Windows Phone 7 is a relatively new mobile OS when compared to iOS and Android. The number of app available in WP7 marketplace is also very less when compared to its competition. But with the release of Windows Phone 7.5 (or the Mango update), lot of new features and improvements have been made to the OS and now it looks better. Although the number of apps available is less, there are apps for almost all popular services which are online. In this article we have listed the top 40 must have apps if you have just got your first WP7 handset. We have organized the apps into different categories based on their purpose and usage.
News and Reader:
1. AP Mobile:
Stay connected to latest news around the world with this AP mobile app. You can get into breaking stories, browse dynamic photos and videos, customize your news categories and share articles with friends. Bringing you international, national and local news from more than 1,200 trusted sources using the app.
Pulse is a beautiful award-winning application that makes reading news fun and engaging. Pulse is a beautiful app that takes your favorite websites and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic. It also comes with sharing options to social networks like Facebook, Twitter etc.
If you are already using Google reader, then probably you should try out GReadr. It is a free Google Reader app for Windows Phone 7. Downloads your feeds so you can read them on the phone, Provides full two way synchronizing between the phone and Google Reader.
Foursquare probably needs no mention as it is the most popular service to share your location to your friends. The WP7 app has a nice interface and helps you explore the world around you. Meet up with friends and find places to go and also save money with Specials.
You can get the latest weather information, including local current conditions, extended forecast, severe weather alerts, animated Doppler radar, live weather camera images and much more with this app.
This app lets you find the flight times and the best hotel deals when you are travelling. You can also get review description, photos, amenities, local dining and attractions, transportation options, and traveller reviews of hotels.
Yelp for WP7 is a travel companion which helps you to search for places to eat, shop, drink and play then read reviews from an active community of locals in the know.
Get Netflix on your Windows Phone using this official app. Just download this free app and you can instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix.
One of the best apps to get movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. It is also the top movie app to watch movie trailers, find showtimes, and get critic reviews.
IMDb is the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information, and has the leading app for Windows Phone to find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photo galleries, get US TV listings, find latest DVD and Blu-ray releases, explore popular charts and share movie information.
Music and Video:
Shazam is the quickest and easiest way to discover more about music. Just hold your phone up to the song to identify the track, buy it, check out the videos, get the lyrics and much more.
2. Slacker Radio:
Slacker is a free, personal radio service combining the knowledge of leading music experts from every genre along with your own personal tastes to create perfect radio stations. Slacker was optimized specifically for Windows Phone 7 for the best personal radio experience. With millions of songs from thousands of artists, Slacker Radio is the best way to discover new artists and hear your favorite songs.
Get endless personalised radio, concert recommendations, and quickly look up music with Last.fm on your Windows Phone 7. Last.fm is a music recommendation service that lets you effortlessly keep a record of what you listen to (from almost any music player, including Last.fm Radio on your Windows Phone 7) and adds it to your Last.fm profile.
Use this app to play YouTube videos by tapping video links in your email and MMS messages, websites, and apps like Facebook. Tap the YouTube app icon to open YouTube in the browser, where you can sign in and browse millions of videos, including favorites and playlists.
With Spotify Premium you can access millions of tracks from our library, and take your playlists on the go with the Offline mode, with no connection needed.
You can use this app to capture all your special moments and upload directly to your Photobucket albums, or upload existing media from your device gallery. You can also download images from Photobucket gallery using this app.
This is the official Flickr Windows Phone App. You can take beautiful photos with our in-app camera and instantly uploaded them to Flickr. Keep up with your family and friends through recent activity on Flickr and comment or favorite the images they share with you.
PhotoFunia is a photo editing tool that gives you a fun filled experience. Take any photo and the app automatically identifies the face in the photo and let’s you add cool photo effects and create funny face photo montages. There are over 100 styles and effects to choose from.
The eBay Mobile application is designed specifically for Windows Phone and using its streamlined interface that’s as elegant as it is practical, eBay members can search, bid, and check their activity on the go. Buyers can also submit their last-minute bid on a hard-to-find item, sellers can check on their sales, and act on time-sensitive information on the spot without a computer.
