The only thing, in my opinion, that is holding Windows Phone 7 back now is apps. Yes, the Window Phone Marketplace has grown faster than Android and Apple’s app stores but I am impatient. Windows Phone 7 has been out for a little over a year now and they are up to 40,000 apps. There are many mainstream, popular apps already in the Marketplace, but the niche apps are absent.
Here are the types of headlines that bother me: Grand Theft Auto III Headed to iOS and Android on December 15th
It’s not the headline itself, it’s the fact that Windows Phone isn’t being developed for like iOS and Android is.
When I complain about the app selection, I get replies on Twitter from all my Windows Mobile friends telling me ways around using X app or Y app or suggestions apps that don’t really do it right. I appreciate their effort in trying to help me to use Windows Phone 7, but you have to use and iPhone or Android device for a while to really know what Windows Phone 7 is missing. I mean the UI is awesome, the OS itself is stable, and I have very few complaints aside from this app obsession. I talked about already in part 6 of my “Moving from Android to Windows Phone 7” series.
I started thinking that I am the only one complaining about this, but I was reassured yesterday when an old bud Noah Kravitz tweeted this:
Here are some apps Steven Hughes and I put together so far.
For me, it’s Swype, Pandora, SiriusXM, NFL.com Fantasy Football, ESPN Fantasy Football, and a few others.
Based on feedback from friends, here are some other highly desired apps missing from the Windows Phone portfolio:
- VPN client
- SiriusXM (SatRadPlayer 3rd party)
- HBO Go
- Max Go
- Sonos (Fonos 3rd party)
- Harmony Remote control app
- Dropbox client
- Box.net client
- Square (reader support for reading credit cards)
- Business card reader that allows writing to People Hub (no API currently available only work around is to save to a gmail contact)
What apps would prevent you from switching over to Windows Phone 7?
There is no doubt that a well done Windows Phone 7 app can be much sexier than the iOS and Android versions!