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.




1. brandonrana

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

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

48. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

2. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

6. 4channer

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

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

9. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Another anti nokia or anti windows bot!

14. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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

34. Tarzan

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 26, 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 ?

13. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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...

19. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

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

32. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 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...

36. Tarzan

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 26, 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 ?

39. faisal8708

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 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

40. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

well the majority (average joe) is still using PC. and u are just a tech savy user ofcoz u use MAC.

52. Contreramanjaro

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 04, 2011

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

38. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

43. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

62. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

67. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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)

68. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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?

71. bevans512

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 14, 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.

73. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

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

3. louiemapa

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

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

21. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

pretty dumb comment lol

4. tomakali

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

2015 - Year of Windows AGAIN...

49. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

5. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

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

23. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 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.

28. faisal8708

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

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

42. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

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

47. No_Nonsense unregistered

The world doesn't have only contract phones.

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