Top Windows Phone 8 Apps For Beginners (Part 1)

By Vamien McKalin email: | Dec 30, 2012 12:48 PM EST

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If you are reading this, then there is a high chance you recently bought a Nokia Lumia 920, a HTC 8X, or a Lumia 820 and are out seeking some good applications to grace your handset. Windows Phone 8 devices come with some neat pre-installed applications that are bound to keep you busy for a while, but you'll need a lot more to make yourself look cool to your friends and family.

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Here are some WP8 apps that we think are pretty cool.


If you own a Windows Phone device, then probably you're owning an Xbox 360 as well, as Windows Phone is a very good companion for the Xbox 360. With Xbox SmartGlass on your Windows Phone handset, users have the ability to control their Xbox 360 and stream content from the 360 to their mobile device, besides doing many other things. However, there isn't much support for Xbox SmartGlass at the moment. So its use is only minimal at the moment, but impressive nonetheless.

Download Xbox SmartGlass here.


Care for some multiplayer gaming on your Windows Phone 8 device? You're in luck, because Wordament hits all the right spots. The game is all about identifying as many words as possible within a time limit. Find more words than your competitor and you'll be the winner, it's that simple. Wordament is available on other platforms, so it could be likely that the person you're playing against on the other end, is not another Windows Phone 8 user.

Download Wordament here.


Twitter is built into Windows Phone 8, but it is all basic stuff. So for the seasoned Twitter user who wants it all, Rowi is the app to take for a spin. Rowi is a bit like TweetDeck, which allows the user to create columns along with other customization options. The best thing about Rowi right now is that it has recently been updated to support 720p devices and has fast resume.

Download Rowi here.

4th & MAYOR

It is not certain how many people still use Foursquare to check into places for the sake of becoming the Mayor. If you are one of them, skip the official Foursquare app and download 4th & Mayor instead. The app uses the Windows Phone 8 design style to its advantage, which makes it smoother and easier to use without ditching all the great features one expects from a Foursquare app.

Download 4th & Mayor here.


The Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 is pretty slick and very useful for the times when you want to know what a foreign language means in English. It is definitely not for everyone; however, it can be fun even if you have no long term use for it. By just pointing your phone camera at a word, the Translator will form it into a language of your choice. What's more, there is even an offline option for reducing data usage.

Download Bing Translator here.

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