Truly, ‘tis the season for giving a Windows Phone. And not just because the Nokia Lumia 800 is the most impressive Microsoft mobile yet: as you can see from the apps that follow, its suite of software is outdoing the iPhone. Read on for the 10 best Windows Phone apps better than their iPhone counterparts.

Spotify
The Swedish song streamers sure took their time about it, but Spotify mashed up with Windows Phone’s Metro UI has been well worth the wait. It’s a spectacularly beautiful app with album art tiles: it runs in the background and you can control tracks from the lockscreen as well. By comparison, the Spotify iPhone app is just words on a screen.

Xbox Live Companion app
You can download My Xbox Live for iPhone and fanny about looking at your Gamerscore if you really want. But on a Windows Phone, the Xbox Live companion app lets you use your blower as a remote control, which is perfect if you use your Xbox as a media centre as well as a game station.

Foursquare
While we’re not convinced Windows Phone’s Live Tile homescreen layout is the ultimate in UX design, we will admit that the tiles’ ability to act as shortcuts for more than just apps is a nice twist. Foursquare for Windows Phone, which needless to say looks lovely, lets you set places as live tiles on your homescreen for quick check-ins with a single tap.

Nokia Drive
Want some free turn by turn on iPhone? You won’t find it built in, and none of the solutions on the App Store are as impressive as Google Maps Navigation for Android – or for that matter Nokia Drive for Nokia Windows Phones. Using Nokia’s Navteq mapping powers, it’ll guide you from A to B at no extra charge.

British Airways
If you’re a frequent flyer, you’ll want to check this out: British Airway’s fantastic Windows Phone app not only serves you up a boarding pass for a flight on your homescreen, complete with QR code, it lets you pin individual passes to your homescreen. Even if you’re flying economy, you can still enjoy the ultimate in convenience.

Microsoft Office
There are plenty of office suites on all mobile platforms, but Microsoft Office on Windows Phone is undoubtedly the best: it’s preloaded, powerful, and easy to use. For better or worse, you can even edit PowerPoints if you want. Ah, we hear you cry, but in Pages for iPhone you can edit Pages documents as well. Let us lay a slice of wisdom down for you: NOBODY WANTS YOUR INCOMPATIBLE PAGES DOCUMENT.

SkyDrive
You can now get SkyDrive on the iPhone, and it’s a mighty impressive rival to the likes of Dropbox and even iCloud given Microsoft’s willingness to hand out 25GB of free cloud storage per user. As you’d expect from a first party product though, it’s a better experience on Windows Phone: it’s integrated as a drive for your files and in Microsoft Office, and third party apps can now plug into it as well. You’ll have to do everything within the app on iPhone, sadly.

Halo Waypoint
Halo Waypoint is an interesting new companion app on Windows Phone, iPhone and Android for Xbox 360 title Halo: Reach, stuffed with map layouts, stats, and a realtime feature called ATLAS that shows’ player locations, ammo drops and more. Whatever you make of using a phone as a second screen for console gaming (We think it’s evil), there’s no denying it’s cheaper on Windows Phone: on iPhone, the ATLAS feature is a £2.99 in-app purchase.

Amazon Kindle
Amazon’s e-reader app is available on every platform worth even half its salt, but it’s crippled on one of them: iPhone. That’s because Amazon baulked at Apple’s insistence on getting a cut of every single in-app transaction on iOS, and removed the purchase button for the iPhone app. No problems whatsoever on the Windows Phone app: it looks stunning, and you can shop on it too.

eBay
That ability to pin anything to the start screen really comes into its own with the eBay Windows Phone app: it turns this into a bargain hunter’s wet dream/worst enemy. You can save individual searches and bids to the start screen, which means if there’s a certain vintage dress or, let’s be honest, rare SNES cartridge you’re after, you can keep a constant look out for it on the move.

  • http://twitter.com/lexplex_ lexusperplexus

    As much as I’m loathe to admit it, the British Airways iphone app does the same stuff as the Windows Phone version, except pinning flights to the homescreen which, let’s face it, isn’t really a dealbreaker. 

    Good to see Windows Phone starting to hold its own against the big boys though! 

    • http://twitter.com/lillalisa1 lillalisa

      Wp7 has fail. Nobody wants wp7.

      With no apps an few games you cant compete

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WXZEUOI75PWDXXAQBVFT4ORMUM E

        actually the only reason i dont have one is because it hasnt launched in the USA

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WXZEUOI75PWDXXAQBVFT4ORMUM E

        actually the only reason i dont have one is because it hasnt launched in the USA

    • http://twitter.com/lillalisa1 lillalisa

      Wp7 has fail. Nobody wants wp7.

      With no apps an few games you cant compete

  • ChuckNorice

    This is a lot like saying the new Skoda has a Bose sound system. You still have to buy the Skoda to get the shiny new car audio system. Hardly appealing.

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