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Windows Phone vs Android Phones

December 13th, 2012 · No Comments

Android phones have topped the sale in US markets. In this article, we present a comparison of Windows Phone vs Android Phones.

Mobile operating systems are becoming more popular with increasing usage of Smart phones. Among them, the major players are iOS, Windows Phone OS and Android operating system. Android phones have topped the sale in U.S. markets while windows still struggling to get a decent market share of the product.

Google Android being an open source has become the best platform for application developers to create cool apps which has made it the leading mobile OS. Also the fantastic user interface and support for various devices has gained it a significant market share.

As per recent survey from AC Nielsen, 51.8% of smart phones users in U.S. preferred Android followed by 34.4% users preferring iPhone with only 3% users who are interested in Windows Phone s. This article provides a brief comparison of Windows and Android smart phones based on various features.

Windows Phone vs Android Phones

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User Interface

Android 4.1 OS also called as Jellybean has customizable home screens and other exciting features. The cool feature about Android is the widgets and customizable screens. There are three different UI layouts for various devices like 7-inch and 10-inch tablets as well as smart phones.

 

Similarly Windows Phone 8 UI is based on concept of “Live Tiles” which is square shaped icons on home screen which connect to various applications like Browser, Messaging, and Music Player etc.

The tile-based home screen is very much finger-friendly, customizable and elegant. There are many cool apps like Microsoft Office, People hub and integration with various social networks.

Web Browser

Android 4.1 is available with standard Android browser while some select models like Google Nexus 7 has Chrome installed in it. There are some cool features in the standard browsers which include tabbed browsing, offline reading, option to save pages, security features etc.

While standard browser is good enough, Chrome is much better with standard features of desktop browser, bookmarking, history and faster browsing experience.

On the other hand, Windows Phone 8 has much better and advanced Internet Explorer version 10, IE 10 with exciting feature set.

When considering mobile internet browsing, IE 10 is really superb with excellent security features, cookies, tabbed browsing, flash support, HTML 5 support, Phishing filter and Smart screen services which protect your browser from getting attacked by malicious websites.

Maps

Android 4.1 uses the propriety Google Maps which is very user-friendly with various features like 3D and indoor mapping, Street View etc. The maps also provide live traffic statistics and easier navigation options.

It is also completed integrated with phone’s GPS system and gives live updates on user’s location while travelling. It helps motorists and pedestrians with satellite navigation experience and assists them to complete their scheduled activities.

Windows Phone 7 was using the propriety Bing Maps from Microsoft which was not as effective as Google Maps. The recent Windows Phone 8 has introduced the Nokia Maps which has some cool features like Navteq traffic service and 3D street navigation from Nokia.

Camera Application:

The camera application in Android is always cool with various image filters, zooming and editing options. It’s still more improved, easier review system and better controls for saturation, contrast, brightness and zooming.

Windows Phone 8 also has an interesting camera app which implements Nokia Pure view technology. It has different scene modes; customizable exposure and white balance settings which helps you shoot better pictures.

There is also panoramic mode for capturing panorama wide-angle shots apart from other cool features like zero shutter lag and photo editing options.

Application Downloads

Android phones have the Google Play market where you can download unlimited applications for free. There are more than half a million applications available for download which include different categories like games, productivity apps, educational apps, Voip apps etc.

There are paid applications as well as number of free applications available for users to download.

One of the biggest drawbacks of Windows phones is the limited applications available at Windows Phone App market place. It cannot be compared in anyway with Google Play in terms of application availability and is under stocked.

Apart from Microsoft Office and IE 10, there are not many useful productivity apps which can be downloaded from the market place.

Near Field Communication

Windows Phone 8 comes with Microsoft Wallet which makes use of NFC technology. It facilitates instant pairing between Windows phones and easy exchange of data. It also integrates with various phone applications and allows payment services through PayPal.

Google Android also has NFC support with Google Wallet which is available only in US at present. It has various features like sharing of applications, media and contacts instantly between NFC enabled devices with just a touch.

Also, your card details will be stored and you can make instant payment in stores. You can also part NFC enabled Bluetooth devices instantly and transfer vides, photos and applications in seconds.

Social Media Integration and Mail Support

Android phones have support for all social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Four Square etc. You can download the applications from Google Play and start using these apps anytime.

Majority of Android phone users, use Gmail as primary mail client which is very fast, secure and reliable. You can also have video chats using Gtalk and Skype with phones that have front-facing camera.

Windows Phones also have social media integration with all platforms like Twitter, Facebook etc. It has a unique social media app called “People” hub which automatically provides updates from all social media platforms.

Media Support

Previously windows phones did not have support for extended memory like micro SD cards. But with new Windows Phone 8, this support is available. It also supports various screen resolutions like 1280 x 720, 800 x 480 and 1280 x 768.

Android also has support for all types of media and very good experience for playing music and videos. It has in-built media player and gallery which let you to view pictures in form of slide shows. Media is handled through

Conclusion

Android phones being user-friendly and with support for unlimited apps has become the world leader in smart phone operating systems. Though Windows Phones are becoming popular nowadays after tie-up with Nokia, still they lack in some features like limited application availability, limited hardware and media support etc.

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