Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Software(Operating system) Comparison between Smartphone, iPhone & Tablets.


The Smartness & Intelligence of Smartphones/Tablets comes from the operating system they run. The world of smartphones, iPhones & tablets is full of choices – be it the price, features, hardware or the Operating System of the devices. Buying a smartphone can be very tricky sometimes because unlike our personal computers we cannot upgrade the hardware or change the operating system just like we do in our PCs. So we must be very sure about our requirements from a smartphone. In this article we are going to focus on top available OS in the market which comes with smartphones, iPhones and Tablets, compare their feature and list basic pros/cons.

Apple iOS

iOS is developed by Apple, specifically for their iPhone and iPad series. It’s having lots of functionalities and they are organized in very user-friendly manner. Most of the configurations are pre-installed and users can start using the device without worrying about technical details. iOS supports the largest number of applications in the earth. You can find millions of applications in Apples App store. The environment in iOS is well controlled and restricted. Therefore it’s less vulnerable for crashes. This would be a great OS for most of the non-techy people who hate to struggle with technical issues. Apple’s unparalleled ease of use, unique integration of hardware and software and vast number of apps and accessories make this platform tough to beat.

Pros: Easy-to-use interface, Support for highest-quality apps and iTunes makes it easy to buy apps, movies, music, books and more under one umbrella.
Cons: Social networking services not as tightly integrated as on Android, Windows Phone and Limited multitasking ability


Android is World’s most popular and fastest growing mobile operating system developed by Google. It’s a free, open source operating software which offers maximum user customization unlike any other OS. A good thing about Android is that it works well on all kind of devices ranging from entry level smartphones to high end smartphones. Techie people love this OS as they can do any type of software tweaking and create apps and more. Google Play is integrated with Android and offers ‘N’ number of free & paid applications to its users. In coming times it will be almost impossible to beat Android for the features/ease of use/customizability it offers than any other OS available till date.

Pros: First to support features like 4G, HD screens, Customizable home screens, cool widgets which Integrates with social networks easily, True and easy multitasking and supports maximum number of apps via Google play store.
Cons: Android most vulnerable to malware, Occasional crashes or slowness on some phones, Google Play store not as robust as iTunes for buying media, eats up battery very quickly and OS updates aren’t timely or guaranteed.

BlackBerry OS

It is one of the most successful smartphones in the enterprise space as it offers highly secure push mail and messenger services, which even government’s security agencies, are unable to intercept. BlackBerry messenger service (BBM) and Push mail service is very popular and has attracted enterprise customers. BlackBerry OS works well with low end configurations and offers best battery life as compared to other operating systems. BlackBerry OS enjoys exclusivity as it is available with BlackBerry smartphones and tablets only just like Apple iOS.

Pros: Great security management, best messaging/email service and Long battery life.
Cons: All Internet service and email goes through RIM’s servers, which have experienced major outages in the recent past. If they go down, you go down, also the service is little expensive..

Windows OS.

It is the newest entry in the smartphone world. It is completely new and fresh OS which is quite modern than other competitors. When it comes to application support it’s still way behind than iOS or Android. There are very lesser applications available, but most of the important ones for personal and business usage are there. User interface is excellent but app supportability till date is poor. Also this OS requires heavy system requirements which are always not feasible on an entry level or mid-range device. It will take lot of time before Windows can enjoy the same popularity as it does in PC section.

Pros: Live Tiles on the home screen let you access info fast, Can pin almost anything to Start screen, Groups feature saves time and supports MS applications like Office suite.
Cons: Limited app selection, Phones way behind in the specs race, OS not optimized for landscape mode and can’t use your phone as a hotspot

Other Operating Systems


Symbian was Nokia’s proprietary operating system until the phone giant decided to open-source it. It’s now maintained and developed by an independent organization called Symbian Foundation. Symbian is mostly found on Sony Ericsson and Nokia devices. It’s strongly focused on the phone functionality – like quick dialing, voice control, texting, taking pictures, sharing items over Bluetooth, etc. – but also has some PDA features and thousands of third-party apps. This OS is scheduled for discontinuation by the company very soon so it’s not a good idea to buy a phone with Symbian OS.


Bada is an open source operating system created by Samsung Corporation. Samsung Bada has failed to taste the success in smartphone space unlike its other counterparts. Both Nokia and Samsung have officially announced discontinuation of Bada OS from this year, so it has no future and there will be no point in buying a phone with this OS.


After considering so many operating systems I have concluded that there is simply no match for Android OS. Apple iOS is equally good but it’s comes with only high end apple smartphones/tablets which may be out of reach for many. For iPhone/iPad you have no other choice except iOS, Android is the best bet now days for all types of smartphones & tablets in all segments. In a nutshell we can say that Android is the future.


Prepared Under guidance of

Mrs. Deepti Sharma
Asst. Professor. (IT Department), JIMS

 By – Anmol Sharma