Which Is The Best Mobile Phone Operating System – iOS, Android Or Windows?

Consumers are provided with a great deal of choice when it comes to selecting smartphones based on different operating systems. This advancement in technology can surely be a blessing but one that causes a lot of confusion especially for the average non-tech consumer. With so many operating systems already existing and still more to come, it can be mind boggling for a consumer to finally set his hands on a particular handset; especially because these little smart gadgets can cost a hefty price.

Smartphones are the epitome of new age technology; there is a whole lot that can be done using these gadgets, from simple tasks like sending messages and making phone calls to more complex ones like sending mails, using voice commands to complete a task, browsing the internet and saving files on the cloud space. The various and variant features of a specific smartphone further allows more tasks to be handled effortlessly.

So while each mobile manufacturing company struggles to produce the best and most feature-full phone, it is the sound marriage with the most compatible operating system that truly makes it successful amongst the consumers. The operating system is actually the processing software that uses all the components and features of the phone and makes it possible for you to perform tasks and use applications. To put it simply, the operating system brings together the hardware components and makes it possible for them to work in conjunction, thereby making the functionality possible.

How fast or how easily you are able to make phone calls, send text messages, emails, browse the web, play games, use the GPS navigation system, make video and take pictures or how user-friendly the interface is, all depends upon the operating system that has been installed into the phone. So if you have lately noticed that your smartphone crashes after using the camera or hangs while playing the video, then this is a definite indicator that you should be switching your operating system.

iPhone-OSCurrently there are 3 – 4 top operating systems that have the bulk of the market share and we are going to compare here the iOS (used only with Apples iDevices), Android (used with majority of smartphone brands like Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony Ericsson etc.) and Windows Phone (used by Nokia’s Lumia range, LG Optimus 7, Samsung Omnia 7 etc.) operating systems.

There is no denying that Apple’s iOS (or iPhone OS as it was once known) really gave birth to the smartphones of today but then it soon had other contenders to follow; so a mere birth right is not going to take it too far. Yes, it is true that iPhones hold the majority of the market worth (perhaps because of its higher prices) and the quality of its apps are still unbeatable, but the others are soon catching up.

Where numbers are concerned, Android is doing admirably well too but then again it can be owing to the fact, that every other phone (except Apple’s iPhones and Nokia’s certain range) is a host to Android operating system.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone is still very young but clearly it has left the testing waters and is competing with giants like Google (Android) and Apple (iOS) with full force. In fact, consumers are already becoming more than satisfied with Windows Phone 8 in comparison to the latest iOS and Android phones. The reasons are numerous and wide apart.

Following is a brief yet elaborate comparison of each of these three operating systems. Depending upon the functionality preferences, the consumer will be able to select the best operating system and hence the best phone for himself.

 

iOS 6.1

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Windows Phone 8

Overview

Apple’s current operating system is completely user friendly and provides a quality smartphone experience with perhaps the best ecosystem. Apple itself has the control over its hardware, software and apps, therefore there is a strict quality check.

The Android operating system is once again very customizable and if you are a Google lover then you are going to have a great time with Android services. Android has major market share.

Users are going to find that Windows Phone 8 offers an elegant and playful user experience. The same outlook as that on Windows laptops is definitely an advantage when it comes to functionality and handling.

Performance

Admirable performance; the system supports the new features really well

Generally Android performs well but on more expensive or reputable phones than on the cheaper ones

Very good performance

Battery User Friendly

Average

Above Average

Average

Apps

There are over 750,000 apps. Therefore a wide variety with good quality

Android also has a large selection of apps and most of them are free but with poor quality control.

Because of less market share it has very less apps to offer and these tend to be expensive when compared with others.

Widgets

No widgets

Lots of widgets which are resizable and many lockscreen options

Live displays on icons

Handsets and Affordability

Good quality handsets with not so good affordability ratings. They still have high resale value

Android system is available in cheaper phones as well, the prices depend upon build quality

Attractive handsets with latest features and yet more affordable than iDevices but less affordable than Android phones

Memory and storage

No expandable memory

Memory can be expanded

Memory can be expanded on most cells

Internet Browsing

Full Screen excellent browsing experience with reduced data use.

