View Poll Results: Whats your take on the Android vs Windows war??

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Windows Mango vs Android: Choosing the best OS on your smartphone.

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    Default Windows Mango vs Android: Choosing the best OS on your smartphone.

    A lot of times I come across people who think a phone is a smartphone only if it is powered by Android. Any one having a WP (windows phone) has supposedly wasted his hard earned money. So is this the case? Before we come to any conclusions let us first understand what an OS on a phone means.

    Just like your computer a phone also requires a platform to run. An ecosystem is required on which you can install any application or play your favorite games like Angry birds. What windows(xp,vista or 7) is to a laptop or pc, Android or Windows(mango is the latest version) are to a smartphone. These are the basic software on which any additional software can run. So the question is why has two different OS when they basically do the same thing?

    Well for one having a choice is always good. Just because some prefer chrome over firefox doesnt mean firefox shouldn't exist. Every one has a different taste and while Android may suite to some not all may find it similarly pretty or useful. Though Windows and Android basically do the same thing they do it in a totally different way. Some users may find tile system on the windows appealing while others may prefer the customizability on Android.


    Android
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    Android has been in the market for quite a while now and Google has made has proved that their little monster is not only here to stay but to dominate. One can find a slew of Android powered phones in the market from various manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC. So what makes Android so special?

    Well the number of applications you can find on Google market( the online store where you download your apps from) is one of the major reason for the success of this platform. There are over 400000 apps available on the market( though you probably wouldnt download more than 100-150 of those but still its good to have a choice). One can find apps for anything from getting latest stock updates to monitoring your heart beat(not sure if it gives accurate results).

    The problem with Android is fragmentation. Presently there are phones with Gingerbread, Ice cream Sandwich or Froyo available in the market. Every version of the android is named after a dessert. Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) is the latest version available. One can still find phones Gingerbread (Android 2.3, the predecessor to Ice Cream Sandwich on phones). It is all good as long as you get the lastest and greatest
    version of the software on your phone. But usually the manufacturers drop support after one or two updates and you are left with an older version on your phone that makes it somewhat obsolete.



    Windows Phone
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    Windows is relatively a new comer to the market. The number of devices available with Windows are relatively less as of now but with Nokia joining the bandwagon recently this number is only going to increase in the future. The greatest difference between Android and Windows is the interface. While the Android offers the conventional interface with round icons and widgets, the Metro interface on the Windows uses live tiles as icons.
    It is a breeze of fresh air from the conventional system and many may find it appealing. The core idea is to make things simple and provide live feed on the tiles rather than having to open them individually. Social media like facebook and twitter come intergrated out of the box.
    Windows has got its own marketplace. Though the number of applications aren't anywhere close to that on Android; Microsoft & Nokia are personally taking care of that. Presently there are around 70000 apps available to choose from and that number is definitely gonna increase in the near future.

    Now the big question comes what to choose? Both OSes have their own pros and cons.

    Android
    Pros

    Number of applications
    Customization
    Internet tethering (sharing) over wifi or usb
    Removable battery and Sd card support
    More number of devices available to choose from

    Cons

    Due to a large number of devices available some application may be incompatible on some phones
    Fragmentation( you can never be sure whether your phone will get the next version of the os or not)
    Poor battery life


    Windows Mango
    Pros

    Facebook and twitter integration
    More fluid and responsive than Android
    Multitasking
    Social gaming on xbox live account
    Simple user interface


    Cons

    No external sd card support(though windows phones come with 8-16 gb of inbuilt memory)
    Bluetooth file sharing only with other windows phones
    No internet tethering (an update to fix this problem promised by Nokia though)
    File sharing with pc requires Zune

