Top 10 Windows Phone 7 apps I can’t live without

Top 10 Windows Phone 7 apps I can't live without

While it’s no secret that I now use an iPhone more than I did before, I still have a soft spot in my heart for Windows Phone 7. With the app marketplace booming, I thought I’d take some time to tell you the 10 Windows Phone 7 apps I can’t live without. I honestly can’t wait for Windows Phone Mango to hit though, as this will bring a new wave of tools that will create some more killer apps.

Note: All app links are for the Zune marketplace.

1. Facebook

Top 10 Windows Phone apps I can't live withoutYes, I’m well aware that it may not be cool to really like Facebook and that Windows Phone 7 has some built-in Facebook features but I love the Facebook app for Microsoft’s mobile platform. I find the design fits in perfectly with the aesthetics of the platform and it’s an easy way to keep up with my friends on the go. It continues to get features like push notifications and geo-tagging, so I routinely make the Facebook app one of the main tiles on my Windows Phone home page.

2. Twitter

Top 10 Windows Phone apps I can't live withoutThe mainstream social networking picks just keep on coming, as I also dig the official Twitter app for Windows Phone 7. It’s a good-looking app, lets me easily keep track of my tweets and @ mentions and it does exactly what I need to in order to deal with Twitter. Windows Phone Mango should have even deeper Twitter integration throughout the OS but I’m not convinced it will be enough to make me ditch a standalone app.

3. GoVoice

Top 10 Windows Phone apps I can't live withoutI live and die with Google Voice and since there’s no official app for Windows Phone 7 yet (come on Google, throw Microsoft fans a bone), I use GoVoice to keep connected with my Google Voice number. I only use the free version for now because I’m not fully ready to go all-in on Windows Phone 7 but it works just as you would expect. It’s not quite as robust as the Android integration but then again, nothing will be. It’s the best solution I’ve seen so far.

4. Krashlander

Top 10 Windows Phone apps I can't live withoutI don’t really play games anymore on my PlatStation 3 but I’m all about playing on my phone for a few minutes at a time. Yes, I know Angry Birds is available on Windows Phone but my favorite time killer is the game Krashlander. This fun little game is a physics-base sidescroller where you try and get your stick figure around slopes to destroy robots. Like Angry Birds, the premise sounds weird but the fun is real.

5. Flixster

Top 10 Windows Phone apps I can't live withoutIt’s summer blockbuster season so that means I’m at a movie theater nearly every weekend watching whatever piece of crap Hollywood has thrown out there. I saw Transformers 3 in 3D on opening night. I have a problem. Luckily, the Flixster app is a great enabler on Windows Phone 7 and it’s a good-looking way to find movie times around me, read reviews and purchase tickets. It doesn’t stop me from watching Thor (horrible, by the way) but I can’t blame it for my bad decisions.

6. My Trips

Top 10 Windows Phone apps I can't live withoutI’m heartbroken that there’s no Tripit app yet for Windows Phone 7 so I have to turn to the My Trips app to keep track of my jet-setting ways. This app integrates with the Tripit website, so it’s a breeze to keep these trips organized in a visually-pleasing way. The Twitter and Facebook integration is just the icing on the cake and it’s well worth the few bucks you have to spend on it until an official version comes from Tripit.

7. The Weather Channel

Top 10 Windows Phone apps I can't live withoutIt’s summer time in San Francisco, so that means it can be bright and beautiful or rainy, cold and chilly depending on the hour. Good thing I have my Weather Channel app to let me know if I need to pack an umbrella or not. As an aside, I hate that I have to pack an umbrella during the summer months. The app does what you’d expect it to and the design really fits in with the visuals of Windows Phone. Not a sexy pick but definitely one that I use quite often.

8. Yelp

Top 10 Windows Phone apps I can't live withoutIf you could see my belly, you’d know that I’m a big fan of hitting new restaurants but I sincerely hate going to a new place without knowing anything about it. Luckily, the Yelp Windows Phone app arms me with knowledge of how good or bad a restaurant is. It wasn’t quite as full-featured as its Android and iPhone counterparts when it first came out but the company has done a good job improving the food-loving app.

9. ESPN Scorecenter

Top 10 Windows Phone apps I can't live withoutI love some sports and up until very recently, the ESPN mobile web page just wasn’t cutting it. The ESPN Scorecenter app is a great way to quickly check the score, news and more information on the teams you love. It’s easy to set up, works well and is free. I can’t ask for much more.

Now, if only the NBA season would start or even happen …

10. Slacker Radio

Top 10 Windows Phone apps I can't live without Those of you who follow me know that I had a crisis about which mobile music service is the best and I’m starting to believe that Slacker Radio is the king of the mountain. It’s my go-to music app nowadays and I don’t even bother to really load music on my devices anymore beyond an old album or two. You get your streaming custom station and offline caching and the subscription plans give you unlimited skips. Rock on.

  • Anonymous

    A lot of these apps are convenient but redundant.  The mobile browser could serve up much the same content.  Are there any utilities that make it more functional?  Dropbox?  How about GPS related apps for exercise or navigation?  Apps to scan and compare products?  Anything for augmented reality?  I realize everyone uses their smartphone differently, but there’s not much here that’s truly innovative.

    • Anonymous

      You know what, you’re right. These are all kind of mainstream picks but this is truly how I do use my WIndows Phone. I don’t drive, so navigation isn’t needed much beyond the built-in Bing directions and scanning apps haven’t been possible until the Mango tools. 

  • Try Rowi for your tweets, is much better.

    • Anonymous

      Will try. Thanks for the head’s up

  • whitemtn27

    I would add ‘Sports Scores’ because you can pick your 2 favorite teams and see their current scores in the live tile.  Great for baseball season.

    • Anonymous

      I’m a hoops fan and it looks like there won’t be hoops for a long, long time. Sigh

  • whitemtn27

    Oh and my other favorite one, almost forgot… IM+ is a good multi-platform chat client.  A little slow to launch, but it runs in the background and supports push notifications.

    • Anonymous

      Awesome add, thanks

  • Anonymous

    Try WeatherLive for a simple weather app with a Live Tile that actually coordinates with your phone theme.

  • Ron Foley

    Slacker is the king of the hill! Use it every day!

  • Hi Marin
    Thank you for sharing your favorites. I have just got myself a HTC Radar this week and will for sure check out some of that apps you have listed here.

  • Bhanuprakash857

    send me some ideas of windows phone 7 applications

  • hi,
     how can you live without NewGroup*

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