Android Vs Windows Phone – Who Wins?
The Google Android operating system has become a huge hit, with many smart phones and tablet devices now running the OS and more people signing up for the experience by the day. The success of Android is hardly surprising, however, because it has proven to be a very dependable option for anyone needing mobile computing on the go.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has been waiting in the wings and towards the end of last year unveiled its own brand new operating system for a range of freshly designed phones, some of which are the result of a collaboration between the US computing giant and Finnish handset maker Nokia. This was obviously good news for Nokia too, which has been going through troubled times of late.
Which One to buy, Android or Windows Phone?
So then, does buying one of these new Microsoft Windows Phone handsets make sense when put alongside any one of the many different smartphone models that come running Android? Well, there’s no doubting that the range of new Windows Phone handsets are an attractive proposition, particularly if you like something that’s relatively simplistic and easy to use.
Indeed, the cool tiling layout that sits on the home screen of the Windows Phone OS is really user-friendly, plus there are also plenty of tie-ins with the other Microsoft services such as Xbox Live. If you’re already a Windows user on your other computing devices, such as your home computer or a laptop, then there will be many common denominators.
What’s more, the range of new smartphones that are running the sprightly Microsoft OS, which was built from the ground up incidentally, all come with very decent technical specifications and have designs that stand up very well alongside any other smartphone you want to compare them with.
Take another route?
Having said all that, there’s no doubting that the Android platform still has the upper edge, and for numerous reasons. For starters, the OS is rather more flexible in what it can do – even the simple but essential requirement for copy and paste options is present, whereas it hasn’t been on the Microsoft counterpart. Android also has an unrivalled user interface too, which is often customised by different phone manufactures to make a good thing even better.
Then we get to the real crux of the matter, because along with swift and efficient updates for Android itself, there is also the area of apps for smartphones. The Android Market might occasionally suffer from a lack of quality control, but it’s hard to resist the countless software options that can be found within. Microsoft on the other hand, has far less apps available for the Windows Phone platform, and, as a result, this limits the fun and functionality of a handset running the Microsoft OS.
If you’re the sort of person who wants simplicity then Windows Phone handsets will get the job done, but if you’re looking for lots of durability, and the capability for turning your phone into a computing powerhouse, then Android still looks like being the way to go.