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Windows Phone earns top honors in Readers’ Choice Awards

Windows Phone earns top honors in Readers’ Choice Awards
For the past 26 years, PCMag has surveyed to find out which device is first, and which is worst. The survey also includes carrier services and mobile operating systems.

For 2013, Windows Phone 8 was the darling of smartphone operating systems in the survey, earning a score of 9.0 over iOS, Android and BlackBerry. Windows Phone also scored the highest overall satisfaction on devices less than a year old and all phones.

One might say that Windows Phone success is in part due to Nokia and the excellent cameras found on the Lumia devices, but then again, that does appear to be the sole reason. Windows Phone was found attractive by virtue of it being Windows Phone. iOS was the driving force behind app availability while Android was endearing for the wide range of large display sizes.

Nokia won top marks as the leading brand for AT&T, followed by Samsung and Apple. Alas, that would be the only carrier where Nokia, and by proxy Windows Phone 8, would make an appearance in the carrier surveys. Sprint and T-Mobile USA were all about Samsung while Verizon’s top responding brand was the iPhone.

Reader responses about carrier satisfaction saw US Cellular on top by a wide margin over second place Verizon, who in turn was markedly ranked higher than AT&T, Sprint for T-Mobile. As to the reasons why people selected their carriers, the reasons will not shock you at all, except for one ranking, AT&T. Responses did not indicate any real reasons why AT&T would be selected as a carrier of choice at all. Verizon and US Cellular have the network while Sprint and T-Mobile are attractive for their price.

source: PCMag.com


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posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:11 39

1. brandonrana (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


Very delighted to hear the news.. Slowly but steadily WP8 is grabbing the attention it deserves. Worth it.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 09:14 14

48. akki20892 (Posts: 2699; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


yep dude..........OS from microsoft is always beautiful.........!!! Specially Nokia did great job........!!!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:11 29

2. tusshharish (Posts: 335; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


windows is growing............

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:23 9

6. 4channer (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


no it is not ....they did the survey on a mag that is baught only by Pc fans. hence the name

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:30 23

9. asingha94 (Posts: 270; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


Another anti nokia or anti windows bot!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:56 7

14. roscuthiii (Posts: 1722; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Has a point though... how well do you think a Nissan or Toyota sports car would fare in something like a Muscle Car magazine poll pitted against things like Mustangs or Camaros? Venue is as important to a poll as the survey questions.

Maxwell should probably amend the title to read: Windows Phone earns top honors in PCMag's Readers’ Choice Awards

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 08:05 8

34. Tarzan (Posts: 52; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Then how would you explain Samsung being a winner on the other GSM networks apart from At&t ? It should again be Nokia, right ?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:54 13

13. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 948; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


PC does not always mean Windows. It can also mean Linux, Unix, Solaris, OS2/Warp, or whatever. PC mag just picked whatever operating system seemed most innovative and intuitive, and WP8 made the cut. Your own dislike of it doesn't reflect the general sentiment...

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 05:26 14

19. StreetNerd (Posts: 699; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


and android users are also PC users.... so what ur point? u are using a PC aswell =)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 07:50

32. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


You must be very well informed!!! Google uses MAC and moved away from PC's like a couple years ago.

I have been an android user since it's launch and never held a pc...

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 08:07 3

36. Tarzan (Posts: 52; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


LOL @ Google uses MAC, is Google really a person ?
On a serious note, why would they move away from PC when tons of advertisement money comes from Windows PC's ?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 08:13 2

39. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


"Google uses MAC and moved away from PC's like a couple years ago." any source? And y they dont use Chrome OS?

PC's r used by majority of the people irrespective of which mobile OS they use just because WP came on top doesnt mean u hav to cry like a bitch

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 08:15 1

40. StreetNerd (Posts: 699; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


well the majority (average joe) is still using PC.

and u are just a tech savy user ofcoz u use MAC.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 09:29

52. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)


Of course Google uses a machine access code. In fact, I'd imagine they use thousands.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 08:09

38. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


Mr.Virus.com.droid/Retard

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 08:37

41. lyndon420 (Posts: 1642; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Absolutely. I don't buy that magazine so I had no chance to know about this poll thus no opportunity to vote. I'm sure there are people buying WP's, I've just never seen one pulled out in public.

