Chime in: Is it wise to buy a Windows phone right now?

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It's 2018, and at this point Windows phone is beyond dead. Microsoft has confirmed it has no plans to make any new phones running Windows 10 Mobile, and there are no plans to release any new software features for the platform either.

But there are plenty of people out there who are still interested in the platform, and might even be looking into buying a new phone. So is it actually wise to buy a new Windows phone right now? We're going to say no.

So I've sold my (perfectly working) Lumia 950XL after what Belfiore said about the future of Windows Phones. Do i regret it? May be. But I'm a little lost, i believe like most of you here, about the future of our beloved software. I am having thoughts of buying one again, this time (hopefully) for a little longer. But my biggest fear in (re-)investing in this platform is plagued by...


If you're an iOS or Android user, there's no reason to switch to Windows 10 Mobile at this point. Existing Windows phone users will want to look at Android if they want the best Microsoft experience on a smartphone. Microsoft's current Windows phone strategy is over.

The fact is that other than live tiles, Windows phone doesn't offer anything unique that Microsoft doesn't offer on Android. You get the same integration between your PC and phone on Android, and in some cases better apps too.

Is it wise to buy a new Windows phone in 2018?

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

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