At first when I looked up the specs for the HTC Mozart, I was somewhat peeved by the fact that I only had 8GB of memory. But this is a the spoilt me complaining who was pretty well satisfied with less than 512KB of memory on the phone which could support 250 contacts and store 10 text messages about a decade ago.
Well now that every colleague of mine has the same phone as mine and most of them being techies do tinker around with the phones and the Apps that are available in the Marketplace. Since I have decided that I am not going to make my Mozart sing or my travelling television due to the amazing battery backup, I haven’t really exhausted more than 50% of my memory on the phone. But during the past one month, I have come across a bunch of Apps through the word of mouth which seem really useful and practical to be installed on the phone. I have also given a shout-out to my colleagues who pointed me to these Apps.
TextContact Light – One of the most craved for features is sending our contact’s phone or email address via a text message. Since WP7 sans the update which promises this feature is incapable to doing this, the App comes to the rescue. There are limitations but something is better than nothing! (Courtesy: Ajith Krishnan)
Yellow Pages – Now this was quite an App. It managed to provide me listings of eating joints in and around my area. Me being the foodie that I am was floored by the App right then. So my rating for this App is a bit biased! 🙂 (Courtesy: Levi Justus)
i-Clickr Lite – A nifty little App which lets you use your WP7 as your clicker while delivering presentations. Totally geeky and uber cool in my opinion!!
And here are two fun apps that I installed just for the sake of it:
Bandwidth – Just installed this App to check my 3G bandwidth and I was pretty happy about the App’s performance and my 3G bandwidth.
Lyrics – This App actually lets you play the song and then pulls up the lyrics for you along with the song details. The library of lyrics is limited but when it does get a hit, it works pretty well.
Shazam – I am a super huge music buff and am practically listening to music 24X7. Sometimes, I do hear a tune which seems peppy and catchy but I don’t know the artist or the song name. This App catches the sound bytes and identifies the song, artist and album for you. We tested this with English, Hindi, English Instrumental and even Tamil and every time this App passed with flying colors. I had this App on my Moto Rokr a long time back and the App seems to have evolved a lot since then. (Courtesy: Kartik Kumar)
Read my previous user review of the HTC Mozart.
Gone are the days when a phone was supposed to be just a phone. Nowadays the smartphones are a mobile portfolio of an individual’s online persona. Being able to send text messages to multiple recipients once upon a time was a much coveted feature in a cellphone. These gadets have come a long way since then and have evolved into these complicated devices which can practically do anything you want it to or if it cannot, there is probably an App for it.
Here the things I am in absolute awe of on the HTC Mozart and Windows Phone 7 combination:
- The touch motion is very fluid (sometimes a bit too fluid) but that gives the UI an amazing look and feel.
- The sound quality when playing music on the phone is out-of-this-world especially if you use the add-on App HTC Sound Enhancer to customize your sound settings.
- The tiles just take laziness to a whole new level
- The 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash does provide for some amazing picture taking opportunities.
- The design of the phone is different from all the phones that I have used so far.
- The screen quality is surprisingly very good and sometimes you just feel like staring at and admiring the phone.
- The merging and linking of your Outlook, Facebook, Windows Live and GMail contact list is probably the No.1 feature for me.
- The Bing voice search is a feature which is typically good for showing off and extremely cool!
- The apps on the Marketplace are pretty cool and it’s very easy to install them.
Some of the features that I not so Gung-Ho about….
- The quick dial feature on my WinMo 6.5 is sorely missed. I have to click 3 times to actually dial a number.
- The voice dialling feature is a cool one but most of the time it’s confused about what I want vs what it wants to search for. It’s like that feature has a mind of it’s own.
- I cannot assign a song as my ringtone.
- Miss the copy/paste feature for some applications.
- Very used to viewing my phone as a HDD on my computer (without hacks) and miss the direct copy/paste of stuff into my phone.
Here are some of the Apps that I installed:
- Adobe Reader – A must if you need to view PDF documents. (My rating: 5-star)
- Amazon Kindle – Good for reading books purchased from the Amazon store. (My rating: 5-star)
- Dollar Dictionary – A handy little dictionary and thesaurus.
- Facebook – Almost anyone to everyone is on Facebook these days. So it’s needless to say that this app is quite useful. The app has all the basic features for normal FB activity but it’s missing the Share feature. (My rating: 4)
- IMDB – A neat little app for checking out the latest in movie news.
- Live Cricket – A must for any cricket fanatic. Shows the scores of CricInfo. (My rating: 5-star)
- Messenger by Miyowa – This is the only app that works with Windows Live Messenger. So for the lack of a better app this will suffice your needs but there are some improvements needed for it. The Windows Live package available for WinMo 6.5 and below definitely has an advantage over this app.
- MSN Movies – A nifty little app for viewing the latest trailers of movies.
- Notes – The virtual version of Post-Its from HTC.
- MyChannel9 – I do watch Channel 9 videos so this app made sense for me.
- SimpiRSS – This is a standard RSS reader for subscribing to any kind of RSS feeds. It can also import your Google Reader blogs.
- Translator – This is a handy little app which can translate in multiple languages (I think about 6) and also gives the pronounciations of one word translations.
- Stopwatch Timer – This is another basic app which does what the app name says.
- Twitter – A must for all Twitter users. (My rating: 5-star)
- Voice Recorder – Again pretty straight forward which does exactly what the name suggests.
- Weather – A simplistic yet complete app to track world weather. (My rating: 5-star)
- WordPress – A brilliant app for WordPress bloggers. (My rating: 5-star)
- World Clock – A simple but useful app to track the time for different timezones. I really need this as I am horrid with timezones. (My rating: 5-star)
- YouTube – I had this on my WinMo 6.5 and this app from HTC Touch 2 and this makes viewing stuff on YouTube pretty easy.
- e-Bay – This app is quite useful if you are a regular e-Bay user.
- Favorites Dialer – If you miss the Quick Dial or Contacts Favorite list from your WinMo 6.5 like I do, then this is the app for you!
- HandyScan – This is a decent app for scanning documents and storing them in your picture library.
Her are the list of games that I installed on the Mozart:
- Checkers Pro Free
- Ice Ball
- Reversi Pro Free
- Swipy Man
- Tetris 7 (UI ain’t that great)
- Tic Tac Toe
- Word Tangle Free
- Need for Speed Undercover
Have fun customizing your phone!
Here’s how you make Zune Marketplace work for you if you reside outside US: http://pocketnow.com/windows-phone/access-windows-phone-7-marketplace-in-non-launch-countries
The HTC Mozart review by Engadget can be read here.