The trailblazing speed with which technology has grown over the past decade can only be described as monumental. From computers to mobile phones, everything has upgraded and evolved beyond everyone’s wildest imagination. Computers which used to be bulky and can only be used at home is now reduced to lightweight and thin laptops that can be lugged around anywhere. The cellphone, primarily used for calling and sending short messages, has now evolved into smartphones and now carries all sorts of accessories that make it easy to connect to the internet.
There are dozens of gadgets in the market today and a lot of them carry a specific Operating System or OS. These OS’s are the software or interface that you interact with every time you unlock your phone and use it.
To better understand the different OSs available, here is the breakdown of each so that you can make an informed decision on what smartphone to get.
Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Microsoft’s answer to the growing smartphone wars, the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is the new OS borne out of the Windows Mobile OS. The first version, the windows Phone 7, did not get any traction but when the Mango update was released, a lot of people started to notice. The Metro UI is a very new and is a delight to the eyes.
The OS is slick and very responsive and have addressed some of the issues raised during the last version. The great thing is that Mango is not hardware dependent, meaning that is can run even on minimum hardware requirements. Its main draw is its software maximization feature which uses less of the hardware and more of the software.
This is the reason why the UI is very fluid and is less prone to lags or unresponsiveness. A lot of people were skeptical at first but the reviews of certain gadget website editor prove that Microsoft is gaining traction and is poised to take a huge portion of the smartphone market.
With the right balance of eye candy and functionality. Mango is an OS for those people who are technologically savvy and are fun and simple as well. It strikes just the right amount of balance between being geek and chic.
The beloved OS of the self-confessed geeks and nerds, the OS from Palo Alto is the choice of those who want personalization up to the tiniest detail. Android is an open source OS meaning it can be edited and personalized at the user’s whim and want. The OS updates on an alphabetized, logical sequence which started with the letter B for Beta and then followed by the next letter iterations namely Caramel, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb and now with the lastest Ice Cream Sandwich.
Each Evolution fixes bugs and offers new updates and additional features which are sometimes requested by users or are added by Google themselves. Android is preferred by those who want to personalize their phone experience as the OS is very flexible especially to those who are well acquainted with coding or computer wizardry.
The UI is every geeks dream; it s flashy, it’s fun and it’s very futuristic. Anyone who enjoys tinkering with gadgets would feel at home with this awesome OS.
The revered OS from Cupertino, Apple’s iOS is sometimes considered as the OS that started the smartphone wars. The iOS was launched abroad the Apple’s revolutionary iPhone, which also instigated the world’s craving for touch screen devices. The combination of simplicity and playfulness is what made the iOS tick for a lot of users. Access to email and internet browsing were made easier and with thousands of apps available in the iTunes App Store, the iPhone has become a device that successfully combined work and play.
The touch functionality was also a unique and welcome feature. Merely tapping an app on the screen launches it and you’re good to go; to borrow Apple’s favorite line, ‘it just works’. With the advent of Apple products, a lot of consumers have migrated to Apple’s ecosystem and have since been loyal users, always waiting for the next Apple product that would hit the market.
The OS of choice for the corporate and business world, the Blackberry OS reigned supreme in the smartphone wars until the iOS came to the fray. They Blackberry OS, accessible only through the Blackberry phones that RIM releases, is simple, direct and to-the point. It is fit for any businessman or woman who is always on the go.
The OS is no-nonsense which made it appeal more to the corporate world. Useful tools are provided to help run a company or conglomerate even easier and not taxing. Emails can be retrieved and opened easily through wifi or 3G and the Blackberry Messenger(BBM) is useful to easily communicate with colleagues and friends. What was once a business phone quickly became a commercial phone when non-business consumers started using it as their regular phones.
The responsive QWERTY keyboards and sexy phone designs of RIM were also big come-ons for the consumers who want to look slick and exude the corporate vibe.
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