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Windows Phones Vs Android Phones

August 10th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Here’s a detailed, feature based comparison of Windows Phones vs Android phones. This is to help you decide which phone bests the other one

There’s never been a better time to be a gadget freak! For computer and technology buffs, thew rapid advancement in smartphone technology has been a godsend. In fact, smartphones today are so advanced, it seems wrong to refer to them as mere ‘phones’.

The various Windows, Android, and iOS devices that you can pick up from your nearest retailer are in fact full-fledged computing and communications devices. However, this development also puts many of you in a dilemma. It does get hard to choose from the plethora of devices available on the market – with so many different options, how do you realise which one is the best?

Well, to make thing easier for you, and to help you choose the best smartphone, here’s a  look at Windows Phones Vs Android Phones:

Windows Phones Vs Android Phones

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  1. The interface: Android phones don’t have a fixed user interface. While Google, the creator fo Android, has a default interface – or skin – most cellphone makers implement their own version – Samsung has the TouchWiz while HTC has the Sense. Motorola has been using the ‘Blur’ interface. However, Windows Phones have a common ‘Metro’ interface. Most users reckon this is the easiest – and best looking – of the various smartphone skins and interfaces available. However, while you can play around with Android and  change how it looks, you can’t do the same with a Windows Phone – all you can do is change the colours!
  2. Customizability – Moving on from our first point, what comes to mind is that Android phones are extremely customisable while Windows Phones aren’t!
  3. Security – Windows Phones are perhaps the most secure smartphone devices. Looking at the Android Vs Windows Phone comparison, we see that Android users can be at risk of viruses. However, Windows Phone is highly secure!
  4. Hardware and Performance: A mixed bag here, as you’ll see! Android phones are usually the fastest smartphones. Dual core and even quad-core processors are the norm, while screen sizes and resolutions are on a constant upwards march! At the same time, Windows Phones have a limited feature set – They are all single core and may lack features such as NFC, removable and expandable storage, and high-res screens. However, because Windows Phone is a very tightly-controlled smartphone OS and phone manufacturers have to abide by Microsoft’s strict terms, Windows Phones are usually more responsive and faster to use than their Android counterparts! Windows is also known for its faster-to-respond camera!
  5. Social Networks and Mail: Social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are built into Windows Phone – so you don’t need separate apps. This makes the social experience smooth and polished. At the same time, Windows Phone doesn’t have a very effective notification system – Android’s central notification service wins hands down here!

Overall, we will recommend Android Phones for those really tech savvy. There are also many more apps available on Android and for some users, this may be vital! However, most of the common apps are present on Windows too.

There is one major difference, though: On Android, you will see many of Google’s services integrated into the phone – such as Google Maps, Google Drive… In Windows, Microsoft’s services – such as Bing and SkyDrive – take precedence! However, for first-time smartphone users, Windows might be a better choice!

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 tropolite // Aug 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Actually Windows Phones can be customised by what live tiles you have displayed and this is in itself unique. Most of the times you don’t have to open the app because the info that you are mostly wanting cycles through updating the tile with information.

    Then Windows Phone 8 coming available Oct/Nov 2012 will be able to change the sizes of the tiles, smaller and larger yet still displaying current nfo… So Windows Phones is for IMO the best customising the frontend screen without cluttering it.

    Hardware and performance needs to be updated with what is coming in Windows Phone 8 (Oct/Nov 2012).

    Windows Phone runs extremely nice on single core, there is no doubt about that. WP8 brings multi core, NFC, removable storage and high res screens and many other features gen #1 and #2 were missing.

    My suggestion is, if you aren’t in a rush to buy a new phone, at least wait till later this year.. and give both OS’s a try… not just take someone’s word or recommendation.

    Try them out.