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    As we all know, there were many things left out of the wp7 OS upon release. Mango was a big upgrade but there are still gaping holes... Which led me to search for apps (work-arounds), to complete some incomplete functionality:

    1. Rap Dialer- adds universal search, pulls up the phone dialer instead of call history, has a plethora of customization (3 different dial pads, sound options, text messaging options, you can even choose what the icon on the tile looks like and what it says, plus more options. This has replaced the stock dialer indefinitely.

    2. Photo Search Free- stand alone bing images search app. Adds the ability to actually save images to your phone!

    3. Add To Contacts- replaces local scout. Does the same thing except it allows you to save phone numbers and contact information from your search results, and adds them to the contact list.

    4. BHive Tasks- allows you to easily view the month and what you have planned. There are also folders that you can create and name to organize and prioritize events, among other options the stock calendar doesn't have.

    5. Cool Tools- all-in-one app that adds some "basics" that was left out of wp7 like stopwatch, converter, tip calc., countdown, sound check, ruler, ECT..

    Honorable mention: 3 excellent apps that add options and functionality to where the camera lacks-
    6. Photo Crop
    7. Pictures Lab
    8. Self Shooter

    these apps are essentially some missing pieces of wp7. Anyone new here should put these on your phone for some needed functionality.
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    Rap Dialer sounds nice awesome but the first feature makes me giggle. It would have to pull the dialer up regardless because you cant display call history in 3rd party apps
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    3. Add To Contacts- replaces local scout. Does the same thing except it allows you to save phone numbers and contact information from your search results, and adds them to the contact list.
    Under local scout you can also add the contact to favorites and it will store all the information there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canesfan625 View Post
    Rap Dialer sounds nice awesome but the first feature makes me giggle. It would have to pull the dialer up regardless because you cant display call history in 3rd party apps
    true. but it's still nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Figure 8 Dash View Post
    Under local scout you can also add the contact to favorites and it will store all the information there.
    in order to retrieve anything that is stored in favorites, you must open the browser, then type in a web site, then the favorites menu will be available when you tap on the 3 dots. Local scout does not have an option to save phone numbers and other information to your contacts list.
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    Where is this elusive "beehive tasks"? Marketplace results are not producing anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WPDiddy View Post
    Where is this elusive "beehive tasks"? Marketplace results are not producing anything.

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    BHive
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdd77 View Post
    BHive
    Oh BHive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdd77 View Post
    in order to retrieve anything that is stored in favorites, you must open the browser, then type in a web site, then the favorites menu will be available when you tap on the 3 dots. Local scout does not have an option to save phone numbers and other information to your contacts list.
    Open local scout, swipe to favorites. I'm not sure why you have so many extra steps. There are no 3 dots or opening a web browser involved. What sort of web searches are you trying to do that wouldn't normally appear in Local Scout? The see+do section is the only one I've seen so far that has event listings that don't give the option to save the favorites, but those events usually don't have a phone number or address attached.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Figure 8 Dash View Post
    Open local scout, swipe to favorites. I'm not sure why you have so many extra steps. There are no 3 dots or opening a web browser involved. What sort of web searches are you trying to do that wouldn't normally appear in Local Scout? The see+do section is the only one I've seen so far that has event listings that don't give the option to save the favorites, but those events usually don't have a phone number or address attached.
    you can do it that way..but wouldn't you rather have phone numbers accessible from your contacts list?....pull open the dial pad and hit #6 for 'market' (or whatever) and have the number?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdd77 View Post
    you can do it that way..but wouldn't you rather have phone numbers accessible from your contacts list?....pull open the dial pad and hit #6 for 'market' (or whatever) and have the number?
    I don't have a preference, myself, I just figured someone might want to know there are two ways just in case they want to save a company's info but don't want them in their contact list.
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    So, judging by this thread - in all honestly, there's not a lot at all that separates WP from the competition (in the app department)...

    :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Supes View Post
    So, judging by this thread - in all honestly, there's not a lot at all that separates WP from the competition (in the app department)...

    :)
    That can be said for pretty much everyone to some degree. a good bit of the most popular apps are on all platforms now.
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    Absolutely. It surprises me when I see people harping on about "lack of apps" on WP. They clearly haven't been brought up to speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Supes View Post
    So, judging by this thread - in all honestly, there's not a lot at all that separates WP from the competition (in the app department)...

