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    My 15 top must have applications for Windows Phone 8

    For anyone who is or is thinking of switching to windows phone here is a list of the top 15 must have applications I have compiled, all are free applications but do have a Paid version, Windows phone 8 Application market isn’t quite as good as iOS or Android but slowly is getting there. and if you have an application that you believe is a must have, add the name of the application in the comments!!!


    My top 15 Windows Phone 8 applications
    *All Free*

    1. Facebook
    2. Accuweather
    3. MetroTube ( Free Version works just as well as paid application )
    4. Indigo (Siri type application, able to check weather email text etc useful application)
    5. Instagram Beta
    6. EasyRing & More (Free ringtones PLUS downloadable music!!!)
    7. Google (Google Maps, Google Search etc)
    8. Jack Of Tools
    9. MDScan (Document scanner)
    10. MyRadar (BEST weather radar application for windows phone 8)
    11. WeChat (Walkie-Talkie Application)
    12. One Note (Note Taking Application Also syncs to your live.com account/Sky drive)
    13. Nokia Suite (Photo Editor/Music/Drive & Maps Data/Contact Transfer)
    14. Battery Sense (Best Battery Monitoring Application)
    15. Foursquare


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    how about :

    -Amazing Music
    -Weave News Reader
    -Scrollboard
    -SysApp Pusher
    -UC Browser
    -Unify
    informed/intelligent comments are welcome ... BS - not so much ...

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    6Tag - 3rd Party Instagram client - better than the beta, and honestly the Droid and IOS versions
    Bible Study Toolbox
    Nokia HERE Maps/Drive+
    Mixtapes - If you have used 8tracks - Good WinPhone client
    StatGnome - Connects to Yahoo Fantasy Football Leagues

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    On my $50 L520 on Airvoice for $10/month:

    *myTube (plays in background, saves vids)
    *HERE Drive (turn-by-turn with free maps)
    *Connectivity Tiles by Mara (worth paying $1 for the metro version)
    *MoliPlayer
    *Nokia Camera Beta
    *Nokia Xpress and UC browsers with compression
    *TuneIn Radio,
    *gMaps (w street view),
    *Chase app, Amazon app
    *PC Remote (or just get the WMC version)
    *Weather Channel (official one, tried them all)
    *Asphalt 8 Airborne (probably have to delete some unused apps to make room for it)
    *Alarm Clock by Inhuman (I also use this to keep screen awake when plugged in)
    *Fast TV Listings
    *IM+
    *Lock Screen Changer
    *NFL Scores and Alerts (simple)
    *White Screen of Life (screen flashlight)
    *RemoteSound4Phone (if he ever gets it working)
    *Tapatalk
    *Drudge reader

    Tip: Delete the sample images to gain space for apps.

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    very nice post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew10162003 View Post
    For anyone who is or is thinking of switching to windows phone here is a list of the top 15 must have applications I have compiled, all are free applications but do have a Paid version, Windows phone 8 Application market isn’t quite as good as iOS or Android but slowly is getting there. and if you have an application that you believe is a must have, add the name of the application in the comments!!!


    My top 15 Windows Phone 8 applications
    *All Free*

    1. Facebook
    2. Accuweather
    3. MetroTube ( Free Version works just as well as paid application )
    4. Indigo (Siri type application, able to check weather email text etc useful application)
    5. Instagram Beta
    6. EasyRing & More (Free ringtones PLUS downloadable music!!!)
    7. Google (Google Maps, Google Search etc)
    8. Jack Of Tools
    9. MDScan (Document scanner)
    10. MyRadar (BEST weather radar application for windows phone 8)
    11. WeChat (Walkie-Talkie Application)
    12. One Note (Note Taking Application Also syncs to your live.com account/Sky drive)
    13. Nokia Suite (Photo Editor/Music/Drive & Maps Data/Contact Transfer)
    14. Battery Sense (Best Battery Monitoring Application)
    15. Foursquare
    Great List, any other new must have WP apps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vmobi View Post
    Great List, any other new must have WP apps?
    YES, CamScanner - doc scan tool, integrates w InNote to markup scanned doc
    Binary Blocks - addictive 2048 type number game

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    Chase Bank
    Starbucks
    Twitter
    Dilbert
    Nest (thermostat)
    Flickr
    Mobile Link (Generac generators)
    Mercedes Benz M-Brace

    And how about a decent replacement Calendar. I don't like the stock calendar in Android, iOS, BlackBerry, or WP.

