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

129. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

You missed the point of the article.

37. dara unregistered

P.A., you've just became my favourite site about mobitels :) Oh and yeah I agree with sniggly lol.

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lol...the Usual Suspects are famous!! Was kinda weird seeing them all mentioned in an article..lol

53. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

were one big happy family! :) lol... ok.. more like kissing cousins, but still.. lolol

40. prabh unregistered

SYMBIAN is the BEST Bcoz it gives us smartphone experience when ANDROID iOS was not born..

43. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

very nice article! I really enjoy reading about all the point of views mentioned! I Actually agree with all of them, and yea every OS has its flaws there is no perfect OS... with that said i guess the rest is just left to pure opinion and needs!! Due to my needs and opinions i think android is the best OS and has plenty of room to become alot better and maybe even perfect soon!

45. dacastrator

Posts: 232; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Sure Os's have their own flaws and advantages and disadvantages against one another but lets let the numbers do the talking and see who is the best.

57. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Yeah, we'll get into that argument next time...

65. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

too many statistics and too many ways to spin them. i'd much rather see more like this. as many have already posted, this was a great write up. well done. could we get a similar work as the new devices are rolling out? ios5 and ICS will both bring new features to the landscape. thanks again michael

78. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Maybe when they are released because we know as much about ics as we know about the iphone 5, mostly rumors

94. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

depends which number you look at. Marketshare android. Profit, customer satisfaction and manufacturer sales Apple.

260. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I know most dont wanna agree with this....but you are right. IMO Google and Apple have 2 different goals. And they're both accomplishing their goals. Yea Apple used to talk about market share before Android came out....but I would care less if I was Apple as long as the profits keep piling up.

48. gargoyle

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

i am a android fan but i like apple also, i personally jut bout a android phone and looking at whats out in the market right now there is no way i would by the iphone, now that does not mean that the iphone is bad it just means its out of date right this second. when the new iphone comes out (whether it is iphone 5 or 4s) then i will be happy to say the apple iphone is worth it to buy. The products apple puts out there are nice but in the market thats going on right now there loosing in specs (mostly screen size). people have been noticing more and more the bigger screens and how nice it is when trying to type or view websites. i agree the that the iphone 4 has a nice screen but it is small compared to most standard high end android phones coming out right now. most people when looking at specs these days only glance at the processor and ram, the camera is something to look at but its not a deal breaker. its the screen that i have notice most people looking at, and size is making the difference, we will see what apple comes out with to see if they can stay up in the market if they come out with at least a 4inch screen i would be happy to use one but 3.5 is just to small especially for reading books, or trolling the websites.

52. droidguy2323

Posts: 55; Member since: Sep 23, 2011

I JUST GOT A DROID CHARGE WHILE I'M PULLING DOWN 28 MBS W/ 9.7 UP. I FIND MY PHONE SHUTTING DOWN AND FORCE CLOSING LEFT AND RIGHT. I LOVE SUPER AM PLUS AND THE SCREEN SIZE. BUT I AM CONSIDERING LEAVING THIS FOR AN IPHONE 4/4S/5 OR BIONIC

54. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

first thing is first. root the thing and put on better software from XDA. problem will probably be solved. samsung = great hardware..... not so great software. thankfully they give XDA lots of love so the community always has great fixes out there.

60. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Samsung has great internal hardware, but it's build quality still has a lot to be desired, especially compared to Moto and HTC, at least in my opinion. I just prefer a phone that doesn't feel like it will snap into two pieces in my hand.

62. dacastrator

Posts: 232; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Exactly, Samsung's hardware design is a crap. Yeah it's thin and light and but feels fragile.

109. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Sad that Motorola and now even HTC aren't going to be using metal in their devices but are made of plastic. My Epic 4G Touch feels great in hand and feels durable despite it being thin and light.

63. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

build quality on an SGS phone is top notch. perception and reality arent always the same. plastic is more resilliant than metal. ive dropped, thrown, and a dozen other things to my galaxyS and it doesnt even have a scratch on it after over a year of abuse.

68. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

i can second that! these phones may look a bit weak but they are def not! mine was also dropped a couple of times and it always resisted, i accidently dropped an htc evo 4g and it soon started bleeding light from the bottom of the screen before the buttons,, def love samsung harware

110. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Exactly. My friend's Thunderbolt has a huge crack on the screen from dropping it once, it has a huge dent on the left lower side corner as well. lol then you have people who have had the original SG and not even a scratch on them. They don't realize that metal can put a harder impact on devices thus making them break from the inside.

61. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

you having a task manager?

66. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

great article.. Michael !! congrats... keep up the good work...

69. umpaluma unregistered

Nice, author of this post do not know what is android fragmentation... an other thing you should have looked at: ofcourse there is no "best" OS, becoseu needs is so different for each of us, but there is "Best in market" OS. And from what i read here, it seems like you like that OS best.... (the iOS i ment) P.S. i personally would like iOS better, if only when i buy devices i would not have to pay those 100 or 200 $ for the half eaten apple logo..... that logo kills the whole product line and its OS...

73. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

I encourage the competition. Let these companies push the envelope we will benefit from this. I hope more jump in Bada or anything else more the better. Right now its Android for me. I used to be a Nokia guy. Tried blackberry and it was not for me. Tried iPhone it was decent phone but again not for me. Android fits me right now. Microsoft seems to be making good inroads and maybe something to pay attention too soon. However at the moment its Android for me and the market has spoken. That can always change and sometimes change is good even though its uncomfortable but it helps us grow.

171. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

I'm with you here mate. . . I'm a Nokia guy until I saw an Android phone being reviewed in this site. . . that opened my mind that Symbian sadly sucks (at the moment) !

75. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

@ Michael, your writing as of late has been on par with the old Snoop Dogg! You know the Snoop Dogg when he was with Dr. Dre on the "Chronic" and "Doggystyle" albums. You are on FIRE right now! Probably not a bad time to ask PA for a raise based on your number of comments per article. JK. Anyway, really good read, keep it up! @ biophone. Not sure if remixfa shares my views, but I was the one that never considered the iPhone to be a true smartphone. I made that statement a few times and caused a bit of tension between myself and a few iOS fans. If Apple ever allows third party app stores or side loading of third party apps without the need for iTunes, I would gladly change my tune. But until then, the iPhone is still just a very, very high end and over priced feature phone.

80. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Thanks! I'll try to keep it up. This is the first time my skills have been likened to an in-his-prime Snoop, but I honestly hope it isn't the last.

87. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

but doctor dre says.. he aint said nuthin cuz hes locked in my basement!

95. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

every tech site and news organization views the iPhone as a smartphone so your opinion doesn't really matter. In fact making unsubstatiated claims makes you a fanboy. What function can android do that iPhone can not?
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