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Windows Phone has endured mixed fortunes to date. It hasn’t been the runaway success Microsoft obviously hoped it would be, but it also hasn’t disappeared without a trace. In fact, in several countries around the world Windows Phone is the second most popular mobile operating system, with market shares well into double figures.

Still, it feels like Windows Phone has reached an important fork in the road. One road leads to an increased market share and Microsoft competing with Apple and Google for dominance, while the other leads to a shrinking market share and Microsoft being forced to abandon the whole project.

I, for one, want Windows Phone to succeed. Because competition is good. The problem is persuading you Apple fanboys and Google droids (and even BlackBerry blowhards) to give Windows Phone a chance. There are several legitimate reasons to do so, which are, as you may have already guessed, outlined below.

The Hardware

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Most of you reading this will have owned a Nokia handset What Is The Best Phone You Have Ever Owned, & Why? [We Ask You] What Is The Best Phone You Have Ever Owned, & Why? [We Ask You] The mobile, or cell, phone has had a meteoric rise from being an interesting and expensive concept to an essential and affordable necessity. The first commercially-available handset, the DynaTAC 8000x (not quite as catchy a... Read More at one time or another, especially if you’re over a certain age. Back when feature phones were just phones, and smartphones were but a twinkle in Steve Jobs’ eye, Nokia ruled the roost, and the devices this Finnish company put out were solid, dependable, and stylish. Contrary to popular belief, nothing has changed.

Nokia still knows how to build a good mobile phone Nokia Lumia 920 Review & Giveaway Nokia Lumia 920 Review & Giveaway A couple of weeks ago, Nokia introduced two new devices to the world: the Nokia Lumia 925 and the Nokia Lumia 928. The top notch of Windows Phone 8 devices, these two smartphones will only... Read More . Apple and Samsung may now have the higher market shares, but Nokia hardware is still right up with the best in class. Except it comes with a cheaper price tag.

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With Microsoft having acquired Nokia’s devices business, Nokia hardware is synonymous with Windows Phone, which means anyone wanting to own Nokia hardware needs to consider switching operating systems.

TL;DR: Nokia hardware is unbeatable for the price.

The Camera

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A specific hardware element Nokia excels at is its smartphone cameras 10 Ways Your Smartphone Camera Can Make Life Easier 10 Ways Your Smartphone Camera Can Make Life Easier "Does your phone have a camera on it?" said no one since 2005. Nobody even asks how many megapixels your phone's camera has anymore. With the ubiquity of smartphones today, and the resolution of the... Read More . The high-end Nokia devices have exceptional cameras which rival the cameras on the newest iOS and Android devices. The PureView technology gifts Windows Phone users high-resolution sensors, incredible digital zoom, and Carl Zeiss lenses guaranteed to impress even the most cynical smartphone users.

Windows Phone does its part too, with the Microsoft Camera app offering a simple yet stylish UI with a host of features and options. There is also the Nokia Camera app and other third-party options.

A lot of Android handsets have decidedly dodgy cameras, while the camera on the latest iPhones hasn’t really moved on since the iPhone 4. Which means those seeking a solid smartphone camera at a reasonable price should at least consider Windows Phone.

TL;DR: The PureView camera technology has to be seen to be believed.

The User Interface

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In many ways, the user interface is the most important thing to consider when choosing a mobile operating system. All three major platforms boast more apps than you could ever hope to install in one lifetime, and the hardware is dependent on the manufacturer rather than the operating system itself. But the user interface differs between iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, so you need to choose wisely.

To be fair, all three are good enough. You may prefer one over the others, but you would get used to the others were they to be forced upon you. Unfortunately, too many people are blindly sticking with what they know, so they never get to experience what the other operating systems have to offer.

The Windows Phone UI is brilliant; smooth, simple, and beautifully understated. In some ways it is better than iOS and Android, in other ways is isn’t. But it’s more than deserving of consideration. Try Windows Phone and you may just love the UI so much you’ll resent going back to iOS or Android.

TL;DR: The Windows Phone 8.1 UI is better than you think.

Cortana

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All three major mobile operating systems have their own personal assistants built in to them. Android has Google Now 6 Google Now Features That Will Change How You Search 6 Google Now Features That Will Change How You Search You may already be using Google Now on your Android device, but are you getting all that you can out of it? Knowing about these small features can make a big difference. Read More , iOS has Siri If You're Not Using Siri By Now, You Should Be If You're Not Using Siri By Now, You Should Be Most of the commercials, jokes, and media hype about Apple's iOS voice assistant, Siri, have subsided, but I still run into iPhone users who don't take advantage of this powerful feature. Just the other day... Read More , and Windows Phone has Cortana. It may surprise you to learn that Cortana is actually rather good.

It’s certainly better than Google Now, and arguably better than Siri too. Why? Because Cortana isn’t just functional, she has a personality too. In fact, she has such a sparkling personality that our own Christian Cawley fell in love with her How Cortana Became The "Other Woman" In My Life How Cortana Became The "Other Woman" In My Life She appeared one day and changed my life. She knows exactly what I need and has a wicked sense of humour. It's little wonder that I've fallen for the charms of Cortana. Read More . Just a little.

Cortana is witty, geeky, entertaining, and informative Geek Humor Included! Meet Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1 Digital Assistant Geek Humor Included! Meet Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1 Digital Assistant Cortana is the best reason to upgrade your Windows Phone early. Microsoft's answer to Siri offers great features and will make you laugh. Read More . She can even predict the results of the World Cup Router Limits Kids' Internet Time, Facebook Knows How To Party, And More... [Tech News Digest] Router Limits Kids' Internet Time, Facebook Knows How To Party, And More... [Tech News Digest] Android Wear apps added to Google Play, Samsung ends plasma TV production, BIC needs you to create the universal typeface font, Cortana predicts the results of the 2014 World Cup, and the Transformers ditch Michael... Read More with unnerving accuracy. Perhaps all virtual personal assistants will prove to be nothing more than novelties. But in the meantime, Cortana is the best one available.

TL;DR: Cortana is better than Siri and Google Now.

The Competition

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All mobile operating systems have their issues. None, contrary to what the fanboys and fangirls will tell you, is perfect. Windows Phone itself is far from perfect, but then neither are Android or iOS.

