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Do you still recommend Windows phones to family and friends?

It wasn't all that long ago that I was comfortable with recommending Windows phone to my family and friends. I've been doing it since Windows Phone 8 launched in 2012, and until recently I didn't see a reason to change that. In fact, in 2014 I switched my significant other, and her parents, over from iPhones to Lumia devices, which they love to this day.

Is it irresponsible to recommend Windows Mobile?

Obviously, things have changed since then. Recommending a Windows phone to someone today may not be as good of an idea as it was two years ago. I'll be honest, it was literally up until about a few weeks ago that I was openly recommending Windows phones to friends and family. One time, on a bus, I was using my 950 XL and someone asked me if they should get it. I said absolutely. If you're in the Microsoft ecosystem, go for it.

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A lot of people are using Microsoft software and services, so it probably isn't a surprise to hear that a lot of those people are interested in a phone by Microsoft. The unfortunate thing here is that Microsoft doesn't do a very good job of advertising the fact that it has a mobile platform, and it doesn't do a very good job of remaining committed to the platform. Although it claims it is committed, recent actions say anything but.

For example, Microsoft recently dropped support for devices like the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520, which according to the company were dropped due to poor feedback from Insiders. Instead of seeing that feedback and fixing whatever issues Insiders were experiencing, Microsoft decided to just drop support. I'm not kidding, Microsoft literally killed support for devices that are more than capable of running the latest version of Windows 10 Mobile, because it couldn't be bothered to fix a few issues.

The Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520 are more than capable of running Windows 10 Mobile and the Creators Update. In fact, in most cases the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520 perform better with the Creators Update compared to the Anniversary Update, so Microsoft killing support for those devices is odd. Blaming Insider feedback for that lack of support is even odder. I'd like to think Microsoft would have fixed those issues, not leave them in the dirt.

A failed commitment

What's more, Microsoft's transition to "Feature2 builds" for Windows 10 Mobile has painted nothing but a negative picture for current Windows phone fans. It's becoming increasingly clear that Windows 10 Mobile is now in some kind of maintenance mode rather than in full-fledged development. Feature2 builds are compiled once, maybe twice, a week compared to the daily cadence that Windows 10 Mobile builds used to be compiled at.

Because of these recent advances in Microsoft's "commitment" to Windows 10 Mobile, I'm struggling to continue recommending Windows phone to my friends and family. My significant other is currently looking for a new phone after using the Lumia 950, and I can't recommend a Windows phone of any kind anymore. She's used a Lumia 635, Lumia 735, Lumia 830 and a Lumia 950, all based on recommendations from me. Now, the best I can do is suggest an iPhone.

It's sad.

That's partly due to the fact that there's no real new hardware for consumers on the market, not in the UK, where I live, at least. And it's also due to the fact that I just can't trust Microsoft with Windows 10 Mobile anymore. If I were to get an Alcatel Idol 4 Pro with Windows 10, will it be supported in two years? There's an essence of uncertainty when it comes to Windows 10 Mobile right now, and I think many Windows phone fans are feeling it, too.

Due to Microsoft's lack of communication and failure to prove its "commitment" to their platform, I can no longer recommend Windows phone. In my mind, Windows phone is the best kind of phone experience you can get. I dislike most Android home screens, and the iOS home screen is boring and static. The Windows phone Start experience is the best home experience of any mobile platform. If only Microsoft would put some effort into the dying platform.

Right now, however, it feels like Microsoft is responsible for the current situation that Windows 10 Mobile is in. What do you think? And do you still feel comfortable recommending Windows phone to your family and friends?

Zac Bowden
Zac Bowden

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.

