This article was published on January 17, 2011

The top 5 Windows Phone 7 games and apps

The top 5 Windows Phone 7 games and apps
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Alex Wilhelm is a San Francisco-based writer. You can find Alex on Twitter, and on Facebook. You can reach Alex via email at [email protected] Alex Wilhelm is a San Francisco-based writer. You can find Alex on Twitter, and on Facebook. You can reach Alex via email at [email protected]

We often talk about the Windows Phone 7 application marketplace here on TNWmicrosoft, but we rarely discuss the apps themselves. In fact, since our last post in November that mentioned a few of our favorites, we have been surprisingly quiet on the topic.

Today we remedy the situation with a short look at our five current favorites in the WP7 app marketplace that you should check out if you do have a Windows Phone 7 handset. Of course, our opinions are just that, so feel free to add your favorite in the comments.


To start things off right, Unite is a great little game that Microsoft put together. It is a rapid paced game that gives users puzzels to solve with a ball that they roll around the screen using the phone’s built in ability to detect level and tilt. Sure it may drive you nuts on the levels that you can’t beat, but at the price of free it is a must have.

Cocktail Flow

Cocktail Flow might be the prettiest app of them all. Even if you eschew martinis and other tibbles, this app will delight you. The application’s graphics are top-notch, its sort functions which help you find your next drink are superb, and the application is generally light on lag.

This one will set you back $2.99, but is a steal at the price.


You knew that Kindle was going to be on our list, didn’t you? Everyone’s favorite ereading platform is currently the #5 most popular WP7 application, and for a reason: there is none-better. Never read or purchased digital books? Kindle is going to be your new friend then, as it is the best of the best.

When Kindle did finally come to the WP7 platform, we wrote a piece entitled “The Windows Phone 7 app marketplace has come of age” and we meant it. The arrival of Kindle means that the mighty Amazon now views WP7 as a place it needs to be.


If you are like your humble author, other languages than your native tongue are nearly impossible to ever sort out, making life often a touch difficult. Enter Polyglot. It may be ugly, but if you need a machine based translation on the go, this is the place to get it.

For a mere 99 cents you can always, more or less, know what to say. We wish that the translations were just a touch clearer though.


File this one in the ‘utilities’ section. iToiletFinder does what it says: finds you a toilet. This is especially useful if you tend to get lost (again, like your humble author) and are often away from your neighborhood, city, state, or country.

You can even rate the places you ‘use’ to let others know if they are up to your standards in terms of cleanliness. This app is not glamorous, but in a pinch might be your saving grace. It’s even free.

That is it for now ladies and cohorts. We will bring you a new 5 apps most likely bi-monthly. Get downloading!

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