We’ve long been saying the Windows Phone platform isn’t mature enough, lacks the apps and many other things. And while that’s still true to a certain extent, with Windows Phone 8 and 2012 behind our backs, the situation has improved and the Marketplace looks more cheerful, packing more quality titles.
The official stats mention 125,000 apps on the Windows Phone app catalog
, but in reality what matters to most is just a few apps and games.
That’s why we have selected the best apps of the bunch here. Windows Phone still doesn’t have the backing of Google and its stellar apps, nor some popular apps like an official Dropbox client, but it has gotten much more content this year. With no further ado, here are our picks for best Windows Phone apps of 2012.
Best Windows Phone apps of 2012
Best Windows Phone apps of 2012
”SkyDrive 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 that you take to SkyDrive for easy access. Now the SkyDrive app for Windows Phone makes it even easier to manage and share files—all in one place.”
”Photosynth for Windows Phone is the panorama app that makes it easy and fun to capture and share interactive panoramas of the places, people, and events that are important to you. Using the latest in computer vision techniques, Photosynth is the acknowledged leader in mobile panorama creation. It is the only app available on any mobile platform that allows you to capture 360 degrees horizontally and vertically, making a perfect “sphere."”
”gMaps - Ultimate Windows Phone client for Google Maps”
”Now with WP8 support!Beauty meets brain in Amazing Weather HD; have the most aesthetic pleasing app with live HD animations or a sleek modern look, and get the most weather details in addition to quick 7 days overview, hourly data,charts, warnings, satellite images, detailed forecasts, GPS live tiles and much much more!”
”Make free Skype to Skype video and voice calls as well as send instant messages to friends and family around the world with this preview of Skype for Windows Phone 8.”
”LIVESTRONG.COM'S Calorie Tracker can help you reach your diet, weight loss and fitness goals by tracking your daily calories and exercise. Lose weight by setting your weight management goals and track your calories and progress. Tracking works. You will lose weight like millions of other members.”
”With Ringtone Maker you can create ringtones from the music on your phone. Simply open the app, select your favourite MP3 song and save it as a ringtone. You can cut your ringtone anyway you like, with editing controls that let you choose the start, end and length of your ringtone.”
”Pin short double-sided sticky notes to your start screen! Choose text, color, font size, and background image for both the front and back of the sticky tile.”
”ESPN ScoreCenter brings you scores, news, and standings from hundreds of sports leagues around the world.
Never miss another goal, pitch, basket, try, touchdown or wicket. Whether you follow the NFL or the Premier League, the Ashes or MLB, MMA or Formula One, ScoreCenter offers the most comprehensive global sports coverage available on your Windows Phone. ”
”Use your mobile as a free personal trainer and fitness partner! Using the built-in GPS, Endomondo Sports Tracker tracks your fitness - running, cycling, walking and any other distance based sport! On top, you get audio feedback on your performance during your workout and your friends can follow you live and send you peptalks in real-time.”
”Xbox SmartGlass lets your Windows Phone work with your Xbox 360 console to bring rich, interactive experiences and unique content about what you're watching or playing, right to the device that's already in your hand. Interact with your favorite TV shows, movies, music, sports, and games, and bring remote control to a whole new level.”
”For the first time on Windows Phone, Fodor's Travel brings you the best of New York City.
• Quickly find expert reviews of restaurants, shops, sights, and hotels, thanks to our multiple sort and search options
• Explore by neighborhood or find what’s nearby with detailed interactive maps
• Jump to the best of the best with our exclusive Fodor’s Choice picks ”
”PhotoBeamer is a new, innovative and easy way to show your pictures on any screen. Just point your Nokia Lumia at any screen displaying www.photobeamer.com and you can enjoy your photos anywhere with family and friends. It's a mobile projector that's available anytime, anywhere.”
”Get the latest fashion news throughout the day, backstage access, insider interviews, and all the most stylish party pictures direct to your mobile from the Vogue team wherever you are in the world.”
”This tile-app allows you to replace the standard calendar tile with a pair of tiles designed to give you much more information about your upcoming agenda. How? By being able to outlook up to 4 upcoming appointments maximizing that precious space on your start screen filling it up with more valuable agenda information.”
”WSJ Live brings you live news and on-demand video directly from 2,000 reporters across the globe. With over 4.5 hours of live programming a day, you can stay on top of the latest in news, elections, markets, tech, opinion, lifestyle. You can also access the entire video archive of The Wall Street Journal.”
”Completely new version of Boxfiles for Dropbox: new user interface, increased speed, integrates with Skydrive so you can get your modified documents back to dropbox, pinch to zoom.”