Before smartphones took over, Nokia used to be the king of mobile devices. The brand was best known for making phones that were incredibly tough and had amazing battery life. When the Finnish company announced its partnership with Microsoft, people were anticipating Windows Phone devices having similar traits, but a smartphone does have to sacrifice a few basic utilities and its battery life in order to accomplish more complicated tasks. That’s what these devices have apps for though. Thanks to a few very simple apps, your WP8 can act as a stopwatch, flashlight, or countdown timer. Finding the right apps for all these tasks can be a bit of a headache though, and that’s likely the reason why Nokia has decided to release a set of utility apps for all WP8 users. These apps have been released by a Polish company, working in partnership with Nokia.
Battery Pro+ is a really simple app that lets you keep track of the exact remaining battery of your device. Apart from the remaining battery percentage, users also get to see the estimated time left before their phone is need of a recharge, which is calculated based on their past usage. An hour-by-hour analysis of your battery usage is also displayed at the bottom of the screen in the form of a graph. Bluetooth, WiFi and Data connection can be toggled right from within the app, too.
Level Meter Pro+
This app has two modes: you can measure vertical/horizontal stability from the first screen, while the other one has a three-dimensional crosshair that lets you ensure that a surface is completely flat in all directions. In addition to the visual meter, Level Meter Pro+ also shows you exact angle values for each mode at the top of the screen.
WP8 has two kinds of flashlight apps: ones that use the camera LED, and others that just brighten the screen to create an illusion of a torch. Flashlight Pro+ comes with both modes, plus an additional SOS mode. On the second screen, it is even possible to choose the color that you want to fill your screen with.
Stopwatch Pro+, as the name suggests, is a fully functional stopwatch. Another section of the app can be used to initiate a countdown as well, and there are multiple time templates to help you get started quickly.
Find me Pro+
This app does just one thing, and that is providing users with a quick and hassle-free way of finding their current location’s coordinates, and viewing it on a map.
Egg Timer Pro+
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This app seems to be a bit too specific, but can prove to be useful nonetheless. Egg Timer Pro+ can help users boil eggs to perfection by showing a timer based on the egg’s starting temperature, desired hardness and size.
All these utility apps are available for free, but come with ads. Give them a go, as some of them can be really useful in a lot of situations.