In these times of iPhone lust and exciting new robot-themed mobiles, it's easy to forget about the old-timer operating system Windows Mobile. With Windows Phone 7 looming this year, WinMo is truly the OS that time forgot, but hey, with 20,000+ apps floating around out there, we managed to find ten to jazz up your old handset.
Social networking KinomaPlay / Kinoma / $29.99; free trial available
This social media browser is like a tiny new ecosystem for your Windows Mobile phone. You can create homescreens linking to friends' pages, Flickr streams, Twitter feeds and YouTube favourites, as well as stream radio, podcasts and movies from your PC. You can even download more apps from the dedicated Kinoma Play app store, and share any of the media you play.
Location basedFoursquare / Touchality / Free; in beta at press timeWinMo users finally get their own app for Foursquare, the location-update social network. Now you too can run around your city checking in at landmarks, leaving tips for other Foursquare users and unlocking various badges the more you use the service. Supports Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5 only.
VideoCoreplayer / CoreCodec / $29.95
Windows Mobile phones come with the Media Player already, but it can only handle common file formats. Coreplayer supports pretty much any video codec file including high-quality compressed files such as DivX and Xvid, so you'll be able to watch any video, no matter where you got it from.
MusicS2P / A_C S2 / FreeIt doesn't have a very friendly name, but S2P actually produces an iPhone-like music player interface on your WinMo touch-screen. It also integrates with S2U2, which slots on asliding iPhone lock screen, and is supported by several other Windows homescreen media control apps, so you'll be able to play/pause and skip tracks from your homescreen.
SportsPocketSportscenter / FreeStay in the loop with Premier League both English and Scottish, the Champions League, UEFA Cup, plus Euro leagues Serie A, Ligue 1, La Liga, Bundesliga and more. This app tracks your favourite teams and sports with push updates on the homescreen.
Sat-navCoPilot Live 8 / ALK Technologies / £26.99All the sat-nav goodies you could possibly want (just like the Android version) including nearby places of interest and for a reasonable under-30 fee. Though TomTom's Navigator 7 recently launched for Windows, we just couldn't justify its £80 price tag.
LifestyleYoMo Media / free
YoMo is your RSS feed on demand, auto-downloading your favourite news, blogs, podcasts, audio and video so that you can consume them even when out of internet range.
Utility SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 / Spb Software House / $29.95; free 15-day trial Give your interface a major overhaul with the super-customisable Spb Mobile Shell which offers 3D effects on emails, SMSes and a new programs Carousel. You can also add widgets, including Facebook and Twitter updates, and change the number of homescreens. Supports all versions of Windows Mobile.
Work Pocket Informant 9 / WebIS / $19.99This finger-friendly task app organises the things you need to do and people you need to meet. You can set a hotlist of tasks you need to access quickly, sort tasks by context, project and next-action, and use the Free Time Finder to pick the best time for that next appointment. Supports up to windows Mobile 6.5
WorldMate Live / WorldMate / Free; $99.95 annual fee for Gold subscription
Email your flight, hotel and rental plans to WorldMate and it'll sync an itinerary between your site, phone and desktop calendar. Gold membership offers push alerts for flight changes, suggestions for alternative flights and customer support over email.