The thing is, Android and iOS have been around for so many years you’re probably heavily invested in the underlying ecosystem of one or the other. Which means you put up with the flaws, determined to ignore them in order to stick with what you know.

Don’t. Actually take a stand and switch operating systems if you’re not happy with the one you’re using at the moment. It may be that you’ll switch and find just as much to bitch about with your new choice of operating system. But don’t you owe it to yourself to at least try?

TL;DR: You have had enough of Google or Apple.

The Future

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And finally, we need to look to the future. It’s coming, and there is nothing we can do to stop it. However, we can change it, and change it for the better.

In terms of mobile operating systems, that means giving the little guy a chance. Which, in this scenario, just happens to be Windows Phone. I know it’s hard to imagine Microsoft as the little guy, but Redmond’s OS is trailing to both Android and iOS by quite a margin in terms of worldwide market share, and that is setting up a problem for the future.

We need Windows Phone to succeed to keep Google and Apple on their toes. If we lose a viable third option, then Apple will control the high-end of the market, while Google will dominate the low-end. And a lack of competition means a lessening of innovation, and a rising tide of consumer-unfriendly practices.

I know, that’s not your problem. But it will be in the years to come if we all let Windows Phone die from a lack of interest MakeUseOf Says Goodbye To Windows Phone MakeUseOf Says Goodbye To Windows Phone This is going to be a tearful goodbye, buddy, but it has to happen. MakeUseOf will soon be parting ways with Windows Phone. Read More .

TL;DR: We need a strong third platform to battle iOS and Android.

Conclusions

It should go without saying that I don’t expect everyone to rush out and immediately switch from iPhone or Android to Windows Phone upon reading this article. That won’t happen, and that’s fine. This is just my opinion, after all; it even says so in the headline.

However, Microsoft’s mobile OS deserves a chance, so please, do at least consider Windows Phone as a viable option the next time you’re shopping around for a new smartphone. You may try it, and fall in love with it. And wonder why you wasted so much time on the competition.

Afterword

Since this piece was written, Microsoft has announced Windows 10 Microsoft Reveals Windows 10, Paypal Splits From eBay, And More... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Reveals Windows 10, Paypal Splits From eBay, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Samsung faces GapGate, Grooveshark found guilty, Spotify in Canada, and Jeff Goldblum sells LED lightbulbs. Read More , which will work across all devices, including smartphones. This essentially means Windows Phone will be disappearing in its current form, but Windows will still be an option as a mobile operating system. Therefore, these points remain valid, and iOS and Android users should still give Microsoft a chance to succeed.

Image Credits: Martin Abegglen, Matty Ring, Karlis Dambrans, Jon Fingas, Jon Fingas, Kristian Bjornard. All via Flickr.

  1. jose rosario
    December 6, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    So full of ... fillings *** windows is a Giant if they want to relly succeed on mobile they should offer android users the option to transfer all apps for free or reduce price, if the app does not exist on Windows they should gave free equivalent app that do the same job / task . Like you say after years of investing why should I gave up and start spending more money again on things I already have? ... not just apparently data and progress on games 2 ;)

  2. Jesiel Tabugon
    November 4, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I'd been using my Lumia 1320 for 3 years along with other Android devices but nothing beats my Lumia in terms of speed in internet connections using mobile data, not even Android 6.0..

  3. Ghufran Yousafi
    September 16, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    I started with Lumia 535 and now I have 64XL with windows phone 10 on it. Believe me I have so many third party things to miss specially Youtube and Chromecast apps but I am so much in love with the INCREDIBLE user experience of windows phone that I can not switch to anything else now. These phones are amazing and beautifully built. Everyone should try them thoroughly first. Most people don't give them a proper spin or are too stupid to discover innovation. I AM NEVER GOING BACK TO ANYTHING ELSE.

  4. Dave
    November 23, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    On my second Windows phone, looking around at my third. Solid and stable. My 920 is going well after 2 and a half years, even after a damaged pin, I am still able to charge it via a wireless charging. Something many other premium phone still don't have.

    I love the live tiles and how they be easily resized, made transparent and you can have as many or as few on your start screen as you like.

    With the kids growing up it's nice to have a good camera. These ones don't disappoint

  5. Shivam Singh
    May 24, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I'm about to buy a Microsoft Lumia 640...It would be my first smartphone. I am a huge fanboy of windows. I really love the interface and how things are pretty much easy on it....anyone can get the hang of a WP....but my dad keeps bugging me not to buy a WP...he says android rules the roost....i think android sucks ass ....every damn human on this planet owns an android device....but it doesn't make it good....it is plagued with malware....I am still gonna go with a WP every day of my life.....
    Need your honest comments peeps....

    • Noah V.
      July 31, 2015 at 8:47 am

      I love my Windows Phone. It is the best phone I have owned. Beats the Iphone and Android, I owned. Get it you'll be happy.

  6. Alan
    May 24, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I love my Nokia Lumia 620, easy to use, dedicated camera button, brilliant sat nav (Here maps) and the Windows store ain't rife with malware. This is my personal opinion and I've owned an IPhone and Android devices.

  7. Jami
    May 22, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Windows phone fan here. I actually have a Windows phone and an Android phone. Unfortuately the one think that Windows lacks is the variety of apps Android phones have. I'd get rid of my Android if Windows could step up their game in the app department. I LOVE my Windows phone otherwise.

  8. dj
    April 7, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I've been an Android user since day one, mainly using HTC. As with all OS's, even Android gets boring, and I hope I'll get the chance to grab a WP device in the upcoming future. It looks quite cool and as an Onedrive/Outlook user, I guess it's pretty smooth to use. Can't wait for Win10 either,

  9. Vasko Bozinovski
    April 5, 2015 at 10:58 am

    As a long time Android and Apple user I think I have enough clout to comment on this article.

    First off I completely agree with the writer.

    I have used Android's and Apple's iPhone based handsets since the iPhone 3GS. Amongst this time I have had the following handsets:
    Galaxy S1, Dell Streak, Motorola Atrix, Galaxy S3, HTC ONE, Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia nZ3, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Out of all of these Android handsets the smoothest operating Android was my rooted Atrix.

