February 28, 2014

Android, iOS or Windows Phone?

These days I often find people confused over getting Windows Phone, Android and iOS. This is not a question for a phone reviewer or a geek to answer. A phone is going to be used by the person who buys it. Thus it goes without saying that your phone should be tailored for you. Most sellers will only highlight the features of any device and recommend something based on your budget. Some clever ones will make you buy a smartphone for some novel feature which you will never use. Many others have sales targets to meet and might sell you something just to clear stock and make his boss happy.


Apple, Windows Phone, Android

In this post I will not recommend any particular operating system over the other, but offer some advice on how to make the correct choice.

There is nothing called 'the best operating system'

Yes, I meant that. At the end of the day it's the user experience that matters. All OSes have some feature that is missing on the other. Some OSes are easier to get used to. Windows Phone for example, has a very consistent user interface so even if you change the phone brand, you still get the same menus, settings etc at the same places. Android on the other hand can be customised by any phone manufacturer who may want to design the interface in their own way.

Always tryout any device before buying 

I cannot stress the importance of this point enough. If you have a friend, relative or whoever using the phone you fancy, then do check it out. Also don't forget to ask them how they feel about it.  Of course not everyone is a tech genius and may not understand the jargon. You must make things simpler for them to understand. Ask questions like "Does you phone run slowly often?", "Does it become unresponsive?" etc. (Note:just because a phone becomes unresponsive doesn't mean it will be like that forever, manufacturers often send in software updates to correct bugs and errors. But repeated crashes may indicate a major fault so be cautious).

Budget 

This one is obvious. Not all people can afford an iPhone simply because it is too costly. I have heard that in the West they have Contracts with the service providers. I am not fully aware of how that system works, so please comment below for other readers to understand. Dirt cheap Androids are very common these days. The problem here, is that most of these phones run on poor hardware and often start to lag as soon as their memories start filling up. Worse, these phones often run on older versions of Android and are not upgradeable. Windows Phone is slightly higher priced but is still within reach of the average consumer. The best part of Windows Phone is that it can run on low end hardware without any noticeable lag. Of course multitasking takes a hit on a 512MB RAM but only just.

Apps 

Ah! Apps. This is arguably one of the most important points for some people. A few months back it was widely known that Android and Apple have the best apps in their respective stores. Presently, things have changed. The Windows Phone app store is slowly catching up. Both iOS and Google Play have a great collection of apps but Android has the advantage of getting apps outside of Google Play. Manufacturers have their own Android app store. That adds to a lot of apps. The same cannot be said for the other two. A major cause of disappointment among Windows Phone users is that many of the apps that are free on Android, are charged here.

Interface

This is what you will use most of the time. An interface is what you use to control your device. The simpler the interface the easier it will be for you to control your device. Windows Phone users have trouble moving to Android and vice versa. Same goes for iOS. This is a very subjective matter and can only be decided by the user. Some people prefer iOS to others simply because they use a Mac. Many others have a Windows enabled PC and don't care about matching OSes.

Hardware

This might seem odd here, considering this is a discussion on operating systems but you will be amazed at how important it is. You see, the secret to a great phone is a proper marriage of the hardware with the software. You might have made your choice of operating system by now, but unless the hardware supports it well, you won't be a happy customer.

Dual Boot

I save this one for the last as only two operating systems are supported at this time. It is too early to comment on how these devices will perform as they were very recently announced. Still it is a good option for those who couldn't decide on their preferences and have deep pockets.

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February 28, 2014

Android, iOS or Windows Phone?

These days I often find people confused over getting Windows Phone, Android and iOS. This is not a question for a phone reviewer or a geek to answer. A phone is going to be used by the person who buys it. Thus it goes without saying that your phone should be tailored for you. Most sellers will only highlight the features of any device and recommend something based on your budget. Some clever ones will make you buy a smartphone for some novel feature which you will never use. Many others have sales targets to meet and might sell you something just to clear stock and make his boss happy.


Apple, Windows Phone, Android

In this post I will not recommend any particular operating system over the other, but offer some advice on how to make the correct choice.

There is nothing called 'the best operating system'

Yes, I meant that. At the end of the day it's the user experience that matters. All OSes have some feature that is missing on the other. Some OSes are easier to get used to. Windows Phone for example, has a very consistent user interface so even if you change the phone brand, you still get the same menus, settings etc at the same places. Android on the other hand can be customised by any phone manufacturer who may want to design the interface in their own way.

Always tryout any device before buying 

I cannot stress the importance of this point enough. If you have a friend, relative or whoever using the phone you fancy, then do check it out. Also don't forget to ask them how they feel about it.  Of course not everyone is a tech genius and may not understand the jargon. You must make things simpler for them to understand. Ask questions like "Does you phone run slowly often?", "Does it become unresponsive?" etc. (Note:just because a phone becomes unresponsive doesn't mean it will be like that forever, manufacturers often send in software updates to correct bugs and errors. But repeated crashes may indicate a major fault so be cautious).

Budget 

This one is obvious. Not all people can afford an iPhone simply because it is too costly. I have heard that in the West they have Contracts with the service providers. I am not fully aware of how that system works, so please comment below for other readers to understand. Dirt cheap Androids are very common these days. The problem here, is that most of these phones run on poor hardware and often start to lag as soon as their memories start filling up. Worse, these phones often run on older versions of Android and are not upgradeable. Windows Phone is slightly higher priced but is still within reach of the average consumer. The best part of Windows Phone is that it can run on low end hardware without any noticeable lag. Of course multitasking takes a hit on a 512MB RAM but only just.

Apps 

Ah! Apps. This is arguably one of the most important points for some people. A few months back it was widely known that Android and Apple have the best apps in their respective stores. Presently, things have changed. The Windows Phone app store is slowly catching up. Both iOS and Google Play have a great collection of apps but Android has the advantage of getting apps outside of Google Play. Manufacturers have their own Android app store. That adds to a lot of apps. The same cannot be said for the other two. A major cause of disappointment among Windows Phone users is that many of the apps that are free on Android, are charged here.

Interface

This is what you will use most of the time. An interface is what you use to control your device. The simpler the interface the easier it will be for you to control your device. Windows Phone users have trouble moving to Android and vice versa. Same goes for iOS. This is a very subjective matter and can only be decided by the user. Some people prefer iOS to others simply because they use a Mac. Many others have a Windows enabled PC and don't care about matching OSes.

Hardware

This might seem odd here, considering this is a discussion on operating systems but you will be amazed at how important it is. You see, the secret to a great phone is a proper marriage of the hardware with the software. You might have made your choice of operating system by now, but unless the hardware supports it well, you won't be a happy customer.

Dual Boot

I save this one for the last as only two operating systems are supported at this time. It is too early to comment on how these devices will perform as they were very recently announced. Still it is a good option for those who couldn't decide on their preferences and have deep pockets.

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