Exactly. This Microsoft hate is getting old. Even the Windows Phone jokes are getting old.
I for one, think that WP has improved a lot and WP8.1 is much easier to use than android and its ilk.
I also have the Note4 flagship and it comes nowhere near the streamlined UI and efficient usage of WP. (Inb4 you need clean android, samsung UI is shit, etc)
Even now, I'd rather use the $100 Lumia 535 than my Note4. It can do everything the flagship can do and does it so efficiently. And I don't have to fear dropping it or losing it.
I am not one of those who are stroking the glass of a touchscreen all day long. I want to get the information I need as quickly as possible and go on with my life.
WP does that, and I'm really excited what WP10 will bring.
The right tool for the right job. Nothing more nothing less. Time is the only resource that is finite and can never be brought/bought back.
Microsoft begins to understand what made Apple what it is now and it's taking the right path. Surface 3, Cortana (extremely good and efficient thingy, saves a lot of time beside being fun to use), HoloLens, Free OSupgrades, excellent mobile hardware, listening to customers, opening up for android/linux (that's a first!), etc
Things are changing and I like where this is going.
And privacy? Selling your data? You can forget that anyway. You have to go way out of your way to ensure even minimal privacy, which then again, you waste your _TIME_... which never returns.
At some point, some depressed pilot crashes you into a mountain and you can kiss your ass goodbye. Then you can ask yourself, 'was it worth my time?'