    Before I rooted that phone as it is with a factory image all of the Androids show lag more often than not. This is quite unacceptable.

    I have had the iPhone based devices for work as working in IT as a Systems Administrator I need to support what half of our user base has. As a result I've had a 3GS, 4 and have had a 5 for the last couple of years.

    I recently tried the Lumia 635 after a mate of mine at work purchased one to replace his Android handset which is the One+1.

    I then used a Lumia 530 for a couple of days and have fallen in love with how polished the OS is, how consistent the UI is across all apps used and just how great it works in general.

    I then purchased now a Lumia 735 and quite frankly don't intend on going back to Android or iOS as my main device.

    The Lumia 735's 6.7MP Carl Zeiss takes better quality photo's than my Z3 Compact (20.7mp shooter) or iPhone 5 and 6 that I've experimented with, especially in Macro shots and low light shots.

    All in all I have swayed that much to the Windows phone that if you said to me you can take 1 but can't resell it and had to stick with that handset, between a Galaxy S6, iPhone 6 or Lumia 735, I'd without a doubt take the 735.

    • Ed
      November 24, 2015 at 5:06 am

      I had a Z3 Compact (before it died on me) - that camera was abysmal in low light and while OK in better lighting, the interface was not fun to deal with. The dedicated camera button was excellent though. I wish more phones had it.

  10. rdrast
    February 13, 2015 at 9:25 am

    I've had iPhones for years, and when the last one started to go stupid, I needed a reliable phone, so I found a Windows / Nokia/Lumia 635 for under $50. Mind you, this was just meant to be temporary until I could maybe get the iPhone repaired or replaced.

    Well, after one day of playing with the Windows phone, I went ahead and just ordered it's bigger brother to be my permanent phone. I'll keep the 635 around just in case of any accidents with one of our other phones at the house, but IMHO, the Windows phone beats the iPhones hands down, and that isn't even counting the camera (which is superb).

    I don't see myself ever going back to Apple now.

    • Vasko Bozinovski
      April 5, 2015 at 10:59 am

      I agree with you rdrast. I have been a hardcore Android fan but always hated with a passion the lag even in Kit Kat and even in Jelly Bean.... as a result always envied iOS.... Windows Phone 8.1 is phenomenal in my books.

  11. BT
    January 25, 2015 at 12:02 am

    I have all three. Yes, I know I look like Ari Gold from "Entourage" with two or three phone at my disposal, but each is on a different carrier, and one is unlocked to use worldwide.

    I love WindowsPhone. I truly do. I liked the interface the moment I saw it. I could not wait to get my hands on it. It has been a love affair ever since. The 8.1 update with Cortana is supreme. I have iOS 8.1.2 and I can tell you that Cortana is, indeed, better. Better in many ways. She does have a personality. Her singing is beautiful. Her jokes are funny. But that's not the big deal. She is very smart. She can tell you when you get home or to your office or when you are passing a Florist to by flowers and call your wife. She seems to understand more and gets less confused than Siri. Now comes the Windwos INTERFACE. Wow. For me, it's the best. I love live tiles. There is a new HUB for notifications, and you can arrange the Tiles any way you want. Or have none and just do icons on the app page if that's what you want. Problem? Apps. There are damn few. Yes, all the MAJOR apps are there, but if you want a decent app for, say, Southwest Airlines (just to pick on Airline apps), good luck. Even the DELTA app is limited and you can't use it to purchase a ticket. I'm sure these will get better as time goes on, but it's sometimes a disappointment. The apps that Microsoft DOES have seem to all work decently. Some we waited for a long time, like Flipboard, and when it finally came a year or more later, it was lackluster. It does not even FLIP. That would not be that big of a deal if WindowsPhone users did not have to wait over 12 months for the app, only to be disappointed.

    Now, I am also a fan of Apple. Yes, I like my iPhone. I'm not an iPhone FANBOY as the author has eluded to, but I like what Apple has done with the interface, the keyboard accuracy, and the general feel of an iPhone. But there are things I do NOT like. I do NOT like the fact that EVERY icon must be placed on a home screen. Yes, you can do sub-folders, but you can't hide anything like you can on Android or WindowsPhone. I don't like the fact there are ONLY icons and no Widgets like on Android or live tiles like on WindowsPhone. I don't like the fact you can't tweak the UI like you can with Android or WindowsPhone. But overall, iPhone is a great platform. But the HARDWARE on an iPhone? BEAUTIFUL. Supremely well built and gorgeous. Wanna pull the battery in an emergency? Good luck! No dice on that!

    Android? Too much optimization available for me. You can take two Androids and the two can be totally different. Some say this is a good thing, but to me, it's too much. I don't like the fact that except for Widgets, Android is icon based rather than Live Tile. That puts Android and iOS in the same bracket for me. But I like the way Android does some things. You can mix Widgets and icons on the same page. You can hide things, or you can even download an app to make your Droid look and feel like a WindowsPhone. Now THAT'S cool.

    No matter which phone you choose, there will be pros and cons. That's life. No ONE phone can or will do it all for EVERY user. That's why I carry 3, and even have my old BlackBerry sitting in a drawer for nostalgia!

    • jose rosario
      December 6, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      You nail it, if windows is to survive the need to listen to ppl like you, my note 7 is better than any Windows phone, and running on android have the best UI, why do I change to windows if they don't credit my apps and games?

  12. miled chehab
    January 20, 2015 at 5:43 am

    thumbs up for this article and Nokia windows phone will have 40% of my next interested phone to choose and i need to ask where was samsung and iPhone and blackberry when Nokia was the king of phones worldwide ?
    N.B: the main idea that Nokia new smartphones are not so accepted in the market because win 8 failed in the OS market because win 7 was more loved by people so i am looking forward for win 10 to be better then the king will rise again giving him self new chance .

  13. sid
    January 18, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    pretty good article...I am Windows Phone user and find its gui fab...and above all there should be competition for iOS and Android

  14. Shadow
    January 17, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Windows phone is the Donkey Mobile, Operamini - no download option, Navigation bar it is always use some portion of screen even while playing videos on many lumias. Vpn not support popular protocols. Upload not work always. Many app present on windows store but not as useful as Android or Ios. Lumia 620, 630 etc. phone can not run games in full screen due to navigation bar. No manual 3g only connection it always pick 2g network if 3g signal is weaker than 2g. After using some day sold it almost my new widows phone.

