Look out! Tons of freewares coming through!
Few days ago I noticed my device does not synchronize anymore with ActiveSynch. I tried a couple of fixes which didn't work so I decided it's time to format the thing. You know, start all over again...
Here's a summary of all the applications I've installed after performing the hard reset - a lot of freewares coming through!
SPB Mobile Shell
Best Shell application ever created for Windows Mobile. Without a doubt - my favorite application - and also the only one in this post which is not free (but it's worth it, believe me)
Completely changes the way I work on my mobile device, I love it.
See previous posts I wrote about it including download links
The first thing I do after installing this beauty is to re-configure some of the default settings; removing the useless today screen, configuring the shortcuts menu, and changing the scheme colors... let's pick something special this time... Blue.
There it is.
.Net compact Framerowk
Most applications will not work without it - if your device is not new - you probably don't have it by default - so use the following links to download and install it.
MyMobiler - Remote Desktop for Windows Mobile
This is a genius application. Not sure everyone needs it - but for me it's one of the first things I install whenever I start using a WinMo.
Luckily this app knows how to install itself automatically on every new device which means once you have it on your PC - it will be passed to the phone automatically.
If you don't have it yet - get it, it gives you a full control on your device from your PC, it has the capability to get screenshots and even videos. Fantastic app.
Advanced Centrifugation Tool
Old version: Advanced configuration Tool for Windows Mobile
New version: Advanced Configuration Tool - All the WinMo Tweaks in one freeware (this one has more options but requires compact framework 3.5)
The reason I like this freeware is that it gives an easy way to disable the annoying security warnings every time I install a freeware.
So now I have beautiful UI, powerful platform to continue with and some personalized configuration.
Windows Mobile in its' best - just like I love it. (who's your daddy now Apple?)
OK, it's true that I developed this one, but it's in my recommendations list because I really love it. it's simple, the UI is finger friendly and it fits my needs and hey, it has been downloaded by over 100,000 people so far!)
Office Mobile 6.1
In case your device does not run Windows Mobile 6.1 - this is a must.
It's a free upgrade to all the office applications.
This great freeware tweaks your winMo lists to become scrollable by finger - just like the iPhone does.
BTW, not that I mean to brag or anything, but you all know I just purchased an iPhone, up to know I downloaded around 7-8 free tasks applications (yeah I know, iPhone doesn't have that built in...dhaaa) - and so far I like none of them... brrr...
Anyways, SpoonDo! is a simple but efficient free tasks manager.
Another free app that will improve your WinMo phone. Some devices may not need it due to built-in plug-ins but if you are looking for a good contacts application - this is the one.
Macromedia Flash Player 7
Flash for Windows Mobile. You never know when you may need it.
Without a doubt, Opera is a leading Internet browser application.
There are some alternatives, but from my humble experience Opera is much better.
If you are looking for a free alternative - Opera Mini can be an option as well.
The Core Player is probably the best media player for Windows Mobile.
If you are interested in seeing movies on your WM device—this is the perfect solution.
I think it's no longer a freeware - but here's a link to the older version which works fine for me (every flight...).
Great way to combine all of your messengers in one app.
I like the user interface of this one, even though I normally don't use it that often.
PocketCM Image viewer
The best free image viewer I know. iPhone like user interface, powerful zoom (the best I tried so far) - a very good app.
All the important Google apps in one freeware. Nice one.
There's a lot of nice free games for Windows Mobile but those two are the best ones! If you have a partner to compete against - those are great games - and a freewares too.
(which reminds me - my wife just broke my ZNax record few days ago... I must finish this post and spare some time for a comeback)
PHM Registry Editor
If you like tweaking your device back and forth - this one is for you.
A great editor - very old but still working - similar to the registry editor of Windows XP etc.
Has some bugs every now and then but not things that ruin the device completely (I encountered some saving problems few times but nothing serious)
I usually change the font size from 800 to 1000 (in points) which seems like turning it from size 8 to size 9 or 10.
If you wish to learn more how to do it - click here.
That's it for tonight. 1-2 hours (ok maybe 3) and you have an upgraded Windows Mobile device; improved user interface, lot's of tweaks, few productivity tools and all (except for one) - for free!
(Oh, and don't forget to backup your device once you have all your favorite apps in place... )
There's a lot of additional freeware out there, you can find all the ones that were reviewed here (only interesting ones of course) under the keyword freeware (also located in the left sidebar).
If you have additional 'must have' applications for Windows Mobile - share it with us (comments or email) - and I will wrap up your suggestions in a follow-up post.
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