749 Comments
  • Yes I still recommend it
  • still recommend Smartphone with Win10Mobile ? Are you serious ?Are you on drugs or ? I would not recommend Win10Mobile to NOONE. I am no longer friend of  Win10mobile. Buying Lumia 950XL was my biggest purchase fail of 2016. I was lucky to get rid after 4 months for  no more than 40% of its original price -  was a waste of money, nothing else. But live goes on and I am happy with my iPhone 
  • you just used double negative
  • Yes, absolutely.
    I do recommend 950. Great phone, great OS.
    Sync perfectly with my Surface, share the same interfere/apps that I am using on daily basis.
    If I am happy with the phone/OS, why not recommend?
  • I've been with Windows Phone from the beginning (got the HTC Arrive a few days after it launched on Sprint).  The 950 is a poorly made phone running a poorly made, unsupported OS.  And it's not getting better.  Since the Creators "update" installed yesterday, I've had multiple reboots, some rebooting again during reboot.  I did a hard reset this morning to see if that would help, but now (after restoring from backup) I'm still having weird unlocking issues.  If you recommend a W10M device to someone, you're an a**h***. You can get a Moto G4 for like $100, and it'll do everything better.
  • Some people just don't want to let go of their delusions even if Microsoft directly screamed at them "THIS OS SUCKS AND WE WON'T WORK ON IT ANYMORE" they'd still say "works great. Syncs with bla bla bla" as if same apps on other, more capable and integrated platforms don't "sync".
    We are living in the age of "alternative facts" after all.
  • AgentTheGreat, I think your "facts are the "alternative".
  • I love windows 10 but until the future about the OS is clear, there's no way I can recommend it to anyone... developers have stopped providing what little support they used to give....people who bought Lumia cause I recommended it now wear a disappointed face and keep asking me when things will change...
    I have no real answer...as long as it stays that way, i will steer everyone clear of Windows... i will still be around waiting for the next big thing... In the meantime, i plan to switch to Nokia/Android and keep Windows as secondary...
  • No I wouldn't recommend it to anyone because the recommendation would be ignored and i will lose points in credibility. If Microsoft is not releasing news to boost confidenece how could a user hope to do it? Microsoft are not even selling windows phone anymore.
  • Why exactly cant you buy windows phones? https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/list/All-phones/categor...  
  • I don't see why you got so many minues. While I don't agree with you that buying a Lumia 950 is a bad decision in general, you are right that we should not recomend somebody to buy a Windows phone at this moment. Buying a Windows phone last year was a good decision, though you may not like what you see at the beginning, and it was without any doubt the best possible decision two years ago when we used to be able to buy phones which later got w10m upgrade. But right now we don't see any new phones, so we can't tell what is the future of w10m. For all we know Microsoft could really shut down its development in 2018, so I ain't recomending a Windows phone to anybody right now. I would tell them the facts about w10m, and I would leave it to them what to decide, and if they come to buy a Windows phone I would support them, but I wouldn't be telling them into buying a w10m phone.
  • Well I do all the time, but I first ask what are you going to be using or how do you use your current phone. If they say just to make calls and txt and facebook, then I recommend it. You can get a Lumia 640 for the taxes and fees of any phone you try to buy from a carrier.
  • I could recommend windows mobile to some of my friends who don't care about getting useless apps like Pokémon Go and who want to buy a Lumia 950 xl for about 250Euros, with a great camera. I've been using a 950xl for 1.5 year, it is a treat now with the new Creators update... and I've got all the apps I need, and even more.
  • You're an idiot. So why are you still reading these articles? 950xl is an excellent phone, and underestimated. You either didn't give it a chance or, as I said, you're an idiot spouting off crap.
  • Nope. I've had a 950 class for 1.5 years and i was also getting the consistent reboot problems with creators update. PoS.
  • Then you need to get it repaired. Any device can have manufacturing issues. I have no reboots ever. None ever.
  • Damn brotha! Is it really that serious? It's just a phone.
  • I buy iPhone 7 but it sucks,the csmera is like a vga camera.wtf
  • desperate fanboys voted you down :))
  • I agree. After 3 years of WM experience, I have been using iphone for 5 days. I can say that windows phone is not a smartphone. Never again!... No official app!!! Even instagram!!! It was stable, I agree but so was my nokia 3310. Bye bye Microsoft
  • What's the use of recommending anything to anyone if they can't get it.
  • I would have to agree. AT&T is no longer offering ANY windows based phones. As a matter of fact, the only windows based product they offer right now is a refurbished Surface 3, and that is only available from web orders.
  • Or the use of recommending what the CEO won't carry or recommend? 
  • Exactly..... MS has pulled all of their WP's out of MS stores, and has started selling iDroid devices...... MS doesn't even recommend it.... What idiot would?
  • Don't miss the "I told you so" train. Azure and O365 can't maintain their crazy growth forever, and even with it MSFT revenue is lower. Once Azure/O365 growth slows (already has), people will begin to wonder about Nadella's utterly inept consumer leadership. All the flowery speeches, and elbow rubbing with Michelle Obama won't bring consumers back.
  • Didn't Microsoft stop selling Lumia's, couldn't find any on their website.
  • Erm ... why exactly cant you buy windows phones? https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/list/All-phones/categor...
  • I'm using windows phone from day one, loved the lumia 800, after that i used a 930 but after the 950 xl i was realy wondering wtf went wrong. Slow........ if i could install windows 8.1 on my Lumia 950xl i would!!!! Windows 10 is that slow! Come on, the user experiance is freaking bad. I realy hope the creater update will bring my phone back to life. So i can't recomend it anymore. I use a galaxy s7 and boy is this phone fast. I kept my 950xl as a backup. Shame on Microsoft!!!
  • Yeah shame on them for destroying the platform we surely loved
  • running lumia 640 lte and waiting with baited breath for creators update. its ironic that this CREATORS update basically CREATED THE DEATH OF WINDOWS 10 MOBILE! What the hell is CREATIVE about that. HUAWEI 9 MATE and NOUGAT here i come as only a year ago i swopped my samsung A5 2016 for this microsoft lumia 640 LTE thats going nowhere except down the **** hole   
  • If you want Creators Update now, activate the "Windows Insider Program" on your phone. When it reboots, select the "Preview Build" level (but not Slow or Fast ring) -- It's like putting your phone at the front of the line for all stable production releases.
  • If you want Creators Update now, activate the "Windows Insider Program" on your phone. When it reboots, select the "Preview Build" level (but not Slow or Fast ring) -- It's like putting your phone at the front of the line for all stable production releases.
  • I recommend it after I qualify the following:
    Do you have Verizon or Sprint?
    Do you need banking apps?
    Do you purchase from carriers directly?
    Do you need the new apps on the block as soon as they are released?
    Do you mind buying a phone that you can't replace at a brick and mortar store if it breaks?
    Do you mind people looking at you like you are crazy when they see your phone? If all answers are no then I recommend windows phone!
  • " Do you need the new apps on the block as soon as they are released? " More like "Do you need apps at all? Because everybody is leaving this sinking ship so choose wisely."
  • Still wouldn't recommend it......
  • Who cares what people think?
  • I just bought 2 HP Elite X3 with dock for l;ess than $400 each at the Microsoft Store - Love them!!
  • I'm a fan, and I'm sure I would like them to... Not love, like, because all of the apps are gone now......
    .......
    But, I wouldn't recommend the X3 to a non WP fan... The X3 is DOA.
  • Which store?
  • Some expensive coasters right there :)
  • Interesting.  That phone looked good but unaffordable for me.  I recommend second hand markets for this reason.  If my 1520 dies I might consider your approach.
  • No, I can't responsibly recommend something to anyone that I'm not sure will be supported in the future. Nobody can.... Plus, as it stands, iDroid is worlds better than Windows on Phone.
  • Surely this is a simple question. How much is the device?
    Does it do what you wish it to do for the period required.
    Are the applications sufficient for what you require.
    Are there additional benefits.
    Does it fit into your workflow. In my particular case our household has owned outright five windows phones at a total cost of £150.
    They fit with my Microsoft workflow, my daughter has all the critical social networking apps she needs
    and my wife has a phone, photo notetaker and all the accessibility aids she requires, I can listen
    to French internet radio in the car and read Le Monde via the app. If there is no replacement available
    from Microsoft when I need to replace them. I will buy the Android or iphone solution available at the
    best price. By that time, I suspect I will be swopping out for a 10 bob phone Android with MS apps for calls
    and using a Surface style Windows tablet for everything else mobile. Now what's the problem?
  • You are insane. I'm rooting for Windows and I can't recommend the W10 Mobile software, or any of the current hardware. It simply isn't on pace with the competition. I was an avid WP user from 11-15. When I finally left due to a lack of new hardware, I saw what I was missing. 
  • And so do I. With pleasure and passion. 
  • I love my WP but seriously, no well meaning individual can recommend a product the manufacture has abandoned.....and don't tell me they haven't abandoned it, they just have.
  • I highly recommend Windows 10 for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the potential. My 950 has become more like a PC to me (I have not bought the HD500 yet, but will very soon to use the external monitor and keyboard!)  I have inserted a 1TB micro SDXC card and store most of my work on that card. There are a few bugs I have to fix, but I find that Microsoft is far superior in terms of tech, experience and potential than Apple/MacIntosh. I just got a scan recommendation when I restarted the phone. (I just click "No" and go from there. Clicking "Yes" will trash the card.) Really, I have not seen another phone that is supposed to be able to increase the storage to a Terabyte like the 950. Just my two cents!
  • I recently switched to an HTC 10 because it was given to me for free.... That said when I'm setting up someone "new" to smart phones I generally put them in a Windows Phone because the OS is SO clean and simple. After switching to Android I keep thinking to myself the average user would be super confused with it. I stayed with Palm as long as possible...same reasons.
  • Yes, of course
  • Yes, I do recommend it, but I feel like I am playing Russian Roulette with friendships/family.
  • I gave my L735 to my mother, so I guess it counts as recommending. Seeing as the 950XL is still 350-400$ here, I had to get a mid-range Android and the hardware and aluminum build is quite nice for less than 200$
  • It is either a recommendation or a ploy to get momma to keep cooking for you, Lord knows that no one cooks like momma!
  • Her old phone gave up so we upgraded her to a smartphone
  • My granddaughter is getting my Lumia 928 since the ringer just died and she doens't need it as a phone but as a mini tablet with a great camera. No more Windows mobile for me. Just got an Android tablet (8in Asus with SquareHome tiles interface), Lumia 640 will be gone in a year replaced by Android, and future laptop will be a Chrome book. I'll have Office 365 if I go into private law practice, otherwise Google Docs is all I need at this point.
  • If you have an Android tablet already, maybe you should reconsider buying a chromebook.
  • That's actually also the absolute best phone they ever made in the Lumia WP series. Did eveything the L920 did but better and more compact. I just regretted updating it to W10M when i did. Eventually got rid off it! :( 
  • Mihai, you should have bought a Lumia 650.
  • I would just recommend it to family but not friends.  I dont' want to lose friends.  Even MS doesn't recommend it, why should we?
  • Obviously not. That said, will always keep an eye out for a new device / OS
  • Used to, not anymore. Can recommend Outlook, SwiftKey, and Arrow though.
  • Agreed. MS has plenty of apps and services that are good for Mobile on different platforms. The overall package is simply better on iOS/Android
  • For me the Outlook account keeps failing to sync the contacts(only option to manually add the contacts to the Google account) and the keyboards annoyingly display only 3words on the prediction line compared to the MS keyboard where I had more and could swype them to get the word I wanted. Also I had to stop playing Asphalt 8 because my saves didn't work on Android. I was looking forward to using Groove as well, but couldn't use it in my region(I just wanted the music player app)
  • The outlook issue is really bad on Android I can't even add new contacts to my account cos d next day all the added contacts will b gone
  • Yes! If I had known this I would have never upgraded and stayed with WP. I tried everything.
  • Arrow is so good...
  • Agreed, Arrow is awesome. If Microsoft ever made an Android phone with the default launcher as Arrow, I'd pick it up tomorrow.
  • Same here
  • Microsoft is sad..... This pisses me off.
  • They're not sad! If anything they're finally pull.ing back on W10M and hardware because they need time to slide into Surface phone which will arrive. The full PC phone has to be the next move and it will be!!!!
  • Just like "soon" (tm) is a good expression to describe MS's approach to mobile, so is "too late" (tm).
  • No, I do not.. S8+ on order...
  • Thinking of the s8 too, it's the most gorgeous phone I've ever seen.
    The downside tho is its android 😩😩
  • The problem its not Android, the problem its Samsung putting garbage on their phones....some day we gonna see an a S8 with a clean Android on it and it will blow any phone around it
  • Absolutely not, even when an avid User I would recommend the iPhone to older folks or those already familiar with or in families that used non-Windows PCs or Mobile devices
  • Absolutely I do.
  • Why?
  • Becasue regardless of the current situation. Regarless of the downward spiral.... It is still the best damn OS out there. The most beutiful interface out there. Period. 
  • Agree 400%
  • Last 3 years Yes, Atm No. (we need new devices and a roadmap) 
  • Perfectly said. This is exactly how I feel.
  • No I do not any more. Its embarrassing. I have also stopped showing people things on my 950XL, it generally fails or they get bored waiting for response from it.. Incredibly sad.
  • The last build is faster and more stable :) 
  • Much agreed in that. My 950 is running the best it ever has, loving my 950.
  • Recently got a 950 xl to replace my 950. still have both. they both are running great atm on newest builds.  I do recommend.   I only came back to Windows phone after 10 was realeased before that only Android Nexus devices. Dont miss android at all.  To me its like wishing for all the features i want or finding a custom ROM that adds the things im looking for but tbh even the Custom ROMs never did everything i wanted.    Win 10 phones can do everything i want and with latest builds they do them perfectly just wish it had a night light. (can adjust the color i know just would be nice if it had like full windows)   I have trouble recommending android phone and iphones cuase its all about the apps and how breakable they can make the phones so you have to upgrade.    I work around alot of phones every day. 
  • Is there anything left to show them at this point?
  • L950/XL have great cameras and screens
  • All of this year's flagships have much better cameras though. And the Pixel from last year still leads in blind tests.
    I don't use my 950s camera at all anymore. It's age shows.
  • They absolutely do...
  • Than what?
  • Definitely not, but only since a few months. Microsoft can still turn this situation around if they really want to. But I don't think they want to. They don't want to compete in this space anymore. That is my opinion. And I think that they will further improve their services on iOS and Android.
  • Six Windows Phones amongst my wife and kids. My daughter's 735 seems to be on the blink. Now what do I do? Switch her to an S8?? iPhone 7?? Look for another 735 or 950 on eBay?? Thanks for the clear choice, MS...
  • Buy her some decent Android device like Xiaomi, or iPhone.
  • Consider the LG G6. Curved displays are more prone to shattering....
  • Get her a Moto G5. You'll save a few hundred and still get a solid device.
  • Switched my kid from a 550 to an iPhone 5c I got off eBay for $160 (brand new unopened). Definitely the right move.
  • Gave my kid my Nexus 5 and she uses my 950 since i got xl and she tends to reach for the 950 over it. Shes 7 and into minecraft so that could be more of it than anything . the only thing she uses the nexus 5 for is youtube. 
  • If she was happy with her 735, you could get her a 950/XL/Alcatel 4S
  • I think he wants her to get an upgrade....
  • Problems with Verizon keep the recommendations at a minimum tho 😖
  • Microsoft won't be pushing the C.U, to the Lumia 735. Once the 735 disappears, there won't be any Windows phones available for Verizon Wireless customers to consider until maybe 2018 or 2019 when VZW is supposed to have it's 5G network up & running and the existing CDMA network closed off to new activations.
  • Have I said screw Verizon yet on this comment thread? I don't think so: "Screw Verizon." I promised I'd dump them a year or two ago when they were playing update games. My lumia 928 just died, so I'm off to my first GSA phone in a while. I'll never go back to Verizon. I made a promise and I'm going to keep it.
