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WP7 Google Voice Clients – Review Roundup

The competition between Microsoft and Google has been raging for a number of years now. The Windows Phone and Android mobile platforms are only a small part, online services are where the real competition is raging. One of the services where Google has a clear lead is Google Voice.

If you haven’t signed up for the service, Google Voice has a number of helpful features. The basic idea is that you sign up for an account, choose a phone number, and then direct your phone traffic to this Google Voice Number. From there you can have the calls automatically forward to one or several other phone numbers. Google Voice also handles voice mail, emailing or texting you notifications, even transcribing messages so that you can get an idea of the content of a message without ever dialing your phone.

Since Google Voice is a core service of a Microsoft competitor, we will most likely never see native integration into Windows Phone, but there are already a number of third party applications that allow you to use the service on your Windows Phone. To see how they rate, keep reading.

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Death Timerz - Review

One of the more unique Windows Phone 7 applications has to be Death Timerz by Licantrop0. The application will tell you how old you are down to the seconds as well as calculate when you are expected to pass.

While the application sounds a little creepy (okay maybe a lot creepy) it predicts your lifespan based on a multi-question survey.

Ease on past the break to see how longer I have and what this unique application has to offer.

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Car Locator - Review

CrewBeat is offering Car Locator over at the Windows Phone Marketplace that should prevent you from misplacing your car again. The Windows Phone 7 application marks your car's location using the on-board aGPS and uses that information to guide you back to where you left it.

Car Locator can come in handy at large shopping malls, sporting events, airports and other venues where masses of cars congregate. The application offers a radar view, map view and allows you to photograph your cars location (to help jog your memory).

To read more about our impressions on Car Locator, ease on past the break.

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MyBookie - Review

Ever wonder how you'd fair in betting on sporting events? MyBookie from Psydian Interactive will let you see how well of a prognosticator you can be without loosing your shirt.

MyBookie is a fantasy game that lets you bet imaginary cash on real sporting events. The sporting events, odds, and outcome are real while the cash isn't. Bets can be placed on the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL as well as college football and basketball. You can bet the spread, over/under or the money line. As an added bonus, MyBookie is integrated with Facebook. You can brag about your bets on your Facebook wall as well as access your MyBookie account through Facebook.

MyBookie is an interesting game and to see if it's a winner, ease on past the break.

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Photogram - Review

We've taken a look at several photography apps. From those that simply applies effects to your images such as PhotoMagic to the apps that gives you more editing controls such as Thumba. Only Samsung Focus and Omnia 7 owners have access to an in-house photography application that falls in line with the former. All other deivces, sorry!

Photogram allows you to apply six special effects to new and existing photos as well as create a collage of images. What you create can then be shared via a handful of social and photography websites.

It's a free application and to read more about Photogram and to see examples, follow the break.

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Golla Gavin Phone Wallet - Review

Golla has been offering unique cases for Windows Phones for some time now. The Finnish company has built a reputation for brightly colored, solidly built, textured soft cases that have ample storage space for cash, credit cards and other items.

The Gavin Phone Wallet is a horizontal case that has a subtle design and practical functionality. The case includes extra pockets for stereo ear buds or a Bluetooth headset along with pockets for credit cards or your i.d.

With a more conservative appearance than othe Golla cases, the Gavin is large enough to handle the latest Windows Phone 7 devices such as the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround and LG Quantum. Follow the break to read more on this latest case from Golla.

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Unique Autosport Vertical Case - Review

Unique Autosport is a popular automotive detailing, customization company that offers everything from custom wheels to audio systems to custom painting to custom graphics. They are now offering cases for Windows Phones.

The top loading, leather case is adorned with the companies "UA" logo and sports a rotating belt clip. A magnetic flap folds over the top of your Windows Phone to keep the phone securely in place.

We took a closer look at the Unique Autosports vertical case with the Samsung Focus. To see how it shook out, ease on past the break.

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WP7 Twitter Clients – Review Roundup

One of the popular complaints of Windows Phone 7 is the lack of native Twitter integration. Fortunately for those of us that are regulars in the twitterverse there are several Twitter clients in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace. Keep reading for a quick look at the Twitter clients that are available for Windows Phone 7. (You should also follow us on Twitter if you're not already. We are @wpcentral. Individual writers are @malatesta77, @coppertop004, @tferrill. Other Smartphone Experts that we recommend are @backlon, @philnickinson, and @palmsolo.) 

