How To: Pick the Right Smartphone for You (Part 1)

AlexandraHow to choose the smartphone that is right for you

A dizzying number of smartphones is available on the market right now. They all come with different features, sizes and prices. But all these options do not make it easier to choose the right smartphone. The iPhone continues to offer the most intuitive interface and tends to get the hottest apps first. Android smartphones offer more features and more customization options and Windows Phones have an innovative interface customizable with tiles. So, how do you choose the Smartphone that is right for you? First you need to choose which operations system you want to use; iOS, Android or Windows.

Apple’s iOS

IPhones come with iOS, Apple’s official mobile operating system. iOS has a well-integrated ecosystem and fairly intuitive interface. Apple’s trademark polish also makes it a very reliable operating system with minimal lag. Unlike Android apps, apps on iOS can’t access the operating system directly; this explains why your phone still works fine when an app crashes. On an Android phone, an app crash might take down the whole phone, forcing it to reboot. iOS is also known as one of the most secure operating systems. Apple employees inspect every newly developed app posted to the App Store, ensuring they can keep turn away any app that may attempt to access the operating system directly and thus might install malware onto your phone. Additionally, Apple has integrated theft prevention software in its operation system. When your iPhone is stolen, you can easily track it or delete all your information and settings, ensuring you privacy is respected. The iOS platform is furthermore easier to develop apps for, ensuring that apps mostly release first on the iPhone before they release on any other smartphone. However, iPhones and their operating system don’t come cheap and lack customization.

Google’s Android Operating System

Android is the most widely used operating system and runs on a countless number of models. The operation system is highly customizable allowing users as well as manufactures to give their smartphone a unique, personal touch. Samsung, for example, installs an overlay called TouchWiz, offering a unique interface for all its devices. However, these skins have been known to slow down the operating system. Also, users can tailor their mobile experience. Every aspect of the user interface can be tweaked and people can even root their phone, giving them access to the underlying operating system, which allows them to install everything they want. While Apple is rather slow to integrate new features, this Android open source culture makes place for great new features and innovations. The Android operating system further runs on most devices at various prices, making it possible to buy an Android phone on a tight budget.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone

Thanks to various software updates, the Windows Phone, Microsoft’s OS, has much of the functionality found in Android or iOS. And the hardware has caught up to. Whereas Windows Phone ran before mainly on Nokia hardware, today Smartphone manufacturers like HTC and Samsung have also being released phones with Windows Phone OS. Windows Phone has a simple, appealing and easy to use interface that’s also more customizable than iOS. The home page can be configured with tiles, exposing core information without you having to open an app. A notification centre also puts new messages and system settings in closer reach. Windows Phone further runs Microsoft Office, making it a perfect phone for business people and the virtual assistant, Cortana, is believed to be better and more sophisticated than Siri and Google Now. Apps are, however, where Windows Phone struggles to keep up with iOS or Android. New apps are slow to come out in the Microsoft Store, as Google doesn’t offer its core apps for the platform and app developers are not always bothered to update their apps like they do for iOS or Android. But Microsoft says its trying to make it easier for developers to create apps that work across the Windows ecosystem.