  • Left Verizon over a year ago for AT&T and never looked back. Even saving money with additional lines. Daughter's 735 is unlocked and on AT&T.
  • Good luck with AT&T.  They have terrible customer representatives.  After years of bad service, lies and dare I say outright efforts which caused me to contact the Better Business Bureau.  I have since made huge efforts to have nothing to do with AT&T.
  • All of them are perfectly happy with W10M. Wouldn't want to switch. MS is missing the boat on getting the younger generations hooked. Leaning on getting her a used 950 for about $180.
  • Give the kids surfaces and theyl go for the phones when they come out. its a smart move IMO. My daughter loves her surface. 
  • Just reset the 735 to Windows Phone 8.1 and upgrade it back to 10. It will work perfectly like new. Use the Backup features before you do it though, so you can reload all your apps and Start layout automatically. It frustrates me even more that Microsoft cut support from my Lumia Icon because every problem is fixed by rolling back and re-upgrading. Also, note that if you reset your phone using the feature in Settings, you will be missing features that are from Windows Phone 8.1, like brightness levels... So use the reset program on your computer to roll back, then upgrade up again.
  • The brightness levels were in Settings/Extras/, Display or Brightness
  • Correct, but those go away if you reset Windows 10 Mobile. However, this is a component of Windows Phone 8.1 for most phones. I am not sure about the 735 because I don't have one, but it's best to reset to manufacturer settings and then upgrade instead of wiping it and installing the clean OS. Just to be safe.
    For example, my Lumia Icon was on Windows Phone 8.1, and part of Nokia's installation of WP8.1 had those features. I installed Windows 10 Mobile, but recently I had problems, so I used the reset feature on my phone, which wiped it and reinstalled Windows 10. Nokia did not include those Extra settings on Windows 10 Mobile, they did it for WP8.1, so I lost those features and cannot change my brightness below high. I don't have a 735, but it's wise to use the PC program to reset it for this reason.
  • This is what I meant by "on the blink". Let me know if resetting it would fix this. Her 735 has an Incipio cover, but she's still managed to drop it several times. Now in certain places around town...her school, where she babysits, etc...she sees 4-5 bars on "H" or "H+" but can't make a call, do SMS, or any use data. If she connects to local Wi-Fi, she can do data. Strangely, when she brings the phone home and connects to our AT&T Microcell, she can do calls and SMS. We thought it was the cell strength in town so she brought her brother's 950 around with her but it worked fine. Seems to just be her phone not working on (some) cell towers but fine on the home Microcell. Thoughts?
  • If you purchase any AT&T equipment on secondary markets be prepared for harassment from AT&T.  They behave like "Ma Bell" of the bad old days.
  • 2 ATT 950's since last summer, bought off swappa. Never an issue using on ATT.
  • On a lumia 735 build 14393.1066, brightness levels are in settings/extras/color profile. Just set brightness on low, medium or high and can set levels. It looks that finally they upgraded the design of that menu after a year and a half
  • Get 950xl, Alcatel Idol 4s, Elite x3 or the Acer Jade????
  • Evillama, get her a Lumia 650, she'll love it and it's only around $150.
  • Thanks. I did look into that since my two boys have 640s already too. However, one of the reasons I got the 735 was because we have Qi charging pads throughout the house and in our cars (hers too) and the 650 doesn't support it. :(
  • Yes...but my friends list has shrunk for some strange reason.
  • That comment made my day 😀haha spot on!
  • Lol
  • ;) The winner today.
  • No, I'm switching myself later this year to the Huawei P10 plus.
  • Not anymore.....
  • @zacbowden If they are coming from the cream of the crop Win10 Mobile device in the Lumia 950, why are they seeking any other devices? I think the problem with the Windows Mobile market is that the lack of differentiation really did hurt the platform. One device wasn't necessarily going to do anything better than the other, except when it came to cameras. The Hardware didn't offer enough incentives, and the software experience didn't improve enough as you switched manufacturers or generations of a device.
  • I tend to agree with you.  However, this brings up something I've been thinking about.  Manufacturers and carriers like Android for the ability to customize it in order to differentiate products from one another.  And then there's the iPhone which just has one supplier so the differentiation is between the iPhone line and all the other Android phones.  Maybe given how locked down Windows Phone/Mobile is in terms of UI and even hardware support (e.g. specific Qualcom SOCs) there really is only room in the phone market for at most one Windows phone manufacturer.  The Windows phone market was essentially 100% Nokia for a while and then Microsoft after they acquired the handset business.  Maybe that wasn't just because of their special partnership deal; maybe coalescing around one vendor was inevitiable. If that's the case, then trying to tackle phones with a PC approach where Microsoft provides the software and partners provide the hardware is DOA unless Microsoft does something drastic like allowing significant UI customization or open sources the base platform.  Because otherwise, if Microsoft isn't the one making the hardware, they'll be dependent on their single partner like they were with Nokia.
  • If differentiation is an issue, why do android users always want their phone to be as close to AOSP as possible?
    Android maker interfaces are the biggest complaint, next to hardware performance.
  • Fanboys will always complain, while consumers won't care. AOSP sounds good on paper, but it's quite bland and boring in my humble opinion. I think OnePlus has done a better job with their OxygenOS, than Google with theirs. 
  • They want the latest Core code features, and a code path that doesnt prevent them from getting the latest updates. But yes I agree, as Android matured the need for differentiation was reduced because the Core product did more and more of what people went to different manufacturers for. Microsoft honestly with all the reboots never let Windows Mobile mature. But notice that when they were at their peak, Nokia provided a lot of differentiation in their devices on top of the Core OS. Once they were absorbed into MS the platform faltered again.
  • Nope, no app ecosystem, no devices. RIP
  • Not at all
  • Not sure if this question is serious...that said, no I do not. I will not go into details because everyone knows why, whether consumer or business. MS has the ability to fix this PERIOD! Will they? That remains to be seen. Enough with playing around...put up or shut up! Will I consider their best effort? Of course, I'm all about innovation. But I will not put up with half-assing when it comes to recommending products or services that people depend on as their daily driver or livelihood.
  • I have an 830. I won't upgrade to a new model until a roadmap is released. In this case"no news" isn't good news. Phones are expensive, don't want to get stuck with a newer unsupported device.
  • No, but I will still use windows 10 Mobile until it's really dead because of Microsoft itself
  • Me too, and it IS clear the failings of Windows Phone/Mobile rest entirely on Microsoft. They have had a good system but have deliberately not marketed it well, or rather at all. The key thing that gets people to buy things is marketing and MS has not marketed anything but Azure and Surface well over the past few years.
  • Having switched myself to iOS, I can see now how far behind Windows Phone is from the competition in terms of ecosystem. Couple that with Microsoft's commitment to avoiding mobile development on their own platform, I have actually steered people clear from Windows Phone. And given how unpopular that platform is, it's actually not something I need to do much at all these days. But yes, I also find it irresponsible to recommend Windows Phone these days.
  • No, the lack of apps and Microsoft services available in my country are the problem.
  • I still use my 950/XL as my daily phone, but stopped recommending it 30 days ago. Most of the people I recommend Windows Mobile to need a good phone, camera, txt, and a few social media apps - so was a good fit. But currently not sure of MS’s vision for Windows on Mobile, so can't recommend it anymore. Especially that MS does not make any hardware, makes it even harder to recommend.
  • I bought around 6 - 7 Lumia's and distributed each to my family members..
    And now sadly I've lost interest ..
  • No. Wouldn't be fair to them.
  • What is wrong with WPC lately with all the crying about Windows Mobile. All my families are still on Windows Mobiles, and we are perfectly happy with it.
  • Same here
  • They are just stating the facts as they are! Also, if they do not do this, Microsoft will not even care about the OS! Hopefully, all this effort from WC team convinces Microsoft to break their silence!
  • Of course I do.
    I also recommend them to stick wet fingers on wall plugs and to go tease famished lions.
  • This is funny.... Reminds me of the Darwin Award.
  • Yep can't stand android and far better than the alternative in iPhone where its buried behind iTunes
  • Nah. No point. Nothing going for it if your honest with yourself, I had to just jump ship after years of waiting and waiting for the apps and they never did deliver   im using iphone 7 plus now , it's great.  But I have ordered the new blackberry keyone.  I just fell in love with it. It looks good. Best original looking phone on market.  I like to be different.  Really looking forward to 5th may or around 
  • funny the blackberry look being origional now. use to be all you saw.
  • I guess it's true what they say about history
  • Yes, I recommend it. Though it's a consistently harder sell... Windows on phones might get much more attractive with Windows 10 on ARM, but that option is practically still a year out. Had it been possible to download a Windows image to install on Android devices such as Samsung's Galaxy 8/8+ (I bet Apple's products are forever locked), for instance through the WDRT, then it would be much easier for people to switch. I think they tried it with one of Xiaomi's products earlier, but whatever happened to it? Phones should work just like PCs: buy the hardware with your choice of software - and switch it up if you want to.
  • No, I'd like to keep both.
    Phones are temporary, family forever.
  • Never..it's dead now really
  • In the past I have convinced numerous folks to choose Windows Phones. Not now as nobody has a clue as to what happens next.
  • Not anymore. I myself have gone to android with the moto G5 plus, I have given up on the Windows on a phone platform. It just goes nowhere, especially concerning app support, it is all on IOS and Android but Windows only gets more desktop support than mobile from developers. Still I will miss the livetiles, they were the reason I went to Windows Phone over Android and IOS in the first place.
  • Still gonna use it, not gonna recommend it.
  • Lol of course not
  • No. Not anymore. MS is fu@%££% this up like an ass.
  • I would if Windows Phone could still be found, and when I did recommend it I always said a warning that if they want lots of apps and games they wouldn't like it. I gave my old Lumia 830 to my dad a couple months ago and he loves it, wondering why it isn't popular.
  • Absolutely Not owned 2 of them before. Android has a better Eco System and every app and type of phone you need. It will only get better and better in terms of phones, abilities, apps etc. Windows cant even enter the game. I also tried hanging in there with Blackberry, I guess I really like the underdogs but Windows is only holding on do to the Amount of Money it has. Blackberry gave up and joined the winning team and their physical keyboard phone for Android is an intriguing choice because of the build quality and look stands out from other Android Smartphones.. Windows guys, get a Pixel Xl and tell me you are not convinced!
  • Yes, I do, if need basic apps, maps and voice navigation system, camera... without installing so much thing, a YouTube app without ads and long time battery, home is windows mobile phones, I have L1520 my wife same, my father and mother have L640, my child's L830 and brother in law and his wife have L830, my nephew have that same model...
  • I do love my 950 XL and W10M but I also wouldn't recommend W10M to anyone unless they are a diehard Microsoft Fan. 
  • Should have asked Dona this question...
  • ^This
  • Best response!
  • Classic haha
  • She doesn't care about WM10. Shes using an IPhone.
  • Nope, I can't do it anymore for the same reasons you already presented. I'm European too, from Romania. So no Alcatel Idol, no HP Elite. We can still buy in Romania, Lumia 950 and 950 XL unlocked but somehow I strongly doubted that those models will ever receive any software update after Creators Update. Which, by the way, as it has been stated by Windows Central editors, is more like a minor update for Windows 10 Mobile. In the past I have converted my wife, my mother, my father and a few friends of mine to Windows Phone. Right now I restrain myself from doing that.
  • No more, It's like Introduce a new friend to everyone, but it is already dead.   
  • Noticed Zac's Twitter post was back in Feb. A lot has changed since then albiet only 2 months. For me, I can no longer recommend something that is mired in uncertainty. We all know Windows 10M as it is presently constituted is DEAD! Next maybe Windows on Arm Devices. They however will be more like a mobile PC' 1st, Phone 2nd. Even still if UWP doesn't mature and grow it and even perhaps Windows 10 could be in trouble. Have already received my GS8+.... I pray to someday return to something great from Microsoft!
  • Only to my mother, because she's used to it and likes her Lumia 650. I couldn't possible recommend it to anybody else though. Not anymore.
  • It's really sad that MSFT is not doing anything at all. They really don't care!! The *feature2* update is just crap. It's something just for the sake of it.
  • Well, MS did it in the past the same way. Remember WP7.8?
  • No, its only for ms fans and geeks.
  • Nope.
  • Never have, never will, not until it becomes a worthwhile competitor to Android on Smartphones. It's lagging significantly behind Android in terms of both apps, versatility and personalization...plus, it's a spyware haven you have no control over, unlike Android where XPrivacy + Disable Service give you fine grain control over data mining. 
  • Not anymore. Microsoft is basically recommending the GS8 by featuring it in their stores. Why would I recommend what MS won't publicly commit to in a real way?
  • true
  • As I wipe the coffee from my nose after snickering...   No.
  • No i dont, i mean i love my 950 xl but i dont care about apps others do, at first i made my whole band to get lumia but now, they want snapchat and more apps, now i ask them are they still using the apps they tell me no XD some want to get back but after win 10 gets more reliable
  • Click bait.
  • what
  • Absolutely not.  There is nothing about Windows Mobile right now that would give me confidence to do any sort of advertising on their behalf.  At this point, If asked my opinion, I am quite certain that I would talk anyone out of going with WM.  This is a complete 180 degree change in my stance from just 2 years ago.
  • Consumers should avoid Windows Mobile, but enterprise user can get nice features from HP Elite X3 since it offers Virtualization capabilities on vPro enterprise desktops and laptops. So the answer it depends, if my friend or family member works on a big company, I would try him to convince his boss to adopt Windows Mobile for work!
  • 100% NO. Its feature phones, lack of apps and lack of a way forward. Iphones are the best to use now. pass on everything else...At least with iphones you are getting a stable OS, any app that you want, any wearable that you want, any accessory you want. with Windows Mobile you get a second rate device, flaky OS, and no apps, wearables and accessories at all. It's beyond me why anyone would want a MOBILE device that you can't do mobile things with....
  • I did mobile things with my Lumis 950 and I'll miss it as my daily driver.  It's most definitely NOT a feature phone, but  Microsoft is really shooting themselves in the foot with this whole assumption that if they alienate the users, we'll leave, but still use all MS services.  Right now, I still have Office365, mostly for OneDrive, but when that subscription ends, I'm done. Groove is set to expire any day and I've already converted my playlists to Play Music and Spotify.  (Still choosing between these music services. I'll do the 3 month Play trial that came with the GS8 and then decide) I went with the GS8 because I find iPhones too limiting and always a step or so behind in putting the latest stuff in their expensive phones.  Besides...that screen.  I also love the synergy between the Gear S3 and the Galaxy phones...much like I assume the Apple Watch and iPhone have.  I felt the camera of the GS8 was (slighty) superior in my eyeball test between the two and camera is a main consideration for me...and another area I felt abandoned by Windows Mobile/Phone.  To answer your curiousity, there are still people who have flip phones. Nokia is even bringing their legendary candy bar back.  The only mobile things some people think about is talking, texting, photographing, browsing...and apparently playing snake in color now. :) 
  • It is getting to that point.  Where there are no apps available for windows 10 mobile.  so feature phone is accurate.   Make calls, check email and message.   I could not use banking, paypal, square, for making and receiving payments.   We try to save money where we can,  there were no apps for that on windows moible,  there were no rental car apps,  or hotel apps like we use on IOS either.   Just web wrappers.   Waste of time.  The time we were on 8.1 and windows was growing was exciting,  there were apps coming etc...Here maps was AWESOME for nav, the 1020 camera was amazing for travel photography,  etc.  Then Nutella took over,  introduced 10,  everything went backwards.  Even in desktop.  Alot of feautres were promised,  and not delivered upon.   Microsoft still gets my vote for desktop use,  because I cannot stand MacOS,  and chrome is not up my ally for a main system.   But windows 10 is gone for mobile use.   It's just to far behind.   I was using android,  but IOS is more stable,  the apps are better,  and the way things integrate with IOS is better than the way they do on android.  Plus,  IOS is must more fluid,  scrolling on IOS is butter....but on android,  it still jumps around etc. 
