Windows Phone 7 Essential Apps, Reviewed

Windows Phone 7 is out and about, so we're going to review as many awesome apps as we can right now, live, updating throughout the day. We're going to start with the essentials.

Flight Control

Feels just like the iPhone version.

Facebook

It's a fairly full-featured, slick iteration of Facebook, but Windows Phone 7ified.

OMG: Our Manic Game

Ooh, this is like Geometry Wars combined with Ikaruga. Fun! And nice-looking.

OpenTable

The Windows Phone 7 version of OpenTable feels classy, almost as classy as the restaurant you're making a reservation at.

Foursquare

It'll be good once they worked out the bugs - it's probably my favourite FourSquare version in terms of look and feel.

Flixster

The classic movies app from iOS and Android, but on Windows Phone 7.

IMDB

I don't think IMDB has ever looked this good.

The Harvest

It may be $9, but it looks like Dungeon Siege (or the lousier Space Siege) on your phone. And that is great times for click-RPG fans.

Twitter

The official Twitter app for Windows Phone 7 is one of the slickest Twitters apps you can get on any platform, and it's got all of the standard Twitter features you'd expect. Wish it was a little faster, though.

Avatar

Microsoft combined those crappy apps - flashlight, ruler, level - into one app. Plus, they Avatarised it, so you can play with yourself.

Seesmic

Diehard Seesmic power users might be a little disappointed in the initial version of the app, which is a little limited in how ridiculous you can get with your social networking, but for most people it's a nice rollup of Twitter and Facebook which'll definitely get more powerful over time.

Shazam

Tells you what songs playing, of course.

Newsroom

A nice-looking RSS reader with an even nicer feature: It pulls in full news feeds from pretty much every site you toss at it, even if full feeds aren't the default - like Gizmodo. $6.50.

The Weather Channel

A little busy, perhaps, but it is all the weather info you could want in a free app.

Pictures Lab

Your phone isn't complete until you can take photos that look like they came out of a $5 camera from 1974. Pictures Lab fortunately offers a ton of other effects for your money. $3.

Google Search

Doesn't do a whole lot right now - just a location-aware search bookmark really.

Wonder Reader

Your best option for a Google Reader, but it could use some polish - if it hooked up with NewsRoom, we'd have a winner. $3.

I Can Haz Cheezburger

I Can Has Cheezburger, optimized for Windows Phone. It's better than the website, in some ways.

Shopping List

Skeletal but free shopping list from Microsoft.

AP Mobile

The only non-British major news app for Windows Phone, it's pretty good, like every other AP application. And hey, it's free.

Hexic

I've been looking forward to a good Hexic implementation on phones for a while, and unsurprisingly, nobody does it as well as Hexic themselves. The twisting takes a bit of time to get used to, but it's solid.

History Here

A neat app by The History Channel for $4, it shows you where historical stuff went down near you, or the address of your choosing.