Low-cost Nokia Lumia Windows phones offer more than iOS and Android

Low-cost Nokia Lumia Windows phones offer more than iOS and Android

Summary: Consumers looking for an inexpensive smartphone should seriously consider Nokia Lumia devices. In addition to the newest Windows Phone OS, you get value-added apps and services.

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Low cost Nokia Lumia Windows Phones offer more than iOS and Android
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Many consumers are looking for the lowest priced smartphone that still offers advanced functionality when compared to feature phones. Over the last couple of years, we have seen these buyers picking up inexpensive Android devices or superseded iPhones. For these customers, Windows Phone may be the better choice for a few reasons.

If you pick up an older generation iPhone, say an iPhone 4, then you will miss out on some iOS 6 functions. While new smartphone owners may not need advanced features like 3G FaceTime calling, there are some missing functions in older iPhones. There are also some application limitations, and that may frustrate those who like to play games and try out the latest iOS apps.

There are very few low-end Android devices running the Jelly Bean software that was released in July 2012. Most run Ice Cream Sandwich while some even still run Gingerbread, a version of Android that was released in 2011. These devices tend to slow down with usage, have inconsistent user experiences, and have low quality cameras, and I often hear many frustrations from people with these devices.

Nokia is making some real strides when it comes to low cost smartphones in the US. The new T-Mobile Lumia 521 is a perfect example with a full price of just $150! With this, you get a phone running the latest Windows Phone 8 OS, solid 5 megapixel camera, all of the excellent Nokia apps and services (HERE Maps, Nokia Music, and more), removable battery and storage card, etc. Windows Phone 8 is a super responsive OS and it is easy to personalize the experience with customizable Live Tiles. You can find 82x models on AT&T and Verizon that offer the same pleasing Windows Phone 8 experience at a low price.

Other than the advanced hardware found in devices like the Lumia 920 and 928, you get many of the same UI and software experiences with low-cost Windows Phone 8 devices.

Windows Phone may be lacking apps and functionality, making it tough to compete with iOS and Android at the high end, but their low- to mid-range offerings are extremely competitive. If Windows Phone can attract new smartphone buyers with low entry-priced Lumia devices, then these consumers may move up to the top-of-the line devices the next time they upgrade. Data has shown that Windows Phone buyers are very happy customers and if Nokia can get these consumers to try out low-cost devices, we should continue to see Windows Phone market share increase.

Topics: Mobility, Nokia, Smartphones, Windows Phone

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  • Ups?

    "Windows Phone may be lacking apps and functionality that make it tough to compete with iOS and Android at the high end, but their low to mid-range offerings are extremely competitive."

    How can that be? Android and iOS are roughly the same on High- and Lowend, same for Windows Phone.
    The author indicates that Windows Phone sucks on the high end.
    In conclusion, Windows Phone clearly sucks on the Low End as well...
    Nokia should rather consider a fast strategy shift and switch to MeeGo/Jolla SailfishOS software.
    hacho
    • Heh

      Android low end vs high end experience is like Heaven & Hell in terms of difference.

      WP8 have roughly the same experience from low end to high end, except maybe on those apps that requires higher spec hardware. What WP8 needs is fast improvement on the number and quality of apps, this may happen soon with WP8 Blue update.
      imscythe
      • That's impossible. It takes years to acquire a lot of apps

        It's impossible that WP8 will have an acceptable amount of apps soon. It takes years to acquire that amount of apps. WP8 has yet to acquire a large development community and with that being the care WP8 won't be competitive for a least three to five years from now. Best to buy iOS or Android until then.
        tjordanchat
        • Acceptable Amount of Apps?

          What exactly is an acceptable amount of apps. Windows Phone has plenty of apps and is only struggling to get a few key high-profile apps, and same day release for new hit apps.

          Also, what attracts developers? Market share. So why deter people away from the platform? How do you expect it to grow and attract developers if you're saying things like "best to buy iOS or Android until then"?
          WixosTrix
          • Re: What exactly is an acceptable amount of apps

            Whatever gets the customers to buy it, of course. Right now it hasn't reached that.
            ldo17
        • For an normal, isolated ecosystem yes.

