Shifting from Windows Phone to Android

If you are a Windows Phone user and are planning on shifting to an android phone soon, we have some advice for you. Having been a windows mobile and windows phone user for around 6 years, shifting to android was a big leap.

The first problem was the hassle of adding accounts. Setting up a windows phone is way easier than android. Checking emails is easier on windows phone as the interface is minimalist, however in a few days you will get used to checking your email on android.

The second problem is the keyboard. The keyboard isn’t really the best and while you can add third party ones, we advise against it as they can collect whatever sensitive information you type.

The third issue is battery life. Unlike Windows Phone, here the system hogs the battery.

Now here is some good news. Yes, we know most people hunt for android apps on windows phone, well, we are doing the reverse.

  1. The full Microsoft office suite is available for free

2) Instagram is there but we preferred 6tag(This app is one of the greatest on WP)

3) You have various painting apps, but once again, fantasia painter on WP is tough to replace.

4) Surprisingly IE was more comfortable to use than chrome is but its not a deal breaker.

Over all, we managed to find substitute apps. One immediately realizes that windows phone is simply under rated. The ease of use, the clean interface, the hassle free email and office. In short for a business user or for productivity Windows Phone is the one to go for. For gaming, lots of social networking, customization etc an android phone is recommended. So unless you really are either bored of WP and want to try something new or have such a need, stick to WP.

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Monetary Management Showdown

It’s been a while..

We are back with a competitive showdown between two expenses and money management apps for Windows Phone or should I say Windows Mobile 😀

Monetal vs. Wallet Watch

Both apps I must admit, are unique in their own regard. What one lacks, the other compensates for that. Rather than listing down features of each app, I would list the pros and cons of each to give you’ll a heading regarding which one to finally download.

Both apps, are by far the best Money Managers on the Store and it is clearly indicated in their reviews and ratings too.

Wallet Watch

Pros: 

  • Free (No paid version)
  • Lots of Categories of Expenses
  • Multiple live tiles available for individual functionalities.
  • Bill split calculator
  • Simple and efficient main screen layout improving the overall usage experience

Cons:

  • To many transitions sometimes for a simple task
  • No option for multiple accounts like (Salary, Savings etc..)

(Scroll down further for Monetal)

Monetal

Pros: 

  •  Supports multiple accounts
  • The main screen directly displays and increment and decrement alongside the balance, which makes it easier and quicker to add data
  • Graphical analysis is good to look at 😛

Cons:

  • Premium version available, which adds functionalities for live tiles, more categories for types of transaction.
  • Feels glitch-y to use sometimes.
  • Comparatively less customization in layout than Wallet Watch.
  • Advertisements (‘Nuff Said)

Download Links below!

 

MAKE YOUR CHOICE AND DOWNLOAD THEM NOW!!

Monetal: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/monetal/9wzdncrcv7k3

Wallet Watch: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/wallet-watch/9nblggh07vwh

Readit for Windows Phone(Reddit)

Readit is an alternative app for Reddit. You can add multiple accounts, save posts, add friends, send direct messages, post pictures, URLs, text and subscribe to threads.

The app supports notifications for direct messages. The app has a clean interface which is clutter free, making it easy to use. We’ve been using this app for over 2 months with no issues. Anyone who likes Reddit, or wants to read interesting new, learn new things(They have a thread for nearly everything, probably that’s why it is called the “Front Page of The Internet”.

We recommend this app as a must have for people who enjoy reading/learning or need something to pass time while bored or travelling.

Did we mention that its free?

Windows Store

Listen to YouTube videos audio on Windows Phone!!!

We all were waiting for the day when we could stream the audio of YouTube videos without having the video open on our phones.

Well, that day has come. In Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Mobile preview build 10149 Microsoft Edge( the default browser now is provided). While the browser does have bugs like shutting down or URL not getting typed, it does have some great features.

It seems as though if you don’t open a tab and type a URL, the page wont load. That does get irritating.

The good news is that the browser is really amazing. It is almost the same as a PC browser.

On opening a video on YouTube, we just minimized the app and the music was still playing. Even on switching tabs and locking the phone it worked.

Hence we appeal to Microsoft. Don’t spoil this. Please. We want this feature. If it was a bug please make it a stable feature and don’t squash it.

Whatsapp for windows phone updated

Windows Phone owners can rejoice. Whatsapp finally launched an update to fill the gap between the windows phone and iOs/android version.
Users can now use whatsapp calling and even hide the blue ticks(finally!!).
They’ve also changed the UI a bit. Now on your chats page, on top there is a small icon showing total number of unread messages. This is useful as, if we get bombarded with messages from many people, older unread ones we forget to check.

The biggest drawback is that the new call button is where the emoji button was. So expect to end up calling people by mistake a lot( you can then send them 🙈).
This does get irritating at some point.
There is no way to make calls WiFi only like the option we get for media download.
Also if your phone is locked, don’t expect it to ring. Most likely you’ll get a message saying missed call.

