business users.

    2. eWallet - Pretty close to a dealbreaker.

    3. Outlook Notes sync - (Seeing a pattern) I'd live with Evernote but I like keeping everything on outlook.

    4. iFitness - Great fitness tracking program.

    5. Routesy - San Francisco muni schedules.

    So far 7 looks likes it's hitting the sweet spot. Much cleaner UI than Android (hard to go to Android after iPhone) but more hardware and carrier options -- hate, hate AT&T and miss my keyboard.

    I hope the app developers get cracking and MS gets multi-tasking, cut & paste, and better outlook integration pronto!
    catsf
  • RE: What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

    Evernote<br>Dropbox<br>an RSS reader with Google Reader integration<br>Kindle
    dougsyo@...
  • RE: What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

    re the ebook reader app: I'm just about to upload my free ebook reader (Freda) onto the marketplace. It's a port of the WM6 app (see http://www.turnipsoft.co.uk/freda).
    jrc14
  • RE: What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

    1- Outlook Local Sync of contacts and calendar - I am a one man company and like most people I do not have an exchange server; I do not want my personal contacts and calendar information in the cloud so I have no way to sync it to the WP7 device;
    2- Outlook notes - I have used notes synced with my mobile device for many years and it is a handy way to track passwords, userids and so forth; I have hundreds in there and cannot give it up;
    3- Bible app - it looks like the Acco Bible app will work well;
    4- File transfer - Ability to transfer docs to the device; it is great to have Office on the device but there is no way to get documents to it unless I use email attachment;
    5- There is no number five.
    rheuser@...
    • RE: What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

      @rheuser@...
      I believe that there are reasonable solutions to a couple of your problems.
      1) Have you considered using Onenote instead of Outlook Notes? Windows Phone 7 will communicate with Onenote files stored in Skydrive, allowing sychronization of notes in Onenote between Windows Phone 7, desktop or laptop and the cloud.
      2) In a similar way, Documents stored in Skydrive can be synchronized with both Windows Phone 7 and desktop/laptop computers.
      markbothwell@...
  • RE: Bible App

    Matthew, I don't think you will see PocketBible for WinPhone7 any time soon. They are still working on their Android version. Olive Tree has had an Andriod version for a while, so they might create a WinPhone7 version. Many of the Bible readers that may appear shortly will be just that, sinmply reading the KJV. They will not have the full capabilies of PocketBible or Olive Tree.
    brucegil@...
  • RE: What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

    Kindle, Skype, and PocketBible are must have apps.
    @...
  • RE: What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

    You need all the apps. And a real OS. Just keep your EVO. WP7 is a joke.
    Jimster480
  • Bible App

    Why don't you just get a reader, so you can have Disney as well.
    akeats
  • RE: What five Windows Phone 7 apps are missing to meet your needs?

    Kindle, evernote, runkeeper/jog tracker, flixster, RSS reader
    aka2002