  • Oh, and it is not stuck between a rock and a hard place. Instead, it is being crushed by the rock and the hard place was a place of their own making.
  • No way.
    There are much more compelling alternatives available now.
  • Used to. Now it is with the caveat to wait a bit first. No reason to buy a device that is DOA.
  • i would if phones were available..i still use mine and probably take it as far as it goes
  • The same here.  If only there were hardware...
  • No. Because eventually they will realize they hate it and I will be responsible for that.
  • Only if they're complete newbies to smartphones and don't want to spend a whole lot. The Lumia 6xx models are great for newbies or those who just want to do specific productivity things on their phone. The non-Snapchattin' type.
  • I still feel bad for having people get it on my recommendation back in the day and then just 6 months later their new WP7 wouldn't upgrade to WP8...not to mention, "hey, can I get the _____ app?"  No, not yet.  It either never happend, or it was functionally incomplete or it was eventually abandoned/pulled. I certainly wouldn't ever recommend it now. If they are rabid Windows fans then they already know about it. If not, then it will be just disappointment.
  • I do recommend them to my family because Iknow what their needs are,but Isimply cannot recommend them to my friends because my generation will mostly get upset about not having snapchat, however in past I did manage to get one of my friends over.
  • Never again.
    I recommended to my parents a lumia 520 and a 730 because they wanted a cheap and good smartphone, back then no android phone could match lumia 520. both phones worked fine until now, if was an android phone it would probably not lasted this long.
    Also i thought that lumias were easier for elder people.
    But most of the time thing were harder to do compared to android.This year i bought moto g5 plus for them and they are loving it, they told me that is much easier than windows phone, i see them using android now and they almost never ask me how to do stuff, is just more intuitive.My father even after two years sometimes still asked me how to do something on his lumia.
    Also there is so much apps, and better apps compared to windows phone, even microsoft apps are better on other platforms.
  • No, not anymore. I guess we were wrong about Ballmer. He wanted MS to be the kind of company that produces new machines and programs that change the way we live and work, he was just horrible at pivoting and recognising trends. The new MS is trying to be Oracle. Something you don't look to for innovation. I really do believe that the Hololens and Surface Studio were more than likely developed during Ballmers time and too far along to cancel, so that's why we have them. I no longer think there is any future in Microsoft devices though. I can see a time in the not too distant future where all the MS Stores are closed. I can imagine that the Hololens development stalls and we never really see the product (which is what it looks like now). I can even see them farming out the surface line to Dell or Lenovo or HP along with the Surface Studio. I can Even see them abandoning XBOX after all is said and done.
    I can only dream of what's going on in Redmond, but if I were to guess, there is a powerful group of people who want to ensure that quarterly dividends are paid to shareholders. The best way to ensure this is to not extend in to new markets and bolster revenue generating markets like O/S, Server, Cloud and Productivity. They pushed Ballmer out and won the board room. What we are seeing now is the true ambition of Sataya Nadella and it is NOT GOOD!
    If you want to see change and big things coming from MS, the first thing that has to be done is getting rid of all dividends to shareholders. If they can do that, then all the worst elements in MS will abandon ship. It will also bring in money for creators to change technology with surplus R&D funds.
    If they don't do this, they will continue to try and sell subscription based Office Suites that will force many to look to alternatives like Google Docs (being used in many school districts now). I hope they realize they are cutting the goose open to find golden eggs. You can't undo the damage they are doing right now.
    I am a huge MS fan. But, I had a bad experience with the MS Band 2. It kept cracking at the strap and I kept replacing it (5 times in one year). Even with that hassle, it was a pretty awesome device, so I was hoping they would fix the issue with the band 3. Then, they cancelled any future band deployments. I had already had a sinking feeling about the phones, they just weren't getting any better. My wife had a 950, I was on my second phone, went from a 1020 to a 950XL with a dock (that I never use). My wifes phone would continually reboot so she told me she was giving up on the phone. When she went to get an iPhone, they had a 2 for 1 sale so I gave in and got a 7+ with my wife.
    It's sad but relieving at the same time. Now I'm just like everyone else and can do all the things they can do and get all the apps they can get. I just wished MS would have done better, or just done more to make what they had better. It's like they give up if they aren't the best selling product 3 months after it's launch. THe minute they get a complaint, the products gone! Not fixed, not engineered better next time, just f****ng gone. I can't be loyal to that when it keeps leaving me behind.
  • also my opnion. and one can find the better microsoft mobile software (office, onedrive etc) on android. sometimes I have the impression mr. nadella might be on payroll of g..... ?    
  • "If you want to see change and big things coming from MS, the first thing that has to be done is getting rid of all dividends to shareholders." What? Are you high? Or just truly clueless about how corporations are run? Dividends to shareholders is the ONLY thing that matters. Without dividends, shareholders will dump the stock, causing the price to tumble, causing the company to go bankrupt. The fact is, Windows Phones have been losing money for going on 10 years. How long are they supposed to keep dumping money into it? Its over. Windows Phones have failed. Microsoft is exiting the consumer phone business, to re-focus on their strengths. They have no choice, as it is FAR too late to get into the mobile game now.
  • I got my parents and sister on Windows Phone over the past several years. I will be switching my parents over to Android this summer, and my sister will not be far behind. So sad. Like always, it's not as much about where Windows is now, but rather that there is no communication on where they are going. Can't trust them.
  • I do recommend Windows Mobile but I'm hoping that the rumor of a Galaxy S8 running windows comes true!!!
  • Yes, I no longer can recommend Windows Mobile. My love of the platform began with the Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8 and continued through to 950 (even had a Windows Phone 7 in the family). I love the OS and the way the ecosystem works well together amongst the different form factors, albeit with less apps than I like. I moved back to Android (on an LG V20) due to a particular app I needed that was only on iOS and Android. Given Microsoft's lack of support and commitment and the falling off of what support there was by developers, I can no longer recommend it to anyone. Sad day.
  • Unfortunately not. When it was time for my wife to upgrade she got an iPhone 7.
  • If the CEO won't recommend it, then "no, no I don't".
  • Only recommend to the friends I never want to hear from again.
  • Nope.
  • I can not. Windows Mobile is not in a state where non-fans can use it. Harsh reality. 
  • I think a non-fan could use it. BUT I wouldn't feel confident that my phone would be supported for very long.
  • I got my 1020 in Oct 2013 and I think I found out not even two years later that I couldn't go to Windows 10.
  • No s8+ arrived 2 days before. ......please look for my 950xl on willhabendotat and on ebay......
  • yes there are plenty of good second hand 950s and 950xls about. I just bought one to replace mine which had a fault
  • Yes I do and will continue recommending Windows phones where it is a good fit for their usage. The teens and young adults of course want Snapchat and other apps-of-the-day that simply will never be available for Windows. But older adults and especially elderly find the Windows platform quite easy to use, especially if some care is taken with setting up the home screen. My dad who is 86, thoroughly enjoys a Lumia 640XL on which I've made the phone, email, Edge, News and Weather tiles as huge as possible, and hidden everything else. He couldn't care less about "apps." I made sure the five or six documents from his laptop were synced to his OneDrive account so he can access them from the Office apps on the phone. My sister-in-law is still happily running a Lumia 1020 on Windows 8.1, it does everything she needs and takes great photos of course. I'll likely upgrade her soon to Windows 10. And I have a couple of spare 640s that have been borrowed from time to time when a family member's expensive iPhone or Galaxy was going in for yet another cracked screen replacement. They are always astounded when I tell them what I paid for the phone new, roughly equal to one or maybe two of their monthly payments over two years.
  • I impose it on my family but friends I'll only speak of it when asked about it.
  • Being completely honest, I don't know why I'm still reading these features. Every days Windows Mobile This, Windows Mobile That, Blah Blah. Any excuse to write content when NOTHING is actually happening with the platform. Daily speculation, often contradictory.... I mean, go for it. More power to you, but really. It's getting a bit silly isn't it?
  • What would you have them write about while staying topical?
  • This site is no longer called "Windows Phone Central" it's "Windows Central." Plenty about Microsoft and Windows to talk about besides a basically dead mobile OS.
  • Nope, might as well recommend a Palm Pilot or a Symbian device as a windows phone. I picked up a ZTE Axon 7 Mini for $200 at Best Buy, great little phone.
  • When the choice is between iOs, Android and W10M, it is clear that if would recommend Windows.
  • Not so much.
  • Nope can't recommend it with limit apps little to no facebook support. The OS is great imo if u have a flagship device but the apps are pretty lacking
  • No, given Microsoft lack of commitment to their own products, it will be highly irresponsible to recommend a Windows phone. Besides, there is no one that I hate enough to burden MS on!
  • I would rather recommend them to invest in Venezuelan government bonds than to buy a WM. They will likely lose big time with both, but with the bonds its still not 100% /sarcasm
  • This is funny...
  • Hell no. Regretted every one.
  • Heck no! 2 out of 7 windows phone devices have left the family already. 2 more will be gone in the next month or so. As much as I'd like to keep a windows phone around for dev work and experimenting, i'm going to get my money back while they are worth something to someone.  It's nearly impossible to say it does anything of value better than android or ios right now. Don't get me wrong, there are things I prefer about the UI, but not much.
  • The best you can do is not recommend iPhone to anyone, ever. Recommend any Android phone rather than apples non user friendly tech-less crap.
  • why?
  • Til death do us part! The number one reason my family got off of it was because of snapchat and fodder of the likes. To each their own but I am happy with simplicity at it's finest with a twist of innovative technology mixed in.
  • Yes. Ever the optimist and loyal fan.
  • My entire family uses Windows Phone but I am giving my wife my iPhone and I'll be purchasing a new one for myself in the next few months.  Over the years, I've converted nearly my entire family - mother, sister, brother, wife/kids, niece and nephews, etc. to Windows Phone but that ship has certainly sailed.  MS literally did everything they could to destroy yet another great platform/device. The sad thing that I don't quite think MS quite understands fully is how much this does affect their "services" division.  For instance, I am now slowly moving away from all MS products - as much as I love them (and it would be hard for me to even list them all).  I want a cohesive experience so I now have a new iMac, an iPhone I am using more primarily as my daily driver, and now my wife and I will both be using iPhones and Macs.  This now means we are converting to iCloud, iTunes, Facetime, etc.
  • I tried to always use my outlook mail to register to sites... since I have an android, I use google mail because it's the first option shown and even sites have that form of login integrated.
  • I've loved Windows phones over the years but I have NEVER been able to recommend it to others because of the lack of apps.
  • No way. Not now I have a Pixel XL.
  • Most people I know are into using their phones for apps. That's the only reason why I wouldn't recommend it because I've always loved the way everything works and it really is a shame that it has come to this
  • Only to the people I don't want to be friends with lol
  • I will still recommend windows phones to my friends and relatives but the problem is that at present no windows phones are available for sale in India.
  • No not anymore. Microsoft has failed to deliver and improve. Moved to Android and never looked back. Too bad, I really liked the phone initially.
  • crazy, I am on extended vacation here in the Philippines. I have two 950xl's and two high end Android phones. VIVO V5's: My wife and I use both. No matter what you may think the 950's work just fine. One is on the production os, the other on the fast ring. we get no reboots, no failures, and everyone we introduce the 959's to they admit the OS does things better than the androids. I do not dislike the vivo's but they are not all that better than the 950's.  I also gave a 1020 to my wife's daughter, and she uses it and loves it.  So .... Yes I still recommend these windows phones. To bad Microsoft is so lousy on marketing and has way to many know it all android lovers.  Aw no one gives a rats ass anyway. 
  • Not really anymore...but then again I'm older so why do I care what you use.
  • Nope. I was recommending them a year ago, getting squishy about it six months ago, but after the "Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition", I absolutely cannot in good conscience recommend them anymore. So since my (and my wife's) 640 was getting a little long in the tooth, I got us a pair of G5 Pluses. I miss the dark theme throughout the OS, Cortana is not as good, and I miss the week view in Outlook's calendar, but otherwise, wow.....not even a week in and I'd have a hard time going back. Still using as much MS stuff as I can too (Outlook, Arrow, Next, Bing, etc.), and it's far better than I expected.
  • I only  use Outlook and Bing (because of rewards). Other than that, I'm done with MS services on my Galaxy S8 NOT Microsoft Edition. 
  • Nope. Its too risky.
  • Nope.  They can't even rollout the Creators Update to everyone at the same time. And that with a market share of 0.1%. A complete failure. 
  • I love my Lumia 950XL and will never give up this phone nor Windows mobile until MS completely kills it and just abandons the OS forever, and then, only then, will i grudgingly switch to Andriod. I would recommend W10M to anybody, but like others have said, you are taking a huge chance. W10M is not well liked, apps are pretty much zero compaired to the others. I get made fun of in my office for being the ONLY Windows fan.
  • Microsoft Apps are better on IOS and Android, so sadly its a BIG no from here.
  • Not entirely true on android.  Offlce lens stinks, scans are all dark.  Weather is only showing 4 favorites. Outlook has some odd ui issues I can't get used. Groove doesn't have swipe to change tracks. Cortana doesn't feel complete.
  • What are you using on Android instead for weather?  I tried Weather Channel. What are you using for mobile scanning?  I had to pull out the 950 yesterday to scan something as I heard the Android version doesn't do multi-page into one document.  I do use Outlook, but...
    Cortana is OUT
    Groove is OUT
  • I"m still using MSN weather, the location part works fine for me which is what I care about and the widget seems to be accurate and looks nice on my faux windows phone launcher.  I had accuweather, weather underground and weather channel installed, but I didn't want all of them running so I'll try one at a time. I haven't searched for another scanner yet. I"m dissapointed in office lens. I hope it gets fixed because it was my go to app on windows mobile. 
  • Why would you user Groove when Google Music, Apple Music and Spotify are much better and are all available on Android is beyond me.
  • Well the big reason is I just switched, I have a groove subscription already and I wanted to see what it's like. Spotify is good and it integrates with Waze which makes it easier to use in the car.
  • Of course I still recommend they try it, but I'm also upfront about the shortcomings. Basically, I tell people that they have to be happy with the phone as it is "right now." If you buy it thinking it'll get some massive update or improvement, or thinking that a missing app will become available down the road, you'll be disappointed. If, on the other hand, you're happy with the experience out of the box, then by all means go for it. It's still my preferred OS over Android or iOS. In fact, when my contract is up in September, I'll be ditching this iPhone 7 and picking up a 950XL to replace it.
  • I always recommend the Windows phone to my family and friends.  Every single time someone asks "iPhone" or "Android" - I respond with "I LOVE my Microsoft Lumia 950".  The biggest push back I seem to get from people is "there aren't as many apps" or "the apps I use aren't available on Windows phone".  I tell them that is my complaint also about the apps but in my experience - the Windows phone is more durable than the other two and lasts a lot longer with good operating systems.  I tell them that I always pray that Windows gets more apps developed but in the meantime I have the best call clarity, the best operating system and the best cameras.  Great phones and I hope you don't stop making them.
