04-06-2011, 07:30 PM #1
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Hey im an android convert. I have an hd7 now. I love everything about wp7 except I really feel the need for two apps. Gtalk and google voice, I have a lot of friends overseas and the only way I can talk to them frequently is by some instant messenger but it seems a good one doesn't exist for the system now.
For google voice I actually call my gv number and make the call as of now but in android I just had to press contact name and it would automatically detect its an international number and redirect the call via gv. That was convienient.
I might have missed them but are there good apps for these two in the marketplace.
- 04-06-2011, 11:30 PM #2
I think Flory is supposed to be pretty good for Google talk, and I saw Go Voice (I think that's the name) in the marketplace that is supposed to be a Google voice client of some kind.
The app I miss is Waze...(from my BB), it was a nice free turn-by-turn GPS app with some fun thrown in.
- 04-07-2011, 04:13 PM #3
I would miss Google Talk a lot more if the OS allowed the app or service to run in the background. AIM in the pre-saved state days of iOS was awful.
- 04-07-2011, 04:44 PM #4
Kik Messenger and LiveProfile both say they have a wp7 app coming. That'll take care of the IM for you.
As a previous poster mentioned... GoVoice!
Have you tried the Google Voice on IE? www. Google . com/voice
- 05-03-2011, 11:29 PM #7
I miss Pandora and a good solid windows live messenger app that is able to run in the back ground. I know Pandora is 7.5 timeframe... But a solid messenger built into the os would be awesome. Now.. Or even yesterday.. Or 7 months ago when the os came out...lol
05-04-2011, 12:09 AM #8
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While not great, Messenger by Myoina (or whatever) now does push notification of new messagea in the background. I tested it and it works, when your livetiles are working that is. All you are going to get till Mango
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- 06-03-2011, 12:18 PM #11Original science fiction, fantasy and comics for WP7 - Galactic Beacon Sci Fi Magazine
- 07-13-2011, 12:11 PM #13
WLM (Windows Live Messenger) and Facebook chat integration are pretty nice in the Mango beta. I just don't know anybody that uses WLM...most of my friends have switched to Google Talk because of Android.
There's IM+ in the Market now, but its not very fast. You get push notifications for messages, but it has to connect every time you open the app to read it and sometimes that can take 30+ seconds.
Kik is pretty good now that its out for WP7.
I miss Words With Friends, even though I don't play it as much as I used to. I don't know enough people on WP7 to play the WP7-only games.
I miss my ETrade app for my banking.
FatSecret's Calorie Counter doesn't scan barcodes in WP7 (I don't know if there's any Calorie Counter one that does though).
If Google+ catches on, that would be nice to have as an app. The mobile site renders REALLY ugly in Mango.
I miss Slacker's station caching that I pay for with my subscription. That works great on Android and my iPod.
- 07-14-2011, 06:16 AM #17
I've come from a jailbroken iPhone 4 via a Pre 2 for a couple of weeks (liked webOS, didn't like the hardware or the empty dustbowl of an app store). Overall I'm really, really happy with WP7 on my HTC Mozart (and coming from an Apple fan and a lover of elegant design, that really is high praise) and that'll only improve with Mango. I do miss a few things though:
1. SBSettings. Having a shortcut to toggle wifi on/off alone would be a massive boon.
2. AroundMe. Hands down the best "what's near me" app - nothing in the marketplace is as good. Yet.
3. Gameloft games. I'm hoping once their game engine is ported and Splinter Cell: Conviction is out, this will be remedied. But having a lot of really quite decent 3D games will help the platform no end.
4. Native Google maps. Bing maps just isn't as good yet, and I absolutely HATE the defaulting to satellite at lowest zoom. Bingle maps is very close though.
Pretty much everything else I've found an equivalent for - or in some cases, something better.
- 07-14-2011, 07:40 AM #18
I miss SBSettings too. The Palm Pre has it built-in, so do most Androids - brightness/WiFi/data toggles are super useful.
I also really, really want a Grooveshark client - it's the only way I listen to music these days. Without it, I have to settle for my iPod - which is okay, but that means I have to carry around two devices.
Finally... VLC or equivalent for Windows Phone. This'd only work if Zune enables USB/WiFi file sharing for apps, but it's seriously the most useful app on my iPod. I never convert anything anymore.
07-15-2011, 06:31 PM #22
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Mentioned before - Waze.
SpbWallet - Althought I could not wait for them and am now rocking with SkyWallet.
HandyShopper - Really old but awesome shopping list. Now on Smart Shopping
Would like to see a Nascar app. Also if Santa wants to deliver Garmin for my phone, it would save me the 39.99.
And Santa from what I have seen so far on my phone Mango looks really good , so please give me a nice early Xmas present. And throw it in for the rest of my WP7 friends....
quick Rant - Ever show your WP7 to your friends and they get fixated on some new hangman app on their craphone and totally miss the message of what a WP7 phone can do?
That has to be the next BIG thing , to make games that you can play across mobile platforms.
- 07-16-2011, 01:56 AM #23
While not apps I miss certain functions from my previous devices (Pre+ and BB Curve)
Toggle switch - Being able to switch wifi, bluetooth and brightness with a swipe was very convenient.
Video downloads - I miss the option of letting you stream or download videos from other websites other than Youtube. (Homebrew)
ZumoDrive - Tried it, loved it and paid for 15 or 20gb that my wife and I can both access (iPhone 3GS)
Bluetooth file sharing with other devices - Had it on the BB but sadly was missing from Webos. I miss being able to hear a song from a buddy's phone and having it transferred via bluetooth.
Track selection via volume rocker: This feature was from my BB and I personally haven't seen any other devices with this unique and useful feature. While listening to music I can skip tracks by simply holding down the up volume for 1 sec or replay/play previous by holding down the down rocker for 1 sec without having to turn on the screen. I know I can use the included headphones with the controller but they are pretty mediocre as far as sound goes. I prefer the Soundmagic PL50 or sometimes my modded JVC HA-RX900 headphones depending on my mood.
Most of the quibbles above can be resolved with a few more steps, doesn't take away the from the awesomeness of the phone itself.