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PCMag has concluded its annual readers’ choice awards. Since operating systems play an important part in decision making for consumers on their next smartphone, we've taken a look at how Windows Phone fared against both Android and iOS. The 2014 PCMag Readers' Choice Award was awarded to (and is shared by) Google's Android and Apple's iOS, but it's interesting to see how Microsoft's mobile platform performed in the surveys.

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Yesterday we wrote an entertaining fluff piece about the brand ‘Windows Phone’ and how, when compared to iPhone and Android, feedback from the internet was actually quite positive. We tied it into the exceptionally high customer satisfaction ratings that Windows Phone devices typically get on carrier websites or third party outlets like Amazon.

In related news, PCMag yesterday published results of their 2013 Business Choice Awards, a survey of “actual users of smartphones” and “those responsible for deploying and maintaining the devices”.

The conclusion for Nokia is that the company is doing very well with those customers. So much so that PCMag called Nokia “…the clear winner of the end-user Business Choice Award for smartphones.”

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PCMag has conducted and concluded their annual readers’ choice awards for mobile phones and carriers with a surprising winner. That’s right Windows Phone 8 with an average score of 9.0 for user satisfaction was the highest, besting iOS at 8.6 and Android 8.1. Not only that, as PC Mag points out a score of 9 or higher for user satisfaction is quite rare, giving pause to just how pleased customers are with their Windows Phone.

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We've been reading predictions from marketing moguls for weeks saying that in X number of years Windows Phones will overtake everyone other smartphone on the market (such as this one from Pyramid). Obviously we here at WPCentral are rather fond of such predictions but the 2011 PCMag Reader's Choice Awards may lend a little credence to all those predictions.

The publication polls readers on various technology issues, including mobile phones. They are asked to rank products and services on about fifteen different categories and with regards to AT&T Smartphones, the Samsung Focus beat the Apple iPhone out for the top spot. The Focus scored a 8.7 overall score while the iPhone came in with an 8.4. The Focus's overall score beat out other carrier smartphones save one, the Verizon iPhone which it tied.

Okay... granted (as far as the AT&T phones go) only 92 respondents ranked the Focus and over 2,300 rated the iPhone but doesn't that support the findings? That more Samsung Focus owners are satisfied with their product than iPhone users?

Another winner in the PCMag awards was Windows Phone 7.  It ranked second overall amongst the smartphone operating systems, only .3 points behind Apple iOS.

Could this be the beginning of the rise to market domination for Windows Phone? Or just a strong indication that those of us who have chosen Windows Phones are very pleased with our choice?

Source: PCMag; via WMPoweruser

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