App gap? ... What app gap?

evilrob

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It irks me that the 'app gap' argument continues to rear its ugly head. There are loads of apps, many of them have a better-looking UI than their iOS/Android counterparts in my opinion. Personally, I love the way apps look on Windows Phone.

Here's what I currently consider to be the best Windows Phone apps I've used to date (a few are UK-specific, sorry about that - feel free to comment with any I've missed or let me know if this list helped you find a great new app!):

Social networks:

Facebook Beta (actually prefer this to my previous favourite, the iPhone Facebook app)

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Instagram (Official)
--> also available is 6tag, a third party Instagram client which many consider to be better than any Instagram client official or otherwise
Twitter
Foursquare
LinkedIn
Vine
--> also available 6sec, third party Vine client
6snap (Snapchat client)
6tin (Tindr client)
Path
Vyclone

VOIP / Instant Messengers:

Skype
Facebook Messenger

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WhatsApp
Line
IM Pro + (multi-IM client)

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BlackBerry Messenger

Fitness:
Runtastic Pro

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Runtastic Push-Ups
Runtastic Sit-Ups
Runtastic Pull-ups
Runtastic Squats
Fitbit

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Trainr
7 Minute Workout
100 Pushups
Total C25K+
Endomondo - suggested by David P2; thanks!

Shopping:

Amazon
eBay (and PayPal)

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--> there are many more apps that allow you to buy stuff, but I pretty much only buy things from Amazon and eBay these days

Reading:

Nextgen Reader (RSS feed reader - syncs with Feedly, also use the Windows Metro app on my Surface Pro)
Amazon Kindle
ReadIt (Reddit client)

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Poki (Pocket client)

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9gag
Windows Phone Central (news/forum reader)
Tapatalk (forum reader)

Productivity:

2Day (GTD task management - syncs with Windows Desktop version)

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Wunderlist - suggested by itzkavin; thanks!

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OneNote (built-in)
Evernote (for access to legacy notes - I use OneNote primarily now)
Cisco WebEx (WebEx client)
Office (built-in - create/edit word docs, excel spreadsheets etc)

Cloud storage:

OneDrive
Cloud6 (Dropbox client)
Nuvola (CloudApp client)

Media:

Netflix

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Spotify
Xbox Music
Xbox Video
MetroTube (YouTube client with download facility for offline viewing)
TuneIn Radio - suggested by itzkavin; thanks!
MixRadio - suggested by itzkavin; thanks!
BBC iPlayer
BBC Radio

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ITV Player
4OD
Demand 5
TVCatchup
VEVO
Vimeo

GPS / Maps:

HERE Drive+ (Satnav)

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HERE Maps
Geocaching Live

Photography:

Photoshop Express

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Phototastic (collage maker)

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ProShot (gives you much more granular control over the camera - change exposure, bracketing, white balance etc)
GoPro (HERO controller app)

Misc:

Blue Skies (really nice Weather app with nice Live Tile)

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Insider Pro (if you have Windows Phone, you need this app - battery monitor, flashlight, stopwatch, timer, all sorts)

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Cal (really nice Calendar app with nice Live Tile)

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Cocktail Flow (nice Cocktail app - tells you what you can make with whatever spirits/mixers you have in stock)
My EE (has live tile with allowance notifications etc)
Analog Tile Clock (makes nice looking clock Live Tiles in a variety of styles)
CamScanner (OCR business cards, anything with text on basically)

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JustEat (takeaway app)
Package Tracker (courier tracking app, can pin deliveries to your start page to keep an eye on them)
Pocket File Manager (file management app)
Adobe Reader (PDF viewer)
 
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Ashish Gupta888

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For me, there is an App gap until official Citibank app arrives in store ;-) Other than that, WP is doing excellent job in closing App Gap.
 

evilrob

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For me, there is an App gap until official Citibank app arrives in store ;-) Other than that, WP is doing excellent job in closing App Gap.
I can see how this would be important to some; I actually refuse to do any internet banking over a mobile data connection because I'm paranoid. I only do online banking on my trusted home broadband, and I will only use banks with a two-factor hardware key code generator.

Although I'm not sure why - I'm not exactly loaded so there isn't very much to steal!
 

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There is still a major app gap. Thou there are many IP pro cam's in the market place my provider only works with one developer (Robert Choi)

Still missing apps for these banks:

Banner Bank, BECU, Scott trade, and a few more that I know that are not yet available on windows phone.

There is ok SMG APP, I need this for work.


It isn't about the amount of apps, it's about the specific apps which creates an app gap. Thanks for putting this together but you have to realize that the app gap isn't for everyone. Business apps and banking apps are surely lacking. My company only develops our apps for iOS and android. When we have a convention: they have this activity app/ and check in app only on iOS and android
 

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The app gap is more to do with games and banks now. However some official apps are missing features like facebook. You still cant upload or view photos in comments. You don't have the free call feature in messenger. Vine is missing direct messaging,same with instagram, 6sec,6tag and 6snap can never have push notifications. No official snapchat. That's it really. Microsoft have done well.
 

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@evilrob totally pointless thread.If WP store serves you well then don't think that this is the case for everyone.
So you are really saying that app gap doesn't exist? Please, for God's sake don't spread wrong info. I'm a WP fan boy and I can't deny the truth that app gap exists.
Look at the following screenshot.

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