Mobile Competition Part 1: What OS is best for you

Part 1 of 2 covering iOS, Android and the smaller competing platforms, the strengths and weaknesses of each, and why you might choose one over another. Part 2 will focus on the overall competition and its effect on the mobile space...
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246 Comments

1. box unregistered

A well written and objective article. Kudos! I'll actually bookmark this for future reference when I'm telling friends and family to do research.

13. Life unregistered

WindowsPhone will rule the market one day, they are taking the right steps.

33. waitingmuch unregistered

but they are taking much time to launch their product.

36. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

they are following apple's lead and trying to offer a bit more unity between their pc os and mobile os. they are actually taking it a step further. it really is genius. if they can make pcs look like windows phones and vice versa, everyone on earth will be comfortable with them and know how to use them.

228. h8stylist unregistered

you are putting a bit too much faith in the average pc user. there are people out there that if you tell them to go to the start menu, they will ask "where's that?", and they number far more than most think. try working in tech support or even asking someone in tech support sometime lol.

256. chirole

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

and there are people like big time business people who still requests that their newly bought PC be switched to XP. Even though they have iPads and all so yeah

248. idiotwind13

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

Totally agree, this is pretty much right on all counts. Really good job.

264. scape unregistered

well written, except for the grammatical errors...

2. Problacklist.One

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 01, 2010

The Fact That Android Is Growing Everyday and More Stuff you can Do Without Rooting it While For iPhone you have to Jailbreak to Get access to Tethering without paying. Plus iOS 5 is a copy of Android UI just Says it All Anroid Rules iPhone Drools. And You can Do More Customization than an iPhone. Don't get Me Wrong I love apple Products Except iPhone P.S Second

14. tekkie79

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 21, 2009

Tethering without paying for the necessary plan is against your terms and agreements. If you want to tether, call your carrier and have the option added.

58. dacastrator

Posts: 232; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Tethering is a feature that is 'built in' to the Android platform. American carriers are soooooo greedy to put up an extra fee just to use it. Its like you already bought a Baconator and still have to pay extra just to eat it. Makes no sense.

134. bert2662 unregistered

Well I think just greedy America carrier charge for tethering. For other countries, tethering is definitely free..

186. Nofan unregistered

Then go live there and enjoy worse conditions then you are subjected to here. I think the tradeoffs are much more in the American favor.

218. donpeppino9

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 24, 2010

what makes you think that living in america gives you the best living conditions? something tells me you are a typical american who is ignorant to anything that is foreign to the us and has never been outside of US borders. i'm an american, but an open minded one. i've seen many countries. the best place to live is like this OS arguement. it all depends on what you're preferences are.

268. jesiboi

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

yes it is.

249. idiotwind13

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

The article itself pretty much says exactly what you did as far as Android's advantages over iOS. That is not the point, the point is that many people will prefer one or the other because the things that are pros about one are very important to them and the cons are not. Being a complete fanboy and saying that either one is superior is moronic, every person will have a different preference. That was the entire point of the article, there is no superior OS, only an OS that is superior for your own needs.

4. hepresearch unregistered

PhoneArena gets a +1 from me for tackling a tough issue with truth and wisdom in the face of the "Fanboy Wars"... Thank you, thank you, thank you!

59. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

You're welcome! And thanks for reading, and especially for the sharing (we have an awesome engaged community here, but sometimes they forget to share the link).

5. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Peter is Mentioned. LOL

7. hepresearch unregistered

Yes, LOL!

71. Mahmoud abaza unregistered

I didn't read all the article but when I read your comment I didn't believe and I searched for him by (ctrl+f) LOL

8. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

haha peter just at least now know about your bada!!

18. PeterBada unregistered

LOL peter|fromsweden. He has invested a lot in bad................a!

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

This is probably the best article on the mobile landscape I've ever read. It expounds on everything I've been trying to tell people here: there is no best device/OS, so quit the pointless bickering and just enjoy your chosen device!

10. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

why does "apple" have 4 lifesavers?....

15. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Because it likes to have fresh breath?

38. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I think a better question is why Apple is the Droid and Android is the Jedi knight. Talk about a mixed metaphor!

64. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

lifesavers? really?

76. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

Give him a break, he's probably not American. ;)

81. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I assumed it was an issue with autocorrect rather than an actual language mistake.
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