5 Cool Windows Mobile Apps To Have On Your Phone

David Pierce 06-01-2009

cool windows mobile appsThe iPhone is, after all this time, still the pretty new girl on the block. I can’t think of any other cell phone that has become quite the style icon that the iPhone has become. It’s got features, looks, and an interface no one else has been able to match. It also comes with a single carrier (at least in the US), a hefty price tag and some features I’m not wild about.


That’s why I’m still on Windows Mobile, along with a massive portion of the rest of the world. Windows Mobile is one of the most-used mobile operating systems, but it’s been largely pushed aside as the iPhone has become more popular. The iPhone has all its great applications, but there are a number of fantastic, useful, fun and plain cool Windows Mobile apps as well.

Here are five free applications for Windows Mobile, many of which have iPhone counterparts, but that do their job at least as well as they do on that Apple-thing.


evernote windows mobile

My favorite “external brain”, Evernote helps you remember everything. With Evernote for Windows Mobile, all you’ll need on you is your cell phone. Just fire up the app, and you can create notes from pictures, text or voice. Search and browse your notes, share and edit them, and manage your head right from your Windows Mobile phone.

Unlike the iPhone (as best as I could tell), there’s also a link to upload a file, which means you’re able to send files to and from your Windows Mobile phone. It’s perfect for when you need to remember to buy something, how much something costs, something you need to do, or just about anything that comes into your head that you’d rather not fly right out.



fring windows mobile review

Fring is the mobile IM client to end all mobile IM clients. It connects to most major instant messaging networks- AIM, Google, Yahoo, MSN, and the like. If you’ve got a Wi-Fi enabled phone, there’s even another killer feature- Skype. You can make VOIP calls with your cell phone, using Fring’s Skype support, and not use your minutes or plan, but simply by picking up a wireless signal.

Even without Wi-Fi, though, Fring’s a killer application for instant messaging, and can even update your Twitter status for you.

Tiny Twitter

twitter client windows mobile


Even though Fring can update Twitter for you, odds are Twitter users will want a bit more. That’s where Tiny Twitter comes in. It’s a Twitter cleint for Windows Mobile that also works on any Java-enabled device which covers some serious ground. Using Tiny Twitter, you can tweet without hitting your SMS bill (though you will incur some data charges without a data plan).

Tiny Twitter allows full access to your Twitter timeline, makes replying and messaging easy, and the “Inbox” view gives you a simple way to see and respond to tweets directed at you. Tiny Twitter’s the perfect Windows Mobile app for tweeting on the go, and is actually better than anything I’ve found for the iPhone.

The Core Pocket Media Player

Core Pocket - media player windows mobile

TCPMP, as The Core Pocket Media Player is known, is the best way to watch movies and listen to music on a Windows Mobile phone. You can use it to stream media (again, watch the data charges), or to play a huge variety of formats of both video and audio. It’s a no-frills application with a small memory footprint that’s dead simple to use, and one road warriors won’t want to be without. Especially when you add the use of a memory card, TCPMP works with your phone to make it a killer media player- small screen or no small screen.



tetris for mobile phones

What fun is a phone you can’t play with? The iPhone has a ton of great games, but let’s be honest – there’s never been a game as wonderful as Tetris. The blocks, the twisting, the narrow misses that leave you tearing your hair out – it’s just glorious.

If you have a Windows Mobile phone, you needn’t ever be without Tetris again. It’s a free download called Kevtris, and is a blast to play. There are three levels of play, and several different games you can play as well – all similar to Tetris. It’s a fantastic time-waster, and a game I like better than anything the iPhone’s thrown at me.

I’ve been a Windows Mobile user for a while now, and thanks to these applications and more, I don’t plan on changing anytime soon. There are applications to do everything that I need, for free, and plus – I just love having an actual keyboard.


Are you a Windows Mobile user? What applications do you have, and which do you envy of the iPhone?

Related topics: AOL Instant Messenger, Google Hangouts, Instant Messaging, Media Player, Note-Taking Apps, Skype, Twitter, Windows Mobile.

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  1. Spence
    September 20, 2009 at 11:36 am

    PocketSNES. The number one app I use. The iPhone may have games, but the Supener Nintendo Entertainment System will always beat the iPhone.

  2. Bobby
    June 9, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    For some reason I prefer windows mobile devices to Iphones, but I'm not going to pretend that windows mobile it cool. It is isn't even close.

