This article was published on November 9, 2010

The 5 best Windows Phone 7 applications

The 5 best Windows Phone 7 applications
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The global launch for Windows Phone 7 has come and gone, so what should you do with your shiny new phone? Get to downloading applications, of course, and we are here to help.

We spent a good deal of time searching and tinkering, and have put together the five applications that we think you should download first. Of course, there is no app that is perfect for everyone, but at least three of the five applications below should be a good fit for you.

If your favorite is not on our list, drop it in the comments and we will make sure to take a look at it for the future. Now get going!

Flickr Manager

Are you a Flickr fanatic? Then you are going to love Flickr Manager. Sure, Windows Phone 7 is tightly integrated into Facebook, and you can see Flickr images from your friends who have linked their Flickr and Windows Live accounts, but you need something more.

Flickr Manager is a fully featured, and dare we say pretty, app that will surely tickle photo lovers. If that is you, watch it in action and then check it out on Marketplace.


Yeah, it may be a cliché recommendation, but some people are swooning over the Netflix app on Windows Phone 7. The IntoMobile rates the stream quality to be “exceptional,” noting that you can stream over 3G or WiFi.

What do we love in it? Queue management and playback sync so that all my devices that run Netflix are always synced up, just like Kindle. If you use Netflix, this is a must download.

AP Mobile

While your friendly TNW team is the world’s best source for everything tech, there is other news out there. And for that other content, we recommend the AP Mobile application for your WP7 handset.

This is a vanilla application that brings you the news in a simple format that you can quickly digest and use. For now, this our favorite news app.


Well hell, we can’t let this one slide, right? Actually, we have two recommendations here, try the official Twitter app from Twitter HQ, and try what Seesmic has put together. After all, this will come down to what your prefernce is, but both are pretty darn usable.

If you have a favorite, let us know in the comments which it is, and why.

Public Transit

A little known fact is that people often use their phones on the go, and so if you want a simple way to get from point A to point B on public transit, we recommend Public Transit (very innovative name, right?) for doing so.

On an interesting note, the app uses Google Maps data, so if you never felt at home with Bing’s mapping style, this app is literally made for you.

Bonus: Loopt

Why bring you 5 apps when we could bring you 6? Loopt just pinged our inbox saying that their Windows Phone 7 apps is “distinctly different from any version [they’ve] made.” We haven’t actually played with it yet, but if they are excited enough to email us about it, you should probably check it out.

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