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Is the app-gap between Windows Phone versus iTunes and Google Play really that wide?

0. phoneArena posted on 18 Jun 2013, 00:28

On a regular basis, we discuss the various application ecosystems between the current top three...

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posted on 18 Jun 2013, 02:25 5

21. Maxwell.R (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

When you consider that it covers installation on 5 computers and use on up to five mobile devices, that works out to $9.95 per year per device if you max it out. A very good deal indeed.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 06:29 1

35. del_x (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)

Adithya7184 You have contradicted your own comment by stating that Office 365 is better apart for the Price, but why are we even speaking about O365 when Windows Phone has Office baked in the OS?

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 01:33 5

11. ianbbaa (Posts: 332; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)

office suite pro is one of the worse office programs for android...my personal comparison, with various test XSLX files, created in MS office, is 5,5MB big, has some formating and functions between sheets....POLARIS office opens those files quickest, with 0 problems..just some layout issues for printing when you save and reopen the document in MS office - needs little tweak to fit to page.

As for the article, we do not need tons of apps, we need a few good ones...even better, we need platform that is complete and works out of the box - and do not relly on any of market apps.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 01:45 1

13. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)

It's wide and is the only thing Windows Phone really lacks in, 2nd they lack kind of in is robust customization, which I hope is coming to 8.1.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 07:16 1

37. jlp34876 (Posts: 80; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)

Wp is the sweet spot of the 3 OS's. If you want custumization buy an android and if you want a simple smartphone that works buy an iphone. While Wp, you can custumize it more personally by its live tiles.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 18:46

47. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)

So true, bit it does need more customisation features! I yearn for them!

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 01:54 1

14. jibraihimi (Posts: 770; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

Let's wait till the year end to see the evolution of WP os and what new features it brings to the board.........

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 02:27

22. cameogt (Posts: 88; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

MS is too slow developing the windowsphone.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 02:48

23. yousef8824 (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)

i just want pulse and opera mobile on wp8 and i will switch

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 02:49

24. Sonny_09 (Posts: 49; Member since: 24 May 2013)

Nice Article! :D

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 02:53 2

25. jromy (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)

So...not taking into consideration "Android only" apps kinda defeats the purpose of a comparison doesn't it? And no, if the app is free on android and iOS but not on WP it is NOT an individual choice. there is simply no equivalent app, unless it offers the same functionality and same price.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 08:08

39. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Many paid apps in WP have a "trial" version that gives you the app for free, but with limited functionality. Android does similar, but also has ad-supported freebies, which hog your data and processing power.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:39

42. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Thing is android (and iOS) have the official free versions of the apps that third parties are charging for.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 05:21

32. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1236; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

very well written Maxwell although i have to say custom keyboards are a feature that i highly like in my current cool but outdated N9 and that i think should be offered in windows phone and IOS other than that i really like your article :)

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 06:03 2

33. mottykels (Posts: 387; Member since: 15 May 2013)

Ilovewp8 ;)

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 06:27 1

34. del_x (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)

Very well written article, the argument about apps is truly null n void.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 07:15 1

36. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Well thought out piece and I appreciate the further explanations to others on the forum. My next phone purchase is surely considering WP but with my enjoyment of the Galaxy Note 2, I hope Microsoft produces a device with that kind of integration and effectiveness.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:38

41. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

"As it happens, since the fully featured Instance is a paid app it is a tenuous comparison to its iOS and Android counterparts which are free, but the overall solution is present, so it really becomes an individual choice."

So... You're comparing a FREE first party app to a paid, third party app?

Hardly what the average user would do. They'd look for a free alternative or an official app.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 16:07

45. Maxwell.R (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

There is a free version of Instance that is ad supported, but people make these types of decisions every day. The choices remain, look for free alternative, look for official app, or pay. There are plenty of apps that people pay for because the simply like the app or want to support the developer.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 17:49

49. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

I disagree with the idea that people like to pay for apps when given the choice (The article tries to equate a paid app to a free app, which the average user would certainly NOT do).

I know a lot more people who have never spent a cent on apps than those who have, and comparing the two is rather deceitful.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 18:17

50. Maxwell.R (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

You make a valid point, but to make my point, Twitter makes free apps for iOS, Android and WP, yet the top Twitter client for Android was Falcon Pro until the token limits went into effect. To this day, Falcon Pro users have paid to use that app despite free, first-party alternatives being available. It is really a fundamental economic principle as to what people do to use their limited resources with. Paid apps would not be successful if everyone just said, "meh, I want free...ads are okay." The reality says otherwise.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 11:54

51. GrmanR (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)

Are there emulators on WP8? I play a lot of N64 and SNES, is there that on WP?

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 18:45

54. khuongn (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)

Yes, but I think you have to pay for N64 emulator though. There's vNESLight which is a free NES emulator. I'm not sure about other emulators.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 16:42

52. toondewachter (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

It's not about the big apps. They're pretty much on each platform. It's the smaller, more local apps where the difference shows. Like an app for mobile banking... My bank created the app for iPhone first, then for Android. Windows Phone is probably never going to get the app. And that's the way it goes when local businesses develop apps.
Apps do matter. I don't understand why iPhone apps are mostly developed first instead of Android. But that is what makes the iPhone an attractive phone. iOS is not that impressive, but its app store is.

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