Gizmodo’s Essential Apps List

One of the main ways that I learn about new apps is by reading about them in blog posts and other news articles. I don’t really spend time browsing through the Android Market or the iTunes App store looking for apps. Gizmodo has published an updated app list of what they consider to be the best iPhone, Android, iPad, and Windows Phone apps that I think is worth checking out and bookmarking.

For social media fans, each of the platforms has a social section, though I suspect that all of the apps will be of interest to our readers. One app that I was surprised to learn about is 4th & Mayor, which is a Foursquare app for Windows Phone 7. I have the Foursquare app installed on my HTC HD7, and I was curious as to why Gizmodo picked 4th & Mayor over it.

As far as I can tell, the main difference is that 4th & Mayor displays your friends check-ins with a layout similar to the Windows Phone 7 text messaging app. The app displays white text on a black background default, which is also similar to the native Windows Phone 7 apps. You can, however, configure 4th & Mayor to display black text on a white background. Other than these two items, I am hard pressed to see a significant difference between the two apps.

I do find the Windows Phone 7 list to be the most useful, simply because Windows Phone 7 is so new that there aren’t as many apps, and what do appear in the Marketplace are apps I don’t recognize. A couple of other apps I downloaded to my HD7 are Back Burner, which is a Reader It Later app and Poynt, which is a location based app.