What other Android phones should get the WP8 treatment?
If there was a unicorn of a device for mobile tech geeks the world over, it was a Lumia device running Android. Well, we finally got one, and it kind of sucked. But if there’s a step below a unicorn, maybe a pegasus, or leprechaun, or even a portly saint in a jolly red suit, it’s probably the HTC One M8 running Windows Phone. Yesterday, we got our Santa Clause.
The HTC One M8 for Windows was released yesterday, bringing Microsoft’s operating system onto arguably the most beautiful phone of the year. Of course, Windows Phone is no stranger to high-quality hardware thanks to Nokia’s top-notch designers, but something about Windows Phone running on this aluminum beauty just has to make you smile, especially when you set it down on the table next to the Surface Pro 3. Excuse me. I need a tissue. I’ll be right back.
Ok, I’m back now. But now that we have our unicorn, and our pegasus, we thought it might be fun to see what other phones could use the HTC One treatment and could use a nice Windows Phone boost – if a boost is actually what it would be.
Give it some love, Sammy
First, right out of the gate, let’s go after the big boys – the Samsung GS5. The most popular OEM in the world, who has previously promised some Windows Phone goodness, has yet to deliver. Would a GS5 be worth the wait? Everything about the GS5, except possibly the build materials, cry out as high end. This is the cream of the crop in the smartphone sales world and there is no more brand recognition than that Samsung sticker.
Also Windows Phone might help boost “Galaxy S5” sales and make investors happy, if that’s how such things work. Personally, I know that if Samsung did go this route I would probably give it a long, hard look while assessing my own finances. Plus, this is Samsung, it’s not like it’s opposed to just trying stuff out.
Another flagship phone from another OEM could be an interesting call. LG’s flagship matches the GS5 spec for spec (mostly), but it doesn’t have the brand-power that Samsung does. Thus LG’s phone sales barely keep it afloat despite being as good as, if not superior to, the GS5 in every respect. Maybe a Windows Phone injection could help boost some popularity, if not in the US then abroad where Windows Phone sales are more common.
The camera on the LG G3 is one of the more interesting aspects of the phone because it includes a freakin’ laser beam attached to its head. Microsoft/Nokia’s camera software and LG’s laser-enabled hardware could be a pretty nice combination in a smartphone. These might make it worth a trip at the carrier store.
Here’s a dark horse candidate for you. The OnePlus One is the flagship killer turned customer-relations killer in just a few short weeks. Those who have used the OnePlus One have commented about how high-end it is, even if there are some build quality control issues along the way. But if there is a smartphone crowd out there even more forgiving that Android fans, it’s Windows Phone fans. We have to be a patient lot considering how long it takes for apps to come to our platform.
CyanogenMod is a pretty good partner to team up with when trying to push a brand new smartphone out the door, but Microsoft could be a better one. The Microsoft marketing machine (when it’s not attacking Apple, that is) could be a benefit to a small start up like OnePlus, but at the same time, if you’re trying to push a product, do you try to appeal to the 80% or the 5%?
None of the above
None of these will ever happen. But with the HTC One M8 for Windows dropping on our doorsteps yesterday, it’s not unreasonable to entertain a flight of fancy or two. It’s one of those things that’s a fun little thought experiment, much like my other speculative piece from earlier this week. I’m just full of the speculative speculations this week.
But they don’t all have to be mine. What phones would you like to see get the Windows Phone treatment? Are you itching for a Z2 maybe? A Xiaomi 4 perhaps? Sound off below, and thanks for thinking it out with me.