Top 10: Windows Phone 7 Apps
Our pick of the best Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has to offer
Windows Phone 7 might be the underdog of mobile operating systems, but it holds a special place in our heart thanks to its minimalist Metro user interface and silky smooth operating system. With the latest Mango update adding hundreds of tweaks including Twitter integration, and new phones from the likes of Nokia and HTC giving Android a serious run for its money, there’s never been a better reason to switch. If you’ve just bought a WP7 handset, or are thinking of getting one, make sure you download our top ten apps from the Marketplace.
10. Network Dashboard
If you frequently find yourself running out of battery, you’ll want to disable features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G. Unlike the Quick Settings option in Android, WP7 users normally have to scroll through the settings menu looking for the right options - Network Dashboard adds a set of stylish tiles to the home screen that will take you straight there. It’s also completely free, so there’s no reason not to have these handy tiles just a swipe away.
A quick toggle for Bluetooth should be handy if you use a hands-free kit
Google’s Reader web app is fantastic for keeping track of all your favourite websites, but its mobile interface on WP7 leaves a lot to be desired. SimpiRSS mimics Microsoft’s Metro user interface, so it feels like a first-party application. Sign in with your Google account and you’ll instantly be able to read all your RSS subscriptions right away, but unlike other apps you can also add extra subscriptions manually. The free version is ad-supported, and the paid-for version costs £1.49.
SimpiRSS is a great (and free!) way to keep up to date with Expert Reviews
Arguably, Windows Phone 7 has the best looking music player of any smartphone on the market right now, but if you want to keep your phone’s internal memory free for photos and videos, you’ll want a good music streaming application. Last.FM is our current favourite – it copies the default music interface and lets you access your saved radio stations directly from your phone. You’ll need to be a subscriber to use the full service, but it’s well worth the small monthly fee.
Even if you don’t keep music on your phone, Last.FM will let you listen on the move