Did you make the switch to Windows Phone 8? Here are some “must have” apps

Did you make the switch to Windows Phone 8? Here are some “must have” apps
Microsoft has a steep hill to climb with its new operating system just to grab a noticeable portion of the market share. While the Windows Phone Store is brimming with applications, we can agree that apps are lacking in some areas, yet also excelling in others.

As with any smartphone, there are simply some good quality, free or low cost applications that many would regard as a “must have” on their device. Windows Phone is not lacking so terribly in many popular applications. Some of you may not know these applications are even available for Windows Phone.

By all means, this is not a complete list, but it is a great way to start, and with the other integrated features of Windows Phone these will give you time to find a worthwhile collection of decent apps from a fairly impressive catalog to choose from.  Many of the apps ad-supported and thus free of charge.  Of those, quite a few offer upgrades to ad-free versions.  Costs for apps start typically at $0.99 and go up from there.  You can check all these apps and more at the Windows Phone web-site.




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32 Comments

1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Im still not sure whether or not I would switch to WP8 from Android...someone convince me

3. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I'd say Android... but it really depends what you are looking for. What carrier are you on and what uses do you think you will be using it for?

4. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Ok I love android and use it but I have to give it to WP...if not anything the look and feel of the OS is amazingly sexy! And from what I have used on previous windows devices the os is perfectly optimized so there are no hiccups, lags, freezes, etc. It runs smooth as butter, looks great, has enough apps on its marketplace with a very rapidly growing app ecosystem. Also WP is easily integrated to your pc/laptop and is compatible with the android ecosystem and vice-versa. The way I see it you cant go wrong with Windows Phone but if you're still jittery I suggest you keep an android device as primary and try out a WP device as your secondary device.

27. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

to be honest im just scared if I buy a windows phone ill be stuck with the tile UI forever, which I might end up getting sick of..

28. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

nah the tile experience isnt bad at all...its quite good and practiccally 85% of apps on all phones across platforms are the same like a person requires a good movie player, music player, email client, social hub, browser and few exceptional apps that are exclusive to his phone. Therefore neither can you go wrong with android nor can you go wrong with WP. If not anything the app interface of your everyday familiar apps are different in WP giving you a fresh experience itself. Compatibility between android an wp isnt a problem like iOS so you dont have to worry about syncing information across devices. The tile interface gives you something fresh to look froward to and I am very sure you wont get bored with a new interface at least for a year....

30. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

what about things like google drive? and google calender? I dont want to switch to sky drive or windows mail. Do they have apps for those?

32. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

the calendar in WP is of windows mail or outlook and has cloud enabled services. Moreover it can be synced with your Google Calendar so whatever you have on your WP calendar will show on Google calendar and vice versa :) IAs far as I know Google drive is there for Windows and Windows phone but just be sure about the availability on WP....it makes no sense if it isnt available on WP.

5. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

you dont need to switch! just try WP!!! then make a decisions! better try lumia 920 for best experience and best camera!

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Im unsure wich is better between wp and ios! to be honest with you......One is highly restricted and the other is really cluttered and unorganized! So I guess well have to give windows phone more time and see where they take it and how they develop.....as im pretty sure Ios is not going to be "unrestricted" anytime soon........As of now I feel android is the best option and is only getting better as jelly bean and more updates continue to roll out but I feel you may get somthing you like out of windows phones so watch some reviews on it and make a solid choice :)

8. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Check my profile what phones i used/have :D Omnia 7 > Lumia 800 > 8S the UI is sooooo userfriendly... everything is simple FAST AND FLUID :D

9. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I switched from ICS to WP7.5 and haven't looked back. I do miss some of the popular apps (which are coming anyway), and some of the automation options, but it is sooooooo much more intuitive, fun, and overall more satisfying. WP8 will be even better. I tried one of the WP7 emulators/launchers on Android and was impressed at the elegant yet simple-seeming interface, and gradually was using only that, not the Android side.

11. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

+1 ! Welcome :)

16. Hemlocke unregistered

I bought the 920 today. I liked the 900, but the hardware and missing apps left me cold. I did like the Nokia apps. Now I have the best of both worlds: Good hardware, Nokia apps, more of the tops apps have made the transition, and the best camera on the three major platforms. Oh, and the free wireless charging station didn't hurt. Out the door for $489 for everything.

24. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

wauww i wish i life in the us :( not even 500 dollars ? :( that is about 400€, here it will cost me 650€ without a charging plate :( enjoy your new phone !

14. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I'd suggest trying Windows. If you want a slick and new interface with a lot of social integration, get Windows. If you want to customize your phone til your eyes fall out then stick with Android.

19. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

let some time go man.......when the windows appstore reached very high amount of apps and get new updates you will definitely switch to lumia

20. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

If you need someone to convince you with anything then you don't need it. You purchase what works for you not what people tell you.

22. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

better give it a try before getting a switch its cool but i found most android guys not getting along with wp

2. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

lacks many options, but they will come, can't wait :D

7. mihaidenis

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

Android should be light in resources. Like symbian was. Windows will be a winer in between Apple&Android if they keep WP8 light. And NOT filled with patches. Or service packs. Otherwise will be a succes like Vista.

10. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

I want to make the switch now,but i cant pla...y minecraft and pocket

12. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

sooner dude

13. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

two comments. one. i am sooo sick of these f**n popups on iphonearena. i don't mindthem paying the bills with ads, but not the pop up style. i know you can block them, but you still notice the pause. two. i used windows phone twice and went back to android both times. once you go to android, you really get used to the awesomeness of the customization and widgets. i love android. it is almost as smooth as windows now with jelly bean. don't get me wrong, windows is very refreshing but just seems lacking and very boring. kinda of like ios with squares. just my two cents fellows. i am not knocking windows. try it, it just was not for me. anything but chrapple please.

15. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

In fact, I want to re-switch to Nokia and not to Windows Phone. I miss you Nokia, I left you for awhile because you didn't adopt Android.

17. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I made the switch from iOS to Android to WP7.5 to a Symbian Belle FP2 device. WP was really good and all but there are some idiotic design decisions which made me turn away.

18. papss unregistered

I just switched to WP8 and got a 920.. I'm pretty excited

21. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

I switched from a lumia 800 to a note 2. Yea, I know, the price is different, the timing is different, but based on my experience with android, it is definitely wayy better than windows phone. Open source, customization, hardware, apps, productivity. :P

23. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

I am surprised i don't see the below apps in the list: 1- Rapdailer!!! I could swear by this app 2- Das image- amazing for wallpapers 3- Metrotube!!!! 4- UC broswer 5- LinkedIn 6- Connectivityshortcuts 7- cloudy box for those using dropbox 8- Gym pocket guide 9- flashlight x 10- reinstaller!!!! Must have

25. Mke5Mke

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

I MADE THE SWITCH! ANDROID OWNER SINCE 2010, I JUMPED SHIP TO WP8!

26. srgonu

Posts: 558; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I tried samsung focus s windows phone 7.5 for a month. Its very interesting at first with its smooth buttery experience and live tiles. Slowly I lost interest looking at the same colored rectangular/squared boxes (or may be few options which I don't like). Also, some of the apps like IM+, tango are very glitchy. And I miss the stock quotes, vonage, google drive, youtube apps which I use a lot. Finally I went back to my skyrocket and am happy. Its good experience to try windows phone for a month.. ;)

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