Not too long ago, handheld devices or gadgets were very limited, both in terms of brands and functionality. For this reason, choosing a smartphone was relatively easy because there were only a few brands to choose from, and even fewer software options. However, technological advancements have today turned this once very simple task very complicated.
While you might have a pretty good idea of the kind of features you want in a handheld device, choosing the best mobile operating system is not always easy. The top four operating systems for handheld devices are iOS from Apple, Android from Google, Windows phone 7 from Microsoft and Symbian 3 from Nokia.
Apple gadgets run on iOS operating system, which is probably one of the easiest to use mobile OS. According to Gartner, iOS commanded a 14.4% global market share in 2009. This is set to grow to 17.2% by 2015. iOS is the oldest of the four operating systems. It has some of the best menu transitions (it does not have any noticeable lag when you switch between various applications) and has been described as a timeless OS by tech pundits. Additionally, it boasts of more than 300,000 high-end applications.
Android has been widely adopted by numerous manufacturers. However, Android requires a high quality handset in order to run well as it tends to be slow on low quality handsets. In 2009, Android enjoyed paltry 3.9% of the global smart phone market share, according to Gartner. Astonishingly, this is projected to hit the 48.8% by 2015. Android gadgets such as tablets enjoy a formidable following especially among the techsavvy generation due to features such as:
• Adobe Flash support
• WiFi hotspot
Symbian 3 by Nokia has the advantage of running fairly well even on some of the weakest hardware. With Symbian, there is no need to ramp up the power. As a result, Symbian gadgets enjoy some of the longest battery life. Moreover, it boasts of USB On-the-Go connectivity and FM radio; features that are conspicuously absent on the Android platform.
Windows phone 7 boasts of some of the best hardware in the business. It lacks the standard copy-paste and multitasking functions. However, what it lacks in these functions, Windows phone 7 more than makes it up in its optimization. As a result, its performance is unrivalled. Users who invest in Windows Phone 7 gadgets can look forward to an original, smooth, contemporary and elegant user interface.