- 11-23-2012, 07:46 PM #1
I recently bought a Nokia Lumia 920, having been a fairly advanced iPhone user since the 3G. I have to say that I have a new friend in my life. The start screen is such an awesome idea and I enjoy the ways that I can customize it to meet my exact smartphone needs and even my personality. Anyway, after having this phone now for several days, I thought I'd share the apps that I have discovered through trial and error and use daily, coming from the iOS 6 ecosystem. I am happy to say that nearly every feature or application that I enjoyed on iOS 6 has a good OS or application equivalent in Windows Phone 8.
iOS6 WP8 Notes a little buggy for WP8 Kayak Kayak ShopSavvy/RedLaser ShopSavvy Flashlight Flashlight XT "LED Flashlight" is an alternative app, but it seems to crash on WP8; going with Flashlight XT for now Youtube MetroTube This is pretty awesome! Thanks Tahiti Bob for the heads up :) Flixter Flixter Panorama control shines here on WP8 Wikipedia Wikipedia TuneIn Radio ??? There was an app for WP7; I hope they bring it back soon as I used this app all the time Pandora MetroRadio Works perfectly (better than graffiti); Pandora comes out early next year Mint ??? This app is supposed to be in development for WP8; their lack of a mobile website disappoints Amazon Kindle Amazon Kindle Amazon Mobile Amazon Mobile SoundCloud Soundrivin eBay eBay TripIt My Trips Amazing application and much better than the TripIt app; $1.99; Trip Hub is a close second TouchPad Unify This app blows TouchPad away for iOS and has many nice settings; PC Remote is an alternative; $1.99 Google Authenticator Authenticator The camera takes a few tries to read a 2D barcode; works perfectly once set up Bank of America Bank of America PayPal PayPal GEICO GEICO AllRecipes AllRecipes An excellent app for cooking ideas Netflix Netflix I may, one day, miss the video out capability of the iPhone; hopefully a nice Play To DLNA app comes out soon Google Maps/Apple Maps Nokia Maps/gMaps So much better Newegg Newegg Bookman PDF Reader Battery Level The new version now graphs battery history; excellent app GroupMe GroupMe I am glad Microsoft bought this company via Skype, haha Google Chrome Chrync A very nice application for viewing all of your Chrome tabs, bookmarks, passwords, etc! This will hold me off until (hopefully) Google releases Chrome for WP8 now that native app development is allowed; try this! Groupon Groupon This application is a fine example of pinning BeejiveIM IM+ Pro GoTasks Milkman Remember the milk is a lot better than Google tasks ever will be; get a free account and you can even dock your tasks along GMail with the "Remember The Milk for Gmail" Chrome extension Nokia Transit Excellent replacement for what used to be Google Maps Panorama Nokia application; works well SoundHound SoundHound Speedtest.net SpeedTest Loving LTE :) Weather Weather The MS version works well Yelp Yelp iTunes MediaMonkey FINALLY I can use the far superior MediaMonkey to directly manage my music
Yes, I have been busy, haha.
Enjoy, and maybe let me know if I am missing something :)
I am still very new to this platform.
Last edited by awgneo; 11-26-2012 at 01:32 PM.
11-23-2012, 07:57 PM #2
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For YouTube you definitely need to check MetroTube. RedLaser also exists in WP8 but I believe these apps' functions are built into Bing so you may not need them (same goes for SoundHound although the humming feature is ace). Finally for Wikipedia I hope you're using the Rudy Huyn one.
11-23-2012, 08:00 PM #3
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Great post. Try Flashlight-X - I have a 920 and it doesn't crash. There is a free version (ads).
Maybe I should try MetroRadio again. I found Graffiti Radio much better on WP7. Biggest gripe before was that if I paused earlier in the day, MetroRadio would not seemlessly pick up where I left off like Graffiti does.
- 11-23-2012, 08:11 PM #5
Damn...I already own the Gold Version of MediaMonkey, but could never get my iDevices to work quite right. Didn't even think of trying MM as the Desktop Sync that MS is supplying is a joke. Will definitely have to try MM now.
Great post by the way!
I'd really like to see some sort of a consolidated thread just for us iPhone switchers - howtos, tips and tricks, Apps etc.
UPDATE - just checked...my version of MediaMonkey was 3.2.5 so I upgraded to the newest 4.0.7 and am indexing files now.
Last edited by AZBrowncoat; 11-23-2012 at 09:47 PM.
- 11-23-2012, 10:01 PM #6
Glad you're enjoying WP8! I just wanted to give you some suggestions on apps:
YouTube - check out MetroTube and Supertube
Wikipedia - this alternative Wiki app is simply amazing: Wikipedia | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
And lastly, for a 3 pack combo app that's also beautifully designed: check out "627.AM". It's primarly an alarm app, but also has a note/task ability as well as weather. It's an awesome 3 in 1 app!
11-23-2012, 11:02 PM #7
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To topic creator:
Welcome! I suggest you also download
Weave trial: excellent news reader
Metrotube: slick windows phone interface of YouTube
Photogram/picture studio/photastic. Photogram is a filter software much like instagram, picture studio is really handy app, and phototastic is wonderful for collages.
Blueprints: hands down the best tumblr client there is!
Rowi: excellent and free twitter client which is imo the best there is. I still miss Carbon but alas its off the marketplace
Windows phone central app just cuz.
I'll post more!
- 11-24-2012, 10:27 AM #12
Its posts like this from the OP that negates all these other threads about apps and bad reviews.. A happy customer.. Not too many on this board the way negative posts are produced.
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- 11-24-2012, 02:02 PM #16
I installed Media Monkey -> Created a Playlist -> Plugged in my Nokia 920 -> Hit "Sync" and my music was transferred to my device - almost as easy as iTunes (will take a bit to get used to the MM interface and options)
...the only issue I am having is that I can "see" the music files on the Nokia 920 but they are not showing up in the Music + Videos App on the phone...does the phone take time to index the files?
UPDATE - tried powering the phone down and back up...still only seeing a few albums despite being able to see the files on the phone with Windows Explorer. May have to visit the Media Monkey forums.
Last edited by AZBrowncoat; 11-24-2012 at 02:20 PM.
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- 11-24-2012, 02:39 PM #22
will try this on my laptop next to narrow down the culprit.....
edit: ok, uninstalled, cleaned registry and all user folders it created and reinstalled with admin rights. This time it recognizes the Lumia. Thanks all.
Last edited by Derausgewanderte; 11-24-2012 at 11:40 PM.
- 11-24-2012, 04:00 PM #23
awgneo - is your music encoded as MP3s or AAC? My phone has been sitting for a while and I still can't see most of the music that I loaded.
Here are the files/directories on my phone as seen in explorer:
The only Megadeth album I can access and play on my phone is Th1rt3en and then the only song from that album that I can access is Public Enemy No. 1 encoded as M4A/AAC just like the rest of that album.
Puzzled as to why I can only play the one song from the one album...the files are all on the phone?
Last edited by AZBrowncoat; 11-24-2012 at 04:22 PM.
- 11-24-2012, 05:30 PM #25
Mint --> https://www.pageonce.com / Pageonce - Money & Bills | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
I used Mint a lot on Android but actually prefer Pageonce now that I've discovered it. I have all bills and stock information in there too, not just bank accounts.
There is also a RedLaser app. http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/st...0-deac88ed86ca
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