  15. Des Newell
    January 3, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    esmond Newell • a few seconds ago
    I have owned a G3 and it is an impressive phone indeed. However, to appreciate the screen you need to take it off of the extremely dull auto brightness setting. Even without that adjustment the phone soon runs out of battery. Really frustrating as any real use of the phone is severely limited. The screen takes too much power as well as the android operating system. I have owned a S3, Nexus 5, Moto X (13), G3, and two android tabs. After being on android for the last five years I am fed up with battery life, lag and force closures so I am taking a deep breath and going for a Windows phone, Lumia 930.

  16. Jaffafa
    December 27, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Windows phone is all about tiles - boring. I dont like the idea of my screen all covered with tiles and not being able to see the wallpaper. I think also windows phone is for people who are less tech savy because its simple and easy to use - just touch on tiles for whatever you want. Also the tiles all preset for you. You cant also install other browsers like opera and firefox.

    There are more apps for android and its more customisable.

  17. Eileen Souza
    December 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    The best thing about a Windows for me is having complete compatibility across all my platforms; the worst thing is Nokia. If Windows 10 will mean that I can get Windows on non-Nokia smartphones, I will be all for it.

  18. Amit
    December 13, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Third option is Ubuntu Phone after Android & Apple and windows phone will eventual die.

  19. Jackson
    December 3, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Sure! Everyone should get a Nokia mobile now that Microsoft owns it! Why not?

    Well, let's see:

    First, there's the blatant privacy issues by MS. Need I say more? Well, yes, actually, which brings us to the nxt point...

    Then there's the fact that you absolutely can NOT download any apps whatsoever (not even the free ones) unless you create a Microcrap account, further entitling them to steal ALL of your personal information - they also seem to enjoy helping hackers access your info (including credit card details), too.

    Added to that, you can NOT remove ANY of the dozens of apps that you absolutely don't want from the damn thing, so you'll be stuck spending hours scrolling through useless items just to get to what you want.

    But by all means - encourage MS to keep believing it's ok to steal your privacy and personal information by continuing to purchase their products.

    Nokia used to be a beautiful company that produced smooth, easy to use and beautiful mobile phones. That all turned to sewerage when Microcrap took over.

  20. Mary
    December 1, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I bought a windows phone today because this non techie is done with not having all my contacts and calendar items on my phone. It must have been 20 years ago that I had an HP 99 that I had to sync with some kind of cord but got everything . That black and white Palm something or other worked good too. I dreamed of the day the PDA and cell phone would be one device. But, now I am going to have to carry two phones because there are two apps that I use in the real estate business that are only available on the android and I phone. Maybe when this Windows 10 comes out I will be able to go back to 1 phone.

  21. Chris
    November 12, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I will sleep easy tonight in the knowledge that just as mobile phone users have ignored Windows Phone they will also ignore the advice of Windows fanboys like you.

  22. Tapas
    October 10, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Does windows phone support video formats like flv, mkv, avi, mp4, 3gp, divx, mov, wmv, mpeg ??

  23. Charlie
    October 6, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I had a Nokia touch screen phone that came with a 3 connection, a Web browser and some basic, single touch "smart phone" capabilities. It ran Simbian (according to PC World, dead as of July 2013) and although it was rough by today's standards, it got dunked twice in a pool and is still running. When I got my Galaxy Note 3, I got a data deal from my provider and had it reactivated for my kid, which is even better because it does what I need it to, but no app store. I can't remember the date (2010?) but it felt like a decade because Android blew up the following quarter and I felt boxed in to a limited device. Now it's lack of coolness works for me and my son has a functional device for free. Also, it still has a couple of nerds games on it from when there was a Simbian app store.

  24. Annoyed
    October 6, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Personally, I hate my Nokia 'smart phone' - it is very difficult to find out how to do even the simplest things - eg turn up the volume or put it on mute - the instructions simply don't tell you - or are hidden so deep it takes ages to find them. And no 'hard copy' manual to read. I could go on....

  25. mukhi
    October 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I had to come back to make more comments since I feel makeuseof may be a platform to reach my voice to corporations. ^_^
    YMMV, but I now-a-days see my phone as a temporary replacement of my computer. I travel quite a lot, and with the kind of hassle I go through, I can't open my laptop all the time, and for the same reason, I can't afford to keep a tablet either. So my only solution is to get a phone that should be able to some jobs while traveling. I am not asking for everything a laptop may do, but asking for something a mobile device can.
    I WANNA READ! Read what? email, office (DOC/XLS/PPT), ebooks, you name it...And, most importantly, I want to see them the way I see them in my laptop! In my experience (even in Android apps), many documents look terrible in mobile apps. Well, that's not what we want, right?
    Then, I WANT AUDIO! Thankfully, all smartphones now play common audio files. Android easily plays even FLAC.
    Then, I WANT VIDEO! Oh well, here Android wins again. My friend is an Apple fan, but he reports that many files including some HD need conversion (through Handbrake or something) before they are able to played in iOS. Give me a break, I want no conversion job.
    I WANT A PHONE with capabilities like Alarm Clock | Calculator | Calendar | Camera (front and back) | Compass | Dictionary | eBook Reader | Flash Drive | Flashlight | Gaming Console (not a priority) | GPS | Mirror | MP3 Player | Photo Frame | Radio | Scanner | TV (okay, playback of only saved videos in the drive) | Voice Recorder. I am getting them in Android, can I get them in WP, too?

    • Nancy
      October 5, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      Did you check out the Windows store to see if you can get the apps you want? http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store

      I think most, if not all of the apps you listed are available for WP. And my guess is that with the announcement of Windows 10, more developers may become interested (or re-interested) in making apps- especially since the Insider Program is encouraging users to provide feedback Microsoft will use to create the final version of Windows 10. And, since their goal is to create one version of Windows for all platforms, Windows Phones will benefit from that as well.

      I'm not counting Microsoft out. I agree with the author of this article that we should all want Microsoft to succeed- if for no other reason than to keep prices and technology competitive. That's a win-win for all users.

