Over the years I have gone from an iPhone owner, to an Android user and now a Windows junkie(kinda). I have no problems with any company and their die hard users but there are some things that I feel need to be pointed out. Its so hard to compare these three operating systems since they are all different, but people seem to do it every day. Yes each OS has its pros and cons but maybe there is more to it. Maybe we’re missing the big picture.
With Apple and it’s iOSx there is only one mobile device that it gets uploaded too. That being the iPhone (not including the iPad or iTouch); which, until recently, was only on AT&T network. That doesn’t seem fair when compared to Android which is on Multiple carriers including, but not limited to, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and now Straight Talk. On top of being on multiple carriers, there are also many brand name company’s that produce Android devices. More then the one for iOSx (Apple). Over the past year or two all these carriers and company’s have been producing too many Android phones to count. It seems even less fair to compare any of these to Windows Phone 7.x which is the newest of the platforms(not including Windows 6.x since Windows Phone 7.x is a complete re-haul).
If we take all three operating systems and compare them without worrying about the devices speed or camera size (something the OS has no control over) while also excluding any name brands which do you think people would prefer…
Apple’s iOSx is strictly application based. Everything you do on the phone happens in an application. The layout is pretty simplistic and basic. Cant do much customization other than change around the icons on your home screen and your wallpaper. iOSx is closed source so doesn’t leave much out there for developers. Its Apples way or no way. The good thing about this is if you know your way around one iPhone, you know them all. Personally I feel like application based operating systems is a thing of the past.
Windows Phone 7.x is new like I said and implements live tiles. Just like iOSx this OS is limited in the design but can be customized to the users liking. Whither that be color, which tiles are displayed, what information they display, when they display that information. They good thing about Windows Phone 7.x, which I personally think brings it above its competitors, is its integration of apps. Meaning your apps can talk with each other and share information. In the people tile (contacts) it lists not only your contacts but your most recent contacted people and your recent twitter, facebook, windows live, linked in, etc, feed. This integration is great because it has all they information you need in one location.
Android’s OS, unlike iOSx, is open source allowing Users and developers to do pretty much what they want to their phone. Android phones can be customized to be app based and look like iOSx software, Windows Phone 7.x software, or any other way you like. Android uses widgets what display up to date information for the user on the screen at all times, Customizable clocks, and Home screens laid out any way the user desires.
So which OS has the best potential? To be honest I feel Windows Phone 7.x had a late start but if they keep climbing as fast as they are, they will soon pass Android and Apple. Android will never have a problem since it is open source. Developers will keep devolving and make android as wonderful as it can be. I feel apple on the other hand has a large leg up on the competition butlike i said, app based OS is old news. If Apple wants to stay on top they will need some major UI changes.
Let me know your opinions.