I have never enjoyed an In-Box Zero State. That's mainly because I maintain four separate e-mail identities. There are valid reasons for keeping separate (and cloaked) accounts while maintaining distinct online identities. But as a result of having to juggle multiple mail servers, I have previously needed to run some of my e-mail existence from a laptop. Not so with the Lumia 800. I am very impressed at how quickly and elegantly the phone is able to listen to my mail queues and to provide me easily viewable and instantly actionable message traffic. Because my e-mail burden is decreasing, I've had the opportunity to download and use a few applications from the Windows Marketplace.
Pinned on my home screen.
I have pinned one RSS feed, Foursquare, Tweetcaster, Yahoo! mail, Dublin weather, and my Flickr contacts' activity to my home screen. It will be interesting to document how those phone tiles evolve during the next year.
Applications after a fortnight.
Here are the applications residing on my Lumia 800:
Adobe Reader. I distribute a lot of course notes via PDF and the Reader is essential for my third level teaching.
Alarms come with the phone.
Amazon Kindle holds three of the textbooks for my next semester's workload.
Calculator comes with the phone.
Calendar is more intelligent and easier for me to manage with Microsoft Live than with Google Calendar or via Ovi services.
Camera comes with the phone. It is not as good as the camera on my Sony Xperia Arc.
Contacts Transfer comes with the phone and it is simply fantastic. Even the iPhone understands it.
Evernote is my most essential app.
Facebook has made my phone an always-on chat device.
Feed Reader is a test case.
Flickr lets me monitor student project work.
Foursquare shows me little mini-panes where people are hanging out. It is the best implementation of the Windows Phone Metro interface, behind the Internet Movie Database.
Games come with the phone.
Google Search is my preferred service.
Help+How+To comes with the phone.
IMDb is used in two of the creative multimedia modules I teach.
Internet Explorer comes with the phone. It's quite good.
Live Calendar adds different coloured bars from the Calendar app or from Outlook.
Maps come with the phone.
Marketplace comes with the phone.
Messaging comes with the phone.
Music+Videos are burned into the phone.
Nokia Drive comes with the phone.
Office comes with the phone.
Outlook comes with the phone. It does not crash.
Pageonce should help be improve my budgeting and replace the shoebox under the desk.
Phone comes with the phone.
Podceiver looks good.
QR Code Reader isn't as good as the QRReader on iOS.
Settings are part of the phone.
SimpiRSS feeds my home screen with favs I monitor on Twitter.
System View comes with the phone.
Topgold Live is helping me manage my task list.
Trip Advisor, an essential element of business intelligence.
Tweetcaster is my preferred handset twitter app.
Twitter is a pretty good app.
WeCare is a Microsoft feedback app.
WeatherBug lets me see whether I need to wear a hat.
Yahoo! Mail serves me legacy mail.
YouTube entertains me.
Some of those applications are built into the phone. Some duplicate the functionality of others and I'm using two of the same kind of app to compare and contrast performance. I like using applications suggested by All About Windows Phone and also adding my tuppenceworth to the cacophony of the AA-WP audience.