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Useful Windows Mobile apps

Wednesday, September 09, 2009 in Technical Articles (Views: 4088)
I have been using Windows Mobile for years. I have to say that I am not the most impressed by its last few years, but it keeps me hooked because of everything I do have invested in it. I wanted to share with you some applications that have really been useful to me over the years (and yes, games are included).

The inspiration for this particular blog comes from, of all things, finding an old HP300 HPC sitting in a box in my storage room. This device is circa 1998, and was one of the first Windows handheld PC's. It had an amber lit black screen, large keyboard, and was the size of a wallet, encased in hard plastic. Back in the day, the device came with 4MB of storage (and was shared between storage and program memory), but if it wasn't adequate, you could buy a 10MB upgrade for about $200 (if you were lucky). :) Back then, there was even a version of Pocket Access, which has long since died.

Without further adoo, the list....

1. SPB

This pretty much sums up that everything they do is pretty freaking good.

2. SPB Wallet

This application allows you to store your personal data such as credit cards, passwords, software serial numbers, etc in an encrypted file on your Windows Mobile device. You can also sync this with your desktop as well.

3. My Mobiler

This is a remote control app for your phone. If you like to text message, or just want to use your regular keyboard to type, this is a great app for you, and free.

4. SPB Phone Suite

This is a great tool for doing everything on your phone. The best feature to this app is call filtering, when you can block certain calls, or only allow certain people to call you between certain hours. Really worthwhile.

5. IM+

I was a bigger fan of this product, but I don't instant message as much as I used to. It's a little on the expensive side, but if you IM, it has a lot of great features. You can also wrap all your services into a single application.

6. Garmin Mobile XT

This software should come with any external Windows Mobile bluetooth GPS, but it is pretty good. Coupled with the data connection, the software saved me hundreds of dollars in driving around as I was able to find cheaper gas with the help of the data connection. The maps were updated annually for a fee, but I did really like the software. Was easy to use and had larger buttons.

7. Laridian PocketBible

This app was well done, and have since put it on the Windows desktop. For any lacking Biblical scholar such as myself, it offers multiple versions of the Bible, along with the ability to take notes. They have many additional free books available, and some you pay for. Quite a great product, and has been on the market a while.

8. PocketNES

Simply put, a Nintendo emulator for Windows Mobile. If you have the full warranty on your phone and feel like wearing the buttons out, take full advantage of this one.

9. Microsoft Arcade PocketPak

Haven't seen this one in a while, but offers some good ROM emulations of Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Dig Dug, and others. You can save your game, and restore it (if you want to keep your level for later)... :)

These are just some titles I found to be pretty good over the years. I'm sure there are a lot of great apps out there I've either forgotten or never seen.


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