Smartphone operating systems review

Smartphones are now mini-computers, so you need to consider what operating system (OS) your next mobile will use.
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PlatformOverall scoreInitial setup and registration score (%)Handling personal information and content score (%)Customising the interface score (%)Ease of use score (%)Application support and ease of use score (%)Upgrading and backup score (%)Market share 2007 (%)Market share 2009 (%)Market share 2011 (%)ContactGood PointsBad PointsBrand
Incredible SAndroid 2.3 with Sense73817594617266HTC
iPhone 4IOS 4.3.370607328728283Apple
Nexus SAndroid 2.3.469817174617252Samsung
Optimus 7Windows Phone 762815838617541LG
Bold 9780BlackBerry OS 6.050194674505576BlackBerry


Scores The overall score is made up of: First steps 15%; handling personal information and content 30%; Customising the interface: 8%; Ease of use: 17%; Applications: 20%; Backup and OS updating: 10%.

How we test

  • Our testers look at each OS to assess overall design, easy of use and handling. Our testers begin with the out of box experience and initial setup. Next they look at creating a new contact as well as moving contacts over from a previous phone using various cable and wireless based synchronization.
  • Each OS should be able to deal with the latest video and audio content so we also look at the multimedia aspects such as formats supported and loading content to the phone via a removable card or wireless network.
  • Browser quality and the general user interface and menu system are examined for ease of use and intuitiveness. The mobile OS is constantly changing to keep up with the latest technologies so our testers look at how each OS carries out a software update as well as backing up the content on your phone. Our testers also check to see whether you can revert back to a previous OS version if something goes wrong.
  • Finally, they look at the OS’s applications (apps) to see what is available, the quality of the purchasing and download process as well as the quality of the apps themselves. 



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