Still, we suggest you get the update as it is stable and fills the gap.

Archiver

Archiver

Archiver is not a new app on the windows phone store. It goes quite neglected as many people do not realize its value. Many times we need to send a bunch of files to someone either via Bluetooth, email or some other means from out phones. Attaching each file individually or sending each separately is a headache. This app allows you to create an archive of whichever files you want, whether stored in your one drive account or on your phone/ SD card. Simply choose whether you want to open an archive or create an archive.

It supports the following formats:

.zip

.tar

.rar

.gz

.7z

.bz2

and creating archives of type:

.zip

.tar

whats more is you can even choose the speed of compression.

This is one app whose features should have been baked into the file app by Microsoft, but since it isn’t, we recommend you download this handy app.

Windows Phone Store: Archiver

Contacts + message backup for Windows Phone

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Last week, Microsoft released the “contacts+message backup” app. This app is useful  for those of us who either keep changing phones, losing them, or in our case having to hard reset them after playing around. Most of us store our contacts online on our Gmail or Outlook accounts, but may want a copy of all our sent messages(SMS,MMS) and contacts as a precaution or other reasons on our micro sd cards.

The interface is just like most of the settings options and is more of an add on to the settings.

On installing the app, it does not show up in the list of apps, instead it shows up in settings.

Contacts + Message Backup app is a Settings app that enables you to make backup of all your contacts (in VCF format) and messages (SMS & MMS including attachments) to SD card (in XML format) for later restore to same or another Windows Phone.

Backup is stored in 'backup+restore' folder on the SD card.

We think this app makes an important addition as it saves what is most essential to a mobile phone…. Its contact list.

Download link: contacts+message backup

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Maestro (Email Client)

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Everyone’s waiting for the new revamped Outlook app that is supposed to be released with the WIndows 10 for phones. I would not say it has exactly copied the upcoming features; but yes to an extent Maestro does implement some of the features of the ‘Revamped Outlook’ app as shown in the preview screenshots.

In spite of that, it does a fantastic job at managing my mail. First and foremost the obvious features:

  • Multiple accounts support for Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo
  • Accent color navigational bar
  • Large navigational icons making it simple to navigate
  • Swipe to archive/delete (features shown in the Outlook preview for W10 for Phones)

What we miss in this app is the ability to swipe across tabs/menus which otherwise you have to tap and do. Navigation across the tabs above isn’t and swift as it is in the other Windows Phone apps like People, but it is smooth and productive

In all the app is elegant and efficient and we hope to see support for more email clients and custom domains.

Download : Maestro

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Windows 10 phone

While we all were waiting for windows 10 to come, Microsoft had released phone insider. An app meant to give windows 10 on those phones who registered to preview it. However Microsoft today updated the app to windows insider. The login problems have gone and I now shows built not available. It also has a link to view phone requirements, but the page doesn’t exist….yet. This is all in preparation for its preview launch next month. We hope you are as excited as we are!!!!

PhotoScrambler

PhotoScrambler:

PhotoScrambler lets you protect your photos from unwanted usage and distribution.

Protect your photos with personal secret code, so that only you and trusted people you give the code to, can see them. Everyone else who doesn’t know your secret code will see just random scrambled images.
With PhotoScrambler you can:
• Encode/decode JPEG and PNG photos
• Take encoded photos with built-in camera
• Share encoded photos with your friends
• Add custom photo-scrambling codes, colors and descriptions
• Choose photo size after processing *
• Define application password
* limited in FREE version of the application

Secured photos will still be saved as photos, so you can store them in your phone’s Pictures libraries, upload them on cloud servers, such as Dropbox, OneDrive or iCloud or similar. They will remain perfectly safe even if the cloud service is hacked!

Photos protected with PhotoScrambler will stay safe even if a curious friend borrows your phone, or if someone steals your phone. Not even a malicious repair person will be able to decode your photos without the code.

Users can scramble and unscramble photos directly from phone’s gallery, by selecting photos and choosing PhotoScrambler from “Share with” application list.

Most of us have used picture locker on windows phone which involves you importing pictures into the app and storing them there. PhotoScrambler is something which is more innovative. On initializing the app, you need to set a password to open the app. Once opened, you choose a photo you’d like to scramble/unscramble, use you camera to click or even share securely. Pictures are scrambled using a code which you decide. You can use this code as a template in the future or use a different one everytime. The photo can be overwritten or a new photo can be maintained which is scrambled. In the gallery you can’t view this picture as its scrambled. You need to unscramble it using the application by entering the code. Even if some one accidently gets these files, its useless as they can’t crack it( not yet at least) as you choose the code to use to scramble it. Only a brute force attack on a supercomputer may be able to crack it!!!

Get it at http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=8dc237b6-8dab-42c5-b54e-b76e90279305