Productivity Apps on the Windows Phone
I've been using my Windows Phone for the last month on an AT&T plan and I think I've finally settled on how I want the layout to be: it's now juuuuusssst right, including my colors, ring tones, and the order of the first "landing screen" and my most frequently-used tiles, which are:
- AT&T Phone
- Calendar (pulls from Google Calendar)
- Daily Briefing
- Internet Explorer
- Me / my Husband (quicklinks to individual Contact pages for checkins, posting status, send SMS)
- Cinderella and Talking Puppy (hmmm, I wonder who these are for?)
- Marketplace (all available apps and updates)
- Google Maps
- Google Mail
- Wifi Settings / Cellular Settings
- Bluetooth Settings / Airplane Mode
What's also available in the Apps list (but which I hid from my landing screen) are AT&T specific paid subscription tools like FamilyMap, myWireless, Navigator, Radio (music), and U-verse Mobile (video).
For other small women business owners, these apps will help you stay on top of things while you're away from your desk:
Dictionary: Dictionary.com is a free app with 2 million+ words, definitions, synonyms and antonyms, available even without an internet connection.
BoxFiles for Dropbox: Boxfiles lets you access your documents, music, video, pictures and view/edit your text files.
GeniusScan: Genius Scan is a portable scanner. Take a photo of a paper document and this scanner will automatically detect the edges and correct the perspective.
Pocket Recorder(™): Pocket Recorder allows you to take a voice memo and annotate it or store it - good for people who think out loud like me.
GoPayment: With GoPayment (by Intuit), your small business can easily accept credit cards from your mobile phone.
MobileFax: With MobileFax, you can send faxes directly from your mobile phone. Take a photo of the document and fax it.
moBudget: A budgeting and expense tracking application that helps organize personal and professional budgets as well as identify money-saving opportunities.
Tasks: Manage your to-do list with the Tasks app.
The Windows Phone syncs up with photo and video transfer easily to my Mac, and I've been happy so far with the intuitiveness and ease-of-use for the interface. There are really only two main landing screens to toggle between, the landing page and a list of all your downloaded and built-in applications, so once you "get" that, it becomes easier to manage your tasks and get back to home. There are also quick "back", "home" and "search" buttons on the bottom of the phone itself (search is handled through Bing).
The "People" Function is a great way to link all the information you have on individuals across different platforms (Windows Live, Google, Facebook, Twitter) into one landing page for that contact that shows their picture (updated from FB), phone numbers, latest status message, and your additional contact info for them - great for visually-oriented people.
The battery holds for about 13 hours with my typical usage, which is not a lot of talk time, and the system recommends a darker (not lighter/whiter) display to reduce the energy usage. There's also a Battery Saver that you can toggle on and off.
You can find the Samsung Focus Windows Phone at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Focus-Windows-Phone-AT/dp/B0047T74VS