  26. D Harries
    October 4, 2014 at 11:54 am

    iOS and Android have thousands of ghost apps that no one uses, plus apps that are just ad generators, and other junk. Think of it this way, Windows Phone has curated apps because Microsoft sees which apps are important and gives support to developers to get them written for Windows Phone.

  27. George
    October 4, 2014 at 6:23 am

    the same apps made for iOS and android is sometimes better than on windows phone. this is the reason I retain my android and apple.

    lacking of similar apps support for wp is somehow annoying. but I did like the smoothness and buttery of wp which even kitkat can't compete.

  28. jeff
    October 4, 2014 at 3:03 am

    still using my trusty palm pre2 phone!

  29. Andrew Halliwell
    October 4, 2014 at 2:37 am

    If it can't play Ingress, I'm not interested. And it's exceedingly unlikely windows will ever get that, it took them 2 years to release an iOS version, so a windows phone version is waaay off the left field.

  30. Corey
    October 4, 2014 at 2:32 am

    I'm not buying a smartphone just because it has the best camera. It just isn't my primary use for a phone. Hardware specs is just not the dominant concern of most consumers. The phones nowadays are so much better than a few years ago and we were able to survive with those phones back then. Phone hardware will just keep getting better and better. It really doesn't make any sense to buy on specs alone.

    There is a gestalt of phone user interfaces that cannot be quantified. There is an emotional feeling that you obtain from a phone. This cannot be logically explained but it is what drives consumers.

  31. alan trinder
    October 4, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I must confess to being very tempted to move to a windows platform, android may be unbelievably flexible but it is flaky as well, the phone upgrade to kit kat, the battery goes walkabout. Unfortunately your article does not mention battery life. Once Microsoft include a little joined up thinking and make phones that have free mapping waterproof lord knows what they may achieve.

  32. Kevin M.
    October 4, 2014 at 1:15 am

    I am going to say the only logical reason is because someone feel sorry for Microsoft because really that is the only one that makes sense. Why anyone would want to use this sloppy system is beyond me?

  33. D Harries
    October 4, 2014 at 12:59 am

    iOS and Android have thousands of ghost apps that nobody is using, as well as free apps which are just add generators, plus other crudd. Think of it this way, Windows Phone had a curated app store, where Microsoft sees which apps are essential and pays to get them written for Windows Phone.

  34. RegularGuy
    October 4, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Have had 4 windows phones. The versions have been 6, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.1. I don't understand why people complain about Windows phones. My daughter has an Iphone and that phone locks up all the time. I have had fewer problems with my phone. And I have 223 apps installed (ALL FREE) on my Nokia 1020 and 80% of my space is still free. I love the apps that people claim are missing. How many weather apps does one need. How many of each type of app can there be. I see on each phone that they advertise they have 300,000 apps. Yes but how many are CRAP or repetitive? I don't need 25 apps that are basically a flashlight. I don't need 400 calculators. So stop saying how many apps you have for your phone ecosystem! The majority of them are garbage!

    And I agree that if I were to buy an app I would want to be able to use it no matter if it were on any phone or tablet or laptop or desktop no matter the OS. That should be an apps goal. True transparency. I do hope Windows 10 is the thing to make all devices so I can maintain one email/one note product/one spreadsheet/one word processor program.

  35. haydar
    October 4, 2014 at 12:46 am

    I'm a new windows phone convert and I am very happy with it. OneNote and Office Documents compatibility was the spark. I don't look back

  36. Simon
    October 3, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    The iPhone camera "hasn't moved on since the iPhone 4"? What nonsense. Even if you were only talking about megapixels that would still be totally false (The iPhone 5 went from 5mp to 8mp) but there have also been many other improvements each iteration that have demonstrably improved picture quality. Rather than arbitrarily join the megapixel wars (which can mean worse quality photos in low light if not enough light can pass through the sensor) Apple have improved many other aspects of camera quality. Pixel size has gone up to 1.5 microns for much better low light photos, new backside illuminated Sony sensors have improved colour and detail, new software processing has taken huge leaps foward and so on. Not to mention phase detection auto focus on the iPhone 6 has lead to near-instant focusing and optical image stabilisation has been added to the Plus for rock steady Low-light photography and video. Oh and both models shoot slow at 240 frames a second or 1080p video at 60fps.

    By all means praise WindowsPhone for having quality cameras as they generally do (although they can be very slow to focus and in between shots on models like the 1020) however there's no need to make up stories about the competition to attempt to prove your point.

  37. Nancy
    October 3, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    So glad to see this article! I just made the decision earlier today to switch from my Android phone to a Windows Phone- at my husband's recommendation. I am not app crazy, so I don't expect that to be a problem, and I'm interested in where Microsoft takes their phones with the newest updates (8.1, Cyan, Denim), and eventually Windows 10. Years ago, I switched from PC to Mac, and then switched back a little more than a year ago. I never owned an iPhone and likely never will. I'm to old to be a "fanboy/girl", but I'm young enough to want to play with technology. Anyone can find a negative opinion about any product if they look long enough- I decided I want to make up my own mind. Wish me luck!

  38. KK
    October 3, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I absolutely love my Windows phone. However, someone needs to get on the carriers to push the update (especially Verizon). It's almost like they are trying to get Windows phones to fail.

  39. akbar
    October 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    windows phone is prefect

  40. Raish
    October 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I have an HTC One M7 (android) at the moment. Had the HTC radar on Windows 7.5 and loved it. Think I will go back to a windows phone next time round. The fact that HTC brought out a their htc one m8 using the windows OS really excited me. Waiting for it to come out in the UK.

  41. Bevi
    October 3, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I love my Samsung Windows phone.

  42. Danite
    October 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks for having an article on Windows phone every day since you announced that you were not covering it anymore. There's nothing I enjoy more than reading about something thathas a marketshare so small that it will never matter.

    • rob
      October 3, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      I kind of noticed that myself.

    • Etinad
      October 4, 2014 at 12:53 am

      Like OSX on the PC market? You can't make such an argument in technology anyways. What today is irrelevant, dominates the world tomorrow (hint Android back in the days and now)...

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 11:37 am

      I don't think it has been every day. There has been just a couple more, as we're winding down coverage. Sadly. This opinion piece was in the works before the article announcing we're stopping covering it.