  3. BlueBoy
    June 5, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Small lists compared to mine. I have an HTC Touch Pro and this is what's running:

    1. MagiCall - incoming/outgoing call filter
    2. Resco File and Registry Explorer
    3. Iconsoft PhonEx - contact manager and dialer replacement
    4. Pocket Informant - PIM and Calendar tool
    5. Panoramic Launchpad - Start Menu replacement
    6. Quick Menu - System start menu replacement
    7. Htorch - flashlight that uses the devices camera flash
    8. Panoramic Calculator - pro calc
    9. Advanced Config Tool - completed remap your phone
    10. Diamond TF3D Config Tool - completely remap Touch Flo
    11. Lumos - best configure tool for backlight
    12. MyMobiler - Emulate your device on your PC and interact
    13. PDA Net - use your phone as a modem
    14. PhoneLog - record all calls/text msgs to your calendar
    15. Resco Backup - backup program
    16. Scan2PDF - use your camera to scan documents and put in a .pdf to email or save to your device
    17. SKTools - extreme cleaner
    18. Spb Backup - create self-extracting .exe's and sync to your PC. Use PC or phone to restore.
    19. Spb Traveler - fantastic travel software
    20. SplashID - keep track of serials/bank acct and other personal number securely. Sync with PC.
    21. ThrottleStorage - see how much space you're using and where. Uses pie format
    22. WiFiFoFum - excellent networking utility
    23. WMBarCode - Barcode emulator. Type in the barcode number from any membership card and it makes and stores the barcode in your phone. Use it instead of pulling out your card.
    24. MobileMatt Fuzeberry theme for TouchFlo
    25. GoogleMaps
    26. TouchResponse - create a vibration any time your touch your device. Config how much/little it vibrates.
    27. ContactFix - search by first/last or company name when searching contacts.

    • RE
      August 31, 2009 at 2:52 pm

      Does anyone know if an application exists for WM that is similar to TextFree for the iPhone/iPod Touch? I would like to send text msgs over the data network without using my text plan.

  4. Nicole
    January 9, 2009 at 2:51 am

    To be honest I found Twitter too unreliable and a resource-hog to enjoy it for long on my HTC Touch Dual. I use BeejiveIM and Skype Mobile now.

    Other software I find useful is Google Maps and Dashwire to synch my contacts and photos.

    Then there is MilkSync paired with AM Tasks+ so I can see the most recent tasks directly on my screen rather than a list only.

    And there's Mobipocket, a quite nice ebook reader.

  5. Art Gelwicks
    January 7, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I've recently gotten hooked on Skybook for Facebook interaction. Nice clean interface, good core functions, all in an app rather than a browser window.

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  6. boogie
    January 7, 2009 at 3:08 am

    I would add:
    -Opera Mobile
    -Total Commander
    -Google Maps / Live Search
    -Pandora for WinMo
    -Skype (new 2.5 beta is awesome)


  7. Ellie
    January 7, 2009 at 12:05 am

    I'm still trying to figure out how to see more than one upcoming event on my home screen (Windows Mobile 6.1/Moto Q).

    Any advice will be appreciated.

  8. SoulisBlack
    January 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    i am a proud Tilt and Windows Mobile User and i am happy with everything WM has offered so far. I am in no way envious of anything Apple of the iphone has to offer. Here's a partial list of the apps i have installed on my tilt:

    Seeqpod mobile
    Wikipedia mobile
    Pandora for WM
    Pocket scrobbler
    Kinoma freeplay
    Call firewall
    advanced task manager

    Apple had the touchscreen thing for a moment but there are more than enough alternatives now. Sorry... I am Windows Mobile user for life!!

    • David Pierce
      January 6, 2009 at 11:10 pm

      Wow- THAT is a great list. I've got some looking and testing to do with my own phone. Skyfire was the last one left off my list- I love it. It's infinitely better than the Internet Explorer, and as good as I need it to be compared to the iPhone Safari. Thanks for the list!

      • Roy
        January 7, 2009 at 9:34 am

        +1 for Skyfire, although I also really like Opera Mini. Skyfire is great when I'm using wifi, even if the app does use almost all of my phone's RAM... But since my phone doesn't use 3G (it uses EDGE), the only browser that's really usable without wifi is Opera Mini. Smaller memory footprint, much faster page loading, all in all it's pretty great.

