Without the right apps, no Smartphone can be smart! You may call this ‘generalization’, but it happens to be correct! Can you think of your Android Smartphone without the best Android apps in it? Well, you possibly can’t do that. The case is no different in Windows Phone either. Although the mobile platform isn’t that app-friendly, you do need the best Windows Phone apps. When compared to Android or iOS, Windows Phone has fewer apps in its store. That having said, for each need, you’ll surely find an effective Windows Phone app. For instance, for reading and curation, you get Flipboard in the Windows Phone App Store.
In this article, we have created a list of 10 best Windows Phone apps that you must have. We’ve done the list based on common usage and personal recommendations. So, you should consider your needs to pick the right ones from list. Shall we start?
Flipboard is a must-have Windows Phone app for those who love reading! It lets you find worth-reading content that is published in World Wide Web. Used by millions of users, Flipboard lets you create your personal magazine and get right content — every single time. You can either choose the topics you are interested or follow some channels such as CNN or TheNextWeb. You can also go through different category-based pages to find top-rated content — and it’s a sure-deal about quality and authority of the content you see. Furthermore, each article on Flipboard is displayed in a convenient, readable and user-friendly format. Altogether, with Flipboard, you would love reading the articles you love. Didn’t we say that Flipboard is completely free to use? Flipboard is also available in Windows PC.
Do you take notes all the time? Do you want them available in different devices? Then, Evernote is surely one of the best Windows Phone apps you’ll come across. With Evernote, you can store everything you need to remember. You can create text-based notes, photographs, voice records or pins. Suppose you want to bookmark a web page for your later use — Evernote can keep it in the inventory, making it accessible via different platforms. Evernote is completely about cloud and that’s why you can recall everything at anytime. Evernote for Windows Phone may not have all the features of other apps. That having said, for those who love an effective note-taking experience, this Windows app is surely helpful, we bet. Apart from the free plan, Evernote gives you premium subscription too.
You might have heard about this app in Android. In Windows Phone too, Opera Mini is an awesome app you must be having. Opera Mini lets you to browse web fast even while saving a lot of mobile data. When you are struggling with a small data pack in device, Opera Mini is the best Windows Phone app to depend upon. The browser has an in-built ad-blocker that gets you an ad-free browsing experience. With the browser, you have superb features for protecting your privacy such as Private Tabs. Other notable features of this Windows Phone browser include Save for Offline as well as a built-in download manager. Multi-device syncing of Opera is yet another reason to prefer this browser.
Adobe Photoshop Express
What do you think about having the Photoshop-based editing features in Windows Phone? It’s what you get if you’d for the free Windows Phone app. Unlike its Desktop Photoshop app, Adobe Photoshop Express is optimized for your Windows Phone device. Talking of the features, you can use the app to do basic editing and more. For instance, you can crop, flip or rotate the images you have. Also, there is option for one-touch red-eye correction and colour enhancements. In addition to these, Adobe Photoshop Express offers 15+ one-touch filters. In single click, you can apply these filters in the photograph. You can have extra features if you sign in using Adobe ID. Altogether, it’s going to be a mobile workstation of on-the-go editing.
Office Lens is the best Windows Phone app for scanning your documents and storing them — on your devices. When compared to other app for same purpose, Office Lens makes enough sense. Developed by Microsoft itself, the app is having effective algorithms to scan only the needed the part of frame. That is, only your document will be scanned. It does not matter whether you are scanning a full-page document or a Business Card; Office Lens can do the job well. After you have scanned a document, you can save it to OneDrive or convert it to a PDF document. The app has many modes such as Whiteboard Mode and Document Mode. For those who have documents to take care of, Office Lens is a must-have Windows Phone app.
Noted for the best interface, Briefcase is one of the best Windows Phone apps for file management. Despite its really minimal interface, Briefcase app has some cool features too. For instance, you can use the app to compress different apps and files; perform clipboard operations like copy and paste; offline access to OneDrive files etc. Given that your Windows Phone app does not have an in-built file manager, Briefcase is a must-have app too. In case if you have files to keep safe, you can use the Personal Folder feature of the app. Other features of the app include theme selection, file renaming, app lock and detailed file information. In case if you are still wondering, Briefcase is probably the best file manager for Windows Phone.
Moneygraph is an awesome Windows Phone that helps you manage your money well. As a freelancer or a business owner, you need to keep the finances in a right manner. With the right recording of spending, Moneygraph can show you the whole stream of finances at the end of a month. Using the app, you can create different reports, categories and backup all these data. This way, you can be sure about the multi-device availability of data. You can get the free app in Windows PCs too. In case if you need more features, you can have the premium version of the app — which is named Moneygraph+. In the premium version, you can protect your data, sync between different devices and save the reports.
Do you want to prevent others from accessing some videos or photos? Check out this nice Windows Phone app to lock the photos or videos you want to protect. The app also helps you to hide these media files — so that no one else sees them. Other options of AppLock include Recovery of deleted files and restoring of encrypted media etc. All the secured media is protected via a strong password and the log-in process is way too simple. In case if you forget your password, you can retrieve it easily. For the maximum security, you can put the confidential files into the vault. The app will take care of everything else. Then, encrypted files will be accessible only via AppLock application.
Your Windows Phone has an in-built calculator, but that’s not effective in most of the cases. However, when you like to have a multipurpose calculator, Calculator2 is the best calculator app for Windows Phones. It’s actually a combo of five different utilities — Scientific Calculator, Financial Calculator, Basic Calculator, Programmer Calculator and one Currency Converter. All these utilities are useful in one situation or another. For instance, you can use the Scientific Calculator when you don’t have a fully-fledged calculator with you. Similarly, in the Currency Converter utility, you’d be able to convert between different currencies — thanks to Open Exchange Rates API. Considering all these, it does make sense to have Calculator2 in your device.
Last but not least in the list, Dictionary is the best dictionary app for your Windows Phone device. It is interactive in terms of UI and you can get the best experience in no time. Thanks to the locally-stored definitions, you don’t need an internet connection to use the dictionary. The app consists of more than 150000 words and definitions, available in a ready-to-read format. In case if you love learning new words, the home page of Dictionary will surely help you. it shows random words in zig-zag order. Clicking on them will show you the meaning. Altogether, Dictionary is a must-have Windows Phone app for everyone, we bet.
Best Windows Phone Apps – Wrapping Up
Now that we have listed the 10 best Windows Phone apps, you can choose one according to your need. For instance, for word-learners and readers, Flipboard and Dictionary will be helpful. In the same way, you can pick the ones you’d need in the end. Did you love this list? Let us know your suggestions through your comments below.