Function Plotter was shown to me by a friend who is a self-described “maths geek”. The app lets you plot functions and then see them drawn out in curved sketches. It’s a beautifully made app that not only handles normal functions, but supports functions with complex numbers, functions in a three-dimensional space, functions in a four-dimensional space, functions in parametric equation, functions in a polar coordinate system, functions in a spherical coordinate system and functions in a cylindrical coordinate system. If you understand what those are you are a better man than I.
If you’re a fan of comic books–and manga specifically–you need to check out Manga Blaze. It’s a comic book reader for your Windows Phone that gives you access to manga from over 17 sources. The app keeps track of what you read and what page you’re on so you’re ready to pick up where you left off as soon as you open it. It also features offline viewing so you can read even when you don’t have an Internet connection.
Mirror Cam is a creative camera app that allows you to create mirrored images with just a few taps. This gives the impression that the subject of your shots are reflected in a poll of water–or it just allows you to creates surreal snaps too. There’s also a host of additional filters you can apply.
Most calculator apps don’t do it all. 10Calc does. What do I mean by that? Well, many calculator apps just handle equations. 10Calc does all that, but it also has built in unit converter algorithms so you can use one app for all your calculation needs. A nice plus is the theme customization and the ability to convert over 100 units of measurement.
Instagram’s Windows Phone app leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully there’s 6tag–a third-party Instagram app that features many of the more advanced commands Instagram apps on iOS and Android have. Two really nice features of 6tag include the ability to create custom locations and–the biggie–manage multiple Instagram accounts from the same app.
Vine is one of the few big social media platforms that have a good Windows Phone app. With the app users can create six second videos–or “Vines”–to share with their friends and followers. You can also follow other users to catch glimpses into their lives. My favorite part of the app is the trending section–it’s a great way to discover new and interesting vids.
Opera Mini is one of the most respected browsers in the world, known for its speed and security. Those features translate well in this Windows Phone version. With Opera Mini you can actually save data while browsing because it compresses web data as it passes from server, through network, and to your phone. The app also offers some cool features like “Speed Dial” which is a collection of buttons representing your most visited sites. And like any good browser Opera Mini offers support for tabs and also has an impressive download manager for a mobile browser.
This app came to my attention through a friend, who is a professional musician. Whenever he’s out and get the idea for a new tune, he’ll open My Piano Phone and test it out on the realistic sounding keys. The app also offers a complete drum kit for those who like their beats. It’s a fun little free app that also happens to have over 11,000 five star reviews across all stores.
If you’re a PC user you’ll know Windows begins leaving space hogging cache files all over your hard drive. Given a long enough time these files can take up a large chunk of your precious GBs. The same thing happens with invisible cache files on your Windows Phone. That’s where this app comes in. With one click the app will clean all the cache files from your Windows Phone, allowing you to reclaim storage.
There’s not many good running trackers for Windows Phone, which is why we really love Caledos Runner. The app has a beautiful design that doesn’t complicate its number of tracking features. With Caledos you can track your route on a map, track your calories burned, and track other elements like time, pace, speed, position, heart rate, and climb. The app also works with RunKeeper, so you can share your progress with your friends there. A nice feature are the big, easy-to-read stats, so you can quickly pinpoint the one you’re looking for even when running down a bumpy path.
#TileArt is an app that allows you to create custom artworks for your Live Tiles. The app allows you to browse #TileArt’s gallery or you can create your own images. A nice feature is that you can upload transparent PNG files, which helps you create some pretty cool art. Once you’ve created custom tiles, you can then create a custom lock screen to match and even share your creation with others through #TileArt’s gallery.
Briefcase is a well thought out file manager for Windows Phone. It act as both a file organizer and a locker for all your local files, memory card and OneDrive files. You can arrange your files into specific folders and even pin those folders to your Start screen. Briefcase also supports in-app viewers, so you can browse through your pics or even play music and video right in the app. Best of all, it provides a passcode lock feature so you can keep your files safe.
If you’ve been reading this Windows Phone app hub for a while you might know I’m a fan of weather apps–always on the lookout for a new good one. My favorite one this week is Weather in 3D. I like it because it does a good job at laying out weekly weather forecasts in a form that is quick and easy to read. It also features some beautiful images based on current weather. But the unique thing about this app is that it tilts the weekly weather forecast back, which, oddly, makes it easier to view the week at a glance.
Plenty of big-name app makers are guilty for not porting their apps to Windows Phone (ahem, GOOGLE). That’s why I’m so excited to see the team behind VLC release and official VLC client for Windows Phone. If you manage music or movies on your Mac or PC, chances are you’ll be a VLC user. That app is a lot like a mobile version of iTunes if iTunes weren’t a bloated piece of 15 year old software badly in need of an upgrade. Manage your music, videos, create playlists and more. VLC rocks.
Facebook Pages are invaluable sites for small business and groups who want a single place to post information and grow communities of users. But while Facebook makes official Pages apps for Android and iOS, no such app exists for Windows Phone. That’s where this third party app comes in. The app allows you to post, delete or share your pages status, upload photos, send and receive messages from your pages, comment on your posts or reply to a comment and a lot more, including viewing all your page insights, likes and unlikes.
The only calculator app you’ll ever need. Calculator² is five calculators in one: Basic, Scientific, Programmer, Currency Converter, and Unit Converter. The power behind this calculator lies in its UI and its ability to display the story of every number and function you’ve entered so you can always verify what you’ve typed. I’m also a big fan of the unit converter, which features 300 units for conversions across 26 categories, and the currency converter, which includes 150 currencies.
AppLock is something I’ve wished Apple would build into iOS forever. Too bad this is only for Windows Phone. AppLock provides an extra layer of security even if your phone is unlocked. AppLock allows you to hide and lock multiple photos and videos, making them only accessible if you enter a passcode or swipe gesture. The beauty of this is you don’t have to worry about briefly lending your phone to someone to make a call and fear they may go through your personal photos instead.
and the awesome part is all the above apps are free. share your favorite windows phone application at the comment section.
have fun with your lumia smartphone.