What’s that? You don’t have time to scour the Windows Marketplace to find something new to play with? No sweat – we’ve already handpicked ten essential Windows Phone apps for you.
This invaluable productivity app lets you create, view, organize, search and share your ideas, including the option for voice notes, photos, videos and web links, too. An auto-sync feature means your notes are automatically saved and accessible on other platforms, such as a PC.
TuneIn Radio (Free)
Music lovers, pinch yourself. TuneIn Radio lets you tune in to more than 50,000 radio stations from around the world, covering every genre and country imaginable. This free app also streams live talk radio such as BBC and NPR programming, as well as online-only stations.
Dinner? Yep. Movies? Uh-huh. Shopping? Of course. All three become easier when you have Poynt, a savvy local search app that helps you find what you’re looking for, whenever and wherever you need it. Snag directions to a business, view show times and reserve a table at a restaurant.
The ultimate Twitter experience, this simple yet feature-rich app lets you see every tweet, list, search and timeline that matters to you on a single, swipeable screen. Flick through image and video previews, tap to reply or retweet, and view tweets via Live Tiles on your phone’s home screen.
Xbox Companion (Free)
Game on – and on and on. Take control over your Xbox 360 from your Windows Phone, be it playing some games with your device as a wireless controller, setting up alerts when friends are playing or remotely accessing media, such as music and movies.
Thumba Cam ($1)
Instacam is awesome, but Thumba Cam offers many more high-quality editing effects to enhance your photos on the go. Whether you’ve snapped the pics on your device or not, take advantage of nearly 60 filters and tools, use the auto-fix or manually adjust your shots before sharing them.
A must-have app for Windows Phone devices is Microsoft’s SkyDrive, which grants you access to your password-protected cloud (i.e., online) drive. Store, access and share up to 25 gigabytes of your files, for free – be it documents, photos or videos, for example – anywhere life takes you.
Cook up countless recipes on your Windows Phone with AllRecipes. Search by keyword (“chicken wings”), browse by dish (apps, entrees, sides, desserts and drinks) or choose by ingredient, such as what you have on hand. Pin a Live Tile to the home screen, featuring a fresh recipe daily.
Angry Birds ($3)
Considered this generation’s Pac-Man, the mega-popular Angry Birds tells of vengeful birds that attack thieving pigs. The physics-based puzzler has you flinging fowl out of a giant slingshot, and you must aim just so and with the ideal amount of force to destroy the all pigs within the allotted number of turns per level.
Amazon Kindle (free)
Optimized for Windows Phone, use this app’s sleek user-interface and crisp font options to flick through all of your Kindle e-books. With Amazon’s Whispersync, all the content you read is automatically synced across devices, including last page read, bookmarks and notes.