Windows Phone 7 only officially landed in October. But already the OS’s Marketplace is brimming with smart add-ons, made even tastier by their Live Tiles skills and sleek looks. Here’s our pick of the ten best in 2010.
1 Train Times
The Windows Phone 7 edition of National Rail’s Train Times app is a stunner. As well as offering real time departure info, it ties in brilliantly with the Live Tiles feature, serving up times at your local station to your home screen, so you don’t need to open the app up when you’re in a hurry.
2 The Harvest
Xbox Live makes Windows Phone 7 a full-on gaming colossus, and The Harvest is a tunning showcase for it. Brilliantly rendered, it makes full use of the phone’s touchscreen skills, as well as letting you play cross-platform with your mates. If you want to see why WP7 gaming matches iOS, look no further.
Weather apps were always going to be awesome on Windows Phone 7, again thanks to Live Tiles. You can get real-time temperature info served up on your homescreen (think HTC Sense on Android and you get the picture), as well as push notifications when the climate gets dicey.
Obvious, sure, but Microsoft has not built Twitter into its contacts hub, so you really need to get this official version in order to get your daily dose of 140 character news. The app utilises ace side swipes to get different categories of info. Live Tile support has been mooted for 2011.
5 Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles HD
Another Xbox Live winner, this take on the rampantly successful Ubisoft franchise is definitely worth getting if you’ve got a phone packing Windows Phone 7. It’s smart and shows just how the Big M has brought its Xbox skills to it mobile platform.
As a spanking new platform, Windows Phone 7 needs to get the basics right first and this version of the old-school classic Tetris does just that. Things couldn’t be more straightforward or addictive. It’s what touchscreen phones were made for.
Yelp is already a huge hit on iOS and Android and it’s a must-have when it comes to Windows Phone 7 too. As with its other versions, it offers up real time info and reviews on nearby venues, be they pubs, clubs or restaurants, as well as handing over quick tips to help you make the right choice about where to go out.
8 Voice Recorder
The iPhone’s in-built voice recording skills are ace, so this is a must-have if you want to match your pals with that iOS device. It works even when the lock screen kickc in, you can send emails while it runs and even records .wav files which you can the send on.
9 Need for Speed Undercover
A great racing title is what all mobile gaming platforms needs and this Need for Speed edition is great to sate your inner speed freak. It looks the part and works like a dream when you fire it up. Again, it’s another case of Xbox Live at its best.
10 Metro Web Browser
While the bundled version of IE on Windows Phone 7 is passable. Metro really cranks things up a notch. You get tabbed browsing, full screen mode and even incognito for ‘buying presents for the wife’. You even get Google v Bing searches.