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Which Mobile Operating System is Right for Me?

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

When it comes to choosing a new mobile, you've got a lot of choices out there. One of the main decisions that you're going to have to make is which operating system you want to go for. Just like your home computer, your smart phone needs an operating system to run it. And different systems have different pros and cons. Today we're talking all about mobile operating systems, and telling you which phones are the best buys for each. So, if you're thinking about getting that new mobile, then read on to find out which operating system is best for you.


If you want an iPhone then Apple's iOS is going to be your only operating system choice. All iPhones run iOS. The biggest benefit of iOS is that it's extremely intuitive and easy to use. Plus, it's so popular that there are plenty of compatible games and software that you can download for your phone. On the down side, something that many people don't like about iOS is that you really can't customise it. Apple keeps a tight rein on which apps are allowed to be downloaded onto iPhones, and even things as simple as changing the wallpaper and the way your home screen looks are pretty impossible. For this reason, many more advanced mobile users steer clear of Apple products. But if you're a first time smart phone user, then iOS is an excellent choice, since there's little learning curve.

The Best iOS Phone...

The top of the line iOS device is the iPhone 5. It's a great phone, though it lacks some of the features that other phones in the same price range have. But the retina display is beautiful, and you get plenty of speed and storage space.

The Best Budget iOS Phone...

There really isn't a budget iPhone option, unfortunately. If you're looking to save cash probably the best thing that you can do is look for a refurbished iPhone 4S on Apple's web site. But even that is still going to cost you a pretty penny.


Android is the most popular phone operating system on the market, which means you get plenty of choice when it comes to phones. You also get lots of compatible software and games, just as you do with Apple. Android is fast, and easy to use, plus it's extremely customisable. There's very little that you can't do with an Android phone to make it truly your own. As for downsides, there really aren't any when it comes to Android. Maybe the only thing that need concern you is the version of the operating system that you get. Unlike most other operating systems, Android doesn't automatically retire older versions. The newest version of Android is Android 4.2, but it's still possible to buy devices that are running a far older Android 2.1 or 2.3. Ideally, you want the newest version of the system that you can find, as older versions will be slow and prone to crashing.

The Best Android Phone...

Right now the best Android phone on the market is the Samsung Galaxy S 4. This is a top of the line device with a huge price tag. However, the display, camera and processor are amazing, and there are tons of added features.

The Best Budget Android Phone...

There's a lot of competition for the best budget Android phone. Most manufacturers make budget models that run Android, so there are plenty to choose from. Our recommendation goes to the Huawei Ascend W1, which retails at around a hundred pounds. You get a nice screen and some good processing power as well. For a fraction of the price of high end models, the Huawei Ascend W1 is the best budget Android phone on the market right now.


As a mobile operating system Microsoft's Windows has not always been a great success. Earlier versions of Windows were notoriously difficult to use and slow as well. However, the most recent Windows version (version 8) is actually pretty good. And a lot of manufacturers, most notably Nokia, put their own user interface on top of the Windows operating system, making it easier to use. Because it's not as popular as Apple and Android, there are fewer choices when it comes to downloading games and software for a Windows phone. But when it comes to a great business phone that's compatible with all your office software, then it's hard to go wrong with Windows. Windows devices do tend to be a little more expensive than Android phones though, so you might end up paying a little more than you intended if you want a Windows phone. And though some manufacturers, such as HTC, have recently added more Windows phones to their lines, the king of Windows devices, Nokia, is contemplating retiring their Windows line.

The Best Windows Phone...

The top of the line Windows model right now has to be the Nokia Lumia 920. You get solid build quality with great performance. And the screen and camera are as fantastic as you'd expect from a Nokia phone. It's maybe a little heavier than we'd like a smart phone to be, but the Lumia 920 is the most powerful Windows device on the market. But the price tag definitely reflects its flag ship model status. Though it's the best Windows phone, you'd get a cheaper Android phone that has the same kinds of specs.

The Best Budget Windows Phone...

There really aren't that many budget Windows phones available, since they do tend to be top of the line, high end devices. You're still going to spend a fair amount of money even on a low end Windows mobile. Probably your best bet is going to be the Nokia Lumia 620. The Lumia 620 is the little brother of the Lumia 920 that we mentioned above, and you get a lot of the same build and screen quality as you get on the more expensive model. The processing power isn't quite as good, and you don't get much internal storage, but you do save a fair amount of money.



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