No support for Adobe Flash. Can sync with other devices with iCloud

Google’s Android lets you attain a fast browsing experience. No support for Adobe Flash. Can be synced with other Android devices

Complete HTML 5 browsing experience. Compresses the page to reduce data use.

No support for Adobe Flash

Photo & Video Option

Excellent quality of photos and there are many apps for editing photos. Rapid shooting, photos can be taken from lock screen due to physical button. Photos can be shared easily

Superb quality of photos especially on expensive handsets. There are many ways and apps to edit photos taken. Rapid shooting. Can be shared easily.

With Nokia, you get excellent shooting experience. There is an Auto-fix option and Lens feature which improve photo quality. Cannot share easily

Gaming

Fun and quality gaming experience

Lots of apps for gaming but quality lags behind iOS

Xbox gaming platform (live) available.

Emails

Emailing can be done smoothly and in between other iDevices, texts and pictures can be sent freely. Voice activated text messages.

Gmail integration allows smooth emailing service. voice activated text messages.

Different inboxes can be linked with each other. Emails can be sent smoothly, although it doesn’t work well with Gmail. Voice activated text messages.

Video Calls

Facetime video and Skype allowed

Google Hangouts, GTalk and Skype allowed

Skype allowed

Advantages

Large ecosystem allows syncing, sharing and remote control over secret and personal data.

Different security options e.g. unlocking the phone with eye identification.

There is a kid’s corner that allows the kids to play without disturbing other settings. Availability of Hubs that lets you group similar features like photos from different galleries and social medias

Disadvantages

Very expensive phones and requires a good technical knowledge to jail break it

Free market share has no quality control, therefore quality of phone and apps suffers

Very less market share therefore it is not well supported with some very popular apps,

It becomes obvious that Android phones have a lot more to offer to the consumers right now then do the other two operating systems. iOS is only supported by Apple’s devices and this is the reason that they are very expensive and less compatible with the other systems.

Windows-Phone-8

Windows Phone is doing well considering it is only its second year but for Android, like Google, is becoming the favourite amongst the average consumer who doesn’t want to stick to only a single brand of phones. The famous phones in Android’s line of work, like the SIII and Note 2 are currently unbeatable, all things combined. Until Apple cooks up another ground breaking strategy and Windows hauls in more followers, Android will keep on taking the lead.

Jyotsna Ramani

Jyotsna Ramani is a passionate writer and an avid globetrotter. She had a knack for writing since her early years, though that was mostly letters to her penpals and jotting her thoughts down in her "Dear Diary". Over the years, she realized how her hobby could turn into a full time career and she started writing web content, books and pieces for local magazines. There has been no looking back ever since.

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Discussion 7 Comments

  1. nimer says:

    there is one correction i need to draw your attention to.
    “Apple did not give birth of smart phone” !!!
    first the was nokia (symbian os) and there was HP and Imate with windows 5 and 6 and 6.5 and all of them have the smart functionality and even touch screen.

    thank you very much

    • Anonymous Coward says:

      “… Android (…)is becoming the favourite amongst the average consumer …”

      I’d say that’s not true. Android already is the exclusive choice for the low end market for smartphones, and getting more market share of the mid range and high end market for smartphones as time goes by. Android hardware provides more choices than all other smartphone OSes combined, and while there are loads of crappy apps on Google Play, there are also more than enough quality apps covering all needs there, both paid and free. So unless you rely on some specific, iOS or Windows only app, there’s simply no compelling reason to go with something else than Android, while there’s a compelling argument for Android: a better value to price ratio.

  2. Cruz says:

    id definitely go for android, a lot more flexibility.

  3. Kaustubh Ghanekar says:

    The review is not helpful at all. It is neither clear, nor much informative. Just some overview… I was expecting a deep dive.
    (Most probably you will delete this comment) :) Try better review next time…

  4. salar says:

    how about BLACKBERRY?

  5. Jyotsna says:

    Yes I agree – to each his own. Some prefer Android , some don’t :) Its a personal preference and depends on market trends / value to end users.

  6. mosbos says:

    I had the Sony Ericsson p800 way back in 2003, which was a fully fledged smartphone with a touchscreen. Apple definitely did not invent the smartphone. Nokia N70 in 2005 was also a smartphone with a front facing camera.

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