by Mark Spoonauer, Editor-in-Chief on March 4, 2010
When shopping for a smart phone, you have a lot of choices when it comes to what operating system runs the show. Since no individual OS is necessarily superior, it all comes down to what you think is most important. The iPhone OS, for example, places an emphasis on ease of use, apps, and multimedia. Meanwhile, the primary benefits of Android are its integration with many of Google’s services, a diverse array of user interfaces and design choices, and the ability to customize your smart phone with live widgets.
Because smart phones running the same operating system from different manufacturers can vary quite a bit in terms of both design and user interface, it’s not easy to generalize which platform is best for particular users. However, it’s safe to say that BlackBerry and Windows Mobile are geared more toward business users (for the moment), while Android, iPhone, and webOS are more consumer-centric. Here’s a quick rundown of the pros and cons of each platform.