Mobile OS comparison: you picked the best platform (poll results)

Mobile OS comparison: you picked the best platform (poll results)
Last week, Microsoft had big news for us - it unveiled the first major redefinition of its Windows Phone platform, bumping up the version number up from 7 to Windows Phone 8. The update came with plenty of new features both on the user interface side of things with a brand new start panel, but also on the core side of the platform itself which now runs on the same kernel Windows 8 runs on, the Windows NT core.

Overall, it brought better customization by allowing small icons tiles, getting rid of the unnecessary black strip on the side and filling your whole screen with those modernistic colorful tiles. The new version of Windows Phone also makes it easier for developers to port their Android and iOS applications, and of course apps running on Windows Phone 7 should run with no tweaking on WP8.

All of this and others like the addition of offline maps and navigation by Nokia, makes Windows Phone a truly mature platform. “The smartphone beta test” - as Nokia put it earlier - seems to be over only now. But how did the platform fare against the market leaders, Android 4.0 and iOS 6.0?

Both have centralized notifications, Android has great real-time multitasking while iOS has a somewhat limited app management system like WP. All three now allow for multi-core chips and high-res screens. Is a tie?

You voted for the best mobile operating system and that title goes to... Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Nearly, 49% of you picked Google’s operating system as the most advanced OS there is and we’re not surprised given it’s the world’s most popular, runs on a huge variety of form factors and offers a huge number of features and customization options.

Interestingly, Windows Phone 8 was a close runner-up. It took the second place and 41% of your votes, all without an actual product, and that’s something that impresses.

Last came iOS with a mere 10.5% of your votes. Apple’s platform lacks the customization options and the true multitasking, but it’s the marriage of software and hardware that Apple takes pride in. The users however don’t seem very impressed, even after the latest version of iOS, 6.0, was unveiled at WWDC.

So, there you have them - Android followed by WP8 and finally iOS 6.0. With those results now clear, are we already in for that three-horse race some Microsoft/Nokia folks talked about last year? Let us know what you think below.


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109 Comments

106. 12Danny12

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

I really think that Windows phone 8 is a direct alternative to android because it does have alot customization, but less than android(but good for those who want to get things done fast). matches in current specs and it also will have more than 200,000 apps by next year becasue of the porting between wp8 and w8.

93. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

This survey confirms my theory that Windows phone will take a lot of market share from android. We know this site is full of android trolls who bash Apple every chance they get. There's no surprise iOS lost. What's interesting is all the votes Windows phone got. My theory is that there's a lot of frustrated android users out there who are looking to switch. They're tired of no security, malware, buggy phones, no sw updates, etc. We're going to see a lot of them leaving for Windows phone.

100. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Wishful thinking of an iSh**p You basically said so yourself, this poll has no merit

105. hepresearch unregistered

You cannot totally bash a poll, and then, in practically the same breath, use it to justify one of your own arguments. That is just a little rediculous... don't ya think? Either you accept the poll and use the data to justify a conclusion of yours, or you throw out the entire poll. It is impossible to keep some parts of the poll data, and then pick other parts to totally discard. I worked in science for seven years, and you cannot use any data from a source that you have already rejected... that is considered to be a major issue for one's legitimacy.

111. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The guy never uses actual logic. Anything that shows Apple in a good light or Android in a bad is automatically true - that's how a blog becomes a study in his mind. Because of that, a poll can be complete bunk because it shows iOS in last place, but completely true because it says WinPhone has a lot of support, and so it could take share from Android.

112. hepresearch unregistered

I know... but I'm hoping that he at least tries to learn something from somebody, somehow. You'll probably say that's not likely... and you'd be right. It wasn't all that likely that carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen would all condense under just the right conditions to form amino acids, either...

86. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

The percentage reflect votes by tech enthusiasts and fans that frequent this site, not by the gullible masses. The millions of average consumers have the final say which OS is the best. Frankly the majority have no clue. They're told what is best for them. So they'll either buy what the reps tell them too or what their friends, family, and celebs have. honestly I believe the iPhobe would be the real winner in a real vote, Android second, and WP last.

89. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

What you believe is irrelevant. This was just for fun, don't take it personally your phone of choice lost.

90. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Well, I didn't know it was a joke. Lolzz. Figured I'd put my .02$ thought in.

92. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

No, no, no, you don't get it, the iPhone ITSELF is the joke! I was laughing my ass off when iOS 6 was unveiled. They're losing market share because it is getting STALE and OLD, and do you know what. I'M GOING TO BUY THE iPHONE 5 ANYWAY. NO BS, I'm actually going to get one, but I'm going to use it as a glorified iPod touch...

94. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

iPhone has been gaining market share worldwide.

73. satydesh

Posts: 71; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

people want change and want to see how much convert into sells for windows phone 8!!!

72. andyboi_ph

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

considering there is not actual gadget yet - already got a positive response for WP8.. :-)

88. vslayer

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

and i think windows 8 is most biggest tech announcements of the year so far that IOS and galaxy S3 coz IOS 6 we cant find somthing new in the OS its more of refinements...in s3 urrrgh....there nothing new ....in windows 8 its more like u breathe a new air..... :)

47. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Got Android Tablet. So happy there. But for smartphone, WINDOWS PHONE 8!

83. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

haha! i'll have the reverse! android phone and W8 tablet! that's the S**t, man! iO, what?

46. Mube1

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

By the way whr is taco lolz

42. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

No big surprise there.

38. bansidhar

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

forget about apple !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! only 10.5 increase on next iphone release

28. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

WP in second really surprise because still not many people use it. Maybe seeing the voter only 5000 so possible that many wp user come. not many iOS user maybe because they only interesting in music, playgame, sms and phone because thats all they know,.oh wait, also for show off an $1000 phone (the best feature of iphone)

25. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

The only thing apple has better is apps!... that's it..that's all... but now with it being easier too devs, too port their apps over too w8's.. w8 will be on top with Android... imo

21. wendygarett unregistered

Can't trust much on this poll, too much fandroid here :(

17. AbhiD

Posts: 891; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

All this means that WP8 market will grow completely at the expense of iOS(very soon apple's iOA$$ is gonna be kicked hard) Android will continue to be the LEADER....................!!!

22. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I disagree and hears is why A)survey is pointless (see my post above) B)ios users are the most satisfied so why would a mass exodus happen C) ios 6 might have more features then what is currently known (siri was added later on for ios 5) D) wp8 has a big learning curve from ios and ios users don't seem to be the type to tinker and wan't to learn a new os. E) undoubtly people based there opinion on hardware and very soon apple is coming out with new hardware. F) the site readership is anti apple biased. Writers are very neutral. G) ios is established so nothing huge will happen with marketshare overnight. Plus they are about profits over marketshare unlike android. H) the tablets are going for a pc like experience on wp similar to android not on alternative like apple making them competing for the same crowd I) and so on...

43. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Blindness is sometimes an art really... A) Survey is not pointless, in this site most people are android funs cause power users that actually care about technology like to customize their phones to be more productive. So it actually shows that power users prefer Android. Not surprising but not pointless. B) So you see the flaws in this survey but you don't see the flaws in the satisfaction surversy? Pure ifan blidness! If you want I can tell what they and why those surveys are even more usless than this one. C) All 200 features were a bit dissapointing, that's reallity, your point is just wishful thinking... D) Windows has a very low learning curve, much less so than Android. Not seeing that is just again your blidness. Have you ever even used a W7 phone? They are quite intuitive. E) When they come they will be surpased again soon, that's the nature of this business. F) Fully agree on that, but it's not anti-apple, it's just pro-technology and freedom. Same thing with positive words ;) G) Fully agree on that one... Sad for the world and consumers that Apple has brainwashed so many, but true. H) Says who? It's clear that we'll see a convergence in PC and tablet market, so this means that Android and (expecially) Windows are ahead on the game. I) And so on... (I love this one, it says so much "sarcasm intended")

50. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Hi Tyler!!! Or can I call you ty :). Alright fine I will just get too it then: A) In regards to predicting the future trends in mobile market share a site that has a disproportionate amount of people against an os compared to actuality is pointless. B) I am not saying those survey's are valid but they prove people on ios are happy so why are they changing os's. Thats relevant. C) The major change should be in hardware anyway. But I am just pointing out you never know. There always seems to be one more thing with apple. D) I have and live tiles is radically different then android/ios which have a app based platform. Thats going to be tough for alot of people are used to the home button and tap your app routine. E) Not true if you look at the PC market operating systems don't seem to fluctuate that often. I think mobile os's seem to fluctuate more because nothing good every came out until ios. F) Whatever you wan't to call it it affects the survey. G) You may call it brainwashing but I call it loyalty. H) I don't think they will converge I think the tablet has its own niche if you ask me. I) my post was already so long why go on right?

74. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

What ticks people off Bio, is that you are not a blind iPhone user which makes you dangerous. I remember your name is actually from the Bionic, back when it was first announced before it got delayed. You were an excited, Android using poster back then. You chose the iPhone, and enjoy it. I understand that Apple puts out a dependable, enjoyable device. But, this is a very strong Android community right now among the posters. NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. To me, it's home. But I am glad there are still iPhone fans and posters. It keeps everyone honest. Or at least amused!!

16. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

Wow, and here I was thinking Apple will dominate... I guess Apple users dont spend much time taking surveys :) That being, I am really impressed with Windows Phone, now what I am wondering is how many of those votes are from current WP7 users... I wonder if they know they wont recevie a WP8 update and will stay stuck with WP7.8

14. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I'm not surprised android won and hears why. Anyone who does polls know where you do polls make a huge difference on your outcome. If you ask people in the south about gay marriage your polls will be alot different then if you asked in the north. So if you ask people on a phone site who are generally more involved with the phone they are going to pick the os which is more involved not the casual user os aka ios. What i am surprised about is wp8 beating out ios 6. But i guess you can chalk that up to the anti-apple bias of this website for whatever reason people cling too. So obviously this poll is flawed that doesn't need to be said and is just a fun thing to do but anyone trying to get make actual observations about this poll few are parrellel to reality. And i'm sure people won't like this post since it will be precieved as pro apple but I just want to clarify it isn't. Its just merely observational.

19. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

completely agree.

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