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My favorite Windows Phone apps


With the recent Nokia Lumia 900 release here in the U.S., I’d like to share my favorite Windows Phone (WP7, aka Mango) apps. If you have any favorite apps you’d like to mention, feel free to leave a comment.

First, a tip:
Follow these steps to access the Nokia Lumia 800/900 hidden diagnostics tool. Note:  Doing so will also add the app to your app list
– Go to your Lumia phone dialpad
– Press ##634# (the tool will then automatically open)
– Check out all the Diagnostic options, including Battery Status

My favs (in no particular order):

USAToday: Aside from being a great news app, the live weather tile is both attractive and handy

NY Times: Nice app if you’re a NY Times fan

BBC Radio Player: The most robust BBC radio app I’ve found on WP7. App provides a large variety of BBC Radio Channels

GoVoice: A must have app if you Google Voice — I use Google Voice instead of AT&T voicemail

Livescape: If you’ve used “Lose it!” or other food tracking / health apps, you’ll love Livescape.

Wordament: This great word game should come with a warning, it’s that addictive!

Amazon Kindle: To keep up with your reading

Amazon Mobile: To shop!! (There’s even a separate AmazonFresh app.)

Bing Picts Downloader: Find gorgeous wallpapers via recent Bing featured photos

Das Image: Another versatile wallpaper source

Chrome Bookmarks: If you are a long-time Chrome desktop  browser user, this is a great way to access your Chrome bookmarks. (There is a similar app which also appears to sync with your recently opened Chrome tabs, called Chrync, but I haven’t tried it yet.)

Nokia Drive: Accessible via the Marketplace… Fabulous Nokia software that provides voice turn-by-turn navigation. Be sure to also check out  the Nokia Maps and Nokia Transit apps.

Rowi: A fast, full featured twitter app

Netflix: To watch Netflix on the go

Tech News Now: A nice news aggregator

Windows Phone News: A nice news aggregator, focusing on Windows Phone coverage

WpFandora Pro: An attractive Pandora app

Zillow: The zillow app you may know and love from iOS, Android, etc. I used to love Zillow until I noticed my home value is lower each time I check. Smile with tongue out

Zune Pass: Although not considered as cool as some other music discovery services, I LOVE Zune Pass. Well worth the $10 monthly fee.

Revisiting Shozu

I used Shozu extensively two years ago with my Nokia N73. It was a handy tool for uploading photos to Flickr but I found the software buggy on my Nokia.

Flash forward to October 2008. I ran across Shozu when browsing the iPhone app store and decide to give it another spin.

I’m impressed. Shozu has added some interesting partnerships, including BBC and Reuters for citizen news reporting. I can still upload to Flickr in just a few clicks but more impressively, Shozu iPhone photos upload at 1600 x 1200 rather than just 800 x 600 (the limit when uploading via email from iPhone).

In addition, Shozu now supports WordPress blog posts. In fact, this post was authored on my iPhone. Nice! No longer need separate WordPress app on my iPhone.

If you haven’t used Shozu in a while, it’s worth revisiting, especially considering that Shozu is compatible with so many mobile phones.

Rob Evans’ E66 videos & reviews

The Nokia E66 appears to provide impressive improvements on the already high quality E65 phone. Rob Evans has been evaluating the E66 and has posted several excellent articles and videos describing its features.

Rob’s articles and videos are highly recommended for anyone interested in the E66, or even just curious about how Nokia’s enterprise device line is evolving.

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More on Nokia E71

More impressions on the Nokia E71 (from afar… I haven’t had a chance to actually use one. Yet 😉

It is surprising small. Watching this phone scoop video review, the phone is clearly quite petite — the reviewer’s hand seems huge in comparison. The E71 is clearly dramatically smaller when compared to earlier Nokia qwerty phones like the E61i.

Another interesting feature is the camera’s autofocus speed, as demonstrated in phonescoop’s video. I’ve used the Nokia N95 extensively (fantastic multimedia device, btw), and the E71 appears to autofocus even more quickly than the N95. Note, however, that the N95 camera is 5MP, while the E71 camera is only 3MP — still, a Nokia 3MP camera still far exceeds the quality of most camera phones, especially those on qwerty phones.

I’m still reading up on the E71, but it really tempting. I may have to get one.

Nokia E71 is enticing!

This arrived in my email inbox this morning… very enticing! I love the smaller E71 form factor. And, of course, it’s a Nokia. See Boy Genius Report for their excellent and very detailed review.