Windows Mobile Apps

I still use Windows Mobile 6.5 on my phone.  I have found that Windows Mobile was the best option at the last time my contract renewed.  I had eliminated iPhone due to the lack of keyboard, and Android at the time didn’t have any Microsoft Exchange synchronization.  To keep up with of the iPhone/Android options I have found all the apps I need but they required a little more than just a trip to the apps store…

Microsoft MyPhone
This is the must have first installed app for all Windows Mobile devices.  The program backs up your data to your Live account and provides GPS tracking to find a lost or stolen phone.  It is available through the Windows Market Place app.
http://mp.windowsphone.com/

Home Screen Customizer
I use the built-in WM6 “Titanium” style home screen as it is visually appealing and everything else I have tried always causes issues.  This being said, the Home Screen Customizer allows me to add, remove and customize the order of the options on the screen.
http://homescreencustomizer.spaces.live.com/

Titanium Weather
How is any cool gadget complete without the basic weather app.  This one goes right in to the “Titanium” home screen I have and displays the weather for my area including pictures.  What else could I want?
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=487090

Favorite People
Another add-on for my “Titanium” home screen.  This one allows me to add a select few contacts with pictures so that I can dial them from the home screen without having to search through contacts.  Other themes make use of the contacts tagged here as well.
http://www.1800pocketpc.com/2010/01/18/appstar-wm6-5-favorite-people-favorite-contacts-on-titanium-screen.html

Pocket Twit
Well I just started to get in to “Tweeting” so I may have to post about this more as I go.  By for now I mainly consume Tweets and this seems to do a good job at that.  Plus it gets a point for integrating in the “Titanium” home screen.
http://code.google.com/p/pocketwit/

YouTube
There isn’t any browser flash support in Windows Mobile (sounds familiar iPhone/iPad users?).  In order to be able to play YouTube videos on the go there is a need for this local application.  I believe it was written by YouTube at some point in time but had become abandoned.  I can’t really find who made this or if it’s legit or anything as I would like to reference it.  Anyway, it works well for me.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=747967

Facebook
Well, if you’re a Facebook junkie this is likely more up your alley than mine, but for the occasional Facebook use I do this seemed like an easier way to get there than a web browser.  It is available through the Windows Market Place app.
http://mp.windowsphone.com/

Watchflag
The notifications available within Windows Mobile is limited to “all e-mails”.  This application allows customizing notifications based on subject, sender or time of day.
http://www.watchflag.com/

Shazam
This is one of those apps that you never need until you wish you had it already installed.  Shazam will use the microphone on the phone to listen to music and then figure out the title and artist of the song.  This is awesome for hearing a song on the radio and having it in a list to download when I get home.  It has become harder to find uses since the banning of cell phones while driving.
http://mp.windowsphone.com/

xdaShutdown
I put my phone through a lot of work and rebooting is a common occurrence.  For some reason I haven’t found a shutdown or reboot button in Windows Mobile.  This app fills that gap and is “skin-able” to match any installed themes.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=544016

Google Mobile Maps
Everyone needs Google Mobile Maps at some point.  Just get it installed and try it out.  Great always up to date GPS utility and searching.
http://www.google.com/gmm

For the geeks (I have them all)…
MobileVT – Think of it as Telnet for WM
WiFiFoFum – A wireless network signal strength meter
Srego CE Toolpack – Provides a CMD shell for WM
Token2Shell – Another Telnet/SSH shell
VxUtil – Ping, DNS Lookup, SubNet calculator and more

Most of my findings have been found through the XDA Developers site if you would like to read more or find something for your specific needs…
http://www.xda-developers.com/

Nick Dorak

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