      Also, Windows Phone has a larger market share in mobiles than Linux does in desktops, so do you suggest Linux will never matter? In some countries, Windows Phone has a bigger market share than iOS, so is the same true of Apple mobile OS?

    • stephanie
      November 13, 2014 at 12:34 am

      Nokia window phones re simply the best,very fast no lagging at all

  43. Kyle Shipcott
    October 3, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Any suggestions on some of the great windows phones? There are so many Nokia models that I am unsure which are better than the other. Also, I am wondering if some of the other Window's phones are any good.

  44. Roger C
    October 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Ok, so last week you run a post declaring your coverage of Windows Phone dead. (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/makeuseof-says-goodbye-windows-phone/) Now you run a post telling my why I should adopt the MicroSucks bullshit that I was so happy to abandon. Make up your mind!

  45. Tom
    October 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Personally I feel windows phone OS is better than android and iOS in terms of UI. It doesn't lag much so its definitely way better than android.. But there are reasons it doesn't lag, so they are also need to be considered.
    If you're a customization freak, then android is only option for you..
    If you just wan't a smartphone that would just 'work', then go for iOS.
    But if your want a mix of slight customization and brilliant and creative UI, then go for windows phone OS. It seriously has an awesome UI, much interesting than Android or iOS. Another best you get with windows phone OS is sturdy Nokia hardware (if you buy a Nokia Windows Phone) which also has considerably best smartphone cameras..

  46. Barry Meskin
    October 3, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Right on......Nokia rocks!!!

  47. Col. Panek
    October 3, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    " switch operating systems if you’re not happy" is good advice. I'm waiting for an Ubuntu phone. I've already switched to Linux on my computers so I'm free of Microsoft and Apple. Next I hope to be free of Google.

    • Adi
      October 4, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      But then you won't be free of Canonical. Or of Linus Torvalds and co. You should use what suits you best. I don't understand this emerging cult of Linus's congregation of "tech experts" that stand in awe at the thought of "freeing" themselves from the "evil" that is every company in the world. It's worse than the Apple evanghelism. Linux has its rightful place, which is cost-effective server farms and custom supercomputers. The attempts at getting it to be desktop-friendly or even mobile-friendly are too much of a stretch to yield results. That being said I am not against open source, it's just that it's not for me. (I've used both Windows and Linux on multiple platforms for quite some time.)

    • Col. Panek
      October 5, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      "The attempts at getting it to be desktop-friendly or even mobile-friendly are too much of a stretch to yield results" applies to Windows for sure! The marketplace has given its verdict: they don't like Windows, but at least they have a choice in phones. In desktops, their choice is pay extra to wear the Apple ball and chain, or buy one with Windows on it. It is this monopoly that is evil.

      There are 300 Linux distros. Some for supercomputers, Raspberry Pi's, set top boxes, businesses, servers, kids (my grandkids run Bodhi), and there's one for you. I mostly run Mint, which is like Windows 7 but less confusing. Any Windows user would take to Zorin easily.

    • San
      April 20, 2015 at 10:07 am

      And then you are locked down on Canonical

  48. mukhi
    October 3, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Subpar apps so far in Windows, and this is a serious negative that will not make me switch to Windows from Android. If I want more security, email support (the company I work for does not support Android for email), I will get an iPhone instead. Oh well, I am still hoping for my dream mobile Windows that will fully support security, email, and of course, OFFICE. It's a shame that mobile OSs still don't have flawless readability of office files like complex PPTs, Excels.

  49. Heidi
    October 3, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I started out with a Samsung smartphone (I did not even know Windows phones existed and the Telus salespeople did not help). However I found it difficult to use. When my contract was over, I switched to a Lumia 620 Windows phone and I immediately felt like I had come home. It was easy to learn as I am familiar with the Windows environment, did everything I needed very well.

  50. Odex
    October 3, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Perfect ....or as close as can be...phone. I love it and would hate it if it should fade away!

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Windows Phone users are going to have to start shouting about their devices from the rooftops. As much as I hate fanboyism of any kind, Apple fans are particularly good at helping to build the brand they love.

    • RO
      October 30, 2014 at 3:33 am

      Well, I have not had to put much money into my Android apps, so the bigger money issue is the actual cost of a WP phone! I am not about to lock myself back into my main carriers, Vzw, by getting a subsidized phone, and losing my unlimited data, especially for an "experiment". I have not seen much outright affordable for my "backup" carrier, T-Mobile, aside from a really low-end Lumia 521 which does not even have T-Mo's LTE.

      Another issue is the lack of flash drive slots in most WP phones. Taking a mSDHC card would get around a lot of the issues with making my mp3's and ebooks available without getting too entangled with Windows PC-based transfer tools, so I can do like I have with such transfers between Linux-card-Android. I am interested in the Samsung Ativ SE since it has the same basic hardward as the Galaxy S4, including a mSDHC slot. Also, since it is "native" to Vzw, and a "world phone", it should work well with Vzw, and ok with T-Mo, although not on their LTE network (still, HSPA+ was faster around my area than Vzw's LTE a lot of times on my Moto Razr HD when I have switched it to T-Mo for some testing).

      Any other good low-cost WP phones with flash card external storage slots suitable for the testing you are trying to persuade us into?

      The main thing I would need to test would be if I can get on my company's Exchange servers, without Activesync taking over the phone completely as it does with my old WinMob 6.5 phones. I can run Touchdown on Android to avoid that situation since TD encrypts all the downloaded Exchange files, and allows remote wiping of just those, which satisfies my employer's security requirements without them owning the whole phone. It seems NitroDesk "suspended" TD development of a WP version once Symantec took them over (probably want to push some equivalent product they are still working on?), so no immediate help that way.

      Any suggestions/info about Exchange sync'ing without giving a WP phone completely over to company control?

      TIA

  51. Mike Tarlton
    October 3, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I'm totally in sync with the positions offered in the article; however, I feel more needs to be said about the "ecosystem" issue.

    Apart from Android & iOS users already being used to how their respective OSes work, many users have a considerable financial stake in their current phones. After all, all apps are not free, and until someone comes up with a way for users to switch to equivalent apps on other phones at little to no charge, I think you will find a large body of users who will say, "I have too much money wrapped up in apps for my current phone. Why would I want to dump that and start over?"

