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

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21. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

35. del_x

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 18, 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?

11. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

13. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

37. jlp34876

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

47. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

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

14. jibraihimi

Posts: 808; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

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

22. cameogt

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

MS is too slow developing the windowsphone.

23. yousef8824

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

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

24. Sonny_09

Posts: 49; Member since: May 24, 2013

Nice Article! :D

25. jromy

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

39. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

42. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

32. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 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 :)

33. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Ilovewp8 ;)

34. del_x

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

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

36. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

41. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

45. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

49. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

50. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

51. GrmanR

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

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

54. khuongn

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

52. toondewachter

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 24, 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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