Microsoft’s Windows Phone may have been the last of the three most popular smartphone operating systems to make it to market, but it does have some features users can’t get anywhere else. The operating system’s Live Tiles spawned copycats of all shapes and sizes. While end-users are split on the attractiveness of the Start Screen and more, Windows Phone was the first of a tidal wave of well-designed products that have turned Microsoft into a real contender in the last two years. The platform’s app catalog has grown and so has its sales.
With that in mind, there’s never been a better time to purchase a Windows Phone. If you’re looking into joining the Windows Phone herd here are the best Windows Phones you can buy on every carrier in the United States as of today based on features, pricing and more.
While rumors of Windows Phone 8.1 arriving early next year are still swirling, it’s important to remember that Microsoft has guaranteed updates for Windows Phone devices for two years. This means users should feel comfortable buying a Windows Phone device today, even if devices with newer software are announced during a press event or at Mobile World Congress 2014.
Verizon - Nokia Lumia 928
Sporting a 4.5-inch OLED display, 32GB of internal storage and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, the Nokia Lumia 928 is a last-generation flagship Windows Phone. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t equipped to handle whatever users can throw at it, it has all of the hallmarks of a Nokia Windows Phone. There’s NFC for enabling wireless payments in the future and 1GB of RAM for those games where users need a bit of extra processing power. The device also includes a rear-facing 8.7 megapixel PureView camera with Zenon Flash and a front-facing camera for taking self-portraits. The Lumia 928 isn’t the fastest Windows Phone (that record belongs to the recently announced Lumia 1520 phablet), however it is the best on Verizon and it’s free with a two-year service agreement. [ Buy The Nokia Lumia 928 on Verizon for Free With A Two-Year Agreement ]