We get a lot of questions here at WPCentral regarding transitioning your data or media from one service to another. One common question is about iTunes and compatibility. While you can use the Windows Phone 7 Connextor tool to help in that area, one alternative is the open source iTunes Export program by Eric Daugherty.
The app is either command line or has a GUI version (requires Adobe Air) and is pretty straightforward: launch, it finds your playlists, allows you to convert them to different formats to export: standard .m3u, .wpl (Windows Media), .zpl (Zune), or .mpl (Centrafuse) playlists. Seems easy enough and should help those of you previously hooked on iTunes to transition over.
We have a feeling that's just the beginning, as Chris Walsh, known for his contribution to ChevronWP7, has evidently been leaked some info on the update, calling it "massive" and more tantalizingly, "MS took 3 months to do what Apple did in 3 years" and "Lets just say the could have called it Windows Phone 8"--that's exactly the kind of thing we and the market in general want to hear.
Whether or not it all bares fruit remains to be seen, but too many independent sources are all saying the same thing: the first update to Windows Phone 7 will impress.
Oh and one more thing (snicker), Chris promises some screenshots later today. Stay tuned.
A few sites have sprung up of late offering an easy web-view of the Windows Phone Marketplace. Such was the case with MarketplaceBrowser, which indexed and gave quick links to all the software in the app store.
Now a new one has launched called WP7AppListand it looks to be a little more full featured as it includes price-drops and interesting stats e.g. who knew that 29% of the apps for WP7 are free and that the average price is $1.51? As interesting, an average of 49 apps are added each day. Cool.
The site designer's choice to use a Apple Cover Floweque design is a bit humorous and it's a bit garish at times. However, we suppose using the site to check for daily price drops or new apps would be a good use, so take it for a spin.
And Microsoft, you should really get in on this web thing for the store soon. Try the site here.
While we took a look at Browser Plus a few weeks ago, the add-on to Mobile Internet Explorer that gave us tabbed browsing, a new contender has come forth to offer some similar and unique features.
Browse On goes for $0.99 in the Marketplace and it's biggest selling point would be the ability to open a new Tab in Landscape and type in the web address directly. That's because in normal Mobile IE and Browser Plus, the address bar is not available in Landscape, requiring you to switch orientation, type, then switch back. The second selling point is the full screen mode in Portrait. This feature auto-hides the address bar in the default orientation, give you more browsing space.
Overall, the look and speed of the app is great and while it lacks "incognito" and "reader" modes like Browser Plus, the full screen emphasis and better landscape browsing make it a worthy app. No trial mode is available.
We reviewed Flight Control for Windows Mobile not too long ago and found it to be an entertaining, addictive gaming app. Namco's Flight Control has made the transition to Windows Phone 7 and is just as entertaining and as addictive. If anything, the capacitive touch screen has improved game play.
Flight Contol has been well received on other platforms such as the iPhone and to see how well the aplication transitioned to Windows Phone 7, just ease on past the break.
We've looked at the Ecolife cases before and were impressed with the quality and durability. I've been carrying my AT&T Tilt2 in Ecolife's Elements Side Case for about six months and it's still going strong. The Top Case fits the LG Quantum nicely and I recently took the case for a test drive with the new Windows Phone.
Follow the break to see what impression the Elements Case made.
In a new video on YouTube, it's alleged (and seemingly demonstrated) that the HD7 suffers from an antenna/reception issue similar to the Apple iPhone 4--namely if you grip it a certain way, it has a noticeable effect on the reception, up to the point where calls and data are dropped. This so-called "death grip" problem dubbed antenna-gate by many is related to having the antenna near the bottom of the phone, which is a design choice to keep the antenna (and radiation) away from the head.
At first, we were skeptical of the evidence found in the video, noting that in general, T-Mobile's coverage and reception is worse than AT&T and to put it bluntly, the HD7's overall signal reception was not the best to begin with. In turn, we tried to duplicate the situation numerous times and in the video above, you'll see our results which came as a surprise. In short, the HD7 does appear to have a death-grip problem--even to the point where data can be held up.
By way of comparison (not in the video though) the Samsug Focus seems to be just fine. Combined with the "pink camera" issue, the HD7 to looks have a few notches against it. Feel free to chime in with your experiences in comments! See the original YouTube video after the break.
LG has joined the party! The LG Quantum is available over at AT&T to complete the wireless provider's initial Windows Phone 7 lineup.
The Samsung Focus's main features would be the thin size and Super-AMOLED screen. The HTC Surround's key feature would be the slide out Yamaha speakers. The LG Quantum's key features, the slide-out keyboard and DLNA compatibility.
Can the physical keyboard and DLNA give the Quantum a leg up on the competition? Or will the smaller form factor dampen the impact of the LG Quantum?
While the official Twitter and Seesmic apps get all the press, this little program has snuck by a lot of people. It's free, just like the others, but offers some unique features like counters and very smooth scrolling.
The app is quite fast with an intuitive layout, making it one of our favorite Twitter apps out there.
Next week, the developer is planning to release a new version featuring a Live Tile for your start screen, as teased below.
We knew it wasn't much in terms of security, so unlocking Windows Phone 7 to "developer mode" to enable is now a done deal.
What this means for the community is now you can install unapproved applications onto your device, such as apps that modify the UI or access lower level functionality like the phone. The first recent example of such software was this augmented reality app that accessed the camera API.
Of course we still need an alternative Martketplace to distribute said software, much like Apple's Cydia. We imagine that this won't take too long, leading to rapid growth in the home-brew community for Windows Phone 7.
The unlocker, called ChevronWP7, was completed by Rafael, Chris Walsh and Long Zheng, with the latter two becoming household names by now. To enable the unlocked, developer mode, you simple download the file, connect your phone to your computer and run the installation. Seems easy enough and we're told there's no risk.
Couple of tips:
You may have to install the registry file on ChevronWP7.com, we did
Make sure the lock screen is not on when you try or you'll get an error
Being offered over at the Zune Marketplace for Windows Phone 7, the $.99 app is a finger-friendly doodle pad that has tons of options for tapping into your creative juices. Draw! can be used in portrait or landscape orientations and has multi-touch support (you can draw with two fingers at once).
Controls are lined up at the bottom of the screen and include your brush, fill and stamp tools; color selector; eraser; a magic button for image effects (ripple effect, glow, twist, etc.); picture tool to insert pre-drawn cartoons or a Bing Image; undo/redo controls; and file options.
Windows Phone 7 gives you the advantage of staying in touch with various aspects of your life. From email to appointments to Facebook status, your Windows Phone adds a mobile touch to your life. If you make use of Craig's List and need to stay in touch on the go, myCraigsAds might be of use.
The $1.99 application is available over at the Marketplace and gives you the ability to search, monitor and create posts to Craig's List. These abilities are spread out nicely over a four page hub...
AT&T isn't the only one offering a BOGO sale on Black Friday. T-Mobile has joined the fun by offering a "buy one, get one free" on select smartphones.
The good news for Windows Phone fans is that the HTC HD7 is included on the list.
The BOGO offer is for new and existing customers (those eligible for upgrade) who sign up for a T-Mobile family plan with a two-year agreement and purchase one of the featured devicesa can get a new featured smartphone free (which includes the HD7). The new in-store BOGO promotion will be available Nov. 26 through Jan.18, to allow those who want to avoid the Black Friday crowds have the opportunity to take advantage of the offer.