I would have to agree that the main factor has to be the camera as that is all anyone really ever brags about with these phones. Microsoft's software may be ok but it is Nokia's hardware that is saving Microsoft.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 08:43

43. -box- (Posts: 3571; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


PC Mag reviews other things besides Windows computers, including gadgets and apple stuff.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 12:45

62. Whateverman (Posts: 3162; Member since: 17 May 2009)


You're right, but I see what he's saying. As someone who doesn't like PCs, I wouldn't be all that interested in reading that magazine, but an avid Windows user would be. A PC user might be more inclined to buy a WP device as well, so those are PC Mag's target audience. It's kinda like conducting a Windows vs Android vs iOS poll on Apple Insider. I'm sure iOS would come out on top in every category. Is that to say this poll was fixed...No, not at all. But with their target audience in mind, the home team did have a very slight advantage.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 15:46

67. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 948; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Many PC users also have Android devices, although MAC users will likely have an iPhone. Also, I don't think Android or iOS would be seen as more innovative and cutting edge compared to the new metro style live tiles that dominate WP8, and so this choice is correct. Home team may have won it, but the ref's didn't have to do much to intervene ;o)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 16:15

68. Whateverman (Posts: 3162; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I always give credit where credit is due. I hate Windows XP, Vista, 7, and ALL Windows Mobile. But Windows 8 and WP8 are miles apart from what they used to be, so I can't say they don't deserve or didn't win any of their awards fairly. I'm still convidering going to a Windows device if Nokia get's their heads out of AT&T's ahhh... Well you get what I'm saying. Not really convinced live tiles are cutting edge, but many (and even some OEMs) people don't think widgets are either. But anyway, you gotta admit if you saw a user driven poll on AndroidCentral saying Android was voted the most innovative OS of 2013 by its readers, you'd probably think ... "Well, duh!" Right?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:29

71. bevans512 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Perhaps a helpful definition: A personal computer (PC) is any general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and original sales price make it useful for individuals, and which is intended to be operated directly by an end-user with no intervening computer operator.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 19:39

73. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


Apple makes PCs since they adopted the same architecture as everyone else a few years back.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:12 6

3. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


I love lumia, i dont like WP8 that much. although i have a 920

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 05:27 11

21. StreetNerd (Posts: 699; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


pretty dumb comment lol

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:16 8

4. tomakali (Posts: 12; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


2015 - Year of Windows
AGAIN...

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 09:16

49. akki20892 (Posts: 2699; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


few more years.......windows phone is just 3 or 4 years old......!!!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:21 10

5. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


Slowly but surely the beast grows. And even though Android will still remain king Win Phone just might pass iOS.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 05:36 5

23. GJanee (Posts: 196; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


no doubt about that, android will remain "the king" as you say. i don't think that android has any competition regarding the massive quantities of Android devices out there.
just look at samsung, spams phones and tabs like nobodies business in all price ranges. people simply chose droids due to the fact that the market is full of them, and they are mostly cheap from low to mid end.
but in terms of the OS WP has a great chance of passing iOS indeed and getting close to Android.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 06:45 4

28. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Android will remain king but only b/c of $100 phones

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 08:37 2

42. Whateverman (Posts: 3162; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Isn't the Lumia 920 a $100 phone? And all other windows phones around the same?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 09:05 1

47. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


The world doesn't have only contract phones.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 10:08

53. Whateverman (Posts: 3162; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Well that can be the answer for all the people saying the only reason Android is king because of $100 phones. Not everyone buys Android devices on contract either.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 09:27 1

51. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


No its a $600 phone Galaxy y is a $100 phone

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 10:27

54. Whateverman (Posts: 3162; Member since: 17 May 2009)


So is your point that Android is king because Samsung sold several hundred million Galaxy Ys? How dare Samsung make a phone for poor people!

It's a $600 phone off contract. So is Samsung's most popular phone, the GS3. The Note 2 is $800 off contract. Let's keep it honest, you can't compare the price of a Galaxy Y and a Lumia 920 and think thats a fair comparison.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 11:33

59. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


First read my comment in context FANBOY

f**kin Idiot

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 12:20 1

61. Whateverman (Posts: 3162; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I read you stupid comment, b***h! If it's been misconstrued...say that! Because you barking up the wrong f**king tree coming at me like you got a pair. Little girl, if you have nothing intelligent to say, STFU!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 13:39

64. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


I m sorry didnt knew u were goin through ur first period and when its over then GO f**k YOURSELF YOU COCK SUCKIN s**t EATIN NYMPHO BITCH

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 14:18 1

66. Whateverman (Posts: 3162; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Touched a nerve, huh? As suspected...you're a dumba$$. You have no way to express yourself with real grown up words, so you start repeat the stuff the guy who takes your lunch money says to you out on the playground.

