The Windows Store, a.k.a. Ground Zero. The flash point for millions of arguments raging across the internet, red-faced defenders squaring off against sneering attackers in the Great Platform Debate of the twenty-teens: are there enough Windows Phone apps to make the platform relevant?

Fortunately, thanks to the recent arrival of such long-sought and well-known titles as Instagram, Spotify, and Snapchat (the latter thanks to excellent third-party app 6snap), that debate is growing less and less one-sided. The Windows Phone app situation is improving so steadily, in fact, that Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore recently felt confident enough to claim that the app-gap will end with 2014.

Whether that promise pans out or not isn’t our concern here – and truly, neither are the platform’s much-ballyhooed “top apps.” Because for every Twitter or Pandora, there are tens of lesser-known titles that are crucial to keeping Windows Phone usable, useful, and fun. And since Taylor Martin shared his top iOS and Android apps in last week’s edition of the Pocketnow Insider, I thought you folks might like to know what I’m using to get the most out of my Lumia 1020 these days.

So hop on down to the video and check out the titles that keep my tiles spinning, then jump into the comments section to tell us what Windows Phone apps make your list of favorites!

 

 

Interested in the smartphones we’re using to run these apps? Check out our video review of the Nokia Lumia 1520 and our full review of the Lumia 1020, then hop over to Taylor Martin’s rundown of his top iOS and Android apps so you can keep your mobile-app knowledge base well-rounded!

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