Going by the stats (and observing the local people around me), I am getting to see more and more Windows Phones around. I guess people are finally giving WP a try. Maybe Windows Phone 8.1 has done the magic. The newest version has all those features which were wanted and were not present previously.
But since Microsoft has lifted off the money it charges to OEMs to manufacture Windows Phone, there are many cheap quality Windows Phones that are being seen in the market. The Indians here don’t care about the build quality and overall design of phones, they just ask the shopkeeper, “Android he kya?” (Translated “Is it Android?”) and that’s it. And now people are giving Windows Phones a try by buying cheap quality phones. By those I mean companies other than Nokia (now Microsoft). That would just ruin the hard earned reputation of WP.
I just recently heard a company named “Celkon” (I rarely heard about this company) releasing a cheap Windows Phone at only Rs. 4,999 ($81) off contract. It has very low specs and I am doubtful whether it would be able to handle the future updates (Microsoft has promised all WP 8 and 8.1 devices to be upgraded to Windows 10).
The OEMs (other than Nokia) don’t pay much attention to the firmware updates and its users are left stranded in between with phones running older versions. Then they start complaining about it and it degrades the reputation of the WP operating system. On the other hand, Nokia pushes out updates are soon as they are out of beta (development) for their phones and hence users get a good experience.
I am using a Nokia Lumia 520 since more than a year and till now I have had no complaints about it. It is running the latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS and I don’t regret buying it. I will use my 520 up to the point when there are no further updates available and then will consider buying the latest Windows Phone out there (of course from Nokia). People who have used my phone say that it still looks as good as new. You can even read my review that I wrote in May 2014.
Do you use Windows Phones? If yes, then tell me about your experience and if no, tell what you think about it. Feel free to share your thoughts.