          Rumours have it that part of the Blue update will be the ability to run the same app on both Windows and Windows Phone. Possibly Xbox One as well. Joining the platforms would mean a massive boost to the user base, and with that the appeal of the platform/ecosystem to the developers.

          Whether it's true or not, or in Blue or not, plenty about Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 indicates that Microsoft wants to work toward converging their platforms (at least the Metro bit, likely with PC keeping the desktop and Xbox the hardware-sensitive games intact and exclusive).

          Still, at the moment it's just speculations about how well it'll turn out, and if at all (the cross-platform application development might have been officially confirmed, I just haven't seen anything solid yet). Then again, Microsoft certainly has a big opportunity there, and it would be dumb to expect they won't at least try to act on it, even though it involves a lot of work.
          Matjaž Miler
      • That's impossible. It takes years to acquire a lot of apps

        It's impossible that WP8 will have an acceptable amount of apps soon. It takes years to acquire that amount of apps. WP8 has yet to acquire a large development community and with that being the care WP8 won't be competitive for a least three to five years from now. Best to buy iOS or Android until then.
        tjordanchat
      • Windows Phone success is obvious. 10-15% marketshare by next year !!!!

        Windows Phone is in right track ! No need of changing strategy !!!

        Windows Phone is growing at 133% first quarter. Next two quarters will be blockbusters !!!! Just tune in for the numbers.

        Reality is Window phone is sucking other phones out from the low end and high end markets. !!!!
        Nokia is on the right track. Every quarter they had reduced the loss. Lumia line up is improving each quarter. Last to last sold , 4.5 million last quarter it was 5.4 million. Next quarter it will be above 7 million. By the way what is Meego Jolla ???

        The comments from fandroids and isheeps can be attributed to the comment of one of the visionaries of our times: First they ignore you, then laugh at you, then fight with you and then you win.

        Yes they are fighting now, next step is obvious !!!! ROFL :P
        leninlukose
    • hmm

      Where..exactly..did the author indicate that "windows phone clearly sucks"....must have read a different article than you did
      JonPA
    • Wrong

      People expect more from a high-end device than a low-end.

      It's why there's a high end and a low end. :|
      Michael Alan Goff
      • Doubtful

        Most people can't tell you the difference between a low- mid- high-range smartphones.
        WixosTrix
        • Yes they can

          The low end will likely be free on contract and the high end will cost a couple hundred dollars.

          Seriously, cost is how people measure where it is. :|
          Michael Alan Goff
    • Does it matter?

      High or low end you still have a W8 phone that has no real app base. Most companies who's apps you would want don't make them for Windows phones, that's a deal killer for me.
      KBabcock75
      • such as??

        I am curious what killer apps that IOS and Android have that Windows Phone does not?
        schultzycom
        • Instagram

          Which is a pretty big deal on mobile. Dropbox. A decent version of Evernote. GarageBand or anything of that calibre. HBO go.
          Mac_PC_FenceSitter
          • Oh, I didn't know Garageband is availbale on Android

            /sarcasm.
            Ram U
          • I have two iOS devices

            So what do I care if it is on android or not?
            Mac_PC_FenceSitter
          • well

            @schultzycom said "I am curious what killer apps that IOS and Android have that Windows Phone does not?"
            You should've stopped at Instagram, Dropbox. But you continued with GarageBand...
            But anyway since you don't have Windows Phone 8, your opinion doesn't matter. I own Lumia 920, iPhone 5 and EVO 3D and I know exactly what am I missing or not with WP8.
            Ram U
          • Not that you asked

            Where is AutoCAD for WP8?

            I know, I know... a phone is not supposed to run any serious apps. Right? :-)
            So this is why WP doesn't have any -- whatever is bundled with the OS is good enough. Welcome to the world of feature phones....
            danbi
          • No offense

            But you are definitely clueless. Please either search for more about WP8 or just be happy with your two iPhones. Dropbox is there http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/dropbox/c6ac78a7-6bab-492a-827f-f21b8f3195ae and Instagram official client is coming and there are already 5 powerful alternatives to it.
            Ram U