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The OS

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An­droid

Smart­phones en­able us to browse the Web and run apps (Web ap­pli­ca­tions), han­dle of­fice and per­sonal email, mul­ti­task, and en­gage in so­cial net­work­ing. How eas­ily and how well one can do those tasks varies by the op­er­at­ing sys­tem (OS). Apps that can be down­loaded by the smart­phone user vary widely in num­ber, va­ri­ety and price ac­cord­ing to the op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

Once upon a time, the mo­bile hand­sets space was dom­i­nated by Nokia phones that ran on Sym­bian

Pros Very cus­tom­iz­a­ble. Open­source op­er­at­ing sys­tem is eas­ily changed, hacked, ma­nip­u­lated, and molded to fit what­ever func­tion­al­ity you have in mind. Found on all plat­forms for all prices de­pend­ing on what hard­ware and soft­ware ver­sion you are in­ter­ested in. An­droid has sec­ond largest app store. Use­ful for check­ing email. Black­berry uses their own servers so they are very se­cure and ex­cel­lent for busi­nesses where ex­tra frills are not nec­es­sary or con­trac­tu­ally not al­lowed. Same op­er­at­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on all iPhones. The screen has the most pixel den­sity. Hard­ware is made for Ap­ple to Ap­ple specs and can­not be changed. Has the largest app store. Most phone ac­ces­sories are made for the iPhone, rang­ing from alarm clock dock­ing sta­tions and credit card scan­ners to stun guns. No other phone has the ac­ces­sory ca­pa­bil­ity that the iPhone has due to man­u­fac­turer in­ter­est.

Cons OS. At that time only the techies knew what Sym­bian meant; for the rest of the world it was just soft­ware.

To­day, phones run on sev­eral op­er­at­ing sys­tems and most peo­ple know what’s run­ning their de­vices – An­droid, Win­dows, Black­berry, or iOS. Be­fore buy­ing a smart­phone, it is im­por­tant to know which op­er­at­ing sys­tem runs it. Not all apps are com­pat­i­ble with all OS; in fact Ap­ple has the largest app store fol­lowed by An­droid, while Win­dows is catch­ing up with the max­i­mum ad­di­tions on a daily ba­sis. Open-source op­er­at­ing sys­tem is great for de­vel­op­ers but not good for se­cu­rity. Many re­ports of po­ten­tial se­cu­rity threats at this time. Up­dates are be­ing re­leased very fre­quently to fix holes in the sys­tem and the An­droid mar­ket is be­ing checked reg­u­larly for po­ten­tial threats. When they have a server prob­lem, it is wide­spread and can take days to fix large ar­eas of ser­vice. Limited apps. It's not avail­able on all car­ri­ers but this is ex­pand­ing. The bat­tery is not re­place­able, which is why all iPhone users you know have it plugged in all the time as the bat­tery de­grades.

Neu­tral With so many ver­sions, you must do your home­work to know what you are re­ally look­ing at. Hard­ware and soft­ware ver­sion is cho­sen by the man­u­fac­turer. Lots of icons inside icons. Must be pro­tected with an­ti­spy­ware and an­tivirus to main­tain a peak ex­pe­ri­ence. Try­ing to keep up with iPhone and An­droid. Web brows­ing is okay at best. Closed plat­form. There can be no changes made to the de­sign. All ap­pli­ca­tions must look and func­tion with the con­ti­nu­ity of the Ap­ple op­er­at­ing sys­tem in mind. This cre­ates a very se­cure and sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment with lit­tle to none cus­tomiza­tion fea­tures. The screen is much smaller than com­peti­tors’ op­tions at this time.

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