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    I just posted this in another WP thread —

    I absolutely do NOT get why MS lets lack of apps be a drag on its mobile platform. Incomprehensible. Apps are Windows greatest strong suit.

    Kill WP and Metro. Drop ARM altogether. Put Win8.1 on Intel x86 14nm Atom Broxton 64 bit SoC handsets and let them dl and install .exe files on the fly – just like any laptop. App problem solved.

    A-N-D you don't have to keep spinning out that "It's just a phone." excuse any more, either. The trendsetters want a computer in their pocket. The phone is the afterthought. Data is the future of Wireless. Did MS miss the news that the carriers now limit and bill for data and give away voice?

    I'll jump on the mobile Windows bandwagon just as soon as I can jump on an otb phablet, dl the .exe files for FF, Editpad, Nero, VLC, Audacity and the AV of my choice, install them all — get IE off of there! — plug my jump drive into a USB port and rock away into the sunset.

    MS shouldn't let Canonical get there first — or worse.

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    There are two big problems with that idea, TC_Mits: battery life and human interface design. Even with ARM-based processors, people complain about smartphone battery life. Intel processors are less energy efficient than ARM, though they have been improving. Human interface is a more fundamental problem. Smartphones (even phablets) use small screens that are controlled by the touch of imprecise fingers (fingers which also obscure the view of the screen), not large screens controlled by precise mouse cursors and full-size physical keyboards. There are also tasks that work better with touch, especially multi-touch. The smartphone form factor is quite a different form factor from laptops or desktops, so the input and output user interfaces need to be adapted specifically for that form factor.

    You could get pretty close to what you're looking for with something like a Microsoft Surface Pro (or similar). That's a Windows 8 laptop in a tablet form factor, and it takes MicroSD cards which I know you love. Then install Classic Shell to get rid of Metro. It would be bigger and heavier than a phablet, but desktop interfaces need large screens to be truly usable. Use a VOIP app with a MiFi, or carry a separate phone.

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    Your info on battery life is dated. The reduction below 28nm is dramatically reducing power consumption.

    The rendering problems are real yes, but not unsolvable, at least at the phablet level. Maybe, below 5'' would be tricky but a 6+" display should be doable with a lot of frame work and some finger exercises. My old Moto Timeport had a joystick… MS can make this happen.

    Either Win 9 would need to have a special handler for small displays or the legacy app developers would need to remap some frame layouts. But, really, it's necessary. WP is rapidly dead-ending as things are now.

    I don't want a tablet PC. I want a pocket PC that makes phone calls and installs and runs legacy Windows apps from .exe files. A Dell Venue 8 Pro upgrade with 1080p, LTE-A and telephony would do nicely. [Except that I suspect the lady-in-red is refusing to handle anything over 6".]

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    You are aware that Windows Phone 8 (8.1 update, Windows Phone 9) is moving in exactly that direction.

    The DEV preview will drop in about 10 days, we'll see what's added (& obscured). The direction is convergence of all Windows (desktop, tablet, phone) into one system. I believe I read that sideloading (rudimentary, initially) may be available.

    You may get (some of) your wish by the end of this year (or early next year w WinPhone9), only time will tell (& Satya Nadella)... and that would work great on a Lumia 1520 (6" screen).

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    Music to my ears!

    Yes, I knew that some degree of convergence was contemplated. I didn't have much of a handle on degree or timing.

    The lady-in-red's not taking 15-20 or 6'' it seems. Gotta be the 25 version and no phones.


    But it has to run the gamut of obscure low-volume Windows 7 legacy apps just by copying the exe from a PC and installing. Which I 'assume' tablets like the Venue 8 will do now? If the interface doesn't quite work — oh, well. But it's gotta try.

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    What do you mean by "lady in red?"

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