YES, THEY ARE ALL SMART. BUT WHO IS THE SMARTEST? WE PUT FOUR FLAG­SHIPS PHONES ON DIF­FER­ENT PLAT­FORMS UN­DER THE SCAN­NER

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY - BY NIDHI SINGAL

We have said it in the past and will con­tinue to credit Ap­ple for rein­vent­ing the smart­phone in­dus­try with its neat de­sign, ca­pac­i­tive touch and the whole world of apps. While some play­ers were quick in ac­knowl­edg­ing the po­ten­tial of Ap­ple’s new smart­phone con­cept and its ap­pli­ca­tion eco-sys­tem, there were many who un­der­es­ti­mated the com­pany and con­tin­ued on their own paths.

Google was quick to an­nounce the open An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem with LG, Sam­sung, HTC and Sony adopt­ing it. An­droid has since be­come the dom­i­nant smart­phone plat­form glob­ally. Mi­crosoft first re­vamped its ex­ist­ing op­er­at­ing sys­tem and re­cently came up with a com­pletely new, in­no­va­tive in­ter­face. Nokia, for a very long time, ig­nored all the new hap­pen­ings in favour of its Sym­bian OS be­fore fi­nally de­cid­ing to adopt Mi­crosoft’s Win­dows Phone. Sim­i­larly, Black­Berry ini­tially tried to tweak its ex­ist­ing OS be­fore putting all its might be­hind the new Black­Berry 10 op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

With four dif­fer­ent smart­phone sys­tems in the mar­ket, two of them rel­a­tively new, this seems like the per­fect time to eval­u­ate which is the smartest of them all.

DE­VICES: The com­pe­ti­tion to­day is first be­tween the mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tems and then be­tween the brands. With iOS run­ning ex­clu­sively on Ap­ple de­vices, our ob­vi­ous pick was the iPhone 5. Black­Berry (ear­lier Re­search In Mo­tion) only has one de­vice run­ning the new Black­Berry 10 op­er­at­ing sys­tem. There are only a hand­ful of de­vices run­ning on Mi­crosoft’s new Win­dows Phone 8 op­er­at­ing sys­tem. Af­ter test­ing both the HTC 8X and Nokia Lu­mia 920, we de­cided to set­tle for the lat­ter. But the most dif­fi­cult part was to choose a flag­ship An­droid. Although, we were tempted to choose be­tween the Sam­sung Galaxy SIII and the Galaxy Note II, we chose the new But­ter­fly from HTC. Here is a quick com­par­i­son of the spec­i­fi­ca­tions th­ese smart­phones of­fer.

PA­RAM­E­TERS: Smart­phones are not just about pro­cess­ing power or dis­plays. From de­sign to the op­er­at­ing sys­tem, user in­ter­face to apps, there are numer­ous fac­tors that come into play while test­ing them. We are eval­u­at­ing th­ese smart­phones on five pa­ram­e­ters. The first is the hard­ware de­sign fol­lowed by the per­for­mance that con­sid­ers the op­er­at­ing sys­tem, user in­ter­face and pro­duc­tiv­ity. We have clubbed imag­ing, mu­sic, video and gam­ing into one and la­belled it as the Fun quo­tient. Con­sid­er­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to­day make a phone smart, this is an equally im­por­tant pa­ram­e­ter to con­sider. Lastly, the bat­tery backup of each de­vice also helps in de­cid­ing how much th­ese smart­phones rate against each other. We will be scor­ing th­ese smart­phones on to­tal of 100 marks with 20 as the max­i­mum score on each of the five pa­ram­e­ters. The to­tal de­cides

who the win­ner is.

ALL FOUR PHONES

WERE MARKED ON FIVE PA­RAM­E­TERS

CAR­RY­ING 20 POINTS EACH. THE WIN­NER HAS THE BEST

OVER­ALL SCORE

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