    Why indeed?

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 11:32 am

      That's a very good point, and one that has no easy or obvious answer. I cannot ever see Google, Apple, and Microsoft work together to make it easier to switch operating systems, so it's likely to remain the case that you'll have to actively choose to lose access to your favorite paid apps to switch over. Which sucks.

  52. Jason N
    October 3, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I would jump to WP in a heartbeat, but the one I app I use more than I use anything else on my phone is Google Music. I love it. Until those little yellow headphones appear on the WP screen, there will be a little green bot on mine. It's too bad, too, because I would love to tell Cortana "you may call me Master."

  53. Rick Stanley
    October 3, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Are you serious??? Micy$oft phones are nothing short of a joke! The future is Android and similar phone O/S. World market share should speak for itself!

    I will withold my other comments on this article, and it's author.

  54. Ian
    October 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Very cool article, and so true. WP has come along way in the last year in regards to features and functionality. WP 8.1 is awesome and ppl really should give it a crack and will soon see how user friendly it is. Been using it since the WP7 days (with a bit of iOS and Android mixed in) and don't believe that I'm missing anything.
    Thx to Makeuseof for continuing to report on WP.

  55. Benji S
    October 3, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I recently bought my Windows Phone not initially for its technological specs, but rather for ethical reasons, considering the fact that, beginning in 2001, Nokia has gone the furthest to remove illegally mined tantalum from its supply chain, long before most other companies began to take an interest. This admirable and inspiring act, combined with Microsoft's Bill Gates spending much of his time (and money) being involved in his foundation, was the main reason why I bought a Windows Phone - and I could not be happier.
    I guess this piece only strengthens the feeling that I made the right choice.
    Thanks so much for giving such an awesome perspective!

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 11:30 am

      I didn't even know about that ethical stance. Good on Nokia! And Bill Gates deserves a lot of praise for what he has done with his money.

      Those are interesting reasons to choose a mobile OS. Do you do the same thing when buying other consumer tech?

    • Benji S
      October 4, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Yes; although I only started to look at the ethics behind what I'm purchasing earlier this year. However, now it's usually the first thing I research about anything I'm about to buy. It's very fulfilling.

  56. Steven
    October 3, 2014 at 5:51 am

    I am on my 3rd Windows phone, I keep coming back to it as the hardware is always amazing and the interface is fantastic, but, the apps always suck big time and that makes me switch to other devices every time.

  57. Deborah
    October 3, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Sorry I am sticking with my Android.

    • Tim
      October 3, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Same here, I love tweaking and learning stuff with Android a lot. I agree with the fluidity and smoothness of Windows OS but nothing beats the heart of Linux :)
      Always love it

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Hey, each to their own. Have you tested out Windows Phone to know it's not for you though? That would be like eating the same food over and over again and assuming it's the best food in the world because you didn't want try anything else.

  58. Bill Martin
    October 3, 2014 at 12:53 am

    The quantity and frequency of Microsoft puff pieces on this site have greatly increased this year. Its a shame.

  59. Lazy Day
    October 2, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I'll state the problem right now; the tile UI is unnatractive, boring, simplistic and.... boring.
    I have two of these phones - mainly because of Here Maps for its offline mapping facility - thankfully this will shortly be addressed for Android users.
    People hate them for the same reason they hate Win 8 -- the UI. Every Windows phone (premium to budget) looks (and behaves) exactly the same. You can only differentiate by close inspection.
    One thing that is better than Android is the ability to stop your private information leaving the phone. Simply set your server as localhost and your done - the app store/updates will still work.
    No more handing over your contacts, photos, texts, emails and so on...

  60. Janna
    October 2, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I switched to Windows Phone and happy. I'm done with laggy and crashy Android. I'm done with Apple lock down proprietary garbage.

  61. ed
    October 2, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I thought MUO was ending coverage of WP???

    At any rate, I do like the look of the WP GUI.

    Give me Dolphin Browser and Adobe Flash and Google Docs (is that available?) and I would think about going the WP route in the future.

    ** Hope this comment doesn't disappear like a couple of my comments in the past few days :)

  62. Raf
    October 2, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Are you seriously implying that siri is better then google now?

  63. Mom4max
    October 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    The app store is what's holding me back. I adore the Nokia phones, and the user interface, but I'd lose at least half the apps I consider "essential" if I left iOS.

  64. Doc
    October 2, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    If people didn't like Windows 8's tiles, why would anyone expect people to like them on a Windows Phone? I for one am getting hugely sick of flat, square, and ugly, whether it's Windows 8.x, iOS, or Android. Fortunately, I can patch UXTheme to make Windows look nice again, and install whatever launcher I want on Android. Windows Phone and iOS are stuck with ugly.

  65. Brian
    October 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    And here I thought you guys had written off Windows phone! Like the WP eulogy of last week, Cortana brought me here... :)

    Thanks for your opinion, enjoyed reading.

  66. Matt Moss
    October 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I've been a Windows phone user since wp7. They have come a long way since those days! I'm currently on a Lumia 928 and love it! Cortana is amazing, WordFlow keyboard is awesome, the OS it's smooth and lag free. People are going to buy what they want, but most just bash on WP without trying it. There area no cameras on smartphones, in my opinion, that match a Lumia right now. Especially in low light... My Lumia has a xenon flash... Just awesome pics. Good to see more people supporting the platform! Cheers to all!

  67. LumaUser
    October 2, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    The windows interface is nice and fluid, but the apps designed for Windows, even the popular ones like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter operate way subpar compared to the same apps on iOS. Plus, many apps aren't even available ... so it's a catch 22. Until Windows captures more market share, the big app makers won't care to put out a better app.

    • Cedric
      October 3, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      I beg to differ. This was the case about 1 year ago, but a lot has changed since then: Starting in late 2013, a big wave of new official apps emerged. Of course, medium-sized companies that use apps as a marketing instrument still don't publish to WP, but who cares about apps for a one-time competition anyway?

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Windows Phone has had an app problem, but the situation is improving. And with Windows 10 meaning apps will work across all Windows devices, this should solve the problem once and for all.

