Windows Phone 7 devices will start shipping later this month, and while you won’t be able to choose from over 250,000 third party apps to install as you can with the iPhone, developers have already released a few dozen apps for the platform and hundreds if not thousands of other new apps are expected soon. Here’s a brief description of some of the first apps for the platform:
- Sims 3: Basically it’s a mobile version of the Sims. What else do you need to know?
- Need for Speed Undercover: Racing game with 3D graphics
- Bejeweled Live
- Star Wars: Battle for Hoth: Tower defense game in the Star Wars universe
- Twin Blades: The Reaping Vanguard: Shooter with “manga-like” graphics
- Bye Bye Brain: Tower defense game with 3D graphics
- Flowerz: Matching game
- Fruit Ninja: WP7 version of a popular iPhone app for you know… slicing fruit
- ilomilo: Awesome looking game which makes use of accelerometer controls and 3D graphics — only available through AT&T at launch
- Netflix: Manage your queue, watch movies from your phone
- U-Verse: AT&T U-Verse subscribers will be able to schedule their DVRs, download videos. If you don’t have the U-Verse service you can still pay $10/month to watch videos.
- T-Mobile TV: A $10/month service for on-demand video from ABC, Fox, PBS, and other networks
- Slacker: Streaming music app
- IMDb: Mobile version of the Internet Movie Database
- Fandango: Mobile app for the movie showtimes and tickets service
- Twitter: Official Twitter client for Windows Phone 7
- GoVoice: Third party client for Google Voice
- GV Companion: Another Google Voice app
- eBay: Mobile eBay client for Windows Phone 7 which has a few features missing from the Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry versions
There are also a number of other utilities such as tip calculators, RSS readers, stock apps, a flashlight app, and basic games. Prices seem to range from free to about $6.99 right now, and there appear to be more paid apps than free in the Marketplace… but there are still very few apps available. In fact, some of the titles Microsoft showed off today still aren’t actually showing up in the Zune Marketplace yet, so things could change quickly.