Best Windows Phone in 2022

Windows Phone is long dead, yet somehow you've ended up here. If you're in the market for a new Windows Phone these days, we've got some bad news for you. There are no more Windows Phones being manufactured, by Microsoft or other smartphone makers. We would not recommend buying a Windows Phone in the current year, outside of nostalgia reasons.

So, instead of listing a collection of no longer available phones running Windows, we've decided to roundup the best Android smartphones you can buy right now that will work best with your Windows PC.


Surface Duo 2 Hero

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Microsoft's latest phone

Specifications

Processor: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
Displays: 2x 5.8-inch 1892x1344

Reasons to buy

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Fast, fluid dual-screen Android experience
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5G, NFC, Snapdragon 888
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Brilliant hardware design
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Larger 90 Hz displays
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Respectable rear cameras

Reasons to avoid

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No Wireless charging
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Not much for the pen to do (yet)
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Low-light photography could be better.

Of course, we think the best phone you can buy to enhance your Microsoft and Windows ecosystem right now is the Surface Duo 2, Microsoft's current flagship phone featuring two 5.8-inch screens joined together by a unique 360-degree hinge mechanism. It's an absolutely gorgeous product, which can be had for less than $1000 these days.

It features the Snapdragon 888 SoC, 8GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, and can be had in either white or black color variants. It features a triple camera setup on the back, with a wide, ultrawide, and telephoto lens, all of which coming in at 12MP. 


Surface Duo 2020

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Budget dual-screen: Microsoft Surface Duo 1

Microsoft's first Android device.

Specifications

Processor: Snapdragon 855
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Displays: 2x 5.6-inch 1800x1350

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly thin
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Beautiful hardware
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Very light
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Super cheap

Reasons to avoid

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Bad camera
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No wireless charging
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No NFC
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No 5G

Samsung Galaxy S22 Regular Plus

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Best single-screen: Samsung Galaxy S22

Samsung's latest and greatest

Specifications

Processor: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Display: 6.1-inch 120hz 1080x2340

Reasons to buy

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Best normal Android phone right now
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Preloaded with Microsoft apps
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120hz displays
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Advanced Windows Phone Link features

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Doesn't have two screens

Galaxy A53 5G

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Best midrange: Samsung Galaxy A53

The best of Samsung, on a budget.

Specifications

Processor: Exynos 1280
RAM: 4/6/8GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Display: 6.5-inch 120hz 1080x2400

Reasons to buy

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Vibrant 120Hz AMOLED screen
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Decent hardware
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64MP camera takes good photos
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Battery lasts over a day
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Four guaranteed Android OS updates
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IP67 dust and water resistance

Reasons to avoid

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No 3.5mm jack
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No Wi-Fi 6 connectivity
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Not designed for intensive gaming
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No bundled charger

Windows Phone is dead

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Do not buy a Windows Phone today. It simply is not worth it. The platform is dead, and none of the phones that run Windows Phone today are "new." Get an Android, preferably one of Microsoft's latest Android phones, or something from Samsung. If you must get a Windows Phone, perhaps try out the Grid Studio "Lumia 520" breakout frame. 

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.