Now, when WP7-based devices are available, I was thinking about buying one. After all, I can easily develop software like a custom twitter client on WP7 without having to learn anything I don’t already know.
The “only” issue with WP7 is that I have a couple of apps on my HTC Hero, which I absolutely need or at least would like to use in my daily life and which I don’t want to miss on WP7. Here is the whole list (as of today):
- SCUT gPen – an IME allowing to enter chinese symbols by “painting” them with a finger
- Swype keyboard IME. It is not that really quicker, but the fun using it works like a drug. You don’t want to switch to normal keyboard once you’ve started to swype. It is like eating without salt and pepper.
- A tethering app. I’m using EasyTether but would use just any other possibility to avoid paying crazy sums for hotel WiFi.
- Hanping Chinese Dictionary or an equivalent. At best, the whole info from Yellowbridge should be integrated in the app.
- MapDroid – a map app, which caches parts of the map locally so that you don’t need to pay crazy sums for GPRS roaming on your weekend trip in the neighbour land.
- Barcode scanner with Google and Google Shopping interfaces
- WiFi Analyzer to show surronding WiFi networks graphically, and Antennas, to show surrounding cell base stations graphically
- A simplest MP3 live streaming client of any kind. I enter an Icecast Url, it plays it. Well, I guess I could write this one myself if it isn’t available yet.
- Kayak and Ustream clients, just for fun
So, these are all anchors so far, which don’t allow me to switch to WP7. My feature request for the WP7 Marketplace: I would like to be notified per E-Mail, when the WP7 apps with the same or better feature set will appear there.