The Windows Phone universe, and especially in the United States has never been a strong one for Verizon Wireless. But on Wednesday, the company announced that one of the top-of-the-line Windows Phones is finally coming to Verizon and should please many customers.
The Lumia Icon is a flagship Windows Phone, and at 5-inches is one that is the envy of many Windows Phone fans. It will be an exclusive to the carrier, and be available in black and white starting February 20th for $200, or $550 without a contract of two years.
Lumia Icon Specs
The Nokia Lumia Icon for the most part has all the identical specs of the Lumia 1520, which is a bestselling Windows Phone. It has a 1080p display, a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 20-megapixel PureView rear camera, a 1.2MP front-facing webcam, Gorilla Glass 3 screen, wireless charging, Bluetooth 4.0, and all the wireless Wi-Fi bands.
The phone does have a smaller battery at 2420mAh, but that should still get most users throughout the day, and many third-party battery sellers will have extended batteries as the phone rolls out. At only 5.9oz, it is built for portability and style, and to harness all of the Windows 8 apps and capabilities within the phone and the Verizon network.
What This Means For Windows Phone In The US
The launch of the Lumia Icon on Verizon Wireless is big for Microsoft and Windows Phone for many reasons. It gives the largest wireless carrier in the US another Windows Phone to offer to customers, and gives Windows Phone more brand marketing. The carrier is a large enterprise carrier, and could mean that Windows Phones could be inching closer to enterprise usage as well.
With the upcoming Windows 8.1 update looming, and the introduction of VPN in the software update, business users have shied away from Windows Phones due to the lack of VPN. Now, they can get the carrier, the phone, and the upcoming update in one phone. It is a powerful spec’ed phone and has all the characteristics of a very successful Windows Phone from Microsoft and Nokia.
I love the Nokia 1520, and am happy for Verizon Wireless. It has a large user base, and now they can get a top tier Windows Phone from Microsoft later this month.