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Smartphones - Google VS Apple VS Windows

Poll Results: Which one do you personally prefer?

 
  • 50% (7)
    Android(s)
  • 14% (2)
    iPhone
  • 35% (5)
    Windows Phone(s)
14 Total Votes  
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With all the stuff that's currently happening in the market of cellphones, some interesting points can be made and questions can be asked. I was talking with a bunch of friends the other day everybody had different points of view about this whole Google VS Apple VS Windows debate, which made it all the more interesting. Now I'm of course, not seeking one definite answer to this whole debacle but I think it would make for some great conversation/debate in the forum! So what are your thoughts on this?



Personally, I'd say that Apple does indeed benefit from too much popularity in the industry and they're abusing that power since they pertinently know that, generally, people do not buy what is better but what people know more about and everybody knows about the iPhone. Now, I feel like they're letting down the consumer by recycling the same old designs, refusing to innovate past a certain extent. iOS feels dated, the specs of the "5" have nothing extraordinary or "revolutionary", the design could have been tremendously improved in therms of ergonomics. I feel like Apple has fallen into this "incremental upgrade" game rather than actually innovating and turning the industry around like they had previously done before. Meanwhile, Android phones exude variety. Different manufacturers, different technologies, different interfaces, different prices, etc. Personally, I believe that this disparity between all Android phones is more of a problem than a solution. Sure you're going to get top of the line phones like the GSIII, amazingly designed bodies like the HTC One X but there are also other phones that are poorly designed and utilize dated hardware. All those variations make Android, in my opinion bloated and awkward. It's like they were just trying to be the world leaders in technologies and covering as much selling ground as possible without caring all that much about what the user gets in the end. But that's just in general since there is wayyyyy to many Android phones for me to cover them all. While those two giants are fighting with each other, Windows Phone is just there, waiting to strike. It's like everybody is forgetting about WP nowadays but they shouldn't. The slight restriction that Microsoft applies to the hardware and designers prevents awkward phone designs like a lot of Android phones have suffered from and WP is truly bringing something new and fresh to the table with their metro interface and colorful phones. They are indeed suffering from "newbie" symptoms such as lack of third party devs but I feel like they can grow to something bigger and better than the monochromatic, stagnant world of smartphones we currently live in
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I have only owned BB, iOS and Android...I'm actually willing to give WP8 a chance. Then I would be able to make a better informed decision.
    
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I've worked in an office where we used iPads, most guys had iPhones, so I've had some exposure to that. Have a lot of friends with Androids. I personally own a WP7. I love my WP7 compared to all the others. iPhones are great, except when they aren't and I've had friend run into issues and have no way of solving them themselves, things that most people solve by simply removing the battery and replacing it. Great apps, normally works really well, but not my cup of tea. And like OP mentioned, each iteration of the iPhone recently has just been incrementally better, nothing jaw dropping. It feels like they've just slowed down on innovation and tried to amp up image, and some people are starting to catch on.

Android I've seen run the gambit, from great phones to pieces of crap that were super buggy. The GSIII is amazing, I have several friends who have it and it's one of the best phones I've come across. It's the one phone that's made me think of going over to Android.

I've only run into 2 other people with WP7 handsets and we really like them. Personally, a lack of apps doesn't bug me in the least, I have native Office support, everything works, the UI is clean and runs smoothly, even on my older Samsung Focus. I'm really excited for Window Phone 8 and plan on getting one of the new phones when they drop (I'm upgrade eligible later this week). All just personal preference to me, if I was more app crazy then I wouldn't be able to stand WP7. Oh, and Bing Maps is surprisingly good, but Bing search is still crap.
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