Every time I switch to a new Android smartphone, there are certain apps that I find myself using on the device. They are essential to my needs. While once in a while, I may experiment with other apps, I have traced my usage history and have compiled a clear personal A-list.
Here is the list of the apps that I do not go without on my Android devices. Note: these are not install-and-forget apps, or apps that are used occasionally after being installed. These apps make my Android world go round almost on a daily basis. I have indicated with a “Yes”, “No”, or “alternative Apps” against each app to show whether the app is available, not available or has alternatives in the Windows Phone Store.
- Skype – Yes
- WordPress – Yes
- Facebook – Yes
- Flashlight – Yes
- OliveTree BibleReader – Alternative Bible apps
- Merriam-Webster’s dictionary – Oxford Dictionary
- Dropbox – Alternative apps
- Google+ – Not found one yet
- LinkedIn – Yes
- Photo Editor – Yes
- App Backup & Restore – Alternative apps
- SMS Backup & Restore – Not found one yet
- Twitter or Tweet Lanes – Yes
- Yahoo Messenger – Yes
- GoogleTalk – Alternative apps
- ES File Explorer – Not found one yet
- WhatsApp – Yes
- Soundhound – Yes
- Evernote – Yes
- PhotoGrid – yes
- Wikipedia – Yes
As you can see from the check-list, there are very few apps that I use on Android that I haven’t found on Windows Phone. With the exception of Skype, which exists on WP but does not run on the 610 because of its very low specifications, I currently have all the above apps installed on the Nokia Lumia 610.
While the Windows Phone Store has less apps available than Android’s Play Store, it looks to me that almost anyone wanting to make a transition from Android to Windows Phone will find it an easy enough process. There are more than enough apps available on Windows Phone for the average smartphone user. For those whose needs are not met, there’s no compulsion about migrating anyway.
Windows Phone OS is not for everyone, just as Android, BlackBerry and iOS are not too. At the end of the day, it all boils down to your needs and preferences.