In this article, I give you my quick comparison between Windows Phone 7, Android, and iOS with specs included. Do you hesitate between the operating systems of your new phone? Wondering what the pros and cons of the new Windows Phone 7 are over Android or iOS? Let’s work out this topic.
Windows Phone 7 has some innovative and unique features, but are they enough to win over consumers? We compared the new Microsoft mobile operating system with Apple iOS and Google Android operating system to see how it will turn out.
The iPhone and Google Android systems had several years to perfect their user interface and capabilities, which gave them enough time to position themselves in front of the weak Microsoft Windows Mobile OS. But in a new set of circumstances, Microsoft has come up with a completely new user interface for Windows Phone 7, which will be installed on multiple phones.
Microsoft had to build Windows Phone 7 from scratch, which means that, except for the considerable delay of this release, the new mobile operating system has left out several features that we take as common functions on our smartphones today. However, Microsoft is bringing some interesting new elements to market with this OS, features that some of you may prefer for convenience over the iPhone or Android OS.
We have considered the main differences between Windows Phone 7, iOS, and Android to give you an idea of the state of mobile operating systems today. The chart gives an overview of the characteristics of these OSes – what each of them has and does not have, and after reviewing all that, read what highlights the best of the worst things in Windows Phone 7.
What’s different about Windows Phone 7?
With Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has brought several new concepts. Instead of a fixed and static home page (or as Microsoft calls it, the “Start” page) like on an iPhone or a widget on Android, Windows Phone 7 uses rectangular “live tiles,” by merging widgets and apps.
Live tiles are linked to applications, with a brief overview of the information about them. This gives the Windows Phone 7 user a simple overview of what’s going on in the applications, but could become very complicated when using too many tiles and too much “scrolling”.
On the other hand, the iPhone does not have an active homepage, while Android uses widget icons of all shapes and sizes to display information on the home screen.
The simplicity of the Windows Phone 7 tile brings victory in this category, while the iPhone is clearly the loser for notifications on the home screen.
Windows Phone 7 also groups different functions of the OS into hubs – crosswise between the folder and the screen.
Each hub (business, office, contacts, images, Xbox Live and Zune) has close integration with both home and third-party applications. For example, in the “Contacts” hub, you can see your contacts with Facebook – change the status and comments on them.
Similarly, the Games hub is tightly integrated with Xbox Live, while the Office hub allows you to create, view, and modify Excel and Word documents. You can also access and modify Microsoft Office SharePoint documents, but you cannot create PowerPoint presentations.
Music and Video (Zune) The hub can provide you with an overview of your music, videos, and downloads, or allow you to access the Zune Store. Neither iPhone nor Android has features that can be compared to these Hubs, but you have to choose specific apps to open to perform most of the tasks performed by hubs.
What’s missing in Windows Phone 7?
Windows Phone 7 has rightly received a lot of criticism from users for the lack of some features that many owners consider common on their smartphones.
Microsoft’s new mobile operating system does not have a “copy/paste” option. If you remember, the first, second, and even third models of the iPhone didn’t initially have a “copy/paste” feature – but that was years ago (the “copy/paste” feature for the iPhone arrived later with the option to update the software). Android has this feature from day one.
So, the absence of a copy/paste feature in Windows Phone 7 does not bring a new gold medal for functionality.
Another drawback on the list of features is multitasking, something that Android had from day one, and which was later introduced for the iPhone as well. To be more precise, Windows Phone 7 does not allow other applications to run in the background (at the same time) but stops them until you return to the application. This puts the OS in the same position as the iPhone from years ago when only Apple apps could run in the background.
But to be honest, iOS doesn’t do real multitasking. Only some apps in iOS can run in the background, and even then, only some features can continue to run. For example, Pandora’s music may run in the background while you do other tasks on your phone.
The third point is the lack of Adobe Flash, Silverlight, or HTML5 support in web search. Steve Jobs squeezed out all the ideas about running Flash on the iPhone, so Android is the only one left in this category.
It took more than a year for Google and Adobe to get Adobe Flash support for Android, but now the latest generations of Android phones have this feature. If Microsoft really wants to have an advantage over the iPhone and Android, it should at least have support for its competing Flash technology – Silverlight.
Other vulnerabilities in Windows Phone 7 include:
- No unique inbox
- No email support
- No visual voicemail
- No video call
- There is no universal search
- No internet connection
- Limited Removable Storage Support
- No Twitter integration
- It only has an alphabetical overview for applications
Can Windows Phone 7 win the consumer battle? Or will the iPhone and Android armies triumph?