Top 3 Windows Phones of 2014
Windows Phone is a competent operating system, and although it has less apps available for it than Android or iOS, that doesn't mean that it's not a great alternative for those wanting something stable and affordable. Windows Phone has come a long way just in the last year with the release of Windows Phone 8.1, and Microsoft has committed to further continuity between their desktop ecosystem and their mobile offerings, so if you're a huge Windows fan, now is the time to think about getting into the mobile side of things.
Although Windows Phone's device offerings are a bit leaner than the competition, most of them are premium-built, even the budget models. We've put together our top three, all of these devices are great entries into the world of Windows Phone and rival the big name Android and iOS phones in specs and usability.
HTC One M8 for Windows Phone
While the name is a mouthful, this phone takes the same simple, elegant design that the original had and adapts it for Windows Phone. There has been no changes as far as hardware goes, but this is not a bad thing as the original design was one of the highest-rated phones of 2014. This is a great high-end device that will provide reliability and usability for the next few years.
Nokia Lumina 830
Nokia is a veteran of the cellphone industry and although many have criticized their decision to make exclusively Windows Phones, no one can criticize the quality of their cellphones. The Lumina line continues Nokia's tradition of reliability and durability with this mid-range offering. The camera is excellent, the display is more than adequate, and for those craving a simple yet powerful phone at an affordable price, this is perfect.
Nokia Lumina 635
This is Nokia's (now Microsoft) budget model, and although there aren't a ton of premium features here, the phone is still admirable in both build and usability. It's also one of the cheapest cellphones to carry 4G LTE, so if you're looking to buy a phone outright and don't wanna be left in the world of 3G, then this is one of the best options to choose from.