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40 Best Windows Phone Apps Of 2012


A lot of people thought that if Windows Phone 7 failed to make an impact in the smartphone market, this might spell the end of Microsoft’s mobile adventure. Contrary to this belief though, 2012 saw the announcement and release of Windows Phone 8. While WP8 is pretty much a whole new OS, you can’t say that it is fundamentally different from its predecessor. Unfortunately, even WP8 hasn’t fared significantly better than Mango so far, but that isn’t from lack of trying on the part of its manufacturers and people who develop apps for the Windows Phone Store. During the course of the year, the platform’s app collection grew past the 100,000 mark and is now on its way to even bigger milestones. While some of the releases were rather disappointing, the overall quality of apps in the WP Store definitely seems to have improved compared to what we saw in 2011. Here is a list of the best free Windows Phone apps that were covered here on Addictive Tips in 2012.

1. Skype (The Mango version of Skype was released earlier this year, while Windows Phone 8 came out with native integration of the service)

Skype WP7 Profile Skype WP7 Call

2. Photosynth (Despite being limited to only high-end devices, Photosynth is a great app; one of the best 360-degree panorama capturing apps out there)

Photosynth WP7 Camera Photosynth WP7 Featured Photosynth WP7 Settings

3. Speaktoit Assistant (Customizable talking personal assistant that can fetch videos, images and pages from the web; also capable of performing calculations and managing calendars)

Speaktoit Assistant Welcome Speaktoit Assistant Translation Speaktoit Assistant Play

4. Audible (This app was released with the announcement of Windows Phone 8; brings the biggest collection of audiobooks on the planet to Windows Phone)

Audible WP7 Shop Audible WP7 Excerpt Audible WP7 News

5. City Lens (This Lumia-exclusive app puts augmented reality to good use. Just point your device’s camera at your surroundings and City Lens displays all hotels, restaurants, malls and other noteworthy places within view.)

City Lens AR

6. LinkedIn (Although Windows Phone has native integration with LinkedIn, its official client is a must-have for all avid users of the social network)

LinkedIn WP7 Menu LinkedIn WP7 Updates

7. Endomondo (Tracks your workout stats, fitness history and other health-related data, comes incorporated with a music player of its own and can be used offline for a variety of workouts)

Endomondo WP7 Endomondo Workout Summary Endomondo Map tracking

8. PhotoBeamer (Use your Nokia phone to stream any image onto a computer’s screen by simply scanning a QR code)

PhotoBeamer WP

9. GetThemAll (The only downloader for Windows Phone that works in conjunction with Internet Explorer; lists different media types separately for easy downloading)

GetThemAll WP Main GetThemAll WP File Manager

10. SilverDict (Lets users add any web dictionary they want to the app’s sources and shows additional details related to searched words including Wikipedia pages)

SilverDict Repo SilverDict Encyclopedia

11. PayPal (The official PayPal app lets you manage account details and make payments)

PayPal WP7 Account PayPal WP7 Balance PayPal WP7 Transaction

12. Vimeo (The famous video hosting service released its official Windows Phone client this year. The app lets you watch and upload videos easily.)

Vimeo WP7 Channel Vimeo WP7 Video

13. CNN (View news stories, video and audio feeds from CNN. This official client can also be used to submit your own videos to the news network via the iReport feature)

CNN WP7 Sections CNN WP7 Articles

14. Bing Translator (Translates almost all major languages of the world through both text, visual and audio input, even while offline)

Translator Home Translator Speak Translator Camera

15. SaveIt! (Import contacts, videos and photos from other smartphones to a Windows Phone; also good for creating a backup of device data)

SaveIt! WP Home SaveIt! WP Restore

16. Square (Creates QR codes out of contact cards and photos so that you can easily share them with any smartphone)

Square WP7 Square Homepage Square QR Code

17. Pictomaphone (A photo editor with filters and a comprehensive set of image adjustment options)

Pictomaphone Adjustments Pictomaphone Effects Pictomaphone Intensity

18. Bookviser (A customizable ePub reader with a library of free books)

Bookviser WP7 Bookviser Page

19. Palringo (The famous chat client first came out for Windows Phone while it was still in its beta, but has improved a lot since then. You can use it to share audio clips and images with your friends without having to go through much hassle.)

