A VZ employee in an Indianapolis Verizon store told me the other day that he, "wouldn't tell (his) worst enemy to get a Windows phone!" His reasons were that there aren't any apps, no one has one, and they offer nothing better than ios or android, unless you're 'just a Windows person'.
This was his response to my interest in the Nokia Icon, which I have read great reviews about. I have an iphone 5 that I am not so happy with, and the new Icon is appealing. (I also had a Palm Pre 2 that I loved, so maybe I have a history of buying into failing trends.....) I am not a big app user, but want good maps, calendar, use Evernote, Outlook, news readers, financial apps - basic stuff. Don't care about games, music, streaming anything.
SO: Do I ignore the sales-guy / 'expert' (at least he thinks so) AND ignore VZ's apparent corporate decision to hold its nose while offering the WP, or do I jump in and get the Icon? Is Windows phone the next Blackberry or Palm Pre?
It seems that you are a casual user like I am. It'll more than suite your needs but its important you scour the ICON forums on WPCentral, check the availability of your favorite apps and even spend an hour just playing with it at the store.
They have great maps options, Evernote, financial apps and news readers. I'd say one of the bigger flaws is its simple calendar. You can pretty much sync all your accounts to it and make changes to times, dates, attendees...etc. but its still somewhat simple for power users coming from other OSes. There are alternatives in the market that address some of the stock calendars shortcomings but it still needs more time to develop.
In terms of what WP offers that the others don't:
Over Apple - Larger clearer screens. Better camera (for people that like adjusting settings to get unique shots). Live/Adjustable Tiles instead of a plain static grid of icons. Being able to make more important tiles larger than others is a very underrated option.
Over Android - Better Quality/Build. Better camera. OS Updates don't make your phone obsolete and laggy...that is if you even get them.
With that said, Android and Apple are much more mature platforms so little but well thought out details may not be there yet for WP that you may take for granted currently on your IPhone 5.
All I want to know is when will Verizon offer the Nokia Lumia 1020? Does anyone here have an idea?
Keep dreaming, it's not going to happen. The Icon is more superior than the 1020 in all aspects except the camera. The 1520 would be more of a contender to come to VZW than the 1020.
The simple fact is that consumers overwhelmingly choose iPhones or Samsungs. If WP devices were selling better you can bet your bottom dollar Verizon would be carrying more of them. Carriers HATE that the iPhone is the best selling mobile in the North American market. Apple's dictator-like policies and the costs involved in selling iPhones has the carriers begging for viable alternatives. WP just isn't there yet for the general consumer.