The coolest apps not available on the iPhone

Oct 29, 2010
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While the iPhone and its more than 300,000 applications are forever changing how we interact with handheld devices, Apple’s (LauncherPRO (Free)

Don’t bother trying to customize the iPhone’s home screen. Beyond moving icons around or updating the wallpaper, it’s locked. Not so on Android. Personalize your home screen in seconds with new menus showing things like battery life, calendars and chat all in dynamic widgets. Bored? Simply change the menus again.

Worthy apps on other platforms

All in all, the Android Market delivers plenty of choices. But, feel free to keep shopping. Microsoft (MSFT) just released its Windows Phone 7 operating software, which already has more than 1,000 apps. Exclusive offerings on that platform include the science fiction role-playing game The Harvest, as well as tight integration with Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE gaming platform.

Not to be left behind, RIM (RIMM) recently rolled out the 2.0 version of Blackberry App World, with easier access to thousands of apps. While neither Microsoft nor RIM apps are in the same league as Android, Google has already shown that lots of progress can be made in the app space in a very short period of time.

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Editor’s note: We removed an app listed in an earlier version of this story after further investigation.

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Ian Black is beginning to think his phone is smarter than he is. He's keeping a close eye on it in case it tries anything funny.

 

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