Must-have apps for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Windows Phone

Take a peek inside my Nokia Lumia 1020…

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I’ve been using the Nokia Lumia 1020 for a few months now and so far I’m in love with the camera and the phone’s design. However, it’s well-known that Windows Phone is lacking a bit in the app department. I’ve created a list of apps that I use most-often on my Windows Phone devices, and some of these might be perfect for you as well. You can call this a top-ten list, with a few extras thrown in!

SNUpload — Upload your photos to multiple places at one time


Symbian users might remember an app called PixelPipe. This does pretty much the same thing. With SNUpload, you can send photos to multiple services from your Windows Phone. In one shot I share the photo to Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter. It has the same title and tags. The Facebook functionality is deep, allowing you to send it to multiple pages, groups, and your newsfeed. Other places include Dropbox, Evernote, and Tumbler. For the most part, this covers all the bases for me and my Lumia 1020. One thing I would like to see is Flickr group support. It would be perfect for our Flickr Group for Lumia 1020 Fanatics page.

Click here to download SNUpload.

6tag — The best Instagram app for Windows Phone


This one is really important. Instagram is widely used by iPhone and Android users, and now Windows Phone fanatics can join in on the social photography fun! 6tag is a fully featured, allowing you to do everything from photo and video uploads, to tagging people in comments with the @username autocomplete. I can watch and upload videos to Instagram from my Nokia Lumia 1020. Many Android/iPhone users who switch over to Windows Phone often tell me me 6tag is better than the official app!

Click here to download 6tag.

Flux — A great Feedly-integrated news reading app for Windows Phone


Feedly is a personal news aggregator that allows you to import your favorite RSS feeds and even login with Google and sync your old Google Reader feeds. As it currently stands, there is no official Feedly app for Windows Phone. But this app called Flux is pretty darn close. Simply login to Google or Feedly and your RSS feeds will begin loading. You can pin individual feeds or separate categories onto your start screen. The live tiles show the latest article and the number of unread articles. I use this app daily on my Nokia Lumia 1020.

Click here to download Flux. Another great app for Feedly on Windows Phone is NextGen Reader. Be sure to check out both and decide which is better for your needs.

Bing Weather — Simple, lightweight, accurate

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What more can you want from a weather app? Bing Weather is a Windows Phone app that keeps things simple, yet gives plenty of info including radars, extended forecast, and a live tile. There is no lock screen support however, you’d have to check out my review of Amazing Weather if you need more functionality.

Click here to download Bing Weather.

USA Today — Fast, clean, content rich

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Picking a good news app is somewhat subjective as most people have a favorite news source. There are many great news apps for Windows Phone including NBC, CNN, and BBC. My favorite is USA Today. I enjoy the articles and the app is made beautifully. The addition of sports scores and current/upcoming weather conditions is a nice bonus. There are plenty of sharing options and the live tile is all photos. This is a perfect example of how a good Windows Phone app should be designed.

Click here to download.

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ESPN ScoreCenter — Sports scores, video, news, and more

Hands down, the best sports scores app for Windows Phone is still ESPN ScoreCenter. It’s fast to launch, fast to navigate, and syncs up with your ESPN account to find your favorite teams. You can also set notifications for scores, final, end of quarter, etc. When reading a story, you are never taken away from the app.

Click here to download.

Notable Mentions

There are a few more apps worth mentioning, all installed on my Nokia Lumia 1020 and pinned to my start screen…

  • Pandora — Listen to ad-free music from on your Nokia Lumia phone.
  • Twitter — Official Twitter app for Windows Phone is fully-featured and fast.
  • NFL Fantasy Football — It’s a wrapper to the mobile site. But at least we have something.
  • Untappd — If you like craft beer, then you need this app. It’s a social media site that let’s you “check-in” and keep track of the beers you drink.
  • Bing Finance — Keep track of your favorite stocks and the entire market. Simple, fast, powerful. You can even pin individual stocks to the start screen.
  • Flashlight — It starts the LED light on the back of your phone when the app is launched. Comes with some great options.
  • Insider — Keep track of your battery life and get some powerful tools for your phone.
  • NHL Scores & Alerts — A fast hockey scores app for Windows Phone with goal alerts and live tiles for specific games.

That’s everything! I showed you everything I have on my Windows Phone start screen and the most-used apps on my Nokia Lumia 1020.

Be sure to check out a similar article by Dani over at Project-DNA. She shows what apps are on her Nokia Lumia 1020 home screen as well. Click here to read Nokia Lumia 1020 Home Screen Development.

Let us know what apps you love and ask any questions in the comments below. You can also contact me on Twitter @mikemacias.