Today, smartphones mainly fulfill their users’ needs for a telephone, digital camera and video camera, GPS navigation, a media player, clock, news, calculator, web browser, handheld video game player, flashlight, compass, an address book, note-taking, digital messaging, an event calendar, etc.
A mobile operating system (OS) is software that allows smartphones, tablet PCs, and other devices to run applications and programs. A mobile OS typically starts up when a device powers on, showing a screen with icons or tiles that present data and provide application access. Mobile operating systems also handle cellular and wireless network connectivity, as well as phone access.
Examples of mobile device operating systems include Apple iOS, Google Android, Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS, Hewlett-Packard’s WebOS (formerly Palm OS) and Nokia’s Symbian.
We’ll compare the Apple iOS’s and Microsoft Windows Phone’s operating systems.
iOS is a mobile operating system built and developed by Apple Inc. exclusively for its devices. It is the operating system that presently powers many of the company’s mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
Here are three best things about iPhones:
- Easiest phone to use
The iPhone remains the easiest phone to use by far. Some may lament the lack of change in the look and feel of iOS over the years, but I consider it a plus that it works pretty much the same as it did way back in 2007. Pick it up, turn it on, touch the app to open.
- Better hardware and software integration
The 3D Touch display first started with the iPhone 6s and featured in all but one model released since then is smart enough to sense pressure, allowing you to take quick actions from the home screen just by long-pressing on an app icon. The new Portrait Mode on the iPhone 8 Plus can add sophisticated lighting effects with a tap. And the iPhone X can scan your face to log you in, even if you grow a beard and start wearing glasses.
- The best cameras
Apple’s iPhone has one of the most intelligent cameras in its class.
Here are three worst things about iPhones:
- The battery life isn’t long enough yet
When Apple introduces a new iPhone each year, the company famously prioritises a thin and streamlined aesthetic by adding a longer-lasting and therefore thicker, battery to the device. It’s a perennial refrain that iPhone owners would much prefer an iPhone that stays the same size, or even gets slightly thicker if they can get longer battery life out of the device. Also as each new iPhone’s components and features grow more power-hungry, but the battery life stays about the same.
- Apple is greedy with storage
One of the biggest complaints about the launch of the iPhone 6s was that it was high time for Apple to do away with the 16GB entry-level iPhone — a move that it once again declined to make. 16GB of storage is nowhere near enough for a phone that can shoot 4K video, but Apple continued to offer 16GB as the entry-level option. Even worse, the company charges a steep price increase to upgrade the storage capacity, which many users do when they weigh their options: 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB.
- Google apps aren’t nearly as useful on iOS
If you’re thinking to buy iPhone and rely heavily on Google’s apps, you should be informed that Google’s services aren’t integrated into iOS. It may not be fair to characterise Google’s design choices as a shortcoming of Apple’s platform, but it may be an essential consideration for users who live a very Google-centric life online.
Windows Phone (WP) is a family of mobile operating systems developed by Microsoft for smartphones as the replacement successor to Windows Mobile. Windows Phone was replaced by Windows 10 Mobile in 2015. Windows 10 Mobile was published on January 21, 2015, as a mobile operating system for smartphones and tablets running on ARM architecture.
Here are three best things about Windows Phone:
- Live tile support
Windows Phone’s home screen is lively. Without even opening an app, you look at the phone and get updates from every app; be it Stock prices, News, Weather, Facebook updates, New Email, next meeting on my calendar, etc.
- Microsoft Integration and Support
Those who are used to Microsoft’s service and software would be glad to know Windows Phone works well with Microsoft products like Outlook.com. OneDrive Skype, Xbox, and OneNote.
- Offline Maps Integration
Windows Phone has HERE Maps and HERE Drive integrated into its Lumia range. You can download maps of countries with the Windows Phones and navigate across the country without a data connection while driving.
Here are three worst things about Windows Phones:
- Disgusting App Support
Most of the apps present in Windows Store doesn’t correctly maintain by the developers like it used to be on Android or iPhone. Most of the apps you see in you are accustomed to in Android or iPhone, is not available in Windows Phone.
- Unstable Operating System
If you’ve bought a Windows Phone recently, then you will never feel this kind of problem on your phone. But after using it for months and if you regularly don’t turn off your device often. You might face problems like – unable to receive incoming calls, screen auto brightness issue, touch smoothness problem and many more.
- Can’t power-off while charging the battery
Windows Phone users will know that one thing they can’t do is charge their device while it’s powered off. Plugging a charging cable into a Windows Phone while the device is powered down will result in the device waking up entirely, and there’s no option to change that.
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