Which Smartphone Is For You?

There are three main contenders in the smartphone (i.e. cellphones that are basically little bitty pocket computers! Joy!) market for you to choose from. So when your two-year contract is up, and your cell phone company gives you a free “upgrade” (with another damn two-year renewal), what do you choose?

I’m talking about iOS (i.e. iPhones), Android (i.e. a thousand different phones) and Windows. (No, I do not consider BlackBerry to be a smartphone. And yes, I can say that, because this is my column and I’ll discriminate against Blackberry if I want to! Also, please drop yours in a toilet and get another phone, thankyouverymuch.)

I could go on and on about technical specs, but you can Google all of that. Instead, I’ll give you a simple, easy to understand quickie guide to the three main phone operating systems. Because, truly, the operating system is at least half of the phone experience. Hardware makes a big impact, but the best hardware is still going to seem miserable if you haven’t picked the right OS for you.

Android: This is the smartphone for the tinkerer. If you are constantly tweaking things, like everything to be just so, and are considering going all-out geek and getting “root access” to your phone’s inner processes (so you can do stuff like uninstall all the crapware that comes on phones these days. Who wants that NFL app? NO ONE.), Android is for you. Android also has more than 50% of the market share right now (due to the fact that a crap-ton of phones are running it), and has a lot of great apps for technical business users.

iPhone: Everyone knows that Apple’s big thing is the polish and elegance of the user experience. The iPhone experience feels more finished in a way that Android just can’t yet compete with. It’s incredibly simple, and the apps and main operating system features are all incredibly consistent. For those of you who want your smartphone to just WORK, DAMMIT, and don’t want to spend any time tinkering or finding little fun tweaks and hacks, then iPhone might be for you. iPhone doesn’t have as many great business apps, but there are plenty for your average business(wo)man.

Windows: Windows phones used to be crap, but the latest iteration of Windows phones are gorgeous, and offer a fun mix of iPhone and Android. There is still a more customized aspect to this user experience, but it’s more polished. The Windows app marketplace hasn’t been around as long, but all of the business apps you need are available and more well-integrated with your workplace experience than any other device. Also, the customizable, automatically-updating tiles interface is sort of awesome.

So which way did you/will you go? Do you have one of these? What do you like? Dislike? I’m an Android fangirl, myself. But I could be persuaded to go Windows. :)

About MommyGeek

Caitlin, a.k.a MommyGeek, is a member of the iGeneration. This means she’s super into technology, and when the robots take over the world, will either be one of the first killed (she knows too much) or recruited to help enslave you (she knows too much – and sympathizes with the robots). She runs Rent a Geek Mom web design, and writes documentation, tutorials and works as Support at Headway Themes.

Comments

  1. WorkingMom says:

    In a perfect world, I’d probably go with the iPhone or Windows version. But we still have held out against total technology in our house, and all our phones are just that: phones. No texting plan, no Internet access, no data plan. If you want to call me, call me. If I don’t answer, leave a message.

    Some of the reasons for holdout?
    I like being to be minimally connected in the car – it gives me more time to sing along to the radio. It eliminates the issue of the teen driver texting while driving. It saves us money. I can’t see the little screen, and my fingers hurt from trying to type the occasional email from my iPod. And I just want my life a little simpler – I find people assume that everyone texts or has a smartphone, and they expect you to respond to them ASAP; it’s all 24/7 instant gratification, and I’m not sure that’s a good thing.

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    • mommygeek says:

      I completely hear you – and it definitely depends on your lifestyle. I’m basically married to my phone, but since my husband is, too, it works out well for us. We make our living in tech, it’s tough to get away! :) KUDOS to you for holding out, though – and for singing along to the radio in the car. You’re probably one of those people I totally envy – singing along without a hint of embarrassment!

  2. I have an android phone simply because that was the only option when it came to getting a ruggedized smartphone. I need a phone that is impact and water resistant… operating systems are a secondary consideration.

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  3. Deebi27 says:

    I have an iPhone and Love it.I have a Otterbox on my phone and I still haven’t dropped more that 2 time (bouncing off my lap as I get out of my car. Love that Otterbox too! Easy to use, easy to update. The app store has all that I could possible want. Go Apple!

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  4. IzzyMom says:

    I love my iPhone. LOVE. IT. I had the first Android phone and like you said, it felt unfinished (and inconsistent). I’m sure it’s improved by leaps and bounds in the past couple years but at this point NOTHING could pry me away from my iPhone.

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  5. Al_Pal says:

    My blackberry is now 3 years old, and I’ve been wanting a new phone for over a year, but also figuring that if I waited a while, options would continue to improve.
    When I got it, it was one of the only phones that could load whole web pages–that’s one of the main reasons I chose it. The G1 was tempting, but Tmobile had Zero reception at my mom’s house, so that was a no-go. :P

    I see how much people love their iPhones, but I’ve also seen from the commercials that the verizon version can’t surf and talk, which I think is rather unfortunate.

    A big amen to “nobody wants that NFL app”, LOL. ;p

    I’ll probably get an Android phone soon…but we’ll see. ;P

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  6. Karla says:

    I couldnt have said it any better to be honest! keep up the awesome work. You are very talented & I only wish I could write as good as you do :) …

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