Palringo WP7 Chat Palringo WP7 Media

20. Box (The official client for cloud storage service Box)

Box WP7 Welcome Box WP7 Home Box WP7 File View

21. Viber (If you own a Nokia Windows Phone, Viber can make VoIP calls for you, while on others it can only be used for text chat and quick media sharing)

Viber WP7 Conversations Viber WP7 Messages Viber WP7 Image Sharing

22. PrimeTube (YouTube client with a refreshing interface and video upload capability)

PrimeTube Most Viewed PrimeTube Categories PrimeTube Player

23. 7digital (Purchase MP3 songs at a cheaper price than the Windows Phone Store; also offers free streaming of songs belonging to a variety of genres)

7digital Featured 7digital Player

24. Newser (A news client that lets you view users’ feedback and reactions for each story)

Newser Breaking Newser Superlatives

25. FastMall (Offline indoor maps for all the major shopping malls of the world, complete with deal alerts and navigational help)

FastMall Nearby FastMall WP7 FastMall Deals

26. Photo Genius (A photo editing app by Aviary that includes effects, stickers and image adjustment options)

Photo Genius Aviary Editor Photo Genius Home

27. Markets & Me (Keep a handle on the current stock exchange situation and manage your own shares)

Markets & Me Currencies Markets & Me Shares Markets & Me Hub

28. Kaliki (A customizable news client that generates a personalized podcast for you each day; available for Nokia devices only)

Kaliki Nokia WP7 Kaliki News Kaliki Clip

29. SoundGecko (Converts any article or RSS feed you want to an audio file so that you can listen to on the go)

SoundGecko WP7 Popular SoundGecko WP7 My List SoundGecko WP7 Options

30. Wolfram Alpha+ (Unofficial Wolfram Alpha client that lets you perform complex calculations and fetches answers to any question from the popular search engine)

Wolfram Alpha  Result Wolfram Alpha  Maths

31. Create Your Game (Lets you design and play your own Windows Phone games)

Create Your Game WP7 Home Create Your Game WP7 FlowChart Create Your Game WP7 Parameters

32. AppDetective (Keeps searching for the apps you really want on Windows Phone and alerts you as soon as they are released)

AppDetective Queries AppDetective New Apps WP7 AppDetective Flase Positives

33. AUPEO! Radio (Music discovery app that learns your preferences with the passage of time)

AUPEO! Radio Genres AUPEO! Radio Player AUPEO! Radio Tuner

34. Trapster (Just like Waze, Trapster uses user feedback to provide suggestions for the best eating places and other locations in your vicinity)

Trapster WP7 Trapster WP7 Options Trapster WP7 Settings

35. NickWrite (A text editor with predictive input and templates for messages and mails)

NickWrite Templates NickWrite Editor

36. Album Flow (A music library replacement app with an iOS-like cover flow view)


37. Wunderlist (To-do list app with a comprehensive set of filters and cloud syncing)

Wunderlist WP7 tasks Wunderlist WP7 Filters Wunderlist WP7 Details

38. Academic Search (Developed by Microsoft Research, this app suggests books and references that can actually help you in researching a topic or writing your thesis)

Academic Research Academic Research Filters Academic Research Article

39. Augmented Colors (Just point your phone’s camera at any object and you will see the exact RGB value of its color)

Augmented Colors WP7 Augmented Colors Sharing Options

40. Mobizy (A perfect business companion for small business owners, this app lets you manage client details, and can incorporate a database for products, sales and financial records.)

Mobizy WP7 Home Mobizy Prders

Since Windows Phone 8 wasn’t even announced when the year started, you won’t find any distinction between Mango and Apollo apps in the above list. If any of your favorite free Windows Phone apps didn’t make it to our Top 40, use the comments section to let us know.

You might also want to check out our other end-of-year compilations:

150 Best Windows Apps Of 2012

35 Best Windows 8 Store Of 2012

100 Best Mac Apps Of 2012

150 Best Android Apps Of 2012

100 Best iOS Apps Of 2012

50 Best Cydia Tweaks Of 2012


    • There is Endomondo at number 7, and in my opinion it has everything you can ask for in a sports tracker / fitness app. Sports Tracker is pretty good too though.

  1. I downloaded skype for my windows phone, but it did not install. I am not sure this is software issue or my phone issue.

  2. I like using weave as my news reader because the interface is really fast and I can go through a lot of news really rapidly. I also like send send to wp7 to send pages from my desktop browser to my phone

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