In the battle for Smartphone supremacy its no longer just about the slickest mobile device. It has eventually come down to the best OS, the most and best Apps (meaning developer base).
Apple’s iOS 4 started the trend and was the leader until Google’s Android stepped in and began to steal Apple’s thunder and market. In the meantime Smartphone phones with dualcore processors like Motorola’s Atrix and Samsung’s Galaxy S II are providing buyer’s with compelling alternatives and choices. For instance, BlackBerry and Symbian have their supporters and fans while Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is beginning to make a strong showing in a crowed field. the coming Windows 8 codenamed “Mango” promises a different approach with primary functions emdedded in the OS and less dependent on apps as with the others.
Thanks to motivated device manufacturing hardware is advancing by leaps and bounds with display screens getting bigger, better and thinner, front and rear cameras are showing up on newer phones. The biggest frenzy and excitement in the industry is around the growth of App Stores that are literally popping up everywhere and are buldging at the seams with new functions, features and solutions that are driving new buyer markets and developer acceptance.
Add to all this the momentum behind tablets and you have the recipe for a “blood in the streets” battle that will eventually play out over the next few years in which should see vast sea changes in the entire technology ecosystem and drastically change the face of business and education in ways we are only now beginning to witness the extent and effects of.
Your choice of OS needs to made considering a wide range of variables.
- Developer support and App repository
- Device features and fuctionality
- Update path and quality of support
- Accessories and extensions
- Overall specifications
It might be useful in these days and times to consider whether your target phone’s OS also supports and extends itself to tablet devices.