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Monopoly – Review

Monopoly, the family game night classic, has made its way to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Offering all of the strategy and fun of the original, Monopoly for Windows Phone 7 is the perfect game for casual gamers looking to kill some time with their Windows Phone. To see what makes Monopoly stand out, see the full review after the jump.

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Review: Motorola S10-HD Bluetooth headphones

Bluetooth headphones come in a variety of shapes and sizes. I’ve had the opportunity to review several different models in the past, and they all have different strengths. My Samsung SBH600 headphones are perfect for listening to music or watching a movie for a long period of time while the Motorola S305’s are my personal favorite in terms of comfort and portability. When it comes to using Bluetooth headphones for exercising, Motorola’s S10-HD sets the bar.

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Pocket God - Review

Have you ever had the desire to play the role of a god? Control the weather, wildlife and decide the fate of your world's inhabitants? Ngmoco is offering Pocket God for your Windows Phone that puts you in the role of god over a prehistoric land and a tribe of pygmies.

Exercise your powers by controling all aspects of the resident pygmy's environment. You have multiple locations to choose from (island, graveyard, iceberg) and a handful of tools to either make the pygmy's life pleasant or disasterous.

The game has experienced popularity on other formats and to see how it shakes out on Windows Phone 7, ease on past the break.

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Trine's Hangman - Review

Looking for an addictive game for your Windows Phone? Like word puzzles? Look no further than Trine's Hangman. Gydar Industries has developed a hangman fashioned word game for Windows Phone 7 that is highly addictive and very entertaining.

The game itself is simple. You try to guess the word, one letter at a time. Each wrong letter ads a piece of the gallows and your hangman's body. Your afforded nine wrong guesses before the picture is complete and you loose.

One of the great things about Trine's Hangman is that your scores are a collective of all the puzzles. So while you may miss a word, your game continues. Don't worry about running out of words any time soon. Trine's comes loaded with 10,000 words and phrases.

But there's a lot more to Trine's Hangman than simply guessing letters. To find out more on this Windows Phone game, follow the break.

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CarneyVale: Showtime - Review + Video

Have you ever wanted to hop into a canon and blast yourself through a flaming hoop? We've all been there, obviously. Not all of us have ever had the chance to follow through with that lofty goal but we can at least live vicariously through Slinky the clown. As Slinky, the ambitious big-top star of Carneyvale: Showtime, you'll be able to live the dream.

See how high into the ranks of Carnival fame you can blast yourself to in this addictive vertical scroller. Video and full review after the jump.

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Weave - Review

Billed as the world's best news reader exclusively for Windows Phone Weave has some big shoes to fill. Sele Games has put together a very comprehensive, easy to navigate around, stable news reader for Windows Phone 7.

Weave pulls from sources such as CNN, the Wall Street Journal, ESPN, and USA Today. You can also add feeds by topic or specific websites. Weave also includes Facebook and Twitter integration.

Weave is priced at $3.99 and to see if it's worth the bucks and fits the billing, ease on past the break.

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Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst - Review

Microsoft Game Studios is offering Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst over at the Marketplace. If you like fast paced, busy-type action games, Project Sunburst is worth a try.

Project Sunburst is a tower defense game where you defend your base camp from mutant freaks. Base on the popular Xbox 360 game, Crackdown, the Windows Phone 7 game adds a local twist to it.

To see how Project Sunburst measured up, ease on past the break.

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Max & the Magic Marker - Review

Max and the Magic Marker, another WiiWare title ported to WP7, currently has the most positive user-submitted reviews that I've read from any of the games in the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace. There's a really good reason for that. It's a great game with an appeal for a wide demographic. Youngsters will love the vibrant, imaginative gameplay and the cool characters. Cold-hearted cynics, like yours truly, will really get a kick out of the seamless combination of platforming and puzzle-solving mechanics that work phenomenally well with the little-big-kid heroics of the blissfully unfolding plot.

Read on to discover why Max deserves the hype and why the term 'magic marker' instead of just 'marker' became common vernacular.

