Windows Phone users, do you have the best, most useful and entertaining Windows apps on your phone? Not sure? With thousands of apps in-store and more and more new ones being added everyday, you can get bogged down trying to find the ones that really matter. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Just check out this list of the 20 best Windows Phone apps and download them at your leisure because it doesn’t get better than this.
If you need an encyclopedia in your pocket Wikipedia is a must have. The app has plenty of great features including Cortana support, multiple language search support, options to read articles in offline mode, search by location, and Pocket integration for reading later. Other notable aspects of the app include a quick summary view, options to save as favorites, view previous versions, add live tiles for quick access and share via Facebook, Twitter, mail or by generating a QR Code.
My Piano Phone
Playing games and watching video clips is great fun, but you can do something more constructive with your Windows Phone too, such as learning to play a musical instrument. Thanks to My Piano Phone, you can choose to learn how to play an acoustic piano, electric piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, trumpet, drum kit or violin. My Piano Phone is a great time killer as you have plenty of songs to learn and I’ll bet you’ll have lots of fun doing it as well.
Do you have a torch on your Windows Phone? Or a magnifier, or a recorder, or a stop watch. No? Well you don’t have to download all these essentials as individual apps. Just grab #1 Toolkit from the Windows Store and you’ll get 16 tools in one go. You’ll get a Ruler, Compass, Protractor, Flashlight, Mirror, Magnifier, One Tap, Unit and Currency converter, Noise meter, Recorder, Timer, Stop Watch, World Clock, and Speed Meter. Cool, isn’t it?
Movie Maker 8.1
Movie Maker 8.1 is a powerful video editing app that allows you to bring out your creative movie making skills on the Windows phone. You can use videos, pictures and music to create your movie with no time constraints holding you back. Custom camera features, editing tools, customizable MP4 and MP3 compressor, and the MP3 Studio and MP3 Recorder tools lets you make the most of your media resources and when you’ve created magic you can share it on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook or save it on OneDrive. The only way to experience all the rich features of the app is to download and try it.
You don’t have to be the world’s great Dubstep fan to create some cool tunes. Just download the app on your Windows Phone and enjoy mixing different beats to create your own sounds. You can also record the tunes and enjoy listening to them at your leisure. Download the app right away and dubstep your blues away.
Nothing can be more entertaining than checking out all the latest movie trailers and catching up on all the critical reviews of the latest releases. Your access to all this is Flixster. Not only do you get to check out the top box office hits, upcoming movies, and new DVD releases, you can look up show times in a theatre near you, and find nearby restaurants using Yelp. Plus, you can search for movies by title, create a list of movies you want to see, rate movies you’ve seen and set movie posters as your lock screen background. Add a live tile on your Start screen to access all this info even without opening the app. And the best part, if you have an UltraViolet Collection, you can stream the movies you own or rent and watch them on the app.
Named as one of the 50 best mobile apps by TIME magazine, CamScanner is your go-to app for scanning, storing, syncing and collaborating on documents while on the go. The app is packed with plenty of powerful features including using unlimited annotations, copying, exporting and reading recognized texts to other apps, converting to PDF or JPEG files, batch scanning multiple pages and merging documents. CamScanner is a must have productivity app for your Windows Phone and it costs you nothing to download and use. So go for it!
Pictures tell a thousand words. Sometimes all you need to do to unwind is head over to a picture gallery, scroll through hundreds of topical images and get lost in the beauty of it all. Das Image makes this job easier for you by giving you access to endless HD images from Bing, Flickr, Picasa, 500px, FFFFound and Instagram. You can also search for images using keywords such as super models, celebrities, cars, cats, and more, save these images to use as wallpapers or share them with your friends.
It never hurts to have a dictionary on your person and if you agree with me, this one should do nicely. Just as you expect with any other dictionary, you can search over 150,000 words and definitions, find synonyms and antonyms, learn a new word every day, and play word games to improve your crossword solving skills.
No app collection is complete without a fitness tracker and the one that we recommend for Windows Phone is Runtastic. It tracks all your fitness activities, records the duration, distance, speed, calories burned and a whole lot of other stats. You can also manually add workout entries for indoor workouts, show off your live stats to family and friends (if they are impressive) and get some live cheers from them as well for your efforts. This fitness app isn’t just work work work, you can have fun with it too!
Photounia is a cloud-based photo editing tool that lets you add amazing effects to your photos and create photo montages for sharing with others. There are over 300 effects to choose them and all that you need to do is select your photo to start applying them. If you want to have some fun with your photos, this one’s definitely going to bring a smile to your face. So hit that download button now.
Another brilliant productivity app that you simply must pick up from the Windows Store is Office Lens. The app lets you convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files, digitalize notes on whiteboards and blackboards, sketch ideas and take snapshots of them, and save all your captures to OneDrive. It’s a fantastic scanner from Microsoft and it’s a must have for every professional who works on the go. So go get it!
If you’ve got your files and documents in multiple cloud solutions such as Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive, pick up Media Explorer and you’ll be able to manage your storage, move, copy, browse, upload and download files easily.
If you’re a travelling man or work with world currencies all the time, pick up this handy app that can do the conversions for over 160 countries. The app keeps all the rates updated regularly and offers even offline support. Ka-ching!
AccuWeather – Weather for Life
There isn’t a day that goes by when you don’t wonder about the weather. Whether you need to check it for your daily commute or for your travels, you cannot go without a weather app. For your Windows phone, we recommend the beautiful AccuWeather. The app offers minute-by-minute weather forecasts, hourly forecasts for the next 72 hours, and extended forecasts for the next 15 days that you can instantly check out on your lock screen. If you live in select countries, you’ll also get severe weather alerts and warnings. The app offers 3 customizable live tiles that will update automatically to keep your abreast of any changes.
Another great app for photo enthusiasts is Picture Perfect. Powered by Aviary, the app lets you use the one tap feature to enhance your photos. The app’s cosmetic tools help you remove blemishes and redeye, and create cool memes using stickers and tons of effects. Once you’ve cleaned up your pictures and added the right touches to it, you can add captions and share them with the world.
Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks
Every smartphone needs a to-do app to help you organize your daily activities and the extensive features in Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks makes it our choice for the Windows Phone. You can create lists and to-dos on your tablet or PC and access it on your phone as the app instantly syncs all of your data. You can just as easily share lists with friends and contacts, have conversations about your tasks, attach photos, PDFs and presentations to your to-dos and even share and delegate tasks right from within the app. With Wunderlist, you’ll never forget a task or miss a deadline. A happy life is one that is well organized and Wunderlist is an app that can certainly do that.
Become the chef of the house with a spin of this app on your Windows Phone. There are over 50,000 thousand recipes to inspire your meal of the day and there are instructions, picture guides and videos to help you serve up a yummy meal for your loved ones. The app’s notable features include pinning for daily recipe suggestions, Cortana support, step by step videos, and accessing your favorites in the digital Recipe Box.
No app list is complete without a password manager. After all its simply impossible to keep all your passwords at your fingertips. With Password Padlock, all you need to do is remember one master password, which is used to encrypt all the other passwords in your collection. You can backup and restore your encrypted passwords to OneDrive, backup on one computer, tablet, or Windows Phone and restore it on another and create passwords in a language of your choice.
Adobe Photoshop Express
The Windows Store has a great collection of photo editing apps and it would be a shame to finish off this list without this one. Adobe Photoshop Express has a handy Auto Fix option for one touch enhancements, slider controls for exposure, contrast, and clarity, one touch filters to apply stunning effects, and plenty of cool IAP packs where you can enhance your photo editing capabilities. This free app will make a nice addition to your photo app collection for sure.
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