Smartphones have changed the way we communicate, and to some extent, many have patterned their lives around these phones. Whether it’s Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, or iPhone, they all essentially serve the same purpose: connecting a phone to the Internet and running various applications.
So what distinguishes these phones from one another? One of the basic ways to differentiate one from the other is to know what mobile operating system is serving a smartphone.
Android, which was created by Google, has been adopted by manufacturers Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Sony, Panasonic, and LG. Many users are drawn towards Android as it is more customisable and runs applications with great speed and efficiency.
For its ever-growing family of iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone devices, Apple uses the iOS operating system, which boasts the largest app selection and is very easy to use.
The Windows Phone, Microsoft’s mobile operating system, is known for its unconventional interface that features tiles and hubs. While the OS provides good social interaction and productivity, it has fewer applications available compared to the iOS or Android offerings.
Meanwhile, Research In Motion (RIM)’s BlackBerry devices provide a physical keyboard and outstanding communication features.
All of these operating systems also have their perks and snags. To some, Android is too complicated while iOS is too limited. Others complain that Android uses too many different versions on many different phones.
In the end, it’s a highly personal decision and people should spend some time familiarising themselves with the various operating systems before purchasing a smartphone.