Basic Windows Phone Apps to get a new user started

It has been said in several quarters that Windows Phone has too little apps. I still think the app divide is closing really fast. This post is for the newbies on the platform and for those willing to make a switch but are inhibited by a perceived lack of apps. I want to show you that apps are available on almost every app category.
Let’s start with the basics;

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Communications / Social Media:
The top messaging apps are all available from WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, BBM, Skype, Telegram, LINE and Viber to the less known ones like Nimbuzz and Snapchat (6Snap). We have Readit and Baconit for Reddit. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have their own official apps. Third party alternatives and replacements like Mehdoh (For Twitter), and 6tag (for Instagram) also exist.

Browsers:
Choices are limited here. Apart from the very capable and enhanced Internet Explorer, the choices are severely limited in terms of alternative browser or the freedom to choose any as default. As of today the store offers UC Browser which is perhaps the best IE alternative therein, then there are several less known names such as Nokia owned Xpress Browser, Private Browser, and Maxthon Browser. Sorry, no Opera Mini razz

Entertainment:
No official YouTube app currently but there are capable alternatives like MyTube and MetroTube. For the music streamers there are Nokia MixRadio, Xbox Music, Pandora, Spotify, Beats Music, Soundcloud etc. on the music side I use Listen, a lightweight music player which pulls and displays lyrics from the web, there is Musixmatch for those interested in more fancier features and UI.

Productivity, and Games:
I’m not entirely sure what productivity actually means but there are some basic apps one may be used to coming from Android or iOS. In the file manager department there is Microsoft’s own Files, in addition to Files and Folders Pro and Aerize Explorer. In the media player department there is MoliplayerPro that seems capable of handling any video format thrown at it, VLC is said to be coming soon . In the photo editor department there are plenty to choose from, I currently use Adobe PhotoShop Express and Nokia Creative Studio. For Document handling and processing, Microsoft’s own Office and Adobe’s PDF Reader will serve well. As for the games freaks we have the popular leaders from Asphalt 8 to Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, ol Run and Templer Run 2, Subway Surfers, Despicable Me: Minion Rush and several other exclusive titles like Dark Lands

Downloads/ Torrents:
UC Browser we all know has a very goodbln download manager with background downloads possible while the app is not running, so its no surprise too see them continuing the trend on Windows Phone. WP torrent and Torrex Pro are also functional torrent apps you can play with.

Fitness apps and Third Party Hardware:

There is a Fitbit app that works with the Fitbit devices, also Runtastic Pro and the Bing Fitness apps are available

Ebooks and references:

If interested in a lot of reading you may be happy to know that the Audible service has an app available, so also are the Kindle and Kobo apps. For the ones that have their own books as raw epub files we have the easy to use Reading and more full featured Freda to render epub files in all its glory. We definitely have a Dictionary app which works completely offline with voice support too and a Wikipedia app by Rudy Huyn.

News Readers:
Pock8, Poki, and Magnify News Readers are cool news reading apps you can check out in the Store. Sites like The Verge and WPCentral offer their own apps too.

Local Content:

In the made for Naija category there is the Gidi Traffic app, the GTBank application which works with both Mobile Money and Internet Banking Customers. We have the Channels TV application also for those interested

Exclusives:

Some of these include the really nice apps you cannot find on other platforms. Office Lens turns your WP device into a handy document scanner, then Nokia Camera which I think is the best camera app in any smartphone. Office Remote turns your phone into a very handy handsfree remote control for your PowerPoint presentations or any other Office app (Only works with Office 2013), Disqus app is fantastic for those who frequently use the service

 

I hope with these few points of mine, I’ve been able to convince you that Windows Phones is still kick-ass when it comes to apps. Android trolls abeg park one sidesmile

 

Please note that not all of these applications are free to install or use, but most come with a free trial period. Is there any basic Windows Phone application which is not included but you think can make the list? Kindly let us know in the comments below.

 

 

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  1. Some of these include the really nice apps you cannot find on other platforms. Office Lens turns your WP device into a handy document scanner, then Nokia Camera which I think is the best camera app in any smartphone. Office Remote turns your phone into a very handy handsfree remote control for your PowerPoint presentations or any other Office app (Only works with Office 2013), Disqus app is fantastic for those who frequently use the service

    Nice collections really, only you didn’t mention the apps that are exclusive to Windows Phone except you mean in name and not in functionality. Document scanner apps has been available on both iOS and Android via third party apps before Windows Phone could really become usable even though it is still lacking in a couple of areas.

    I can list a couple of scanner apps on Android even including those that allows scanning and converting to PDF files and allowing you to do preprocessing before finally converting to remove any artefacts and enhance the final outputs greatly.

    Finally, Windows Phone is quite usable from Windows Phone 8.1 but that doesn’t mean it’s better than either iOS or Android and particularly needs further learning to do before we can think of actually matching it against Android. By the way, more 80% of smartphone users worldwide couldn’t entirely be wrong in choosing Android even as I admit that there are some people who are still free to choose Windows Phone on compassionate grounds or for the massive play of colour on the entire UI of the operating system and the physical devices.

    1. Disqus app is exclusive both in name and in functionality, same as Office Lens unless you would like to tell me of another such that is integrated with Microsoft Office. if you actually think Windows Phone is mostly about play on colour you are very well wrong there. Stop taking what you see in blogs as gospel truth, those colourful homescreens you see are very much customisable and they can do much more than that.

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