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Poynt - Review

Poynt is another location based search tool for your Windows Phone. Like Yelp! and Places, the Windows Phone 7 application uses your current location as a point of reference. You have the option to search by keyword or by category.

Categories include Businesses, People, Restuarants, Movies and Gas. Regardless of your method of searching, the results Poynt generates will be within an established search radius (can be set in the apps Settings Menu).  As bonuses, Poynt has your current location's weather conditions on the main page and the main page's graphics reflects the time of day at your location.

To see how well Poynt performed and how it compared to other location based search apps, ease on past the break.

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Parcel Tracker - Review

Need a quick and easy way to keep track of parcel packages from your Windows Phone? The Windows Phone 7 application Parcel Tracker is one way to do just that.

The hub layout is simple and straightforward. You have a page for listing all the parcels you are tracking, a pagd to add parcels, and a page to remove parcels. Easy peasy.

Parcel Tracker can track packages shipped from a dozen carriers including UPS, USPS, FedEx, and DHL. To enter a package, you choose your carrier, assign it an appropriate name (e.g. Christmas Gifts to Mom) and enter the tracking number. That package is now listed on the main page of the hub.

Catch more on Parcel Tracker after the break.

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Quantum Jump - Review

Silver Island Media is offering the Windows Phone 7 game Quantum Jump over at the Marketplace. It's an interesting game but maybe not for everyone.

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Impossible Shoota - Review [Video]

We first mentioned Impossible Shoota when it first hit the Marketplace and have spent a little time with the Windows Phone 7 game. If you're looking for a fast paced, addictive, entertaining game Impossible Shoota will fit the bill.

The story line has you in the role of the elite pilot Starboxer. Your are the last survivor of your race and on your last mission to take out as many Sho-dan (the bad guys) ships as possible.  And they throw a lot of ships your way.

Follow the break to read more on Impossible Shoota and to catch a video of the Windows Phone game in action.

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Dodge These Balls - Review

Do you need a simple game for your Windows Phone to help pass the time? Take a gander at EntwicklerX's Dodge These Balls.

The game set up for Dodge These Balls is simple. Your the red ball and you need to dodge the other balls that are bouncing around the screen. You move your ball around by tilting the phone up/down and side/side. The longer you survive, more balls are generated, increasing the challenges.

Follow the break to read more about this Windows Phone game and to catch a video of it in action.

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Decision Maker - Review

Crimson Team is offering Decision Maker over at the Windows Phone Marketplace that may help you get past those hard decisions.

It's a simple process. Think of your question, tap the "Make Decision" bar, and Decision Maker will offer a yes or no response after consulting with aliens, Santa, Granny and many more reliable sources.

Decision Maker is a simple, stable novelty app for your Windows Phone. The $.99 price is just about right for a novelty app and there is a trial version available if you need a little help in deciding to purchase or not.

You can find Decision Maker here (opens your Zune desktop) and if you follow the break, you can catch a video of Decision Maker in action.

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Windows Phone 7 Book Roundup

With the launch of a new platform like Windows Phone 7, there is a learning curve for everyone involved. One of the best ways to get familiar with Windows Phone 7 is to read this website, another way is to read a book. There are pros and cons to both methods; websites are more dynamic and up to date while books are easier to read cover to cover, or refer back to from time to time.

We’ve got several books in-hand, and after the jump we’ll break down the similarities and differences.

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Motorola Finiti Bluetooth Headset - Review

Noise cancellation in Bluetooth headsets is something that manufacturers have thrown all kinds of technology and techniques at, with mixed results. For high end headsets like the Jawbone Icon or the Plantronics Voyager Pro, noise cancellation is a top priority.

Motorola is one of those electronics companies that seem to have their fingers in every aspect of the industry. I’ve reviewed several of Motorola’s Bluetooth offerings in the past, and have met with generally favorable results. The Motorola Finiti is the follow-on to the HX1 Endeavor, which uses bone conduction technology to achieve the highest possible sound quality.

The full review follows the break.

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Avatar Gadgets - Review

One of the cool features of Xbox Live is your custom avatar. You avatar reflects your personality and interests plus it gives your Profile a little chutzpah.

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