Laugh if you will, tell me any of your reasons but I am still betting on Windows Phone in 2015! Toward the end of 2012 I upgraded my phone and my wife’s phone to two Nokia Lumia 822 Windows Phones without hesitation. I previously had used a HTC Trophy Windows Phone 7 device and my wife was using an LG Fathom Windows Mobile device. Over the course of the past two years there have been some ups and downs for Windows Phone 8 and as we were up for upgrade I questioned whether to stay with Windows Phone going forward. There were a few things that factored into my decision to stay with Windows Phone. First was the cost of the iPhone which even on Verizon Edge was going to be more expensive than I am willing to pay. Second was the fragmentation of Android, finding an Android 5.0 device on Verizon is not the easiest thing and Verizon is not known for being speedy on software updates. With Windows Phone at least I can upgrade to the newest software through the Preview for Developers. Third, I think Windows Phone will find its best success with Windows 10 as Microsoft merges the two together.
So what did I go with then? I tracked down a Nokia Lumia Icon for me (The Icon is really the US version of the Lumia 930) Verizon did not have many left and I had to have them call around to find one. My wife got the HTC One M8 for Windows which seems to be selling well as it was also in short supply. I am very happy with both devices, my wife uses her phone more than any other device so this time around I wanted a phone that could keep up and it already comes with Windows Phone 8.1 so she is ready to go. I went with the Icon so I can keep tabs on Nokia/Microsoft Mobile going forward and I was very interested in the camera.
Windows 10 is going to be a game changer for Windows Phone more than Windows Phone 8.1 was. With Windows 10 Windows Phone and Windows RT will merge together meaning more consistency with small tablets and phones. Combined with the programing being so similar to create apps that run on Windows and Windows Phone with Windows 10 I think we will see more apps, and better quality apps for both Windows and Phone. I just have to stay in the game and see what happens going forward.
I know many of you are probably questioning my decision to stay with Verizon. In the area I live in the US (Southwest) Verizon offers the best coverage in rural areas that I frequent often. I have to give Verizon some credit that they did not just finally deliver Lumia Cyan but Denim as well putting the Lumia 822 and Lumia 928 ahead of all the other mobile carriers in the us with Windows Phone. Verizon will be updating the Icon in early 2015 as well and now that I have one I will be waiting for Denim.