The naysayers and tech media critics would have you believe that the impending launch of Windows 8 for tablets and the Windows Phone platform in general are doomed to failure. Don’t believe it for a minute. The truth is that Windows Phone has a lot going for it, including a steadily improving app market that’s beginning to rival iTunes and Google Play in terms of diversity and quality. One of the best possible apps available for any WP7 owner is Reinstaller, a simple yet powerful utility for managing apps on your Windows Phone.
In a nutshell, Reinstaller is an app installation tool that allows any Windows Phone user to quickly reinstall all of the apps they’ve ever downloaded. Much like Google Sync on Chrome, Reinstaller will access your history on the Windows Phone Marketplace and determine which programs you used to have installed. It can restore apps one by one to ensure that you don’t waste any time trying to remember all of the mobile software you once had. It’ll even revalidate any paid apps you’ve already purchased in the past.
In a hypothetical situation where you’ve upgraded to a new Windows Phone, you’ll need to recreate your old work environment. Instead of doing it manually, simply download and install Reinstaller. Launch the app, hit “Connect” and enter your account details for the Windows Phone Marketplace. The app will compile a list of programs to install. Simply tap “Install” and select the apps you’d like to download. For each app, you’ll have to approve the installation by tapping “Yes“. This can take a considerable amount of time, so you’ll want to install the most crucial apps first before moving on to more superfluous programs.
While the app is more or less flawless in everyday usage, it could really benefit from a few key upgrades in the future. For starters, the fact that a user has to approve the installation of each app one by one is annoying. It’d be nice if the developers of Reinstaller introduced a feature that would allow a user to simply reinstall everything in one fell swoop. In addition, it doesn’t save app data and stats or allow a user to transfer an app to another Windows Live account.
Despite the resilience and stability of Windows Phone 7, there are times on any mobile platform when a fresh start is in order. Whether you’ve purchased a new phone or recently performed a factory reset, Reinstaller can make your life a lot easier. As with the superb Ninite for Windows and Linux, Reinstaller simplifies the process of reinstalling apps and programs from scratch. Although there’s obvious room for improvement in several areas, it’s nevertheless one of the most valuable and feature-packed apps on the Windows Phone Marketplace at present.