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SUNNYVALE, CA, United States – It’s day four of March Apps Madness. We kicked off Monday with the first round of voting on the games category and continued Tuesday with the social apps category. Wednesday, we all voted on news and entertainment apps.

Today we start voting on the last batch of our 32 apps with the utility and productivity choices. These are the workhorse apps – those you go to when you need information to get a job done or to feed a certain need. These are the apps you rely on both for work and play.

Of course, if you need to research your choice and study the form, visit the Windows Phone Marketplace – and remember, you can try the apps before you buy on a Nokia Lumia phone. You’ll find over 70,000 apps on offer there.

Voting is simple. Under each pairing, select your favorite from the choices below. We’ll take it from there.

If you are curious how the whole competition is going to play out, see the FULL LINE UP FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS (PDF)

Without further ado, let’s dig in to the utilities and productivity category!

eWallet Go!

Don’t take risks with your passwords, accounts, cards or ID numbers. Keep them protected, secure, and convenient in eWallet GO!

eWallet GO! is a streamlined, stand-alone secure information manager from Ilium Software – perfect for storing your credit cards, usernames, PINS and more. You’ll love having all your info at your fingertips and available anywhere.

eWallet GO! makes it easy to get started fast, with 29 ready-to-use templates for you to enter all your important information. You’ll be set up in no time and ready to work your data whenever you need it. Plus, eWallet GO! lets you assign your cards to multiple categories, so you’ll never have to second guess where you saved any of your cards.

You can put your Windows Live login card in categories like ‘Websites’ and ‘Passwords’, and find it fast if you’re in a hurry. Or save your company credit card info in both a ‘Credit Cards’ and ‘Work’ category if you want. It’s your info – save it however you like, and access it fast without worry


Pictomaphone is one of the best photo editing applications for Windows Phone. See what users have been raving about!

Adjustments – including: Contrast, Levels, Hue + Saturation, 4 Grayscale Modes, Posterize and Solarize.

Effects – including: Blur, Glow, Vignette and Frosted Glass.

Filters – including: Sepia, Cross-Process, and Vintage Filters with funny names, like – Brawny, Sunday Morning and Country.

Sports Tracker

Turn your mobile into a social sports computer with Sports Tracker and take your training to the next level! Track and analyze your performance, share workout data with your friends, and most of all – get fit and stay healthier.

Along with the full-featured online service at Sports Tracker is the most powerful tracking solution available for your Windows Phone.

NextGen Reader

NextGen Reader has a clean, beautiful & simple design, inspired from Windows Phone mail app with powerful features:

  • Full offline mode with image caching.
  • Pin favorite feeds/folder to start.
  • Select multiple items like wp7 mail app.
  • Completely secure – uses https and encryption.
  • Beautifully METRO UI with fast interface. Discover new content every day in brand new Manage Sources hub with daily featured sources and frequently updated categories. Read full articles in beautiful clean view powered by Readability.


SkyDrive from Microsoft is the place to store your files so you can access them from virtually any device. Windows Phone has built-in access to SkyDrive right from the Office and Pictures hubs. It can also automatically upload pictures you take to SkyDrive for easy access.

Now the SkyDrive app for Windows Phone also lets you manage and share files – all in one place.

You can:

  • Browse your entire SkyDrive including files shared with you
  • View recently used documents
  • Upload your pictures
  • Share a link to any file using email
  • Create folders. Delete files or folders


Evernote turns your phone into an extension of your brain. This award-winning app lets you remember and recall anything that happens in your life.

From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put everything into Evernote and watch as it all instantly synchronizes from your phone to the Web to your PC.

New to Windows Phone 7.5 are better social integration, search integration, background synchronization, and pinning of notes, notebooks, tags, searches, maps, and “new note” shortcuts audio, text and photo).

You can now also pin template tiles, so that with one click you can create a new note with a title, tags, notebook and content that you want. We offer text templates that open up new note in the editor, photo templates that start the camera for you, and audio templates that start recording automatically.


Looking for a burrito joint open now? A gas station you can drive to before your tank hits empty? Yelp for Windows Phone 7 is here to help. Search for places to eat, shop, drink and play then read reviews from an active community of locals in the know.


Epicurious presents recipes from the award-winning food site are now available on your mobile device. Search more than 30,000 delicious, professionally created recipes from Bon Appetit, Gourmet, SELF, and renowned chefs and cookbooks. Save and share your favorite recipes, create shopping lists, and e-mail recipes and shopping lists to yourself and friends. Plus, get access to hundreds of thousands of recipe reviews and ratings from members.