    :)
    I downloaded those 8 apps to fill in some things missing from wp7... don't think it would be needed on other platforms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Figure 8 Dash View Post
    I don't have a preference, myself, I just figured someone might want to know there are two ways just in case they want to save a company's info but don't want them in their contact list.
    that is good to know. You might want a number of a business you call frequently in your contacts, and ones you only called one time in local scout favorites menu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Supes View Post
    Absolutely. It surprises me when I see people harping on about "lack of apps" on WP. They clearly haven't been brought up to speed.
    People will always find something to hold over other OS's though.

    For WP7, the last thing was Skype support, next thing will be that there's no Instagram app, once it is released on Android.
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    instagram would be nice though. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mprice86 View Post
    People will always find something to hold over other OS's though.

    For WP7, the last thing was Skype support, next thing will be that there's no Instagram app, once it is released on Android.
    I have Skype now and Tango. I prefer Tango. I also installed all Nokia apps which I think are well executed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdd77 View Post
    As we all know, there were many things left out of the wp7 OS upon release. Mango was a big upgrade but there are still gaping holes... Which led me to search for apps (work-arounds), to complete some incomplete functionality:

    1. Rap Dialer- adds universal search, pulls up the phone dialer instead of call history, has a plethora of customization (3 different dial pads, sound options, text messaging options, you can even choose what the icon on the tile looks like and what it says, plus more options. This has replaced the stock dialer indefinitely.

    2. Photo Search Free- stand alone bing images search app. Adds the ability to actually save images to your phone!

    3. Add To Contacts- replaces local scout. Does the same thing except it allows you to save phone numbers and contact information from your search results, and adds them to the contact list.

    4. BHive Tasks- allows you to easily view the month and what you have planned. There are also folders that you can create and name to organize and prioritize events, among other options the stock calendar doesn't have.

    5. Cool Tools- all-in-one app that adds some "basics" that was left out of wp7 like stopwatch, converter, tip calc., countdown, sound check, ruler, ECT..

    Honorable mention: 3 excellent apps that add options and functionality to where the camera lacks-
    6. Photo Crop
    7. Pictures Lab
    8. Self Shooter

    these apps are essentially some missing pieces of wp7. Anyone new here should put these on your phone for some needed functionality.
    I disagree with:
    1- I think people would rather it goto call history instead of the dialer, when I had my TP I would always collapse the dial pad and use the call history to call my frequently called people.

    2- don't think I'd want to save those to my phone,the way it currently works is fine for me.

    3-can easily add these to favorites and call from there and pin local scout to start screen for faster access,there's also call history.

    4-agenda view does all of this in the standard calendar. What exactly is missing? I can view multiple calendars,respond to Facebook events all within the OS itself.

    5-these are left out of other OSes too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Supes View Post
    Absolutely. It surprises me when I see people harping on about "lack of apps" on WP. They clearly haven't been brought up to speed.
    Or they need specialized apps. LexisNexis (legal research) only offers an iOS app; LogMeIn (remote contact with my work computer) only offers an iOS app; iOS has a monopoly on the good fencing scorekeeping apps; etc.

    Also, Angry Birds Space.

    The situation isn't as bad as some make it out to be, but pretending that there's no discrepancy between WP app selection and iOS app selection doesn't help anyone.
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    eric- This setup works well for me and I thought I'd share it for anyone else who would like more functionality.
    just curious- why wouldn't you want to search a number from the dial pad..or save an image to your phone..or save an important or frequently called number to your contacts..or be able to see your tasks in an easily readable month view?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitlov View Post

    The situation isn't as bad as some make it out to be, but pretending that there's no discrepancy between WP app selection and iOS app selection doesn't help anyone.

    True. There are workarounds, but overall iOS has better app selection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daakkon View Post
    instagram would be nice though. :)
    Oh don't get me wrong, I'd love to see it on the platform :)

    I use Apict at the moment which does a decent job, as does Fotoroom, but a bunch of people I know use Instagram and it would be nice to have that integrated social photography experience with them. Given that there were rumours of the app hitting WP before Android, I can't help but think that it is in the pipeline.
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