So now that Windows Phone 7.5 aka Mango is out (and if you don’t have it yet, WPCentral has a simple way to force that update), Windows Phone devices are actually fully usable; almost on par with other Smartphone platforms. So anyway, if you haven’t used a Windows Phone device, you should definitely try one. The Metro UI is refreshingly different, if you’re a minimalist kind of person you’ll absolutely love it. And if you do have one, or got one recently, here’s a list of apps that you definitely need to install. Not all of them are “Mango Ready” (Multitasking capable, etc etc), right now, but that’s just okay..
The links posted here are to the Web Marketplace, which should work for you.
Windows phone Mango comes with Facebook and Twitter baked right into the device. That means Facebook Chat is right there, and your Twitter feeds and Facebook ones too are all pulled in together. Still, especially for twitter, it isn’t fully there yet. So here’s what you need.
- Facebook for Windows Phone: Here’s the link to the Web Marketplace – FB for Windows Phone
- Twitter: You can use Twitter for Windows Phone (which has a nice clean interface)(here), Beezz (which is light and fast)(here), or Tweetcaster which really is feature-rich (Free or Pro). Right now, none of them are really Mango ready, and the twitter apps that are Mango ready are the ones that I don’t like.
- Foursquare: If you are on Foursquare, you’d need the Foursquare app of course (here), but try 4th & Mayor (here). I guarantee you’ll like it way more!
- Whatsapp: It’s the same (well, almost) Whatsapp that you (probably) use or had used on your earlier Smartphone. If you didn’t, get to it! It’s a proper, SMS replacement service. Get it, here.
- Evernote: Evernote is a must have service! Anyways, with Mango, the app can now Sync your notes in the Background (On WiFi) and you can pin a shortcut to new Text, Audio or Video notes to your start screen. Get it, here.
- Notesly: If you just want a light, simple notes app, try Notesly. You can even “Draw” on it. Get it, here.
- Tasks: Tasks is for all you people who like your To-Do lists. It’s got everything (and soon it’ll have Gmail and Outlook Sync), and still remains simple. Get it, here.
- Dictionary: Well, yeah, it’s useful. Get it, here.
- Tools for Phone 7: So it’s your basic swiss army knife application. You get multiple calculators, a level, GPS aids, Tip calculator, and so many more! Including a handy little Teenager Repellant. Yeah, I need one of these! Get it, here.
- Appflow: It isn’t easy finding apps on the Windows Phone marketplace. Appflow is a proper app discovery application. You need it. Here.
News & Feeds
- Fuse: Fuse is the nicest feed reader on Windows Phone so far. It’s totally different from anything I’ve used. Try it for free, and if you like it, it’s worth the buy. You can add your own RSS, or import your Google Reader Feeds. Get it, here.
- NextGen Reader: If a simple, feature rich Google Reader apps is what you want, this is what you need. Get it, here.
- Weave (and Tech News Now): If you’re too Lazy (or Busy) to get your feeds in line, Weave (both paid or free) and Tech News Now (here) let you select different categories (Preset) and Feeds (Preset) and pulls it together to get all your required reading in line.
- News Rack: News Rack brings together news from different papers, namely, NY Times, NY Daily Times, NY Post, The Guardian, Time Magazine, USA Today and the Washington Post. Get it here.
- Of course, if you do read the NY Times (here) or The Guardian (here), you’ll need the dedicated apps.
- Pulse: If you haven’t used Pulse it, well, let’s just say it’s the Best, Visual feed reader on the iPad, iPhone or on Android. And now (most of) it’s on Windows Phone. Get it, here.
- Accuweather: Hey, it’s weather. And it’s got a live tile. And it’s free. Get it, here.
Well, that’s it for now. I’ll be adding to this as I find more Must have apps. Let us know what’s your favorite Windows Phone Apps which we haven’t yet covered.