    Bottom line being it all depends on your own preference. Both OS have their pros and cons. While there are a lot of sites and a lot of people on the forums over the web who will defend one OS against the other, the truth is both of them are equally good. If you already have an Android tablet or you are looking for an upgrade from your old android phone, Windows mango can provide you with that fresh change. For users who are getting their first smartphone it depends on what you want. Even though windows doesnt support dual core processors, that is because it doesn't need them. It is equally(or probably more) fluid and responsive on a single core as Android on a multicore.
    Last edited by sharang_3; 26th March 2012 at 04:33 PM.
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    You have left out the mother OS of the smartphones: iOS. Even though it is for iPhones only, it still outguns Android and of course Windows Mango.
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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    You have left out the mother OS of the smartphones: iOS. Even though it is for iPhones only, it still outguns Android and of course Windows Mango.
    yes very right but i tried to wite this article from an indian perspective...ppl buying their first smartphone in india often look fr something under 20000 and iphone costs way above that so its mostly android vs windows for the indian scenario..more now as nokia is the leading brand here and it joined the windows bandwagon...

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    Currently I am looking for a smartphone and Nokia Lumia 800 looks impressive. Excellent build quality, eye-catching design and Nokia tag. But I was skeptical about Windows OS, but this piece has ceratainly cleared my mind. Still have a few questions:
    1. Does Windows OS provide easy interface to MS office, pdf, outlook sync?
    2. How is the interface to connect to PC? Is it easy to transfer files through zune without any difficulty?
    3. What formats of videos can it play? mp4/3gp/avi?
    4. Compared to android, how is the call and SMS functionality?

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    i cannot answer all your questions as i havent used windows phone much( have used friend's a few times). i really like the interface and pdf and ms office should be fine..cannot say anything about outlook sync because ive never used that feature..you can check out on the net or on the sample pieces they show in the stores..transfer of files through zune isnt an issue, just that mass storage method is faster to use...and you can play all kind of video formats. there are several media players available on the marketplace...call and sms functionality is as good as android..social integration is actually better on windows than android...btw internet tethering coming to 800 with the tango update in june..you can get it for as as low as 20-21000 if you use coupons on the net(ebay)..hope that helps

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    Android Is Best!!

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    Android is the best OS on smart phone. Android is Support all type of application. Windows mango support some Number of application And Sharing file with PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevedahison View Post
    Android is the best OS on smart phone. Android is Support all type of application. Windows mango support some Number of application And Sharing file with PC.
    not actually...android is buggy and slow on lower end phones( i have a neo v and it hangs so much)...windows is smoother and more fluid...windows marketplace has crossed 90000 applications with around 300 apps added everyday so i dont see how it has got limited apps albeit less then play store no doubt...

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    yes, I agree with u.

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    More fluid and responsive than Android
    I thought Android was way ahead when it comes to responsiveness.

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    according to idc windows will ovetake android...i will put my money on windows....

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    Quote Originally Posted by prakash0708 View Post
    Nice, Thanks for sharing it.....
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    These days android market is growing high and high. android is best but it has a leak point - open source
    so i would recommend windows and iphone

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    since present gen devices wont get the windows 8 update..best to wait until new devices are released..

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    May be Windows surface tablets will make a new boom in Windows devices. It is much awaited point about Smartphone OS selection these days.

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    which is best and useful app and most wanted game in andriod and window share your opinion...
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    Well this is an old thread and the war seems to be kind of over with Android coming out a clear winner in every respect. Windows phones are not selling much.

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    Windows mango is old system with which microsoft stopped working on they developed new phones with windows8 operating system so My choice always remains with Android or windows8

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    Well, talking about Windows phones in the competition of OS that would not be fare, because Android Operating System is way ahead from the Windows. There is no market of Windows phones. Android phones are much better and responsive not even this but if you will see the interface of Windows care fully, you will see it, that there is nothing that you call impressive or attractive theme wise as well, second most important thing that Windows store is not full of the applications. Android offers many applications free which you can not find in Windows. People think that Android has leak point or crashes all the time which is totally untruth, because it depends on the device and on the users if you know how to use a device you actually can enjoy the Android Operating system. The thing which you miss in Android that's a battery life, apart of that there is nothing to compare with Windows, its way ahead in terms technologies or in terms of interface. Android gives you liberty to use the device with their OS, there is no restriction and incompatibility although you can connect your mouse with Android TAB and can use it. I am using Windows and Android both from last 2 years and found it Android is much better and easy to understand.
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