Mobile OS comparison: Windows Phone 8 vs iOS 6.0 vs Android 4.1

Microsoft's Windows Phone was met with rave reviews from day one of its launch back in late 2010, but despite its beautiful and smooth UI it hasn't caught up with users. One way or another, part of the blame for this was some immaturity of the platform - multitasking arrived later...
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106. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Really nice wize comments.

121. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Do you happen to know what a paragraph is?

131. hepresearch unregistered

occasionally...

135. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

That made me giggle. Who ever thumbed you down.... clueless.

38. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Ummm... Jailbroken iOS = unstable Android 4.0. Android 4.0 > Jailbroken iOS > WP8 > WP 7.8 > iOS

49. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

this is more accurate... lol theres no contest when you can download ANY file you want on your android handset and transfer it seamlessly to a PC or another android device... as well as being able to play (video) any file format over the browser... that is my opinion to android's lead. iOS wins due to the quality and fullness of whats available... it might be a small amount of features but those features are well thought out and polished perfectly... i just can't wait for WP8 to gain some steam... it'll replace android i'm sure...

94. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Very well written I understand and agree with all the points you made. What's you opinion in the tablet world, with almost complete iOS domination? Do you think Windows 8 would turn things around?

50. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Thank you. Android 4.0 is very stable, but a jailbroken iOS would be as stable as a ball in a California earthquake. +1!

59. hepresearch unregistered

No surprise there... you take the OEM limits off of something like iOS 5 or 6, and suddenly you are left with something trying to do Android-2.3-or-4.0-level function-crunching on Apple's 1 or 1.2 GHz dual-core processors or less.

63. hepresearch unregistered

Okay, I failed to edit in time... I meant "... Android-2.3-or-4.0-level function-crunching PLUS expedited graphics..." It is just a little overwhelming on mediochre hardware processing power, don't ya think?

82. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yeah, same difference The point that I was going for was that an unjailbroken iPhone is not very good.

101. hepresearch unregistered

True, and I have never personally met anyone who has jailbroken their iPhone. You generally don't get an iPhone for the purpose of jailbreaking it, and if you do then you really are a rather crazy rare bird... why someone would buy the "easy" phone and try to do "difficult" with it is, well, hard to imagine.

145. ilia1986 unregistered

nnaatthhaannx2. I have an iPhone 4. I used to run it JBen during the "happy" days of 4.3.3. I installed a lot of tweaks of all kinds. It came NOWHERE near the capability of an Android device running 1.5 CUPCAKE (2009 release). Yes - that's right. I MIGHT have had the capability of Android 1.0 - a few widgets, some tweaks here and there, but that was - as it's always is with Jailbreaking - at the cost of device stability and performance.

173. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Cool. I was just trying to say that jb-en iphone is the only iPhone that is good.

179. ilia1986 unregistered

Ah ok then. :)

20. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

If there was no Android (god forbid), I will use WP. I've owned the original iPhone, and there's no way in hell I'll be returning. iOS over my dead body.

43. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I don't think you should base your opinion of iOS on the original iPhone. That's like judging Android from the G1.

77. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I've owned a fairly new iPod Touch 4 and used my friend's iPhone 4S for a long time. I have the same opinion as groupsacc, though. No way in hell I'm ever using iOS again. Ever. WP is good though.

89. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yeah, I have an iPod Touch 4G and used an iPhone 4S, I appreciate what iOS is but I would never use it as anything else but a media device. Right now I have my Galaxy Blaze for a personal device, but I'll be ordering the international One X soon, as I cannot stand TouchWiz. I have a stock ICS theme over it right now, that'll last until I can get my One X

22. ChriisM

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

This comparison is kinda unfair , this is the way I see it , iOS6 is still unreleased (officially) and windows phone is still as of now unreleased , android 4.0 has been out months , so it would alot smarter to compare it to jellybean 5.0 when we get details . JMO

40. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I think jellybean will be 4.1

91. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Jellybean will be 4.1 as it is a minor upgrade, the next major upgrade will be 5.0

26. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

"Intelligent voice assistant" is NOT the only way to bullet voice integration iOSarena! Android has had voice actions and dictation years before Apple bought Siri and half baked it into the OS last Oct. Always skewing the facts to give the closed, limited, simpleton iOS a fighting chance against he competition :/

61. rodex

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

True, WP7 also has MS TellMe, which doesn't have a vast functionality, but works very efficiently with the polished OS.

27. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Hey Zune will be gone in Windows 8.

48. tedkord

Posts: 17201; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Is that true? That would be a big plus.

31. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

I like going for the under dogs because everyone sleeps on them. Windows 8 might just take the lead if everyone catches on, its something new, lets see wat Android throws at them this fall and ios is still ios(lame)

32. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Looking at all the No's in ios6 amazes me at how this os is still competing. The iphone is one big no for basically anything youbwant to do on a phone from multitasking widgets gps flash usb hdmi out customization dull blue background lame slide left slide right ui.i could go on but i will stop....

42. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

windows 8 looks great but its still very limited compared to android. that's why anyone that thinks windows phone 8 will pull more potential android sales than iOS sales is sadly mistaken. there is just too much that android users have to be willing to give up, where for iOS users its the same or more options in most cases other than apps.

45. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

remix aside from "tech and features" you know good and well apple users aren't jumping ship to a "new" "unknown" windows phone... it would make more sense by looking at the features/hardware/software the windows is offering more tech/business folk will be jumping ship... android users hate apple because it doesn't provide that PC-like experience... apple users are fine with what iOS is providing because they simply know its nothing they can do to change whats available. windows has all of our mouths drooling because we know the potential of finally getting that PC experience in our smartphones... what i think would hurt windows 8 is how marketing is done today... its almost if they have to come up with a lame gimmick to get the "majority" (common novice users) to even like a windows phone. lol i hope the best for windows 8... i know personally i'll have the new phone/tablet/pc set up...lol
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