I saw a couple tweets about this the other day, so I thought I should dig into it and see what’s going on. The comments I saw were all around the top 5 phones on Amazon as rated by customers, are Windows Phones. In fact, it goes a little further than that; 70% of the top 10 devices are Windows phones. The picture below shows the top 12 devices rated by customers and that percentage takes a little drop to 67% when you factor in the 11th and 12th device. Regardless, it’s an interesting list and a different take than I would have expected based on what some of tech bloggers focus their posts around.
The first thing to note is that Amazon doesn’t sell the iPhone, so the “top rated by customers” is a little skewed since they don’t have any iPhone customers. Another detail to be aware of is that certain phones are listed twice (or more) based on different sku’s. This means the Nokia Lumia 900 in Cyan, is different than the 900 in Black, or Magenta. Makes sense from a stock point of view, but at the same time, it’s not something you would expect to see on a top 10 list. So, on this list we have 2x Lumia 900, 2x Galaxy Note, and 2x Lumia 710.
Ignoring the doubles, Nokia has 2 devices (900, 710) in the top 12, Samsung also has 2 devices (Note, Focus S), but HTC walks away with the prize with 4 different models (Trophy, Titan, Radar, Rezound). 3 out of those 4 for HTC are Windows Phone devices.
What does it all mean? Well, putting iPhone customers aside, it says that Windows Phone devices are connecting with average consumers. Browsing the Rogers Wireless site, I found the Nokia Lumia 900 had 2 pages of customer reviews and all of those reviews were 4 or 5 stars. The average star rating for the 900 based on customer reviews was 5 stars and to top it off, the Lumia 900 was only released on Rogers a week ago. I think the best thing to take away from this is to try before you buy. You may be surprised about which device you prefer in the end.