18 November 2013
The mobile market is not a monopoly, with a number of different manufacturers and software developers jockeying for position and trying to win your loyalty.
BlackBerry is one of the older forces in this industry, but newcomers Apple and Google have managed to put it on the back foot in recent years and rise to prominence in its place.
But what are the key differences between Google's Android, Apple's iOS and BlackBerry's BB 10 platforms and which is the best for you?
BlackBerry began by offering enterprise-class mobile solutions to businesses across the world, eventually rising to become the manufacturer of choice for presidents and CEOs. It also had a significant stake in the consumer market, particularly in the US, with top-tier email and instant-messaging capabilities still an important part of its appeal.
BB 10 may not have as many apps on offer as Android and iOS, but it is a capably put together platform that succeeds in offering impressive multi-tasking and messaging. While BlackBerry may no longer be focusing on delivering consumer-oriented products, it is still a good choice for business users or those who want a smartphone that is built for both work and play. Thankfully, at Mr Nutcase we stock a wide range of personalised blackberry cases to protect your handset.
Just as you can design your own phone case, so is Android intended to be a malleable, customisable mobile ecosystem which is open-source and allows manufacturers to add their own interfaces and apps as they see fit before they ship handsets to customers.
A variety of companies make Android-based handsets, including big ones such as Samsung and Sony, with devices running the gamut from high-powered flagship phones to bargain-basement models that are some of the cheapest available.
Android's flexibility comes at a cost, in that some of the more affordable models will not be as well equipped to run it smoothly and consistently. But for the added freedom that it offers when compared with its rivals, this could be a worthwhile trade-off.
Apple's mobile operating system is only found on board its iPhone range, with the recent introduction of the iPhone 5S and 5C diversifying the designs and price points into which these products are divided.
You will want to invest in phone cases to protect Apple handsets because they are not only made from premium materials, but also hold on to their value better than anything from BlackBerry or Google. This means you can resell them at the end of your contract and get a decent amount in return to fund your upgrade.
iOS is more locked down than Android and has a standard interface that is effectively identical across all iPhone devices. This uniformity, along with the fact that Apple is in total control of the hardware found within its handsets, means that iOS is a smooth and intuitive solution that appeals to those who prefer their gadgets to be simple to manage.
That is not to say that iOS is lacking in power or limited in some way, as it boasts one of the most vibrant app ecosystems on the planet, along with a wide array of digital media downloads available via iTunes.
None of these three competing mobile operating systems is necessarily a bad choice. It just depends on what you want out of your mobile experience.
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Rahima Aktar on Monday, November 18, 2013 · Leave a Comment
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