With another update for mid-August 2017, and with six new entries, here's our directory of the very best of the Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile world, now split into two for logistics reasons. On this page are general, news, productivity, travel, time, and more. See this page for anything related to imaging or consuming media of any kind.
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For logistics reasons, we've split our applications directory for Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile into two, with a natural spin-off section being anything to do with imaging, camera, media and music/voice. This is the mid-August 2017 update, with half a dozen additions, plus other tweaks. The original applications directory excludes these categories.
Following on from AAWP's rather handy guide to the very best general applications and best camera/media apps for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile, here's an updated (mid August 2017, four new entries) version of our similar crowd-sourced guide the very best games on the platform. Enjoy!
In the spirit of throwing myself wholly into living the road warrior life, I tried out 24 hours with only Windows 10 Mobile - no cheats, no laptops, no Android backups. Just W10M for everything, on the Lumia 950 XL, for work, personal stuff, entertainment. As at mid-July 2017, who is the OS best suited for? My findings match Microsoft's own projections for the OS. I still don't agree with stopping making the 950 range, but the withdrawal from consumers in favour of business and enterprise is... probably for the best, if my experience is anything to go by.
What's this? An application last updated in 2014 that's still better than the first party solution from Microsoft? Well, yes, somewhat interestingly, for anyone else who has been frustrated by the limited real time traffic routing in Windows 10 Maps, I was determined to find out how well the old Waze solution worked on the latest W10M Creators Update. Turns out rather well, with only a few caveats.
With more and more of the 'old' Windows Phone 7.x/8.0/8.1 Silverlight-based applications starting to be no longer officially supported (by the company or developer), a common scenario now is that you try to reinstall a favourite app on a new Windows 10 Mobile phone (or one that's been newly reset) and you see that it's no longer in the Store. Don't panic though, as in most cases you can still get this app 'back'...
Regular reader Marcus Koebberling posed a good question to me earlier this week: "Which Windows 10 Mobile apps do you actually use (regularly) and/or are pinned to your Start screen? Plus which Android apps do you miss most on your Lumia 950XL?" Which seemed as good a launching off point as any for a June 2017 'state of play' feature for AAWP...
Admittedly this is all model-specific, but the classic Lumia 1020 is a perennial favourite around these parts and... I have exciting news. Lumia Camera v4 (a.k.a. Lumia Camera Classic*) is back in the Microsoft Store! It seems that someone at Microsoft (probably a 1020 fan) has joined some dots up and pushed through the hooks and approvals that means that, even for 1020s upgraded to the Creators Update through slightly dubious means(!), Lumia Camera, with the 1020's 'dual capture' and 'reframing' tricks, are now a 'go' for 2017, with a version of Photos that plays nicely with it all.
Having spent most of yesterday's podcast with Jason chatting about how today's services, applications and content are largely cross-platform and independent of specific hardware, operating systems and interfaces, a very good question pops up: if all the aforementioned don't matter much anymore, then why use a Windows phone at all? Why not use an iPhone or one running Android?
(By popular demand) I've been playing with photography options on that hardy perennial, the Lumia 1020. Yes, it's not the speediest phone in the world under the Creators Update (here's how to get it there), but most things works very well still, plus you get a 41MP camera phone with Xenon flash - and that's still a massive USP even in the phone world of 2017. But which UWP camera applications to use on the latest Microsoft OS?