The present market scenario is witnessing a tough competition amongst smartphones. “Smartphone wars” has increased to a great extent in the past few years. The questions that often arises in the mind of buyers are: Which phone is a better buy? How to compare the various smartphones? Does an operating system play a key role in buying a smartphone? if yes, which is better?
The worlds leading giants of the industry like Apple and Google have recently made great changes in developing mobile operating systems. They are constantly upbringing higher versions which are increasingly powerful and smarter. However, they all seem to be same just with different brand name backing them. Weighing the pros and cons of each platform against the other is the new game. Many people have a mind of upgrading themselves with a new smartphone. To make things a bit easier for them, we have some outlook on the operating systems of Google and Apple.
Android is a Linux based operating system originally developed by Android Inc. it was later purchased by Google in 2005. Android was developed for touchscreen mobile devices such as tablet computers and smartphones. The first Android-powered phone was sold in October 2008 and In October 2012, i.e. almost four years later, there were approximately 700,000 apps available for Android. Android became a huge success overtaking Symbian and has now become the world’s most widely used smartphone platform. By the third quarter of 2012 Android had a worldwide smartphone market share of 75% . The latest version of android launched on 13th Nov, 2012 is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The previous versions developed were Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.0-4.0.4, Android 3.0-3.2 Honeycomb and Gingerbread 2.3.3-2.3.7. New version brings an higher API level.
In 2007 Apple released a mobile operating system iOS , previously known as iPhone OS . It had a 14.9% share of the smartphone mobile operating system units shipped in the third quarter of 2012, behind only Google’s Android. In June 2012, it accounted for 65% of mobile web data consumption. Unlike Google’s Android , Apple does not license iOS for installation on non-Apple hardware. The latest version of iOS launched on 11th February,2013 is iOS 6.1.1(highest version for iPhone 4S).The other versions released earlier were iOS 3.1.3, iOS 4.2.1,iOS 5.1.1 and iOS 6.1.
Lets run a parallel comparison between the two above mentioned operating systems and distinguish them based by peeping into their details.
DESIGN AND INTERFACE:
Both iOS 6 and Jelly Bean have a very attractive default interface. Even a beginner would turn into a geek. Android phones have a bold and interactive User Interface. On the other side , Apple challenges for elegance and simplicity. While iOS may not be as flexible or allow a free hand to its user for customization as Android, on the whole it is a lot nicer package. Android is steadily improving, but it is hard to deny that iOS developers appear to work out hard in making their apps prettier to amaze the buyers.
GAMES AND APPS:
If you are a teenager then you will prefer to buy a smartphone which is capable of engaging you all day long! In that case iOS is the one you should go for. iOS has a bigger and better library of available games than Android.
APPS : iOS may have plenty of quality apps as Google is not so strict in developing. Nevertheless Google wins for its turn-by-turn navigation which is better a choice than iOS ones! The iOS app store is slightly larger than the Android Play Store. But isn’t it the quality rather than quantity that matters? For now, on that measure, iOS is still winning but Android has promised to catch up fast!
CHATTING AND SOCIAL INTEGRATION: Both Jelly Bean and iOS 6 have excellent video-chat facilities. Jelly Bean’s expanded email notifications serves as a user friendly option .Apple borrowed the notification-drawer from Android. But iOS 6’s Facebook- and Twitter-sharing fields are with an excellent finishing touch.
CLOUD INTEGRATION : Jelly bean and iOS 6 both have amazing feature of data backing up and data synchronizing. This feature was first introduced by Android but now with the launch of iCloud, iOS users are also getting this benefit.
You can buy an Android phone with or without NFC(near-field communications), with as much or as little storage space as you need and with a big screen. Although hardware feature isn’t yet much relevant but NFC is becoming a big deal in mobile phones. Here, iPhone has a clear disadvantage that they are NFC incompatible.
Android phones have an awesome camera quality i.e up-to 8 MP. They also have decent camera apps and impressive camera quality. Recently, iOS 6 has introduced a new and attactive Panorama feature. Apple exercises some amount of control over its hardware partners and wrote the app and the camera’s firmware in accord with them , which makes the iPhone 5’s camera better than the Android’s one.
iOS 6 is the Apple’s most fragmented mobile Operating System.The so called sweet, clean Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Nexus, doesn’t look the same on the Galaxy S3. It complicates the OS with the arrivals of new features!
Here we are having some comparisons of the specifications of Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5, one of the latest release from GOOGLE and APPLE respectively.
Samsung Galaxy S3: The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a phone with a stylish look and has a lot of neat and innovative new features like Google voice app, turn by turn voice navigation, Google maps etc. but it also has far more faults. The rich, highly customizable Android 4.0 interface is sometimes too much for some users , and many of the Samsung’s innovations, especially in content sharing are complicated to use. It has a plastic shell body with a front facing camera of 1.9 Megapixels and rear facing camera of 8 Megapixels with a maximum battery life of 11 hours.
iPhone 5: iPhone 5 is a reliable phone with beautiful design ,solid and strong with a larger screen,a faster processor and a slightly –improved camera than the previous versions. It has a plastic shell body with a front facing camera of 0.9 Megapixels and and rear facing camera of 8 Megapixels and have a maximum battery life of 8 hours.It has several interesting features like iTunes, maps, app store and iMessage. However, iPhone 5 has many disadvantages too. iPhone 5 lacks NFC whereas Android phones are NFC compatible.
So, now it is up-to you to select your “Saucy pocket friend” according to your need and interest !