  • What apps do you feel you are lacking? Every time I see someone complain about apps, I see banking apps and Snapchat listed. I love 35 seconds from my bank, and Snapchat is totally uninteresting to me. What else am I missing?
  • Still recommend.Elite X3 and Acer Liquid Jade Primo are hard to beat.Office suite,Xbox,20 mp camera,Groove music and Films.I agree,it is not a toy with thousands of junk apps.Sync with all MS hardware,laptops/tablets and desktops.All which keep my stuff safe one the Microsoft Cloud.
  • Hard to beat? :)))) LOL. Now this is a good one...GS7,7 Edge, Huawei P9,P10, OnePlus 3T, etc etc are much nicer, excelent specs, and most important: don't have a mediocre OS.
  • Not anymore.  I got many family/friends on Windows Phones through the years, but when Microsoft stopped caring, so did I.  I moved on to an iPhone late last year.
  • I recommend it often but I always mention the massive disclaimer before hand regarding apps and lack of support.
  • Yes/No. but I get to brag some key features of Windows Phone like continuum and features whom I though windows phone was the 1st to. like tap to wake, hey cortana, glance?, living images, UWP, etc.. somehow, they are amazed by it..
  • I took all of my family off Windows Phone years ago because they couldn't stand it. Only me that continues with W10M. Would not even mention Windows Phone to people, let alone recommend them.
  • I wish I could!
  • Are you trolling us with this article? Lets say that 10's of thousands that still have such legacy device do recommend it, the question is what kind of face the recipient puts when presented with an ecosystem with nearly no third party support. Please take pictures of such occasion. Lol
  • No not anymore. I loved my 930 and the software is still way better than the "others", but no new hardware for a long time, fewer and fewer apps. How can anyone recommend such a disaster to anyone?
  • That's for sure and I still talk about how great the Windows Phone is.
  • Somewhat of a loaded question because of the lack of devices in the channel for consumers to buy.  To the extent they already use it- yes i would recommend it.   What i cannot recommend is anything apple because of cost and proprietary connectors, cost of accessories, replacement etc. Nor  can i recommend anything android becuase of google.  If there was a way to use android without google - i might consider it myself. So basically without windows mobile devices i cannot recommend anything.
  • So you would recommend Windows phone...only because it's not Apple or Google? You know, I'm starting to notice this pattern among the die-hard fans here: they stick with W10m simply because they have a pure hatred of anything iOS or Android. I never see them boasting about how great their W10m phones are, just that "it ain't Android or iOS". Is that how low it's gotten for Windows phones? This is like supporting a presidential candidate simply because he isn't the "other guy". I used to recommend WP8.1 because it ran beautifully on even the lowest-end hardware. Denim was very polished, rarely (if ever) saw glitches. It looked nice, and it was very easy to use. It was a nice mix of iOS and Android. WP8.1 had a lot of great things about it. With W10m, all of that is GONE. I can recommend Apple because of the fantastic support and ecosystem. I can recommend Android because of its amazing functionality. I am not going to recommend W10m just because "it ain't the other guy".  
  • It's not hatred - simply put: The 2 choices that are not Windows have their own drawbacks. Both are unacceptable in opinion.  Apple has a closed ecosystem and forces you to spend more money than should be based on what people actually do with the phone.  Much valuable functionality (SD cards, wireless charging, USB compatibility) is lost. Devices are more fragile and replacement is expense, as is insurance. Plus - iOS as a UI still sucks and no one should have to use that. Google is google - you are their product.  They don't care how/why you use the phone as long as they collect your data.  I don't want to do business with them nor would I ever recommend anyone do.  Their entire business is based on a scam. Advertisers would be smart never to spend a penny with them.  I don't want them collecting information on me or any of my friends/family that communicate with me.  Unless they are willing to pay up to the individual for the use of their personal data I would recommend staying far away from them.  Android isn't  worth the privacy intrusion. Choices are good for competition.  The lack of choices without Windows on mobile is scary and unfortunate.
  • It's because fanboys do not have any other reason, and then they start to invent one :))) When you have such a pathetic mobile OS, it's almost impossible to find something to defend it :)))
  • Sounds like a question for April Fools day.
  • Absolutely!
  • nope
  • Only if they know what they're in for,but the average user that just needs talk and text and the occasional email then yeah,a "power user",idk,I guess you have to consider how tech savvy one is
  • Ain't no reason to do that. Our discussions, concepts and ideas are to no avail. Microsoft has its plans and strategies. And we do not have the slightest idea of those.
    Which, again is part of Microsoft's plans and strategies. Ignoring Microsoft's mobile plan should be our best strategy
    - at least Microsoft boldly outs themselves
    with whatever they want to come forward. -
  • We have stopped recommending Windows Phone/Mobile devices at our company as of last week and started switching clients over to Android or iOS based on their budget, Microsoft hasn't even bothered to comment on their own mobile platform. At this stage I personally cannot see anything Microsoft does will gain people's confidence again anytime soon, they have pushed users, OEM's, partners, developers and loyal contributors to a point that they have nothing to lose on the platform/ecosystem making the relationship extremely fragile... Here is a perfect example: Once we start using Android and iOS without Edge then we will start using third-party browsers on our mobiles such as Chrome which has an amazing ecosystem by itself then we start paying with Google/Apple Pay and etc... there may a point that we'll try more of Google/Apple or third-party services and begin to see the convenience of it all compared to Microsoft's ecosystem which is currently very poor then that's when it gets dangerous as this is what Microsoft has been relying on so far (their services) so once we stop using and recommending Microsoft's devices, platform, services and apps; how will Microsoft's financial projection look then. Conclusion; Mobile platform is/was key and they need to fix this fast before is too late, they need to get devs, OEM's and partners as well as users back on their side because currently not many trust Microsoft any longer after unethical treatment in the last couple of years. It is truly sad as Windows 10 Mobile was starting to look good however too many apps and services have left the platform for us to keep going as it is, Microsoft is going to have to pay for the popular apps and devices to get people on-board again.
  • You perfectly expressed my thoughts exactly.  My entire family is slowly moving away from all Microsoft services.  I've resorted to memories of "the good old days".  Go back and read some old Windows Phone Central articles and see how bad things have really got - progressively worse month after month.  It's pretty disgusting as a matter of fact.
  • I used to, but now it's more like making fun on them and i just tell them to go with android or ios device.
  • only.the last few weeks! They said about a year ago that it was in maintenance mode because the cost of keeping it doing something was cheaper that trying to shut it down. No, I am no longer recommending Windows on phones. My wife will be getting a Samsung in June and will migrate to the google suite of services. Should we be thinking of setting a date when we officially kill off windows phone. MSoft will never do this (window rt anyone?) it whimpered away when Windows 10 came out and Windows phone is doing the same.
  • I have alreay moved to an iphone 7+. While I still have an active O365 Personal subscription valid until 2018, I will not use any of their services anymore besides my outlook/hotmail email. Onedrive will stay there but I'll keep it just for the data I have on it. MS does not deserve anymore my attention and usage of their products. Apple and Google for me all the way. For what I want, Pages is more than enough, Google Drive and/or Icloud Drive are great. The only MS product I will still use is my xbox one. I think this is the only thing that remained ok, at least for me.
  • They don't MAKE Windows Phones lol 😅
  • For its seamless and smooth OS I recommend Windows 10. and Windows 10 Mobile only for its user friendly character. Lovely.
  • No, I do not recommend it, anymore. And for myself, I'm keeping an eye on Apple because that's the only other ecosystem I've bought into, even if the UI is tedious...
  • I have a Nokia 830 & would not part with it! Doesn't have HELLO, but who cares! Get may Emails, send Emails, phone calls, beautiful pictures! Got all the latest updates to Win10 (Except the last one). Tells me where I am, the nearest bus stop, the time the next bus arrives etc! Would not leave home without it! Am 88 & the oldest member of the Win10 Forum & was in computers before ther was conputers! I have 2 Surface Tablets, 1 PC & 2 Intel STK Win10 Computers! Put that in your pipe & smoke it! Apple is in trouble, don't know which way to go! I could name several Huge computer companies that went broke! REMBER IBM! Tully  
  • :) and MS will soon follow IBM.
  • Yes still a fan as my Lumia 635 is still working ok.
  • I have used Windows Phone for years, and as a phone, it functions fine.  The obvious shortcoming is there are virtually no third party apps for commercial use.  In fact, there seem to be fewer and fewer apps of any kind for Windows Phone.  I switched both my adult daughters and wife to Android phones, and they are quite happy with those (and of course the wide range of apps available).  My adult son, who rarely uses his phone, still has an older Windows Phone device.  Microsoft clearly dropped the ball big time on Windows Mobile, and I doubt they can recover.  I certainly would NOT recommend Windows Phone to anyone who has uses beyond calls and text (and maybe email).
  • when is the funeral for Windows phone? Has anyone asked Microsoft? I don't mind having a zombie phone for the rest of my contract. Just be nice to know. Think I'll send them a message.
  • Most likely you'll get a riddle as a response...they do not have the balls to tell the truth.
  • Sadly, I don't.  The 1520 was my favorite phone of all time, but now I have went to a Note 4 (yes, I know, I need to upgrade this too).  I will be getting a Galaxy S8 (Microsoft version with Cortana) and the Galaxy S3 Frontier gear with it next month.  If MS kept up their game, I would have got a Microsoft Band with my brand new Surface phone.  Still loving and will ALWAYS recommend Surface though and Microsoft in general.
  • I Recommend iPhone the last 4 Months. I am tired 2-3 Years Now the Same Crashes, the Same Low Responsiveness, the Same Bugs, the Same Application - Game GAP, the Same Bad Settings and much more. I Recomend the Below Devices: 1st iPhone 7 Plus 256GB. 2nd iPhone 7 256GB. 3rd iPhone 6S Plus 128GB. 4th iPhone 6S 128GB. 5th iPhone SE 128GB. Those are the 5 Best Devices in the Market for Me Today.
  • I still recommend W10M... but it usually gets me laughed at
  • have tweeted them asking for the date of the windows on phones funeral. #windowsphonefuneral
  • Everday the apathy grows larger and larger...answer: No.
  • Well totally agree with this article. Sadly recommend today a window phone is like recommend a black and white tv. Is sad but the blame is on MICROSOFT the lack of comminment with the mobile plataform is something to think about. It is hard to believe that a tecnological company like microsoft has been so blind, careless and irresponsible with users that trust in windows mobile device, let die an excellent plataform with a promisori futeere Its incredible that a such amazing plataform has been discarded with no  explanation. In my personal opinion such irresponsible actitude will cost in the future. I understad that this is a bussiness but harm has be done in trust for the future of any microsoft brand devices 
  • Oh yes I still recommandes Windows Phone Mobile to all. My experience with Lumia 920, 1520, 930 and now with HP Elite X3 was and is excellent !!! Jp from France
  • no, not until microsoft lets android apps run on windows mobile. signed,
    retired lumia 950xl user, waiting for android app support someday
  • Absolutely not any more, how long do you have to wait for basic features in Windows mobile 10? I bought Lumia 521, 630, 830, and 950. Enjoyed all of them until now because of incident happened to me . My son had animal show in school in the evening. Everbody was recording and capturing photos with their smartphones​. When I tried to take some pictures screen went black after clicking on camera button to take pictures and Lumia 950 put me in the unexpected situation that I never expected. We came home without taking any pictures, because after going to blank screen I had to take off the battery and restart . It happened few times couldn't take even one picture. I missed some important moment to capture it. Finally tiered with recovery phone every time. Plus I have Mugen power battery 6200 mAh but it still don't last a day for normal use. I bought Moto z play with 3510 mAh battery and with same use it lasts about 35 hours at least. The camera is not the best with Moto z play but 70% is good compare to 100% Lumia 950. Even with Lumia 950 I couldn't take movie more than 5 or 7 minutes continuously. Always get so hot that it's gonna explode than camera shut Downs. I am waiting for Nokia 9 for later this year though. I will go for Android only with Nokia legend name. Microsoft needs to make Windows mobile 10 snappy system first.
  • Hi I just bought my Lumia 950 XL and it works fine, Cortana is very helpfull and since its a dual sim I only need one phone, therefore I still recommend Windows Phones to my friends.
  • Nope, not anymore
  • I would love someone to love it when I am using, I can really tell someone to buy windows phone because I know there are alot of disappointment I enjoying just because I simply don't care. WP would be a matter of choice. In other not to take blames.
  • W10M is in a desolate state, wherever I turn something isn't working. And MS is not showing enough commitment to change that. So no, I would not recommend it to anybody.
  • But I'm still using Lumia 730, baught it when it was launched. Still runs great!
  • I tell them I like my Windows phone, but I can't recommend one because there is no option on Verizon and I don't think the platform will be around much longer. I have most of the apps I need but would like to see other ones.
  • Definitely not anymore! I recommended it to friends and family for several years, but recently my wife and I made the switch to android devices and are very happy with them. We enrolled several apps for android that we use in the company I work in, and I had to make this move. I was quite surprised how easy this change was for me and how stable and fast Android works on a mid range Galaxy A3 2017 dual sim.
  • Only to my worst enemies.
  • Oh hell no!!! I used to recommend them to everyone, but not anymore.
    I was able to convince at least 10 people to get a WP, but the app-gap made them move away (mostly to Android).
    BTW, I think some manufacturer should buy the rights to build a phone with a Pure-view/Carl-Zeiss camera. That is the only thing I miss from the high-end Lumias.
  • Sorry, but one of my best friend misses the Windows Phone 10 last possible free update day and he cannot update his Lumia 640 XL for free anymore. He thought that the update comes without any user interference! And now it´s too late?
    That´s why i cannot recommend Windows Phone to any one at all!
    Does Microsoft think that such Windows Phone policy gives some kind of a advance to Microsoft?
    My opinion is, that everyone who wants upgrade his/hers Windows Phone to version 10 should be allowed to do so, and free. If the phone is cabable to update it (certified).
    There is not so many Windows Phone users, to discriminate anyone of them!
  • What are you talking about? Phone updates are always free.
  • what are you talking about? ... Its deliberate false comment like this that damages the community as a whole.
  • Depends if there not fussed for the app gap and want a phone 📱 that will do the job simple to understand phoning texting emails YouTube etc then yeah,
    if there more for gaming this app that app then no its preference at the end of the day
  • I should buy a PC running OS/2 and a Palm Pre
  • With the removal of the generous amounts of cloud space for backups, the lack of newer, better devices and the lack of commitment by Microsoft, I can't recommend the platform except in those situations where a usable, very inexpensive phone is required and the user does not require anything not already in the app store. My parents are a perfect example because they don't need Snapchat or Instagram or other social media platforms. They just need a phone with maps and navigation and email and possibly Facebook.
  • I couldn't agree more to this article!
  • i don't recommend anything microsoft anymore except when there is no alternative, smartphone, cloud, music, smartwatch, etc... for the simple reasons that you never know when microsoft will abandon the product and that they just don't test their **** anymore. ex. just got an email 8 weeks after sending my band 2 in for repair and they can't replace it and will refund me half what i paid for it even though still under warranty until jan 18, Microsoft has become the new IBM, they just suck so badly! :(  
  • I haven't recommended it since WP7. WM6.5 I used to recommend regularly.
  • wp yes, to certain folks, w10m? never, for a moment I thought RS1 was it, but no, I cant recommend it even today, almost 2 years after release
  • Its noting wrong with the phones, its the MS who cant handel it as they should with there WP OS.
  • Its noting wrong with the phones, its the MS who cant handel it as they should with there WP OS Win 10.