    • D Harries
      October 4, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      iOS and Android have thousands of ghost apps that no one uses, plus apps that are just ad generators, and other junk. Think of it this way, Windows Phone has curated apps because Microsoft sees which apps are important and gives support to developers to get them written for Windows Phone.

  68. Learn2Wait
    October 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I would love if windows 10 phone has the ability to doc and become a a full windows running mini computer. Ubuntu wanted to do this with their phone system that failed to start. This would change me from android to windows every day of the week.

  69. Chase Katechis
    October 2, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I think disappearing in it's current form is a little dramatic. Windows 10 is just going to be a transferrable OS between PC Tablet and Smartphones. Which will be a great thing for mobile office, the great Xbox music, transferrable apps, Windows 10 will be awesome IMO

  70. Paul
    October 2, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Its definitely not for everyone, but I really love WP - mainly for the UI. Its the easiest and cleanest core smartphone experience available IMO. If you are the kind of person that likes to run out and download the latest apps, you will be frustrated. If you mainly want a smartphone for the core functions + a few goto apps - messaging, social, web browser, camera, banking, notes, etc, its a great experience.

  71. peter
    October 2, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Interesting article.

    I'm due an upgrade on my mobile contract in the new and am currently looking into what phone I should get after my current Nexus 4.

    I'm waiting to see what the new Nexus will actually be (never pay attention to the rumour mill) but having read this I think I need to add a windows phone into the mix for a good comparison.

  72. likefunbutnot
    October 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I think of Windows Mobile as the best option for non-techie smartphone users. Basically, it's the phone to give people who think they want iOS. Android is a bit more fiddly and inconsistent than I'd like; it's difficult to demonstrate points of commonality like the menu button or sharing when the representative pictographs can vary between software releases and hardware vendors. Some people just aren't going to get it.

    On the other hand, using Window Mobile really does mean getting trapped on an island of zero compatibility with a lot of mobile services. Last time I looked, Windows Mobile doesn't even have an official Amazon Music app. In some cases, there's a third party or replacement service, but missing those things can be a deal-breaker for more savvy users.

    • c1c2c3c4c
      October 2, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      actually most windows PHONE users are the tech savvy. iPhones are sup par hardware designed for people who like to collect shiny metal. android has high end hardware but the os is slow and inefficient due to its open source nature and the fact it has log since passed the maximum lines any open source project should have. thus windows is the logical choice as it maintains the closed structure of ios that grants it speed on even sub par hardware while the oem's and aggressive development by nokia and now Microsoft have made phones which can compete with flagship android devices.

      basically android is the slower virus infested version of windows phone. sure it doesn't have the app count but honeslty even at 100k apps you had to try to find a app that we didn't at least have several non name brand replacement's for and now outside of games that change in rankings every month you would have to try to find a app that we don't have name brands for... except Google's software, because google is a corrupt anti-competition company. but honestly google pretty much has the same software as Microsoft except with spyware :/ outside of YouTube, which lets face it there official app sucks for anyways on android. and there are about 50 in the store that let you download or watch YouTube videos in HD without ads so :/

    • Chinmay S
      October 3, 2014 at 4:22 am

      Lol! You want to give Windows Phone to people using iOS because you think that they are non-techie. The simplicity of iOS doesn't means that people using it are "non-techie".

      You hate iOS, you hate Android, you hate Windows Phone just because you can't get the hang of it.
      Is that enough to tell who is "non-techie"?

    • jojo
      October 3, 2014 at 4:55 am

      Windows Mobile hasn't been around for years bro.

    • LIDJungle
      October 3, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Wow.

      I'm about as techie as you get. LOVE my Windows phone.

      I could sit here and rave about how Windows phones get 20% more battery life out of the same hardware. How they manage to be fast and fluid with only 512K of RAM. How they offer many high end features like color calibration right out the box. Or how elegant WiFi Sense is. How intuitively Quiet Hours works. How efficient live tiles are. How well integrated cloud storage is.

      I went from a Nexus 5 to a Samsung S4 to a Lumia 635... The 635, for $100, feels faster, more responsive, and gets much better battery. Still plays Angry Birds, PvZ, etc... With only 512K of RAM.

      As a programmer for all three mobile OS'es, MS has the best developer support and elegance of operation. They know a bit about making Dev tools.

      IMHO, more savvy users are more capable of switching services. A savvy user would figure out that Xbox Music is much better than the Amazon MP3 player, and would download their purchased tracks and upload them to the MS cloud and go about their day. IMHO, that is a deal breaker for LESS savvy users. People who are befuddled on how to move to other services. Or people who need the official app because they're not savvy enough to find the best third party option.

      Amazon's job is to serve me on the device of my choice. If they don't want to do that job, there are plenty of other applicants. It's not MY job to only purchase devices Amazon feels like supporting. I am the customer.

      If Amazon decided tomorrow that their music player was only available on Fire phone, would you just suck it up and buy one? Vote with your wallet.

    • WPUser
      October 4, 2014 at 3:36 am

      What? Are you serious? I've had an iPhone and own and iPad and it sucks compared to my Windows Phone. The only issue it has is the lack of a lot of popular apps, but that gap is diminishing day by day and really is a non-issue at this point in time for me. There are many replacements for an Amazon Music app such as Xbox music or the Nokia music app.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 11:25 am

      The lack of apps should change with Windows 10 working across all devices. You have to imagine every company will want to be on the one app store for all of Windows. They would be bonkers not to.

      Windows Phone is a really solid OS. In some ways it combines the best elements of both Android and iOS, so I cannot fathom why it's failed to resonate with mainstream users.

      The fact you refer to it as Windows Mobile is a good reminder that Windows 10 will be the third attempt Microsoft has made at succeeding in the mobile space. Which is rather amusing.

    • likefunbutnot
      October 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      @Dave,

      One of my first jobs out of college was writing software for the first PocketPC devices, which ultimately became Windows Mobile. Olds habits.

      These days, I also have to support some Windows RT devices for customers. It's not the same thing, but "mobile Windows" night as well be a blanket term since the deficiencies of the phone and tablet versions are extremely similar.

  73. sree
    October 2, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I have used both windows phone and android. Both of them seems to be a good option for me...

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