The Amazon Mobile App allows Windows Phone users to quickly search, shop, compare prices, read reviews, access Gold Box Deals, and make purchases on Amazon.com using a simple, yet elegant, interface. To make on-the-go shopping and price comparison even easier, the Amazon Mobile App includes helpful shopping features that allow users to scan a barcode or type a search, to quickly compare prices and check availability.
Groupon features 50%-90% off deals on the best stuff to do, eat, see and buy. Discover your town and the world with Daily Deals and Groupon is available in more than 500 cities around the world.
The official Twitter app for Windows Phone 7 and it shows the tweets, real-time search, Suggested users, top Tweets, trending topics and maps show what’s happening everywhere in a neat interface.
Facebook for Windows Phone makes it easy to stay connected and share information with friends. You can post status updates, check your news feed, review your upcoming events, manage your inbox, upload photos, publish notes, accept friend requests, and look at your friends’ photos, walls and info.
GoVoice is an application for Google Voice that allows you to make cheap long distance calls, receive and send SMS messages and access your transcribed Voicemail messages. The application requires a valid Google Voice account.
Seesmic lets you update and view multiple social networks in an efficient and powerful application. Manage multiple Twitter accounts, your Facebook account, your Salesforce Chatter account and organize all your accounts, searches, trending topics and lists in your customizable “spaces” dashboard.
Tango allows you to make free phone calls and free video calls over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi. You can make calls to any other person who has Tango installed on their smartphone, tablet or PC.
WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messenger available for Windows Phone, Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, and Nokia phones. WhatsApp uses your 3G or WiFi (when available) to message with friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages.
Google+ has now increased in popularity ever since its release back in June. Although there is no official Google+ app, this embedded version of Google+ works well. It is a simple alternative to the mobile web version. External links open in IE, and multitasking works great.
8. I’m a WP7:
Join the Windows Phone 7 (WP7) Community and see the Users and Developers in your neighbourhood, region, state, country, or anywhere in the entire world.
With “WP Shortcut Tiles” you can pin to start many useful shortcuts to the tile like WiFi, Cellular settings, Bluetooth settings, Airplane mode, New E-Mail and New SMS.
2. Sticky Tiles:
Sticky notes allows you to easily create notes. Using this app, you can pin short sticky notes to your start screen! Choose text, color, and back side of the sticky tile.
3. Cool Remote:
Cool Remote allows you to fully control your PC over network. Your phone can act as wireless mouse (trackpad), keyboard and remote monitor. The app has full support Windows 7, Vista, Windows 2008, Windows XP, and Windows 2003. (32bit/64bit).
4. Handy scan:
Handyscan is a document scanner and document keeper. With this app you can virtually get anything into your phone and carry it with you. From receipts to contracts; from comics to class lessons, magazines & newspaper articles, old photos, notes, souvenirs, balance statements, contact cards, brochures, signatures, invoices, etc.
5. Adobe Reader:
Adobe Reader is the global standard for reliably viewing and interacting with PDF documents. Adobe Reader enables a high-quality PDF experience on your Smartphone.
One of the best note taking app available across multiple platforms, the app for Windows Phone 7 is also very useful. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put everything into Evernote and watch as it all instantly synchronizes from your phone to the Web to your PC.
7. Cool tools:
This is one must have tool as it provides many features not included with Windows Phone 7. It comes with stopwatch, countdown timer, ruler, flashlight and also Accelerometer.
8. Notepad Free:
As the name indicates, this app lets you to create, read, delete, rename notes on your phone.
Keeping track of your day to day to do activities is necessary and tasks app does exactly the same. It will become your best friend for planning, organizing and monitoring the progress of all your projects.
RunKeeper uses the GPS technology found in the Windows Phone to track your fitness activity. The intuitive and easy-to-use interface of the app makes it easy to track how far you went, how long it took, what your pace/speed was, how many calories you burned, and the path you travelled on a map.
2. Calorie Tracker:
Calorie Tracker can help you reach your diet, weight loss and fitness goals by tracking your daily calories and exercise. Lose weight by setting your weight management goals and track your calories and progress.
If you are using an awesome app on Windows Phone 7 and not featured on this list, do share it in comments. If you liked this post, please do share iT.