I have used several Windows Phone smartphones over the last two years, and I have reviewed at least one running Windows Phone 8. My verdict on Windows Phone lines up with that of Ifeanyi (Spacyzuma) who happens to own a Lumia 920:
WP8 is just not mature enough
Like him, whenever I carry a Windows Phone smartphone as my primary device, I tend to want to have another device e.g. Symbian, BlackBerry or Android, with me to make up for its deficiencies. Yes; Windows Phone is that deficient for now.
Why Should Nokia Invest In Another OS?
It is my opinion that Nokia needs – desperately needs – to adopt a second platform to run parallel with Windows Phone in order to retain many of its traditional user base who will find Windows Phone just as deficient in features as I have. Of course, many people out there will find Windows Phone just fine, as many find iOS so. As far as I can see, Windows Phone still belongs in the restricted camp that iOS occupies, despite the additional improvements that came with version 8. It is lovely to use, very addictive, but is still quite limiting.
Nokia’s traditional fanbase are aliens to those kinds of limitations and will simply look elsewhere if Nokia does not embrace an alternative OS that offers those users the sort of versatility that they are used to.
Not Android Please!
As much as I root for an alternative smartphone platform for Nokia, I cannot recommend that they go with Android. Everywhere I turn, I run into Android. It has the same effect as walking from store to store and seeing only bread on the racks. Choking. Frustrating.
I root for options and alternatives. Nokia picking up Android will only further reinforce the smartphone market becoming a monolith. Perhaps Nokia can take a look at SailFish, an evolution of their own homegrown Maemo/MeeGo. That would be a logical route. Could Nokia consider licensing BlackBerry 10? Nokia and BlackBerry might just make a nice team. Who knows? Then, of course, there are Ubuntu and FireFox. Tizen is out of the question, if you ask me. Samsung has its hands too deep in that for Nokia to consider it as an option.
Perhaps Nokia is already pursuing this option of a second smartphone platform. There have been mentions of a new line of Nokia smartphones codenamed “Eos” to run alongside the “Lumia” range. Those reports have hinted that Eos is also a line of Wuindows Phone devices. What if – just what if – the rumoured Eos range will not be running Windows Phone but an alternative OS? Don’t ask me about Eos. I don’t know anything else beside what has been stated here. Eos might also just be a codename and won’t be the official brand when launched.
How it will play out eventually? I have absolutely no idea. I do know that Windows Phone 8 is not cutting it for me and the huge crowds of Nokia fans out there. If Nokia wants to keep us, they need to budge.