Which handsets would be better with Windows Phone? ~discuss!

You may recall an article here on Neowin from a couple of weeks back, in which at least one European mobile operator expressed the opinion that Nokia’s Lumia 900 would be selling a lot better if it had Android on board. Windows Phone fans would no doubt be sickened if such a thing ever saw the light of day.

But the wishful thinking works both ways. A rumour’s been doing the rounds that Samsung’s Galaxy S III – which is due to be launched in London next week – will form the basis of a new kick-ass Windows Phone handset, the Focus S II, which will launch later this year. The prospect of Samsung’s flagship hardware matched with the Windows Phone OS is very appealing indeed, and that got us thinking about which other devices would fit the bill.

So, that’s the subject of our weekend poll. Which non-Windows Phone handset do you think deserves an upgrade to Microsoft’s mobile OS? Which device do you secretly covet more than any other, and desperately wish that you could, if only it had Windows Phone on board? Because the field is wide open, there's no list of choices for you to pick from - we just want to know what you think.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or join in the discussion on the Neowin forums to debate your selection with the rest of the Neowin community!

So, with that, it's over to you: ~discuss!

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My Samsung Omnia 7 works great but it's clear Nokia rules on WP handset.

So, even if I have to say that Omnia7 is a great first gen WP handset, Samsung is not so engaged in WP support. They place all coins on Androïd. Their interest in WP seems to be present on all market share...
Unless Samsung makes a great design for its next WP handset, I think my next phone will be Nokia Lumia 900 (I really hope it will be upgradable on WP8). But I am not a fan of Galaxy design wich is for me a too common design, with no feel or vision, as the Lumia 8-900 have. So I don't see Samsung doing better on WP than they are on Androïd...
HTC makes really good job too but Nokia with their Lumia, still one step above.
Then comes LG, Acer etc. Wich are not great handset but maybe good enough on less cost devices ? It's clear today design is a driving feature, but hope it will not be over important fonction features depends.

Edited by Wireless wookie, Apr 30 2012, 9:15am :

I bought an iPhone mainly because I think Windows Phone needs another two years to mature in terms of apps etc. Also because Windows Phone is locked into Bing's services - which imo aren't as good as Google's yet, at least in the UK. The iPhone is admittedly locked into Google (or Yahoo! possibly) and iTunes - but then those were the services I already used.

Apologies - this is somewhat off topic. Though I can say I don't think I'd buy an iPhone device running Windows Phone.

I just saw the Lumia 800 at a Telus store the other day. I was SO excited to try it. As soon as I turned the display on, I realised that they use a pentile screen, which turns me off to the point that I don't want one anymore! All I could see was pixelated content everywhere!!!

Mouettus said,
I just saw the Lumia 800 at a Telus store the other day. I was SO excited to try it. As soon as I turned the display on, I realised that they use a pentile screen, which turns me off to the point that I don't want one anymore! All I could see was pixelated content everywhere!!!

I also have an 800 and 900, and I think you must have bionic eyes to see that much difference, for ppl with normal eyes it would be hard to see any of the pixels

Short ansewr: Each and Every!
Imagine how fantastic it would be if one can just buy any phone OS-free and then be able to install which ever phone-OS of his own choice, just like PCs today!

Field Commander A9 said,
Short ansewr: Each and Every!
Imagine how fantastic it would be if one can just buy any phone OS-free and then be able to install which ever phone-OS of his own choice, just like PCs today!

When that happens you might still be able to download android for free from a website, but have to pay ~$100 for every device you want to install windows phone / ios on.

none, WP UI is horribly simplistic....although I wouldn't mind to see Android on the Lumia line, if the hardware specs were more up to current standards

Sonne said,
none, WP UI is horribly simplistic....although I wouldn't mind to see Android on the Lumia line, if the hardware specs were more up to current standards

the UI principles are not. Have you played Wordament on WP7 ?? after it updated for the Xbox live thingy?

I didn't have data connection that day and the dot animation u see in wp7.. in that game the dots converge and raise to become signal bars with a red cross over it. That animation summed up what this UI can become, but its just a few apps pushing the design possibilities within the principles of Metro Design Language.

WP7 said,

What about a 5.3" Nokia Lumia Wp8 ?

My gf has the Lumia 800, combine that as you say with a 5.3" then hmmm good contender. quite like her lumia, prolly wait and bag a 900 hehe just to annoy her

recursive said,
Going the other way around, I would buy a Lumia running stock Android ICS in a snap.

Totally, i think Nokia would have a much greater market share offering both Android and Windows phone. Just offering Windows phone has really limited them.

that is actually a Nokia phone out right now. its the X8 I think.. or X7 or something X

I want a WP with HD display, higher specs, Unibody, and a Hardware HOME or Windows button!. like on my Omnia 7.

Zain Adeel said,
that is actually a Nokia phone out right now. its the X8 I think.. or X7 or something X

I want a WP with HD display, higher specs, Unibody, and a Hardware HOME or Windows button!. like on my Omnia 7.


actually all buttons better be hardware, it took me some time to adapt with the very thought that you have to avoid touching certain area of your phone, even given that I own Omnia 7. only possible gain from capacitive buttons is that they should never break, and supposedly make possible cleaner look for the phone. otherwise it's a complete nonsense.

х.iso said,

actually all buttons better be hardware, it took me some time to adapt with the very thought that you have to avoid touching certain area of your phone, even given that I own Omnia 7. only possible gain from capacitive buttons is that they should never break, and supposedly make possible cleaner look for the phone. otherwise it's a complete nonsense.

I totally agree. This is one reason iPhone is really neat to handle.. because of no capacitative buttons u can hold it however you want. With recent androids or WP devices u have to specifically watch out to hold the phone in a particular manner not to touch the back or search button by mistake taking u away from stuff.. specially when u are watching a video on youtube.. sometimes it will start loading again.

FalseAgent said,
heh, that iPhone running Windows Phone actually looks good to me.

I wouldn't mind owning an iPhone running WP8... except I'd like something a little more durable. If I had an iPhone, it would have been broken a couple times already. And those phone cases are stupid. Makes a beautiful phone an ugly brick.

rfirth said,

I wouldn't mind owning an iPhone running WP8... except I'd like something a little more durable. If I had an iPhone, it would have been broken a couple times already. And those phone cases are stupid. Makes a beautiful phone an ugly brick.

Agreed 100%.

flexkeyboard said,
Tell Dell to sell the design of their Venue/Pro to another company and let them make it better and actually have a mobile division.

This. I wanted the last Dell Venue Pro badly but it never make it here (Malaysia). Oh bummer.

None! Lumia 900 is incredible, the best looking phone out there.

All I want is Lumia 900 like device, HD2 size (slightly smaller than L900) and higher specs. That is all.

I don't want all those plastic looking phones, so my only choice would be Galaxy S3, which is rumored to use ceramic or HTC One X, but they are boring.

Maybe this, just remove capacitive buttons!!!: http://www.insideris.com/wp-co...s/2012/02/nokialumia805.jpg