Best Windows Phone Apps, late 2018 edition

Hahahahaha. Yeah, I know. It’s super dead. Not coming back. No way.

This isn’t a list to get people to buy one of these or use them or whatever. It’s a list for people who have one lying around and still might find use for a second (or third) device that does some neat things. Windows Phone was good. It had great ideas. Apple is using lots of them.

Windows Phone was, and still is, just like this weird fetish object for me. I’ve owned six of the suckers. The one I carry around these days is the Lumia 1520. I pair it with a bluetooth keyboard and it’s basically a laptop.

This’ll probably be the last of these kinds of lists. Pulling double duty: all of these apps work with Windows 10, and they’re often the best solution in their class.

  • OneNote. If you don’t think Project Andromeda isn’t just about making OneNote the centre of your digital life, you’re crazy. Windows Phone owners have known that secret for years though. Hell, if you have a Windows Phone 7 Series, OneNote still writes and syncs and it’s butter. It’s where I do all my first-draft writing, blogs, and other things.
  • Outlook. Baked into WP10, it’s still faster than anything on iPhone.
  • Cover: if you’ve got a Lumia 1520 or any of the big Windows Phones, cover reads comics, PDFs, and other formats well. Syncs to Onedrive for seamless file additions.
  • Ouga. Best Tumblr app on the planet.
  • Tweetium. Still going strong!
  • Readit. Is it weird that this is still my preferred way to read Reddit?
  • Poki. If you use Pocket as a read-later service, Poki is a breath of fresh design and readability air.
  • NextGen Reader. Still the most stable RSS reader.
  • Windows Central. I’ve somehow had this app on my Windows start screen since 2010.


October 12, 2018