I’ve had my LG Optimus 7 Windows Phone 7 for about 3 weeks now. There are some omissions, rough edges and gotchas (try finding out MAC address of your phone), but overall I love it.
Here’s the list of 3rd party apps I have installed and use (or plan to use).
Note: Microsoft probably has more money than they need, so they don’t want to accept my perfectly valid VISA and MasterCard credit cards based on geographic location of my bank. So my list consists mostly of free apps or apps with usable trials. I’ve added a section at the bottom about some paid apps I would definitely buy if I could.
I’ve tried the official Twitter app first and for some reason didn’t like it. Then after some time I returned to it and I think currently it’s the best (free) twitter app on WP7. That said Beezz shows a lot of promise and an update should come as I write this so I’ll be checking it out for sure. I’ve tried Seesmic too. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t support typing updates in landscape so this deficiency alone was a complete show stopper for me.
This is a little app that integrates into Pictures Hub and let’s you twit a picture right from there. It’s a little rough around the edges but works well and demonstrates the power of Hub concept – snap a picture, twit it, get on with your life.
This is one of the best looking WP7 apps so far and it’s basically just an IMDb client. I use it to check on actors while watching a movie and things like that. I miss the ability to login into IMDb to add movies to “My Movies” etc.
That’s a very basic app, but could be really useful. Quite often I find myself in a situation when I (or someone else) needs to count who drinks tea or coffee (and things like that) and it’s usually a messy process. This little app should help with that.
There’s a number of weather apps but I’ve end up using this one. It has a Live Tile, shows forecasts of reasonable accuracy, supports several locations, etc.
This app has a list of cocktail recipes and Blood Alcohol Calculator. It’s not as nice looking as Cocktail Flow, but it’s free (meaning I can actually use it)
A very slick looking drumming app (or is it a game?). Just a nice way to spend a few minutes making beat-like noises. Way better than making fart-like noises.
Hear a great song, let this app listen and get a name for it. Users in countries with Zune access can get a track right away. The rest of us at least get the info what was playing.
I haven’t actually used this app yet, but I like the concept. You snap a picture of a paper map (or load a scanned map) calibrate it with a couple of points and you can have your location. Good for getting around in the foreign cities, large parks, etc. and doesn’t require a data connection (which could be expensive when roaming)
Disclaimer: I’m not a gamer.
The goal is to fall down as fast as you can. Usable trial. Looks good and a nice way to kill a couple of minutes.
Now this is a simplistic but funny and cruel game. Usable trial and very addictive. Highly recommended.
Looks and feels nice but there’s only a 2 player mode.
Very nice looking slot machine simulator.
A neatly implement Reversi game.
Help a round object fly through a maze.
This one is developed by an indy developer and I’m pretty sure you have to pay royalties to make a Tetris game. But it’s in the marketplace, it’s free and it’s Tetris, so what do I care :) Not the best implementation but playable. I’ve read complaints about accidentally hitting phone buttons while playing, but this is what you should expect when you buy a phone with capacitive hardware buttons, suckers ;)
This is one of tens of Tic Tac Toe games in the marketplace, but a nice looking one. Plus it includes a 6x6 mode which makes it interesting.
Shameless plug, I know. But, hey, I have it on my phone and I play it. Plus it’s an awesome little game ;) End of shameless plug.
Unite several quicksilver balls into a bigger one using accelerometer.
Apps I wish I could buy, but I can’t :(
Enhance your photos with tens of effects. Some artistic, some just fun. Integrates right into the Pictures Hub.
This is the best looking app I’ve seen on WP7 so far. And, yes, it’s about cocktails, but it could’ve been about worms, I don’t care. It’s that pretty.
Great looking and (should be) functional Google Analytics client. Uses amCharts Quick Charts for charting (another shameless plug).
This is a fun physics based game. I’d call it Angry Birds for WP7, well, at least while real Angry Birds are not available. The trial is enough to get you hooked but not something you can play over and over.
This is it for now. I’ll update this post when I find more apps that are there to stay.
Did I miss some really awesome app? Let me know in the comments. Remember that for now it has to be either free or have a usable trial.