  • Nope. We stopped buying and recommending Windows phones years ago in favor of Samsung Galaxy phones -- first, the Note 5, then Note 7, now we have Galaxy S7 Edge's while we anxiously await the Note 8.  Why? It seems like Microsoft dropped everything that was good about Windows Phone and headed off in some odd direction that benefits no one. Case in point -- one of the best features of the Windows Phone back in the day was the People Hub. In particular, the fact that the phone was people-centric; instead of having to go to every app to see if that was the one I had the conversation with Mary about puppies in, I could just to Mary in the People hub, and see all of my interaction with her there. The feature orginally came about because of User-focused Design, they had interviewed people about what they liked & disliked about the iPhone back then, and having to go to multiple apps was one of the top things they hated. So Microsoft fixed it in the Windows phone. And yet, what was the first feature to be deprecated? Yup, the People Hub.  Fortunately, when I got my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 running Android, what did I discover (besides not being disappointed that apps weren't available?) -- that's right, I go to someone in my Contacts, and lo and behold, all my interactions with them are there. Oh, and of course, despite Microsoft having basically created precision stylus-based devices back with the original WindowsCE based products & phones, to get a real functional pen on a phone nowadays, it's back to Samsung Galaxy. Microsoft should just give up on phones, or if they really badly want to manufacture them for some odd reason, put Android on them. After all, they already prioritize Android & IOS for their mobile app development anyway.
  • Still do. Personally I had to switch away only because one single application - GOOD for Work is not supported anymore by my company for Windows Phone.  
  • You're absolutely right: Microsoft is 100% responsible for the condition the Windows phone arena is in.  And, yes, with virtually no hardware available or being heralded, what exactly is there to recommend? I went from being one of the biggest cheerleaders to virtually a nay-sayer.  If someone asks me what I'm using, I won't shy away from sharing with them. But I know longer try to convince people to switch.  Heck, MS makes it better for people to stay on their iPhone or Android device by making almost all their software and system available--and FIRST and BETTER--on those devices.
  • Never again. At least not in the near future.
    Last time I recommended MYSELF a 950 XL, because I had jumped ship and started using Android with a Moto X Pure Edition which started to to show problems with the touchscreen. I have always loved Windows-On-Phones (since the Lumia 710, and regardless of the multiple names given to the OS) and thought it was time to give Windows 10 Mobile with a great piece of hardware such as the 950 XL. Got by the end of March, had it for a month: had to return it because of an almost useless camera module and the reality of how behind and unsupported the OS is compared to the big two.
    I am back to my faulty-screen Moto X Pure Edition.
    Couldn't be happier.
  • I like WM environment too much! But Mr. Zac Bowden was accurate, the future says to us that we will have to join a diaspora from Microsoft mobile ground. M$ is saying goodbye to mobile world, hence scalded cat is afraid of cold water, too. I will use my 950XL, my 640 xl, my 630, my 920 and my 930 'till the end, but I'm buying a new phone to my wife and the elected are between an HTC  M10 or 11 and SS8. I prefer IOS, but Apple's battery gap, earpodgate and the prohibitive price of Apple's products in Brazil make that option unreliable.
  • For 6 years I did. Starting with the HTC HD7 running WP7, Lumias 900, 1520, 950 XL, and even HTC One M8 Windows, I loved WP. W10 Mobile however was a huge disappointment. Slow, buggy, and not as visually pleasing as WP8.1. The lack of updates from MS also is discouraging. Finally, my wife and I both switched. I got a Galaxy S8+ and she got the Galaxy S8. I felt like a traitor, until I realized that the lack of loyalty from MS drove me to this.
  • no. not anymore.
  • Recommending a windows phone to family and friends = Sucking out fun from their life!
  • I too like WP start screen and UI. And I feel that Android's home screen is boring. But when I say this to anyone, they label me as FANBOY.
  • Satish, I am with you. Android and iPhone screen and ui IS boring!
  • How to recommend a dead product, available nowhere, with no support and no futur?
  • Very simply my latest windows phone the 950 XL is the best on the market. I have owned it since Dec 2015 , my coworkers, when their phones do not get signals , mine does ( We travel the world all with the same phone provider.).Office docs , groove music, awesome pictures, massive storage space, dual sims, replaceable battery are several of the big benefits. This phone and this operating system are perfect for work.
    My only complaint is lack of airline apps, American airlines does not have an app. That is very annoying. So if I would highly recommend Windows phones to anyone who uses the phone for business..
  • Sadly, I really can't anymore due to the app gap. Even though you can use Edge to access many mobile sites that perform just as good as the app (and pin the site to my start screen), its not the same convenience to most people. The app gap is just to wide. Even If android apps could run on Win10 I don't think that would help. Microsoft is on its way to becoming IBM to many folks. Corporate brand yes... Consumer brand no... :( Microsoft has to really redefine what a "mobile device" is as they have redefined PCs with Surface or else...
  • what phones?
  • Take a wild guess ...
  • No. The app ecosystem is just as Ash said, "... is Jack and sh*t and Jack left town"
  • I'm not sure I would "recommend" a windows phone.  What I tend to do is explain the pluses and minuses of the Apple, Android, and Windows phone ecosystems.  For certain kinds of users, a Windows phone can make sense.  I have a Lumia 950XL, and I'm very happy with it.  I do have the leather back from Finland which gives it a more upscale look.  There aren't any apps that I'm screaming to have, that I can't get on the Lumia 950XL, but that's just me. I just received the creators update ( 15063.251) --it's saying that my SD add-in card is inaccessible because it's write protected -- I'll dig into that later. If I had to recommend a specific non-windows phone, I don't know what I'd suggest.  There's something about Apple and iPhones that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  Over on the Android side, the choice is dizzying.  I guess I'd look to any phones that offer Alexa support -- as I'm heavily into Echo and Dot devices (I have four -- an Echo two Dots, a Tap, and I just requested an invite for the new Amazon Look :grin)
  • No, I don't recommend it anymore. So I own a 1 and a half year old Lumia 950. This phone was 5 times at the repair service (3 times unrepaired) and it is still not fully stable. So it comes very often that the display is showing yellow, some times a reboot helps and somethis I have to reset to factory then it works fine again. ....   So it should look:     Microsoft did NOT make a big deal from it that they stops to produce smart phone anymore, and it dies every day a bit more.....    
  • Hell no
  • My parents, both in their 70s, always used Lumias as their smartphones. However, they asked me advice to move to a different platform and I set them up to buy iPhones later this year. Not only they cannot buy a decent phone to replace their aging 830 models, as Microsoft never brought the X50 line to Brazil, but the apps, although mostly available, are far behind in terms of funcionality in comparison to their iOS and Android counterparts.
  • Negative. But that would change with a new Windows 10 phone size device, or Surface Phone. Ideally one that could run apps AND programs.
  • Yes and it will always be yes 😀
  • Never ever..
  • I did. Now I wait till I hear something from Microsoft. I can't recommend a phone to someone that may have no future. The last time I recommended a windows phone was to my brother and he hates his Windows phone hahaha.
  • Only to enemies.
  • Nope, stopped recommending it about half a year ago. About the time that the famous retrenchment was announced. With the launch of the X3 I was still hoping for a push in the right direction, but things have only been going downhill since then. All this has stimulated me to look outside the MS world for services, I have replaced edge by chrome and Bing by DuckDuckGo. My daughters will be getting an android phone soon and this next pc will be a Chromebook, in this cloud driven world its pretty easy to get things without MS.
  • No, No.  I did and look a fool.  People happy when they go back to iOS and Android, why? APP's. 
  • I wonder, what would it take to get Elon Musk to become CEO of Microsoft? Or for that matter, Jonny Ive? These people would probably be the best thing that could happen to MS and ensure the future of the company....
  • Throw your money into junk but dont buy a windows phone. they are the most ugly phones, charging is painfully slow, even when you are using their dedicated charger, to top it all even with the official charger you every time get to see this message "device charging slowly..." None of the applications are stable (Phone, messaging, Calendar, Camera etc, name it and the app is unstable)
  • I did it for many years with every new device like HP 6945, HP910c, HTC HD2, HTC Focus, L830, L1020 and L950. Not anymore.
  • Nope. Stopped that already some time back.
  • Sadly I have just given up on Windows phone, I love the lock screen and home screen with live tiles but after upgrading my 640 to Windows 10 , which I thought would improve matters, it's the same old slow clunky phone as before, alongside text with photos and downloading and uploading problems I've had enough. Real shame.
  • No I've abandoned. It's dead.
  • Hell no, and I haven't for some time. There's little to no support from developers or even Microsoft.  I wanted for so long for Microsoft to succeed in the mobile arena, but it's clearly not going to happen.  Wifey and I just switched Android with the Galaxy S8 and we couldn't be happier.  Microsofts own apps are miles ahead of what they offer on their own platform.  Whether MS intends to or not, they are killing their own platform.
  • I recommend Android with Launcher 10. A few minutes of tinkering and you basically have a Windows phone with all the Android apps.
  • Let me show you. https://m.imgur.com/gallery/SXWqB
  • I've temporarily retrenched from giving advice on phones.
  • I loved my windows phone. i hated that att would not come through with the upgrade to W10 even though it was promised - bought my 3rd and last windows phone AFTER windows 10 released.
    If I could have bought an unlocked windows phone at the MS store 2 years ago, i might have done that. 2 months ago i abandoned the windows phone for a pixel. miss the live tiles and better email management, but i now have phone that has the (few) apps I wanted.
    Microsoft seems determined to drive people away. update to windows creator created a problem - I cannot save new word (2013) files. Perhaps an indication I should move to google docs, sheets, etc.
  • It's a shame you missed out on the 950/950XL
  • God no. Why would I? I haven't since 8.1, when Microsoft still seemed to somewhat care. There are absolutely no benefits in someone choosing windows phone over an Android/iphone.
  • Absolutely not. Microsoft has given up on WM for now, so I have too. I still love my Lumia 950's camera, but I'm not going to get someone else into a dead ecosystem.
  • NOPE, I gave up a little over a year ago, and didn't look back.  I'm very happy with my Samsung Galaxy S6 Active.  It leaves my old 950XL in the dust.  I was a loyal window phone user since it came out, Microsoft gave up on the platform so I did too.
  • Not any more. I tried to go back to my 930 but several apps I used have gone, and the Windowsphone ecosphere just isn't there any longer, which is very sad because the platform had the potential to be great. This is another typical Microsoft story of taking something, making it fantastic, before ruining it with extra, unnecessary bells and whistles and then dropping it because they can't make a killing with it!
  • I love my Alcatel Idol 4s! It does everything I want in a Smartphone, but I wouldn't recommend W10M to anyone used to another phone ecosystem.
  • I'm glad I left Android behind and never liked Apple. Love my 950 XL!
  • After the last experiences with windows camera bug - jpg.thumb files - I cannot. Run, run, run Forrest.
  • Which cam? My 950 XL and my wife's 950 work great
  • My 1520 runs nicely on the Creators Update, even without a hard reset after all the preview builds. I completely fail to understand why it is killed off. To me it signals that there is a discontinuation coming up and that available devices are the last of the Mohicans. Result is that I would no longer dare recommend buying such a device. I might be forced to by a device Google comes up with this year, but remain curious what Microsoft has in store beyond the curve. ARM based devices have a promise, for notebooks and tablets too. 3-in-1 is what I really want.
  • Android and Apple also drop OS vers and hardware. The 1520 is old in hardware speak
  • Absolutely YES! i recomend Windows Phones. it has taken a long time but nobody can say that the W10M is not moving forward and getting better. My best expericence hardware is the 640XL , for a long time I didnt want the large screen , but now that i have 5.7inch will be my normal moving forward. Just so functional. and very good build quality. As far as hardware, just look on Amazon nobody can argue with 100 to 200 bucks for these phones when Iphone and Samsung are well over a 1000 bucks.. As for Iphones ... suppossed camera genius , i constantly meet people who want my 640XL to take picutres and send these to them , when they have the latest Iphones... In real world situations the pictures the 640XL takes are better there is no denying it. Sure Microsoft is making huge mistakes with its mobile hardware and platform , this latest not supporting creators on 1520 and 930 .. or 830 they seem intent on causing yet more existing customer rejection - and that has to stop. Anyone on the fence or wants to change or upgrade one more time, grab the 640XL it will be worth the experience.  
  • Obsolescence is similar for Android and Apple
  • App gap is too much.. Wont recommend to my family or friend. Though am using Lumia 950 and have been using windows phone for the last 6 years, my next smartphone wont be a wimdows phone ☹
  • As a business user, I have many more apps than I need
  • yes still love using it and regularly recommend to friends and family
  • I would most definitely NOT recommend windows phone anymore. I left the platform for good last December and haven't looked back since. I'm in love with my new Galaxy S8 plus, which is everything a windows phone should be: excellent camera with OIS, wireless charging, always on display (glance screen) & retina scanner. This phone is what the 950 & 950 XL should have been.
  • Only if MS vows to launch more lumia/windows phones. And also, if brands like htc, samsung and sony will also launch windows phones.
  • Not anymore.
  • Not again until MS steps up It's commitment.
  • Unfortunately no with the exception of those who might already have a Windows phone. The selection of phones has disappeared, and Windows 10 Mobile is so clunky. Maybe it's because I'm running it on my 640 XL, but it is very buggy. I hang on because I do like Window 10 Mobile from a design point of view and I don't care about Snapchat or Pokemon, but I don't look forward to having to go to Android. I had an iPhone once, but I'll never go back to that.
  • Just like for any OS, keeping your hardware current keeps headaches to a minimum
  • Win 10 is great on the 950/950XL
  • No. And I never have. I love W10M but I know it is just safer to recommend an Android or iPhone.
  • Sandly no... Microsoft has kill it :(
  • No. We'll see Win 10 on x86 and Arm, which includes phones
  • Yes, if I knew somebody looking for a new phone I would recommend it, but one of the whole problems since the beginning, is that people do not care if it is better, they want to stick with their janky OS. IOS users are pretty much crack addicts, they cannot even think of using something else, and Android users do not care that most of the OS/technology has been stolen from one company or another.
  • Not a chance would I recommend it now. I would recommend Android now simply because it works well with the Microsopft ecosystem and its very easy using Squarehome 2 to set up a very close approximation of the WP tiled UI too. Side by side (950 and S6 Edge) my two home screens are remarkably similar, almost identical apart from slight differences in the icons on the tiles.  
  • I actually work with the person to determine what best meets their needs (regardless of platform) Cheers, BR
  • Nope unless they just want a phone and don't care about apps
  • I have many more apps than I need or use
  • I just got my pre-ordered Galaxy S8, and I love it. Sad that my Lumia 1520 was forgotten by Microsoft. They have zero loyality to their customers.
  • It is normal for support to be dropped for old hardware and OS. All manufacturers do it
  • Hell no.
    I had/ still have Lumia 1020 as backup phone, just because it has excellent camera.
    Currently using iphone 7 plus.
    Why I would not recommend windows phone, well Microsoft screwed us twice. First came the lumia 700 series with windowsphone 7 and they PROMISED, that those users would get wp 8 on their phones. What happened, Microsoft said, sorry, we do not give wp8 to those phones. Then wp8 came with huge set of limitations. no 4 core support etc. No nokia could not build the phones they wanted, since the wp 8 operating systems was so limited. Then game lumia 1020, with awesome camera. After a year waiting the price to drop, I finally bought it and was happy with it. 8.1 came and they promised wp 10. It would be have been nice to have nice phone and sync it nicely with windows 10. While later, microsoft said, we will not bring wp10 to your phones... screwed us second time.
    Then here maps went off... and the final blow from microsoft, was to majority wp users who were still using wp 8.1, we will kill skype...
