Staff Picks: Windows Phone 7 apps (George)

Windows Phone 7 is right around the corner and the Marketplace is already full of 1,000+ apps to choose from. But what do you choose first? Do you go with titles that have carried over from Windows Mobile or do you start from scratch?

We've seen applications being added to the Windows Phone 7 line-up over the past several months and over the next few days, we'll share which apps will end up on our Windows Phones first.

Follow the break and find what my top seven apps for Windows Phone 7 will be.

Oh, speaking of applications, we'll start posting Windows Phone 7 software reviews shortly. There will be plenty of apps out there to keep us busy but if there's a particular title you'd like to see reviewed, feel free to suggest it through our Contact form.

There's no telling how many apps I'll end up with on my Windows Phone but these seven will make for a good starting point.

Weatherbug: With both work and play, I like to keep in touch with the weather. I've been using Weatherbug on my Tilt2 for the past six months and like the snapshot of information it offers and the Windows Phone 7 version looks as if it will offer more information in a similar snapshot. The severe weather alerts and the layered weather maps for Bing look to be interesting and welcomed additions.

AP Mobile: I've been using AP Mobile on my Tilt2 since it first hit the Marketplace and have found it to be a simple, effective way to stay in touch with local and national headlines. I like the layout the hubs offer AP Mobile and look forward to trying push notifications on my news headlines.

Bejeweled Live: I have been playing Bejeweled in some shape, form or fashion for years. It's a highly addictive game from PopCap Games and I'm looking forward to seeing it integrated with my XBox Live account.  There will be plenty of games to add to my Windows Phone but Bejeweled will be a constant presence.

Flickr Manager: I've neglected my Flickr Account for some time now and hopefully, being able to manage things from my Windows Phone I can change that.  I'll be able to view and edit photostreams, upload photos to my account, and comment on photos.

Yelp: This looks like an interesting app that allows you to search for places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play. It looks like a handy way to settle the dead-locked "where do you want to eat?" debates and offers you reviews to help narrow down your choices.

Seesmic: This is one of our highly anticipated releases. I often have trouble juggling my Twitter and Facebook accounts while on the run. Having them both under one roof will be nice.

Yomomedia7: This is another carry over from Windows Mobile for me. I liked what I saw with Yomomedia for Windows Mobile and hub layout of Windows Phone 7 should make this app more appealing.

 Feel free to share which apps you're likely to install first in our comments section.

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.