Reasons to be frustrated with Microsoft and Windows Phone

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The year 2014 has been a year of features, thrills and chills in the mobile space. We’ve seen the rise of some mobile brands like Xiaomi, the resurgence of BlackBerry, the gradual decline in Samsung profits, the ever bulging profit margins for Apple.

What Microsoft has done with Windows Phone in recent times has been haphazard, irregular and inconsistent. Some of their actions have made Windows Phone lag way behind the competition. Consequently, people are frustrated and losing interest in the ecosystem. Let’s look at some of the frustrations of a Windows Phone user.

Weak App Ecosystem

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Compared to Android and iOS, Windows Phone doesn’t have many apps. There are about 500,000 in their apps store, so you can be sure of getting apps to meet your basic needs, the story changes when start needing any ‘extra’ feature, and no app is there to fill your craving.

Some apps on Windows Phones are the last to receive updates, they’re not as feature-rich as their other counterparts in Android or iOS. Windows Phones get to wait a longer time to receive updates, the apps are lagging behind in features, this leaves a typical user feeling left out and frustrated.

3rd party apps are meant to make up for the deficiencies of any mobile OS, and Windows Phone not having such crucial apps will continue to struggle, carrying that air of incompleteness alongside it . Maybe Windows 10 will bail them out, Who knows?

No Strong flagship for 2014

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The year 2014 is almost over and Microsoft never released a serious flagship for WP. A flagship device is like a flag bearer for any Smartphone or OS maker, it represents the best of what a manufacturer has to offer- as at time of release- and its the reference point to ,or for any other device, the manufacturer will make next, be it mid-range, low-end, or another flagship.

The best phones to come from Microsoft this year were Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520. The 930 isn’t a serious flagship in terms of its hardware, specs(compared with iOS and Android), and it’s overbearing weight. The 1520 is a phablet, and that can’t be called flagship phone. It’s clear they’ve ignored the high end phone market and  focused on the budget series.

The best sells of Windows Phone devices has been on the lower end especially  with the Lumia 520. We can say they’re focusing on their strengths but then, they can’t just delve in, and while doing so, ignore the top-of-the line phones for smartphone enthusiasts.

Doing cheap phones alone cannot sustain a mobile OS, and we are yet to see a device to proves that Windows Phone can be a success in the high-end.

Abandoning their apps on Windows Phone

Microsoft has moved  their attention to developing and  improving their apps on iOS and Android, while ignoring the same apps on their Windows Phone. For instance, the Microsoft Office Mobile versions on Android and iOS are miles better than their Windows Phone counterparts.


In spite of all these shortcomings on Windows Phone, the platform agnostics still find something to love about it. The fact that it offers a smooth experience on top of any hardware is a a huge feat some people cannot boast of, but when apps and its usage comes to the fray the experience is dithered.

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  1. few things, don’t think BlackBerry’s had a resurgence, they’ve just stopped the bleeding. majority of their revenue still comes from OS7. that’s why they made the Classic, to try to get their OS7 users unto BB10. also why don’t you consider the Lumia 930 a true flagship?

  2. Elroy,

    I disagree with you about the Lumia 930. In terms of specs, it matches most of the competition and beats a few others. It is every inch a worthy flagship. I do wish the battery life was better.

  3. This is an armchair opinion I would take with a pinch of salt.

    So because Microsoft are developing their Office suite on iOS and Android, it does not constitute “abandoning app development on WP”.

    As for “weak ecosystem” seriously, have you tried BB10?

    As for no flagship – uh, that would be the 930. Or are you saying the one that sells most is the flagship? Sounds to me like Microsoft isn’t the confused one.

  4. Lumia 930 is a nice device quite alright,but we are yet to see a convincing flagship device from Microsoft.

  5. it does not constitute “abandoning app development on WP”// Of course it does..

    //As for “weak ecosystem” seriously, have you tried BB10?//

    At least, here, its compensated with Android app support

  6. I’m on Lumia black, very comfortable with it, have my necessary apps and far as I’m concerned, an iPhone 6 or xperia z3 can’t stand up to my 520. Shikena

  7. Lumia 930 is a nice device quite alright, but we are yet to see a convincing flagship device from Microsoft.

    Elroy,

    You have only made statements. At no point have you listed the things that the 930 lacks to disqualify it as a convincing flagship.

    I, on the other hand, have one here and have compared it with other flagships month after month, and it does not fall behind them. The onus is on you to convince us why you say it does not measure up. Either that or you retract :-p

  8. I have always complained about Windows Phone but this year alone – 2014, I would say that Microsoft made tremendous effort in bringing the platform up to speed with other platforms in terms of usefulness and features, not just the overrated smooth UI.

    Maybe someone could complain about hardware but again, I think their strategy is good. They’ve been churning out fairly good flagship all these while, especially in the camera department even though they are mostly priced out of competition. Their move to cater the needs of the mass market isn’t bad in my opinion because their initial and repeated forays into the high-end categories had not yielded good results, even though I believe the underlying operating system contributed more to the failure than the various hardwares.

    My conclusion is that 2014, irrespective of results is the year Microsoft decided to take Windows Phone serious and being themselves rather than their veiled Apple business model strategy.

  9. 1: Weak app Ecosystem – Every OS faced this when they are young

    2:Weak Flagship yes Lumia 930 should have been updated with Snapdragon 801 or 805

    3:Abandoning their apps just bcos they are building apps for iOS and Droid Wow sorry if Microsoft want to get to all their customers regardless of Platform.

    4: Wait for Windows 10, On January 21 Consumer preview will be out for testing on phones tablets and laptops. We will now see if Microsoft is planning to Abandon their OS.

  10. //At least, here, its compensated with Android app support//

    Elroy Elroy Elroy, sorry but that doesn’t wash. You’re comparing an operating system which contains its own apps with another that has to borrow apps from elsewhere than can be hit or miss.

    BB10, though an improvement in some ways, is nothing like OS7. And in turn can’t compare to WP which has many of its own made for WP apps.

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