    What pissed me off there was the cancellation of THEIR OWN SOFTWARE in their OWN OS. Second part which pissed me off, was that skype in WP 8.1 lacked so many features, which were quickly made in ios and android, but not on their own os. Which was clear indicator that microsoft said, yes, we screwed you again sucker. Then so many news articles, that no more lumia phones or pretty much phones at all, wp 10 enviroment, and over a year, there has not been nothing positive coming on wp 10, everybody is quessing, in any given day now, wp10 will be history and another disaster for microsoft. So now I am recommending not buy microsoft products. I even recommend people to use good libre office, which more and more people are starting to use. I guess other people too are fed up with microsoft policies... I am not fan of apple products neither... I hate it when I am extremely limited what I can do with the phone and everything has to go via stupid itunes... and android family has too many malware... not good at all...
  • Win 10 on my 950 & 950XL is great.
    It is significant that business uses Microsoft products. We'll see Win 10 on all formats
  • No. After owning a Lumia 900(Death by hot tub), 920(Death by hot coffee), 1520(Death by drunken hulk smash) and ending with the 550, I've thrown in the towel and bought a S8+ this past weekend.
  • Too bad you didn't try the 950/950XL
  • No offense but recommending a windows phone right now is just stupid. Microsoft can't seem to make up their mind with what they're doing with it so why would I recommend it to anyone. It only makes sense for business users, not regular consumers, nope. 
  • It may be slow, but business drives the OS. With Win 10 available on desktops, laptops, tablets and phones, commonality and best integration will ensure there will always be a Win 10 phone.
  • Until recently I had never owned any smartphone other than Windows. I prefer the interface over Android or Apple. But I am done with it and it's a shame, but this is Microsoft's own fault. I have switched over to the LG V20 and it's a really nice phone with an excellent camera and hardware specs. 4 gigs of ram, quad core Snapdragon, quad HD screen, 64MB of storage and just a nice big flagship phone with a removable battery, and SD slot. If Microsoft gets their act together with Windows phone I would switch back in a heartbeat. I tried to avoid having anymore Google in my life but Microsoft pretty much forced me. I have stopped recommending Windows phone.
  • Not anymore. I use an iPhone as my work phone and I still use a Windows phone for personal use (Alcatel Idol 4S). Love my Windows phone but wouldn't recommend it to friends or family as the lack of apps would be brought up over and over again. Hoping for a Surface phone one day that I can recommend.
  • Usually when people ask me what phone to get I tell them that Samsung Galaxy is a great option if they want Google echo system, and of course iPhone for the most common choice. The reason I do not recommend a Windows phone is because of simple experiences like taking pictures breaking. (ive' commented and posted so many thoughts on this that I will not repeat it.) Microsoft also does not do any favors when they abandon phones that are 2yr+. I understand that from a support stand point it's difficult to ensure 100 types of headsets work, but Microsoft has created that problem themselves. iPhones keep getting updates regardless of age (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong) but the new features won't  work if a device does not have the hardware for it. Their commitment and message to the platform is also so vague that its flares up all kinds of rumors that are not so positive. This impacts developers perception and consumer which in turn affect their commitment to the OS even more. We used to be 7 on Windows Phones. We're down to 2 in the family. I'm hanging on for personal reasons and because I can't justify upgrading for the sake of upgrading. My Lumia 950XL is working well, but my cousin's Icon is getting dated and because he's on Verizon -- I don't see him having a lot of choice in the matter as well next time he needs to upgrade. It's almost like we feel stuck! #firstworldproblems
  • Obsolescence is normal for Android and Apple too.
  • No, not anymore. Sometime in the second half of 2016, around the time the 950s stopped getting into Stores worldwide, I stopped recommending Windows 10 Phones to friends and family... I mean, I could recommend myself hoarse, but where were the Phones??? As for me, I am on the Budget BLU WIN HD LTE, which runs Windows Mobile 10 very well. The Battery doesn't last as much as it used to and the Display has developed some sluggishness (which 'appears' to have gone away when I swab the screen with liquid soap :)) but it has almost all the bells and whistles I need, as far as Hardware is concerned: Dual SIM, External Storage, LTE, etc. The Camera is terrible, but I have my old Lumia 920 for that - it isn't exactly the 950, but it is all I have... Oh, and the 920 works just FINE with a Samsung Wireless Charger I picked up, at a third of the cost of the Wireless Charger designed for the 920!! Lucky me!! Now if you ask me whether I will wait for the Surface Phone (or the Surface Device with Phone capabilities), the answer is a definite Yes! And once the device is available, I will go back to recommending it to everyone too!
  • I like WM environment too much! But Mr. Zac Bowden was accurate, the future says to us that we will have to join the diaspora from Microsoft mobile ground.
    M$ is saying goodbye to mobile world, hence scalded cat is afraid of cold water, too.
    I will use my 950XL, my 640 xl, my 630, my 920 and my 930 'till the end, but I'm buying a new phone to my wife and the elected is between an HTC  M10 or 11 and SS8.
    I prefer IOS, but Apple's battery gap, earpodgate and the prohibitive price of Apple's products in Brazil make that option unreliable.
  • I just bought a 950 for my wife. She loves it.
  • Why do you need a phone that is supported for 2 years when you buy a new device every year? Most Android phones out there are not supported anymore. Even if your phone is not supported, it does still work, so don't complain about that.
  • Yes, I recommend but devices are missing at the stores.
  • I fully agree with you on this, I've got the same feeling.
    Adding to this: Microsoft is not even adding new features to their own apps on WM.
    Quoting Alex Simons, director of program management at the Microsoft Identity Division about the new "Password Bypass Feature":
    "A few people have asked if this works with Windows Phone version Microsoft Authenticator. Windows Phone makes up
  • Sad but true.
  • No.
    End of. Platform is dead. I got a pixel xl.
  • Definitely not.
  • I don't suggest it but I do defend it. My recent defense of Windows 10 mobile was last night at a T-Mobile store. I wanted to get a new device because of the current state of mobile, and one of the sales reps asked my current phone to better suggest a new phone. Once I said Windows Phone, the Android-fan rep jumped out of his skin and just said everything incorrect about Windows Phone, I had to defend it.
  • Great going, mate! I don't get many people asking me for phone advice, but I do defend Windows phone at any sight of incorrect information
  • I still recommend it...but with friends like me who needs enemies...
  • Man I didn't recommend WP to my family even when the platform was doing "well." I know my family well enough to know that they would kill me if they bought a WP and --insert social media app or popular game-- wasn't there.
  • Lots of Windows Phone articles last few weeks regarding it's slow and painful demise etc etc. It's a dead platform to me. I've been with it since the Omnia 7 but the lack of anything resembling support from Microsoft or word on future strategy has put me off for good. Still using my Lumia 950xl but wouldn't recommend anything to friends and family based on the limp ecosystem. I'm on the lookout for my next phone and it isn't windows unfortunately. MS only have themselves to blame. They'll spin of the phone window insiders and leave existing users to rot.
  • My experience says that Android and Apple drop support for 3-4year old phones. Why should you ***** about Microsoft doing same?
  • yes I still recommend. I am in argentina bought my 950 one week ago and I found it amazing, coming from android and 930, 735, etc. the experience with the ui is the best comparing work android and ios. Sync perfect with my PC. All reports on this phone are interested, could not find the negative points this is because android and ios put a lot of money on the pockets of the so called experts. Come on Microsoft.
  • In good conscience due to ppl having limited resources, I don't think I can recommend anymore
  • I do recommend both 950XL and 1520. I love both. With Creators Update...
  • Yes!
  • I recommended it to a fair chunk of my family. There would of been probably more than 10 of us using it. Biggest regret i have is recommending it. Not 1 of us are still using the platform daily any more
  • I still am I own a 950XL It never fails me, people think I'm stubborn but it doesn't matter because I'm still fond of it, Android and Google don't feel right and iPhone isn't attractive (tiles are so much better)
  • I will decide after build conference!!!
  • yes I still recommend windows to people with reservations. I am self employed in construction my icon did me well and I switched to at&t so I could get a 950xl, which I like. Rest of my house uses iphones. Tried android few years ago between w7 and my icon......lasted a moth don't see the attraction. If microsoft doesn't get their **** together ill go iphone. I it doesn't make sense, I bid a job and follow through with my commitment and fix my mistakes, which happen to everyone. Microsoft as a LARGE corporation needs to man up and stick to their commitments, fix their mistakes, and last but not least, make a decision. I like windows but am not opposed to another os, ie iPhone, if they can't stand up and do something. The rhetoric is of no use, do nothing and nothing will happen. I look forward to the day I can carry a mini pc in my pocket that will also make calls. Dream on I guess. Anyway if microsoft makes a commitment im on board, if not cya. BTW I dumped Verizon after 20 some years, had the phone number before my carrier was bought by Verizon, said good bye to them, Microsoft's no different. Need to be with dependable and believable people.
  • I used to recommend windows phone all the time but about a week ago my friend asked if he should get one and I had to say no. When he asked why I asked him if he use lots of apps and he said yes so we went through the apps he had and only a few were available on Windows. It's do sad that they could never get the app problem fixed because I think if they did they whould be around 10%. But I still have my 950xl for the foreseeable future
  • I think that people are becoming too dependent, and too invested in, apps. It's a bit like being back in school where people won't "hang out" in a particular mall if it has a GAP instead of an American Apparel, or refusing to eat in McDonalds instead of Burger King.
  • Not anymore!  I'm still using my 950XL (which hasn't gotten the Creators-but-doesn't-have-any-new-creator-features update) and will do so until it dies. After it dies or MSFT pulls the plug on it's own software services running on it (which I happen to believe will occur before my 950XL physically dies), then I'll make a decision and it will probably be to Android. Even if MSFT comes out with a roadmap, I just don't see them having the staying power to play in a consumer focused market like phones.  I know they are trying to develop a new market for a new type of device but I really don't see them doing that in a consumer market.  MSFT just doesn't do consumer market stuff.  In the enterprise, they can make an arguement of why their products perform better and only have to convince a handful of people to get some massive committments from the enterprise customer.  Trying to do that at the individual consumer level for MSFT is way beyond their reach.  It isn't in their DNA. Since this comment will be so buried in this thread, I don't understand the whole eco-system battle that MSFT is trying to win.  I have gmail and outlook.com accounts.  I'm not spending any money on these and if they start charging, I'll move.  I do prefer MS offerings but they aren't making money on their cloud services to me.  Maybe this is a long play on their part but it seems like it is too easy to bring an offering to the market that can quickly compete against them. Lot's of negative articles on here.  Maybe the WindowsCentral folks are trying to bring down expectations knowing that "the next big thing" is coming from MSFT.  But that will be another reboot and solidify the fact that MSFT has no idea what the individual consumer wants and that MSFT doesn't have the staying power to follow through.
  • I needed a new device and just bought one brand new lumia 930 for 150 euros. Cannot think about switching to Android!
  • Absolutely! All the others belong at Toys-R-Us.
  • I had been a strong supporter of windows phone just few months ago, and still hopeful, though with a LG V20 in my hand I don't think I'll do that
  • I recomanded to my brother,he used android 6 years,he buyed lumia 950 and like very much,the camera,how work.Not missing anyone apps for him.
  • No. Not anymore. I have converted many people into Windows Phone, now I will challeng anyone who recommends it to me, if any. LOL. I finally jumped ship just recently due to lack of apps and support for Windows Phone. Why carry WP and other phone just to get through my day when I can carry one device that does it all?
  • No not anymore. I tell them to wait until they produce their Surface solution to mobile if that is to ever happen. Seems every day Windows Phone just gets more and more bad news. For the first time in a long time, I have to consider Droid or iPhone when my 950 is due for replacement.
  • Absolutely YES! i recomend Windows Phones. it has taken a long time but nobody can say that the W10M is not moving forward and getting better. My best expericence hardware is the 640XL , for a long time I didnt want the large screen , but now that i have 5.7inch will be my normal moving forward. Just so functional. and very good build quality. As far as hardware, just look on Amazon nobody can argue with 100 to 200 bucks for these phones when Iphone and Samsung are well over a 1000 bucks.. As for Iphones ... suppossed camera genius , i constantly meet people who want my 640XL to take picutres and send these to them , when they have the latest Iphones... In real world situations the pictures the 640XL takes are better there is no denying it. Sure Microsoft is making huge mistakes with its mobile hardware and platform , this latest not supporting creators on 1520 and 930 .. or 830 they seem intent on causing yet more existing customer rejection - and that has to stop. Anyone on the fence or wants to change or upgrade one more time, grab the 640XL it will be worth the experience.  
  • Well i have been using a LG v10 android phone for the last month and i am ready to go back to my Microsoft 950xl l miss the camera. customization. And pinning. And more
  • I would (will) get Windows phones for my (near-elderly) parents. They don't care about Facebook, Snapchat or most apps in general. So long as WhatsApp is working, they'll be fine. Though I must say WP 8.1 is better for them than W10M. I may also recommend/donate Windows phones to some of my completely anti-tech friends who still use feature phones. I think they'll just use the browser and email in addition to calling, SMS and camera, so a Windows phone will entirely suffice. iPhone is overpriced Apple prison, so I'd never recommend it to anyone. Android is fine, but requires a lot of work to start looking ans working the way you want it, unless you want to be Google's b...uddy.
  • Yes, I recommend with "Conditions Apply". If they want a smartphone which "can" run some apps (at times) and mostly check emails or sorts. * 90% of your apps won't work smoothly.
    * Don't think even about many popular apps.
    * You'll have no confirmed future vision about what is going to happen to your smartphone.
  • Of course not; who in their right mind would recommend Windows Phone at this point?
  • Would you care to elaborate a bit? What are your unfulfilled needs that separates you from those not on their right mind?
  • No way! I didn't leave my 950XL just waiting Sept for Redstone 3. If it gets better, I'll stay. Other way, I'll leave for Android.
  • No, unless its my parents or grandparents, then I would recommend it only for sheer simplicity, easy to plaster a couple large tiles on the home screen to launch the dialer, or calendar etc. To anyone else that uses apps, I would not recommend also because there is no more new hardware available.
  • Do you still recommend CRT TV sets and VCRs to tape shows? What a ridiculous question.
  • I fail to convince myself if windows phone is a valid option.
  • Of course i recommend. Options like windows hello, continuum, windows 10 office experience, very strong camera, dual sim, micro sd, 4k hd videos, linked mailbox, great maps options and better navigation than google maps, 3d builder and scan, pinning the most important things, live folders, easy folder managament, usb type c, regular updates via fast ring... These are the most important things for me and for many people.
  • I would have if microsoft were to be consistent with the updates and bug fixes. Am I stupid? Why would I recommend win10 to anyone? I would be recommending a soon-to-be-dead phone.
  • "My significant other is currently looking for a new phone after using the Lumia 950, and I can't recommend a Windows phone of any kind anymore. She's used a Lumia 635, Lumia 735, Lumia 830 and a Lumia 950, all based on recommendations from me. Now, the best I can do is suggest an iPhone.
    It's sad." What is sad is that you would recommend your girlfriend an iphone... Why would you do that? Here´s a better idea: Why not ask her to hold on to her 950 until next year since there is nothing on the iphone that she will gain (except for apps, but im assuming she does not care about that since she has been using lumias for a while) and a lot to lose. She can easily hold on till next year while we wait for something interesting to launch. I honestly have to qualms with recomending windows mobile to anyone who only uses the main apps we all do and does not care for Snapchat. Especial now that one can get a 950 or 950 XL for fantastic prices on amazon.
