Despite Google Voice continual refusal to work with my AT&T pre-paid number, I decided that today will be a good day to try using my Windows Phone 7 exclusively for the day. My wife, Leah, is still in the UK and my parents who are visiting me here in NY will be with me all day. So no one in particular should be calling me, and I set the call forwarding on my iPhone to the LG.
On my iPhone/iPad, I rely on a collection of apps to make my life easier, more fun, and happier. In order to be able to fully immerse myself in the Windows Phone 7 world, I am hoping I can find the equivalent on WP7 Marketplace. Here is my progress so far:
Windows Phone 7 apps
|Foursquare||4th & Mayor|
|Remember The Milk||WinMilk|
|Instapaper||Stacks for Instapaper|
|Weather Channel||Weather Channel|
|BBC News||BBC News Mobile|
|CNN||Web page pinned to Start page|
|Tip Calculator||Tip Calculator|
|Amazon Kindle||Amazon Kindle|
|Verizon FiOS DVR Manager||N/A|
|Words with Friends||N/A|
This is by no mean the complete list of apps I have on my iPhone, just the ones that I use almost every day and thus need to find equivalent on the WP7 side. I’ll update the list as I explore the Windows Phone Marketplace more. My hope is that this post will help other iPhone owners who want to try out WP7.
I recently decided to expand my mobile experience horizon and acquired a Window Phone 7 from Brian Henderson, who I met a few years ago at the Seattle Alt.NET conference. Brian got the phone from this year Microsoft PDC and it is a LG Optimus 7 (a.k.a. LG-E900 outside North America). Having spent about four days with it, here is my raw first impression.
Disclaimer: This is not intended to be a hardware or software review. For that you can find them on the web easily. Here I would just point out things that stick out to me, especially comparing against the iPhone 4/iOS.
I’ve been using a Garmin nüvi 1300 GPS unit since April last year and I am fairly happy with it. There are couple of things I’d love to have though:
- Ability to plan route on either Google Maps or Garmin software and send it to the GPS unit. (I can’t with my Garmin because it doesn’t support that. More expensive models do support storing routes.)
- Live traffic updates so I can, at least, avoid traffic jam. (Garmin has an accessory that receive traffic update via radio. It also requires an annual subscription fee.)
I ran into a 45 minutes traffic jam 3 weeks ago on my way to work that had really no reason being there and it became the impetus of searching for better alternative. After a bit of research on the interweb I settled on trying out the Navigon’s MobileNavigator for iPhone. To mount the phone in a suitable location in the car, I opted for ProClip mount which I’ve heard good things about it.