2012 is just few weeks away and there will be a lot of Windows Phone available in the market during that year. Nokia Lumia, the smartphone that feature Window Phone 7 OS, will be launched in India on next week. Windows Phone itself has become the third most popular mobile platform around the world, taking the position which is previously occupied by BlackBerry OS.
Today, we decided to compare Windows Phone OS, which is represented by Samsung Omnia W, against Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread, that is currently implemented in Sony Ericsson Arc S. We hope that this comparison will help you to decide, which one of those two platform that you will choose on this holiday season sale.
First, lets take a look at Messaging. Mango has highly integrated messaging system that makes communication with other people is so much enjoyable. Switch between text messaging, Facebook chat or Windows Live messenger can be easily done. Above all of that, the message will be displayed on the same thread.
On the other hand, Android require different apps to handle different kind of messaging platform. This is mean that you have to maximize and minimize different apps to switch between multiple messaging protocols.
Next, we have to take a look on the Social Media Integration as our second aspect of comparison. Windows Phone offer contact management apps called People. It will displayed in three different tab, which is recent, all, and whats new. Recent will provide you with the information about last 8 people you recently called, either via regular phone call, IM, or another call service. Whats new will tell you about the update that has been made by your contact, either it is from their Windows Live Messenger, Facebook account, or else.
While Android offer different apps to open multiple social network account. The operating system also don’t allow you to create multiple group for different kind of contact. So, we decided to declare Windows Phone as the winner on this category.
Third aspect on our comparison is Connectivity. EDGE, 3G, and WiFi connection are available on both Windows Mango Phone 7 and Android Gingerbread. You can also make your device to act as a WiFi hotspot and use the 3G connection to access the internet network. One thing that make Android one step ahead is the availability to be synched with the desktop computer. Windows Phone will require additional software called Zune to perform this function. Without any doubt, Android is the winner on this category.
Multitasking will be the fourth aspect. Both of the OS allows multitasking function. In Android OS, multitasking performance is depend on phone’s internal hardware. We already tested it by opening several tabs on Android browser. When we come back to the first tab to reply some email, the page was reloaded before we can do the job.
Open 6 tabs on Internet Explorer in the Windows Phone, all the pages are remain loaded, even when you’re away from that page for more than 2 hours. Surely, this is the best multitasking experience we can get and this is make the Windows Phone as winner on this category.
Home Screen and Widgets. Android offers live updates and come with gorgeous user interface. Windows Phone has similar features, only that the information is displayed on tiles. We think that it will be so much easier to move your fingers left and right to check out new updates, rather than scrolling the pages upside down. So, we think that Android is the winner here.
Our next section is the User Interface comparison. Windows Mango Phone have great user interface. The system is currently stable and won’t disappoint you every time you need to use your device. Unfortunately, Android has failed to deliver the same feels. The OS require many updates all over the time. It doesn’t matter what type of phone that you currently use, there will be some bugs existed.
Applications. While Windows Mango got nothing to offer, Android has various selection of useful apps on their rapidly growth Android Market. This is the main reason why most of people out there prefer to use Android that Windows Mobile OS.
Next, let’s take a look at Maps and Navigation service. Windows Phone has Bing application, which doesn’t has turn-by turn navigation ability or allow you to search specific location. On the other side, Google is keep improve their Google Map service. The latest version even allow you to view detailed view of specific business location. With free voice guided navigation, Android is surely the winner on this category.
Notification System. Windows Phone will require you to navigate throughout the tiles to look for the specific notifications. While Android notification system is beautifully implemented. You can find out any notification easily.
Specific Specialties. Xbox Live integration is specially made for Windows Phone. This feature will let you play games, interact with your online friends, or manage your profile. This OS also has direct integration with MS Office, so you won’t find any trouble in open or edit popular format such as powerpoint or word document. On the other side, Android is integrated very well to all of Google service such as Google Map, Gmail, Google Google, Google Current, and Google+.tags: 7.5 Mango, Android 2.3, Gingerbread, Windows Phone