  • Love my 950 but would not advise anyone to get one until clear what ms plans are
  • As a consult I recommend companies that use Macs to use iPhones. Those who have Windows PC I recommend HP Elite x3. Personally you can use whatever pleases you.  
  • Yes, still recommend it (with a few caveats), and use it for my small business.
  • Still the best OS. But to recomend the OS I would need to recomend a device. So, atm I'm not recomending Windows mobile OS, however, I do not recomend any other OS'es either.
  • Surprisingly, yes.
  • It was never a responsible thing to do to recommend a W10M device.  On the other hand I regularly recommended wp8 and wp7.  W10M was a poor performing,  poorly developed,  and poorly supported OS,  that even fans should have abandoned long ago.  I moved on a year ago,  and I just bought my wife a Galaxy S7 Edge.  No more lag,  no more random reboots,  and all the smart device compatibility and apps I could ever want.  All I had to give up was the Windows Phone Start Screen.   Fair trade to me. 
  • I no longer recommend Windows Phone and I have steered a few people clear of it too. And it's really sad... I love Windows Phone! The Live Tile interface is a joy to use over Android and iOS.  But with lack of app support and lack of support from Microsoft themselves, I can't recommend a dead platform.  I love my Windows phone but I'll be moving away from it once I can afford to, and my choices are Android which I hate, or iOS which is wicked expensive!!  Sad days indeed...  :( But if Microsoft do cop on and start to support mobile again and release so new phones, I'll certainly take a look.
  • Definitely yes.
  • No
  • Agree fully. Very happy with my L930 which is getting a bit long in the tooth. What next. The market here is worse than the UK so it looks like android, snif.
  • Microsoft must helping Windows phone user , windows phone like addicting, number of users will never increasing.
  • This is still possible? What would you recommend? The 950? Really? Constant restarts and random shutdowns for both family members that still insisted on going WP deal with this still and I have to tell them I told them not to go this route after WP8 died.
  • Since Microsoft doesn't, I don't either.
  • I probably would if an affordable price is important and lack of popular apps are also not important.  The Lumia 950 I have is a great phone and serves my purpose. 
  • I wrote off Windows Mobile when Microsoft or HTC (depends on who you asked) wrote off the HTC One M8 for Windows. If Microsoft actually gave a crap about Mobile and there were devices to choose from, I'd still be a dedicated user and fan of Mobile. I'm reluctantly on Android device that has already been upgraded to Nougat, so at least there's still commitment there. As soon as my 1 year old HTC was left hanging, I stopped recommending Windows Mobile.
  • I don't recommend anything to anyone anymore.  Every device (iphone, windows phone, android, etc) has its problems and I'm not going to saddle myself with having to answer questions and be guilted into anything if the device frustrates someone else.  
  • +100
  • Got an Idol 4S for someone. Guess what...plagued by the headphone jack problem. Waze doesn't work. And apparently, Win10 Mobile is winding down. Great. I wish I got an Android.
  • I used to be a huge supporter of Windows since WP7 and one of thier biggest cheerleaders. I was one of the few people I knew that used a Windows phone. My first smartphone was a Nokia E71X that used the Symbian OS, Windows is the only mobile OS I have used since. I still love many things about WP, but there are too many frustrating and underwhelming things about the current models that make it difficult to reccomend it to anyone whose friendship I value. There was a time when I would pull out my Lumia 1520 and I was confident I had an enviable device. The camera, the live tiles, Cortana, etc. I am using a 950 now, and I honestly kind of hate it. I still love the OS, but the phone is so meh, that I actually hate using it. For me I'm still holding out hope for the Surface Phone, and that I might be vindicated, otherwise I might have to switch to Android. As a side note I hate Apple so much that I absolutely refuse to buy their products.
  • Based many comments here, and from my own experience, the Lumia 1520 was the last great Windows Phone.   
  • What?? How can I recommend w10 mobile. What can I boast of? Too many apps in store? Apps always crashing? Phone restarting unnecessarily or what? I'm happy for w10 mobile to die. I just hope my contract expires soon and I'll move to a different platform.
  • In all honesty I don't. I love the platform but when even Microsoft is not showing it love anymore how can one honestly recommend it. It shows a lot of promise and has some truly has some uniquely useful and different features but unfortunately for now they mean little.
  • Agree with you. At least now they show no love to us.
  • WM10 made my 1520 unusable. I can only imagine how its going to kill ppl's 640 devices.
    Irrelevant though.
    I've moved to android, and even though I hate it with a passion its STILL a better experience than MS turned windows phone into.
  • TBH no. I won't recommend it. Love WP and my Lumia but sorry not at this moment. I'm now waiting for my next android to come.
  • I don't recommend anything to anyone. Let them choose for themselves. That ways there are no hard feelings towards you if they have problems (and you can have problems with anyhing you buy). These articles are jsut click-bait. Yes, they work because here I am responding.
  • I still use my lumia1520 and will do so till it dies. As for a new phone, I will never buy an apple product so that means I will be obliged to buy an android phone ...or perhaps I go back using an old flip phone
  • Of course I am! I will actually buy a couple of Lumia 950's to have as spare phones now that the price is way better than a year ago. I don't need lots of apps and the phone is perfect for me, my wife and my parents in law (all using Microsoft/Nokia Lumia phones). #IWillNotSwitch!
  • No. I recommended Windows phones to 3 friends and 5 family members. All of them listened to me and bought a Windows phone. They all switched to Android the following year. The app gap is too large. I felt bad recommending them after it was all said and done. Never again. And this is coming from someone who's been using Windows phones since Windows Mobile 6.0.
  • Sorry about that mate, that can really be embarrassing.
  • I could recommend it to Satya, just in case he wants to switch from his iphone pro. Nope!
  • I am from India. Let's see.
    1) My parents. "Hey mom/dad. I know you need a smartphone to just make skype calls and just attend voice calls and texts. Let me get you a $600 phone". Oh!!!
    2) My brother/sister. "Hey. It is time you start using smartphones. Let me present you Lumia 950. It has awesome camera and super internals". Sibling: "Ah... Free phone. Does it have clash of clans?". Oh!!!
    3) My elder brother/sister. "Hey. It is time you upgrade to new phone. Let me buy you a Lumia 950/XL". Sibling: "Is that a new Android phone? Does it have Google Maps support for our travel?". Oh!!!
    4) My uncles/aunts. "Hey. Why don't you buy a Lumia 950/XL? It has less number of games and apps so your kids will not be nagging you for your mobile and you can spend more time with your kid rather than give the phone to your kid and get some peaceful time. Oh, by the way, the feature which gives limited access to kids that you find in my previous phone is gone. So give it to kids at your own risk". Oh!!!
    5) My friends. "Hey. Wanna buy a similar phone to mine? It's cool". Friend: "I am not stupid. That low end phone(950XL) you have takes few seconds to just open photos. Even more time while taking pictures. Do I look like a stupid? You throw that away. Let me find you a good phone so that you can be in Viber and Hike, and even like the status in those messengers". Oh!!!
    6) Myself. "Hey let's upgrade......". Me: "Stop right there. You own the f***ing 950XL. It IS the latest and greatest of Windows mobile available here, even though it is old phone. And no spare parts or even spare battery to buy. Either hold on to it for next 2 years or switch to iPhone, which we hate. See. No choice. Shut up and sit tight. It might take another 2 years at the least." Right now, I cannot convince myself to get a Windows mobile. If I suggest one, I will be laughed out.
  • no
  • First phone was a Kin 2 on Verizon and now us a 640 XL.I love using WP but would not recommend to anyone I know.Hopefully early 2018 we will see something from Microsoft that might get the blood flowing again
  • No, without a clear commitment for the os and a strategy for developers - i.e. bring any code you have we do the rest - because no company apparently wants to rewrite something to appeal to windows (desktop) because the assumtion is everybody has either android or ios available - so no need for a double visibility.
  • No i don't recommend Windows Phone anymore. As a matter of fact I'm switching my wife to android.
  • I feel so strange reading comments from people complaining about so many problems with their phones... I have no clue what are they talking about... I currently manage 1 Lumia 950, 2 Lumia 930, 1 Lumia 650 and 2 Lumia 640 and I experience no crashes, no restarts, no lag, no abnormal behavior... Everybody in my family loves their phones and this is why I chose to buy spare phones just in case I won't find anymore in a couple of years. Same hardware & same software can work in a different way or is just the user experience/expectations?
  • I gave up recommending it earlier this year. I even stopped that fan boy groan when friends or family pulled out their iPhone or Galaxy. For me at least, W10M is the most enjoyable experience to use and as a developer myself it is also the most enjoyable development experience too but even now I'm using an iPhone simply because my 950 died and I couldn't get hold of a new Windows phone anywhere at the time. I really do hope MS release new hardware at some point because I really do miss my live tiles.
  • I still recommend windows 10 mobile but just Lumia 950 - 950XL and Alcatel Idol 4s and for sure HP Elite X3 hope soon there will be Surface Phone
  • Even though I prefer and use it, I'd never recommend it to anybody else. Of course not!
  • In 2013 I purchased my First Lumia 620w8 and used it for a year , before which I used several Symbian and android phones. I was really impressed with the tiles which was unique and rest of the OS were similar. I lost the phone after a year so purchased a Lumia 930 in 2014. I loved the OS, so recommended all my family members to buy Windows Phone. Now[04/2017] in my family we have L520, L535, L540, L550, L930 and I recently purchased a Hp Elite X3. I still recommend the OS to all my friends and family. I know it doesn't have so many apps like android and ios. Windows Phone is much better than all other OS in all other ways. Till Microsoft support Windows Phone I'll support them. Windows is only for professionals and executives. ;) 😂
  • Absolutely not, and it's ironic because I love my Lumia 1520 and very often people keep telling me what a beautiful phone I have and then I proceed to desccribe all its virtues. Just a few months ago coming from Europe, my seat neighbor, a girl from Israel, insistently wanted to know where she could buy one. Now I'd feel embarrassed recomending a Windows phone to anybody for one reason only: I love my phone but Ive lost all confidence in Microsoft future support for their mobile platform. I might recommend it to my ex-wife though :)
  • Interesting article. I am and have been a very satisfied Lumia 735 user for two years, only recently beginning to get disappointed by the lack of available apps but at the end of the day, that's not what I'm using the phone for. After all this time the battery still gives me two full days and all the tiles work ok. The screen is easy to use,and I would say Microsoft should never have gone into phones and tablets with windows 10. It's just too goddamn awkward. Ease of use and easy downloading is what we want these days, not having to navigate our way through a plethora of questions and possibilities. Windows 10 may be fine for the desktop but for mobiles and tablets it's an unmitigated disaster. Interstingly, I have an Acer 1-10 tablet-laptop running Windows 10, and three months in I can say I'm just about getting used to it. The tile display and the menu suck, I'd much rather have Windows 7 or 8.1 but you can't have everything.
  • I recommended Windows Phone for ages, often eliciting ridicule fron my friends, and I used to defend the platform tooth and nail because I felt it had a direction, a greater idea, and the interface was unbeatably beautiful and simple. But I cannot, in good conscience, recommend the now slow, unreliable hodgepodge that is Win10 mobile. (And yes the latest builds are faster, but not nearly fast enough, when compared to the competition). I'm sticking to my L950 in hopes that one day Microsoft actually devotes time and effort to this platform, but my contract ends in September and I might just jump ship when renewing... This, coming from someone whose first smartphone was a Windows Phone and who has never owned any non Windows Smartphone... Quite frankly, Microsoft abandoned us and I've got better stuff to do than tolerate their buggy software when there is no improvement in sight. I'm not happy about this. I love the Microsoft ecosystem and jumping to Android will be hard. I'm also quite annoyed at the fact that this means less competition on the OS market which will make it ever harder for any other firm to enter, especially if even Microsoft, with all their resources, has failed.
  • Nope.
    Smartphones are now like cars. Everybody wants one for a different reason. We would all like to own a Lamborghini, but if you need to haul bricks and lumber, you better get a pickup truck (or at least an SUV with a trailer-hitch.)
    When pressed for a recommendation I ask "what do you want to do with it?" (same question for car recommendations)
    If all you want to do is Snapchat and play the latest, hottest mobile games, and social media trends, get an iPhone. You'll be happy with it.
    If you are techie and want more control of your phone to do cool things with it, get a good Android Phone.
    Face it. Windows Phone is dead and Microsoft is just picking over the corpse for anything useful.
    When my 950 comes up for renewal in the summer I will get an Android Phone, so will my wife and son when their 640XLs need replacing. The lack of even common apps is just too hard to deal with anymore (thanks Google) no matter how much I love the platform.
    It reminds me of the Atari Mega 4ST computer I once had. I LOVED the computer, but hated not having any software or support or peripherals for it (and I managed a computer store that SOLD them) so I built an WinTel PC and I have never looked back.
    It's time to move on from Windows Phone (The Atari ST of smartphones.)
    Will MS come out with something cool in the mobile space in future? I'm sure they will.
    When they do I will look at it seriously, but for now, I'm done with Windows Phone (as I type this on my Surface 4 Pro.)
  • Not anymore. Get rid of the glitches then Yes.
  • Yes, everyday. Especially now that the idol is so cheap
  • Sorry, no. I'm in the process if switching my wife over from a Lumia 640 to a Galaxy ON5.  I got tried her complaining about the lack of apps and not being able to read her yahoo e-mail.  I'm sticking with my 640.
  • I used to want to scream and throw things at the TV every time an ad said 'download our app' and there were the ios and android logos. But I'm way past that as well. I still tell people how much I love Windows Phone but can no longer recommend. The slow demise of Windows Phone started several years ago when the Axis of Evil, oops sorry I meant Google and Verizon put the first nails in the coffin. Back then Windows Phone had over 10% market share and if a decent app platform emerged it could have been a serious contender. But the day that Google decided to make all it's apps for iOS and never for Windows Phone was the day the inevitable slide began. Far too many high profile, potential trend-setters who could have been great advocates of the platform and spread the word to many, were already reliant on such things as Gmail and Google Maps. They instantly saw that Windows Phone was a no-go area for them and so it began. When Snapchat joined the Axis all those millions of teenagers whose first phone was a 520, for example, knew their next phone could not be Windows Phone. A real shame. I know that my love of WP is based to a large degree on aesthetics. I had been an iPhone user for nearly six years when I upgraded from an iPhone 4S to a Lumia 930. I could not stand how white everything was in iOS, and with every update things just got whiter and whiter. That Jonny Ive has no taste ☺ But I know this is hardly a reason to recommend the phone to others. I have no interest in Android. I think it looks ugly. An ugly mess of desktop icons. That's one of the reasons I love Windows 10 on PC so much. The fact that I could get rid of that messy set of desktop icons for a far more elegant live tile solution. My 930 is still great, Creators or not. I shall hang on and wait for the Messiah.
  • Yes!
  • I once said"only the literate's use Windows Phones"and that is the truth.I'll always recommend it to anyone unless you're an 80s hate tech type guy.
  • Yes. I still love my 950, and when I get a cellular Full Windows on ARM product, I will love it even more.
  • As heaven is my witness NO. I feel that I have corned myself, my business and a couple of friends with Windows Phone. I am really hoping to hear something, anything, which could me from getting a GS8.
  • Of course not!! how can i recommend something that i can´t buy anywhere? And i am a happy 950 owner!!!
  • After having vast experience with Android and some experience with iOS it is quite easy to recommend Windows.
  • Agree. Windows Phone just makes sense if you use a PC on a daily basis or program one, like I do, for a living. The gui is familiar and therefore faster to navigate than Android or iOS. When I tap a tile I know exactly what's going to happen as opposed to 'What the hell is This going to do?' or that 'Oh crap I didn't want to do that!' feeling in the pit of my stomach when dealing with Apple or Android. I'll stick with my WP as long as it's available. If it goes away, I may just give up on smart phones altogether.
  • Sadly no more, even though at the time of wp8 and 8.1 I convinced more than 10 p