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  1. hotphil's Avatar
    So here's the thing - I'm coming back to MS as my phone OS having jumped ship at around Windows Mobile 6.5. Since then I've been on Android and more recently iOS.
    I've ordered a 1020 which should arrive in a couple of days. I've had a good read around here and think I know what I'm letting myself in for. But one thing I thought I would do is check out the Windows Phone Store and see if the apps I've got on my iPhone are published there too. And if not, ask you guys for suggestions of alternatives (preferably ones that also have Surface equivalents).
    Maybe this list would help others, so feel free to add your own I guess. Are there any other "must-haves"? I've not included any news/sports/tech sites as I tend to just have them as browser favourites. I tend to steer clear of "unofficial" apps as a rule.
    I'm sure some of the list below won't have equivalents as they're too customer/location specific, but help a man out/correct me if you can!

    iOS Windows Phone Notes
    iMessage n/a Remember to deactivate
    Amazon Amazon OK.
    Bejewelled Bejewelled Addicted, oh yes.
    Coles Aussie supermarket. Assume no WP app.
    Domain Domain OK. Aussie real estate.
    eBay eBay For cheap Chinese tat.
    Facebook Is there an official one? Or OS integration a la iOS?
    FetchTV Aussie TVoIP. Assume no WP app.
    Flickr Flickr OK.
    GPS Track ? For recording off-road excursions
    Instagram ? Is there an official one?
    Kindle Kindle OK.
    Last.FM/CloudScrob. ? A way of scrobbling tracks to last.fm?
    LastPass LastPass Dreadful password manager. That work uses.
    LinkedIn LinkedIn FaceBook for grown-ups.
    MyDLink MyDLink For viewing home-based webcam.
    MyMacca's ? Order Big Macs before heading to McDonald's.
    NAB NAB Aussie bank.
    Nando's ? Hot chook shop.
    Nat Geo Nat Geo OK.
    NovaMind ? Mindmap diagrams.
    OneNote OneNote I'm hoping it's built-in - I practically live in OneNote.
    Pandora Pandora OK.
    PayPal PayPal OK.
    PerthRider PerthRider Perth public transport stuff.
    Pinterest Pinterest OK.
    RDP ? MS RDP app? Have used 2X in the past.
    RoboForm RoboForm Less sucky password manager.
    Runkeeper ? Run/bike GPS logger.
    Skype ? Assuming built-in to WP?
    Pink Fong Songs and Stories ? For the snotgobbler.
    Speedtest.net Speedtest.net For measuring 4G loveliness.
    Spotify Spotify OK.
    StumbleUpon ? Browse things I might like.
    Swan Taxis ? Local taxi firm.
    TeamViewer TeamViewer More computer remote control options.
    Telstra 24x7 Telstra 24x7 Mobile network operator.
    Nice Daddy - Touch! Farm and Touch! Safari ? More for the nipper.
    TuneIn Radio TuneIn Radio OK.
    Twitter Twitter OK.
    VMUG VMUG VMware User Group.
    WhatsApp WhatsApp OK.
    Woolworths Woolworths Aussie supermarket.
    Words with Friends Words with Friends OK.
    Xbox SmartGlass Xbox SmartGlass OK.
    YouTube ? Is there an official one?
    Kevin Rush likes this.
    03-05-2014 12:56 AM
  2. shmsnh's Avatar
    Skype and Instagram have official clients for WP. The closest thing to an official Facebook app is the one developed by Microsoft. Facebook recently published their standalone Messenger app though. No official YouTube app, courtesy of Google.
    hotphil and Kevin Rush like this.
    03-05-2014 01:36 AM
  3. chriszorn's Avatar
    03-05-2014 07:31 AM
  4. berty6294's Avatar
    Your "stay away from unofficial apps" rule does not transfer to WP very well. WP, unlike other markets, have extremely talented third-party developers! Rudy Huyn for instance, I would rather have one of his apps than an official. His apps tend to run smoother, give more features, and look much nicer. Not to mention the support he gives to these apps is unparalleled.
    Kevin Rush and cckgz4 like this.
    03-05-2014 07:39 AM
  5. GPendolino's Avatar
    Oooooooo, one thing I gotta tell you, WWF doesn't actually work (for me anyways).

    The reviews for it seem to indicate that others are having the same problem. Even as of today's date (3/5/14) the most recent reviews on it indicate that people cannot load this app on their phone.

