There are plenty of smartphones out there in the marketplace all vying for your attention and hoping to persuade you to part with your hard-earned cash and start making the most of going mobile. However, with competition between operating systems and phone manufacturers hotting up, which is the best handset for your needs?
Of course, the Apple iPhone has always been a favourite with many, but there are other options, including getting yourself a shiny new Windows Phone or, instead, a Google Android-powered device. Either route will deliver plenty of innovative and intuitive usability, and depending on the model you select, these phones can be picked up for a competitive price tag too. So, how do you pick the right one?
Windows or Android?
Windows Phone OS has some definite catching up to do seeing as it was only unveiled towards the end of last year and replaced a previously unloved version of an operating system that had few friends. So, Microsoft built the new OS from the ground up, and it’s easy to see the love that has gone into it when you handle a Windows phone. The interface is slick and simple and will certainly appeal both to people who have grown up with Windows on their computers along with those who want straightforward no-nonsense functionality.
What’s more, if you’re already a Windows user on a laptop, desktop machine or portable device, then you’ll probably work with the likes Xbox Live and Zune too, so the familiarity will probably make it popular with Microsoft’s aficionados.
However, considering Microsoft developed this OS from scratch, there are glaring omissions within the user interface and features such as a lack of copy and paste capabilities that will leave many feeling frustrated and rather let down.
Moving to Android often leaves many users wondering why they didn’t do it sooner, because even the earlier incarnations of this Google developed OS had enviable features. Now though, Android goes from strength to strength and there is much to commend within the gorgeous interface found on many smartphones that now run it. Little wonder that Android has become such a big hit with people, and not only on phones either, because it is similarly impressive on tablet devices too.
Better still, not only is Android good to look at and great to use, it can also prove hugely dependable too. Nobody needs an OS that is unstable and crashes all the time and, for most users, Android seems to be surprisingly capable of battling on, no matter how many hundreds of apps you’ve crammed onto your handset. And there is another factor that is likely to keep users swinging towards the Android camp, because it’s apps that make the big difference between the two platforms.
While there are certainly some good Windows Phone apps available there is nothing to compete with the sheer scale of those tailored towards Android users.
So, adding it all together and you’re left feeling that, no matter how fresh and fun the new Microsoft OS might be, it’s going to remain Android all the way for many in the coming months.