        Other must-haves for me:

        - Oxios Alarm Clock, a ton better than WinMo's built-in alarm clock
        - Celetask, IMO probably the best task manager
        - Google Maps, did nobody say this yet? Really?!
        - Talkonaut, another good, multi-client IM program (I like the Java version better than the standalone WinMo version)

        And one "word to the wise" -- if you happen to flash the ROM on an HTC phone and all of a sudden see an application called OMPAPClock, don't use it! It's an overclocking utility, but when I tried to use it my phone froze and wouldn't start up again. I had to do a hard reset and lose all the programs I'd installed.

  9. Abhishek
    January 6, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I would say both Windows Mobile and iPhone suck. Especially now that Nokia 5800 is available! Both are no competition for Nokia 5800, it has great features and the UI is fantastic and easy to learn.

    • Nicole
      January 9, 2009 at 3:24 am

      That's pretty much comparing apples (literally) to bananas. The Nokia 5800 is NOT designed to be a "smartphone" like the Windows Mobile phones and maybe the iPhone, which also reflected in the price tag. I am not saying it doesn't seem to be a nifty phone, just it is not in the same league.

  10. Herb
    January 6, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    That's it? That's the applications you came up with to make Windows Mobile a Kick-Ass-Phone?

    I really do not like Apple and I will never buy an iPhone, but I have to say, compared to my HTC WinMo phone, the iPhone is the only one kicking ass, no matter what applications I add. Shame on MS for squandering years and years of development and allowing Apple to come out with a phone that virtually decimates all WinMo phones in the first rond.

    WinMo sucks, because it's GUI sucks! An iPhone has an outstanding interface, easy to use and quick to grasp.

    I hope MS took note and their next release will kick it up a notch, but that was my hope for MS Vista, too and look what happened....

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      January 6, 2009 at 2:34 pm

      Windows Mobile on my HTC Diamond Pro and Diamond is hands down AWESOME! It does everything the iPhone does and then some. I have loaded up a custom rom courtesy of NATF from XDA which makes it even more awesome. Then I load up Matt's FuzeBerry software which tricks out TouchFlo 3d. I have seen some demos of the next Windows Mobile version and it is even tighter.

      If there is some interest I can post some Windows Mobile tips/tweaks... Let me know if anyone is interested!

      HTC WinMo FTW!

      • Roy
        January 6, 2009 at 3:16 pm

        A WinMo tips/tweaks article would be awesome. I have an HTC Excalibur, I bought it as a "T-Mobile Dash" but then I loaded the HTC factory ROM and turned it into the non-crippled phone it's supposed to be. Now that it's not running T-Mobile's crappy version of the OS, I no longer think WinMo sucks (I guess it also helps that it's the 6.1 HTC ROM instead of the 6.0 that was originally on it).

        All that being said, the phone itself is a little shy on memory (the most I've been able to get cleared and available at one time is ~19MB), so any tweaks that would help make it run more efficiently would be great.

        Also, we do all realize that the "WinMo/iPhone/Nokia is the best and everything else SUCKS" comments all amount to stating an opinion as though it were a fact...right?

        • David Pierce
          January 6, 2009 at 11:03 pm

          That's a great idea! Good point, btw, about WinMo not being the problem- the reality is that the carriers cripple you far more than Windows ever could.

          As for memory-saving tips, stay tuned- I'll see what I can cook up.

      • Richard
        January 6, 2009 at 10:58 pm

        Hi, I have a Diamond Touch, i would love to read a good article on making it the phone it should be.... My phone came from overseas (i live in Australia) as i bought it before we had it here so i cannot get a copy of the firmware released for my service provider... It sounds like you have some good third party stuff on there - any pointers would be great.

        Also I tried to get the media player mentioned in this article and it is no longer supported... the downloaded file did not work for me :(

        Thank you

        • David Pierce
          January 6, 2009 at 11:06 pm


          For TCPMP, try this link:

          It worked for me to download, hopefully will work for you! Technically it's been discontinued, so use at your own risk, but it's been totally stable for me.

  11. Guy Cross
    January 6, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I have just discovered two others to add to your list:

    Funambol - which is an around sync genius tool. It has 100% changed the way I use my Windows Mobile based phone.

    Shozu - shozu isn't new at all, but I have (re)discovered it - I love the way to automatically upload my pictures to flickr...

    both of these programs mean I no longer have to plug my phone into my pc to sync it...

    more updates about my tech life

    • David Pierce
      January 6, 2009 at 11:09 pm

      Funmabol is an awesome tool! It's one of the most complete, and useful, tools I've ever seen for syncing various platforms.

      As for Shozu, as a non-Flickr user (my photos aren't exactly wonderful), it never really did it for me. Do you use the other features- Facebook and the like? I'm curious what you think.