    I cannot actually blame Nokia or MS for this. The makers of WWF should jump in here and save the day. However, after dealing with them when I used to play Hanging With Friends on the iPhone, and NEVER getting any response, I'm not surprised.

    I will miss WWF :(
    03-05-2014 06:05 PM
  6. Anglerdk's Avatar
    Rdp, connectme have some interesting features. Mocha rd is good and Remote Desktop from topperware too


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    03-06-2014 11:34 PM
  7. hotphil's Avatar
    Rdp, connectme have some interesting features. Mocha rd is good and Remote Desktop from topperware too
    Thanks, I'll check them out.
    03-07-2014 01:40 AM
  8. hotphil's Avatar
    Even as of today's date (3/5/14) the most recent reviews on it indicate that people cannot load this app on their phone.
    I thought you were talking about some wrestling thing for a mo.
    For Words with Friends, I thought the same. Then I went into the Games app, and there he is, large as life. An odd kind of integration, doesn't show up in search and gets hidden away "within" another app.
    03-07-2014 01:42 AM
  9. hotphil's Avatar
    That's a good point.
    I think I'm just wary of any Android-style "apps" which are nothing more than a shortcut to someone else's website yet require permission to access Contacts etc. Scams basically.
    I'll take a look at ModernCalc though :D
    03-07-2014 01:44 AM
  10. Slim Makay's Avatar
    I love the apps that are built Metro Styled...and pin.it too
    03-07-2014 03:54 AM
  11. tapehead's Avatar
    Instagram has an official app. Also, 6tag is a 3rd-party app that was created in conjunction with Instagram and with their approval (and help).

    ScrobbleMe isn't official, but it submits played songs to your profile the same way Audioscrobbler or Universal Scrobbler or Vinyl Scrobbler would.

    But believe me. On WP8, if you stick with only official apps, you're going to have a very lousy experience overall. The dedicated devs for WP do beautiful work. For example, compare the Flickr app with the 3rd party options. Then look at the WP7 app for Soundcloud and then compare it to Audiocloud or Soundrivin'.
    hotphil and Kevin Rush like this.
    03-07-2014 09:01 AM
  12. SwimSwim's Avatar
    I'm going to leave my input and go along with the group consensus that third-party apps are part of what makes Windows Phone great. "Official" apps typically suck, because the developers simply don't care about Windows Phone, and are merely publishing a cheap excuse for an app just so they can say they offer one.

    Meanwhile, he third party developers are truly dedicated, and offer unrivaled support. MetroTube and myTube both kick any official YouTube app's ***. And Rudy Huyn? He's a Windows Phone god: you've never seen a well designed app until you've use one of his.

    So explore, venture into the unknown. Instead of staying huddled under the dry, boring "official" umbrella: venture out to the unofficial apps, some suck, but many are incredible.
    hotphil and Kevin Rush like this.
    03-07-2014 09:17 AM
  13. GPendolino's Avatar
    I thought you were talking about some wrestling thing for a mo.
    For Words with Friends, I thought the same. Then I went into the Games app, and there he is, large as life. An odd kind of integration, doesn't show up in search and gets hidden away "within" another app.
    Yeah, it's in the games collection.

    What I was referring to (and I think this is what all of the other people that rate the app with 1 star are referring to as well) is that after we launch it (so by this time we found it in the games section) it crashes.
    So far it's carrying 2 out of 5 stars.
    Most recent review yesterday 3/7/14:
    "Crashes everytime I open the app. Obviously Zynga has no respect for the Windows platform as they haven't addressed the hundreds of crash complaints. POS."

    Words With Friends | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
    Kevin Rush likes this.
    03-08-2014 07:24 AM
  14. Ixia's Avatar
    I prefer Microsoft's Network Speed Test to Speedtest.net it just looks nicer < shallow> and I use Endomondo for tracking runs (or walks in my case).
    I haven't found a Pinterest app that I'm totally happy with, i use Pinterest Lite which is reliable or Pin.it which has more features, but is less reliable.
    I don't use apps for stuff like Ebay/ Amazon, I just pin the url to the start screen.
    If you want to customise your start screen then the Skinery Themes app is good.
    Last edited by Ixia; 03-09-2014 at 12:12 AM.
    03-09-2014 12:00 AM

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