For all of 2015, I used a Lumia 930 as my main phone. Why would I do such a thing to myself? I simply wanted to give Windows Phone a chance. One thing I know for sure is that it’s a very nice OS, and Windows Phone 8.1 felt a lot more polished than the Android phone I was using before it.
One of the big problems is the lack of apps, which I was prepared for. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well it has been supported, given I was bracing myself for not having any. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite apps.
Spotify do infact have a Windows Phone app, and it works quite well. The first time I installed it, it didn’t work that well, but after a few months, I got an update which was a complete refactor. In 2015, they were still supporting the Windows Phone app extremely well – kudos to Spotify! It still feels a little clunky, however I’ve since had a shot at using the Android and iPhone apps, and they also feel clunky, so maybe it’s a Spotify quirk.
The very simple music matching app, and does what you want it to do. It isn’t quite as feature complete as the companions from other platforms, but if you want to know what song is playing, it just works.
This app lets you know information about an incoming caller, say, if the caller is a known spam caller or not. It does this one task, but it does it really well.
Facebook and Messenger
Facebook have quite the nice app for Windows Phone (likely with some help from Microsoft). Not much can be said about it, other than I’ve never had a problem with it. The messenger app doesn’t offer chat heads, but they felt tacky anyway.
I’m ever impressed how much love Fitbit has given Windows. So much so that in the second half of 2015, they revamped their app using the universal platform, and it works really well. You need to have Windows Mobile 10 to get their universal app on your phone, but I’m incredibly impressed how much support it gets. It’s what convinced me to get a Fitbit in the end, I wouldn’t have done that without the phone support.
It’s a shame that Windows Phone is a dying platform, unfortunately it’s not getting the support from Microsoft or developers it needs. It’s a great OS to use, and does have a lot of the apps you know and love, but ultimately, Android and iOS have all of the apps you know and love. But if you do use Windows Phone, or are even contemplating giving it a shot like me, definitely check out these apps.