Well listen, we're all sorry that bully bends you over and takes your manhood from you at lunch time, bullying is wrong! But that doesn't give you the right to come in here and talk tough. Face to face, I would make you piss your panties, Lucy! So how about we just call it ...
Whateverman - 2
Facial 8708 - 0
and you can get back to deepthroating, okay?

P.S. just curious... Do you $wallow too?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 16:52 1

69. papss (Posts: 3458; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


I just lost it lol

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:12

70. Whateverman (Posts: 3162; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Lol, I'm sorry Papss. I was trying to play nice, but I hate when someone disagrees with what you say, but instead of debating, they start insulting and attacking you. We're all tech fans, geeks, and nerds to various degrees. I love that we have a place to share opinions and ideas with like-minded people, so why can't we all debate in a civil manner without all the insults?

Anyway, sorry everyone. I'll be good now.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:26 2

7. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


How many windows phones are on offer on AT&T?
There's not a single low end, cheap model.
I bet 90 percent of that score comes from two Nokia models, and the rest is HTC 8X.

Also, most people still just want a good looking, quality made, smooth, easy to use, reliable phone that can do social networking, texting, calling, and taking photos.
Nokia 920 and 820 have all that covered.

A person that wants a truly versatile pc and gaming console in her pockets, has only one real choice to make though.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 05:25 1

18. networkdood (Posts: 5618; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Widows phones on AT&T are pretty inexpensive..49.99 to 99.99. Good deal

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 08:00

33. kostas12ldb (Posts: 50; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)


Well, just imagine Samsung stopping support for Android, and developing phones for another platform...
HALF(+) of the Android fans will follow their "mother", Samsung, and Google will loose SO much ground.
Everything is fluid on the top...
But, in general, yes, I believe that nothing can beat the freedom and openness of Android. Even when this freedom is bound with ads (everywhere), it still is sweet.
(wrong part)
This goes to GJanee & speckledapple

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 08:46

45. -box- (Posts: 3571; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Actually I think they still sell the (7.8) Lumia 900, a couple of Samsung Focus-series, and maybe the Titan 2 as $1 or free devices.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:27 9

8. jroc74 (Posts: 4076; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Well look at WP. Congrats.

2013 is gonne be an interesting year in the smart phone wars. This might be the make or break year some some.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:39 4

10. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 948; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


I'm thinking there's some hope for Nokia yet ;o)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:44 1

11. pongkie (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


WP 7 = android

wut?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:52 5

12. rajagopalan.k (Posts: 34; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


now don't mistake me
but if windows have separate ratings for WP7 and WP8
isn't is fishy to see android not to have seperate ratings for 4.2, 4.1, etc.,

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 05:56 1

25. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Great point!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 06:34 1

26. jlp34876 (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


They have different kernel WP7 is based on Win CE, while Windows Phone 8 replaces its previously Windows CE-based architecture with one based on the Windows NT kernel (with many components shared with Windows 8).

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 06:41 1

27. windroid (unregistered)


The reason is that the hardware capable of running WP8 and WP7 is completely different (although it's still called WP), the programs that run in those OS also involves different compilation. In case of android both 4.2 and 4.1 (and even earlier versions) can run in the same device (and that actually happens), and the same program can also run in both versions of Android OS.
I think that's the main reason.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 07:17 2

31. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 948; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


WP7 and WP8 are not the same operating system. WP8 is based on the NT Kernel, and if you don't believe me, then try running WP8 apps on a WP7.x device. All I can say is good luck ;o)

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 02:55

72. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Well then that is the greatest fail ever!!
They are both WINDOWS PHONE aren't they?

Justifying the use of a double standard, good luck with that to you

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:57 9

15. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Ladies and Gentleman, i'm proud to present to you the next biggest competitor, Windows Phone! :D

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 05:06 1

16. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Not that fishy since they are technically different operating systems (based on different kernels). OG windows mobile would also be a separate OS, as would be webOS compared to palm OS, and therefore separate category. But I do see your point. It skews the number of total windows phone users, although it could be argued that it does so justly.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 05:46 3

24. papss (Posts: 3458; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


That's good info..im happy with mine

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 07:03 1

29. ryq24 (Posts: 444; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


If they could only turn this into improve sales!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 07:07 4

30. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


So many people butthurt here... Just give the underdogs like Windows Phone and Blackberry some time to grow, more choices for consumers is never a bad thing,

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 08:07 1

35. kostas12ldb (Posts: 50; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)


Thank God some ppl still have their brain to their head!
This is exactly what should happen for a market to be "alive" and evolving as well!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 08:08

37. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


let the TROLLINNG POLLING beging oh i am late it has already startrd

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