My Top 10 Must-Have apps for WindowsPhone (December 2011)
On request from some of you I present you today my Top 10 Must-Have apps for Windows Phone. If you want to download one of those apps, just click on the image.
1. WhatsApp (free for one year)
Everyone has Whatsapp. It is not important which platform you are using. iOS, BlackBerry, Android, Soon Symbian and of course Windows Phone. WhatsApp is a messaging client which works very well and keeps you informed about new messages via Toast-Notification as well as with an counter on your live-tile. Some say that the push and the Toast are not working properly for them. This is NOT an OS-thing, but app-related. I tried WhatsApp on Android and iOS and was also not receiving Notifications. All in all a really good alternative to SMS.
2. Mehdoh (free)
Even with twitter integration baked into the OS, you cannot go without a twitter app. Before I was using MoTweets as well as Birdsong, which were the best apps when they reached to the marketplace. But then came Mehdoh. Mehdoh is a simple styled, but heavy functional twitter client. You can use different image-services like yfrog, TwitPic, twidvid or img.ly. You can change your profile directly on the go within the app. The app has also an option for read it later. What I like most on the app is the ability to handle a lot of tweets. Over night you miss easily around 400-600 tweets. Before I was using the mobile twitter site to read them. But now I can do this with Mehdoh – the first app I used which can really handle so many tweets. There are few more features, e.g. the ability to edit retweets (I use this to correct the hashtags to my needs). The app definitely is worth every cent!
3. AccuWeather (free)
With Mango this becomes my primary and only weather app. AccuWeather delivers good forecasts. You can check how the weather will be hour by hour as well day-by-day. The absolute best feature are multiple live tiles. The app itself contains a live tile for your main location. Then you can set up even more locations and pin them to start. For my needs I have my German location on the main tile, while my Italian location is on a second tile. You can even rename the tiles. Now if they add a post-to-Facebook feature, this will be really the perfect weather app.
4. TuneIn Radio (free)
TuneIn Radio is a great app to hear you favourite radio stations around the world. The have over 50.000 radio stations as well as more than 1 million on-demand streams. I love this app, because I can hear my favourite Italian radio stations here in Germany wherever I am. TuneIn is able to detect all available streams (important to save bandwidth on a contract with bandwidth-reduction like mine). You can pin every station on your start screen, so hearing is only a tap away! If you have an TuneIn account, you can sync your station settings with the app.
5. SuperTube (free and paid 1,29 €/$, with trial)
SuperTube is a premium YouTube app. You can log into your account on YouTube, your lists and follows will be synced with the app. What makes this app so special? Well, a couple of things. You can download videos directly on your windows phone. You can get channel Toast Notification, e. g. for new posts of channels which you are following as well as for you inbox. You can record videos and upload them to YouTube (including resuming on broken uploads). For the last feature you can create a Tile, so recording is only two taps away. I love this this app!
6. My Football (1,99 €/$, with trial)
My Football is an app to follow your favourite soccer teams and their scores. It was the first app of its kind on Windows Phone back last year. So I bought I it. You can follow all major leagues in the world and also some international events like the EURO 2012. Toast Notification can be set up for live notification of goals of your favourite teams. On the live tile you currently can display one team. You will see the results of the last 5 games (won, draw, or lost). All in all the app is still worth its money. Hopefully there will be a real mango update soon to enhance the app with the great mango features.
7. WordPress for Windows Phone (free)
As I am a blogger and host my blog on WordPress, surely I want to manage my blog everywhere. With the app you can check comments and approve or delete them. Once you put in your wordpress.com-API-key, you can also check your stats. You can edit and publish your posts, even with images directly from your phone. Your Blog can be pinned as a tile to the start screen, so you don´t have to go to the menu and choose your blog. This can be useful if you maintain multiple blogs.
8. NAVIGON Europe/US (84,99€/99$ for Europe, 42,49€/49,99$ for US, no trial)
If you have a smart phone like our Windows Phone, you certainly may think: Why do I have to carry another device (navigation system) with me? Well, you don´t have to, because there is NAVIGON. It comes with a bunch of features. First is the premium navigation itself. Once you put in a route, the app lets you choose between up to three routes to your destination. While on the ride, NAVIGON checks also the traffic situation and recalculates the route for you, if there is too much traffic. There are POI´s as well, and what I really like, you can add locations as live-tile to your start screen. With this tiles, the navigation to their locations are only two taps away!
9. Thumba Photo Editor (0,99 €/$, with trial)
Thumba Photo Editor was also one of the first apps I tried and bought on my Windows Phone. As I often do snap shots of my children or my cat, I love the possibilities of this app. It is a really fast little app, which integrates into the pictures hub (check menu and then apps). There are a lot of adjustments like auto contrast, normalize, brightness and contrast, hue and saturation, sharpness, exposure, white balance, shadows and highlights, color balance, colorize, grayscale, multiply, remove noise or posterize. You can also add effects to your photo like HDR, soften portrait, skin treatment, 3D glasses, Velvia, lomo, cross processing, vignette, black and white, retro, vintage, old photo, tilt-shift, lens flare, pencil sketch, zoom blur and many, many others. The app is under constant maintenance, which means that there are updates with new improvements all the time. Worth every cent!
10. EasyRing&Music (0,99 €/$, with trial)
With the Mango update came the ability to add your own ringtones. EasyRing&Music makes this as easy as you can think. Search amazon.mp3, zedge and Myxer as well as some mp3-sites like mp3.com. Also SoundCloud is integrated. Once you found a suitable ringtone you can download it and add it to ringtone list. The developers are currently running a special offer: pay if you want. All functionalities are available for free as well as in the paid version. So if you want e. g. specific ringtones on contacts like me, this is your app!
I hope this article helps you to find new inspiration for apps you can use. There are certainly more apps which are useful, I will post them in a new series which will be category based (like photo apps, social networking apps, etc.).