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Who’s Got the User-Friendliest Interface: Android, iOS or Windows Phone?

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Thinking of buying a new mobile phone? I am guessing you are still confused about which one to buy. The most important question that comes to mind is the Operating System the phone holds. In the beginning, there was only one platform available. Later on, before Windows came into the market, there were clashes between Android (Google’s creation) and iOS (Apple’s mobile device), but after Windows was introduced, the confusion of choice just increased.

In this article you will find the all the major reasons on the latest Operating System; Android Marshmallow Vs iOS 9 Vs Windows 10 that will definitely help you in deciding the best phone for you. Some important to ask would be: Which kind of interface is user-friendly? Which phone’s design and look is suitable for your use? The phone which gives you the feeling that it states what you are is the best one for you. With most of us, we see a device in a shop, we play with it, talk with the salesman and we fall in love. Not with the salesman but with the phone. We rarely see the features of the phone, we concentrate on the memory more than the user interface or Operating System and thus, the phone fails us after sometimes.

We will break the battle down into categories and find the winner for each. Just pick what matters to you the most, count on the wins in those categories and you have a recommendation.

Affordability

Apple is the one that does not make budget devices, and the latest one is always the most expensive handsets among the lot in the market. Their cost ranges from $200 per 2-year contract and $650 without it. The iPhones are always expensive even if you go for purchasing a 2 or 3-year-old. They are pricey. People take iPhones as style statements and they think it is necessary to have one with you. I know the logic behind this is unreasonable and funny.

Nokia was the main hardware partner with Microsoft, which owns it right now, was always good in producing gadgets at relatively low prices. Due to their lower rates they actually push the limit and are rivals with iOS and Android. There are many brands that use Windows phone 8.1 like Samsung, Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo and ZTE. It is unclear that no Mobile handsets are available with Windows 10 and still none of them has even thought about creating it. But in near future, we expect to see more cheap mobiles but the flagship will only be taken by Microsoft Lumia.

But Android wins the race since it is nothing compared to others. It is the only one platform where a huge choice of low-cost handsets is available with a wide range of different manufacturers. You can find most of the applications are free on Android and the paid ones cost way less. This is a natural choice for people with budget conscious. Samsung is the one working on Android. And it is expected in future that smartphones by ZTE, LG, Sony or HTC will end up running on Android.

Interface

All the three platforms have their own virtual user interface. User do have choice that what kind of interface is most convenient to them, either they go for live tiles or icon. Each platform provide unique user interface. We have number of platform where users share their reviews about OS. That how their phone perform, does it have bugs?  This is also beneficial for the companies to renovate their OS much according to users. The major difference between all three is; iOS has a minimalist look from the starting and simple layout with all the shortcuts of all the launched apps displayed in a grid. There is a tray of persistent shortcuts at the screen’s bottom and all the apps can easily be organized into folders.

If we take a look on Android’s front-end, its looks are very similar to iOS, as the apps’ shortcuts are listed in series of sideways scrolling. Your notifications are shown in the pull-down menu at the top. Android Lollipop runs around 30% of Android devices. It will still take some time for Android 6.0 Marshmallow to release and represents a large share of Android users.

Where else in Windows 10, it’s based on a grid of ‘live tiles’, which can be arranged in any styles you wish. It acts and looks the same as Windows 10 tablets or PCs and if you notice Xbox is very much similar to Windows 10.

There is a tie among the interfaces since each of them have a unique style that is absolutely loved by everyone.

Applications

In the race of apps and apps quality, Windows mobile can be left aside as it trails way behind Android and iOS. Here are the number of users that utilize the apps of a mobile.

This is an old argument where people used to be recommended iPhone for a greater choice of quality apps and Android for more various apps with prodigious flexibility. This argument has been going on years.

Respectively, Apple’s App Store has maintained a level providing with best quality music, photo, video and other creative apps. They tend to have a better quality than the apps present in Google Play Store. Apple also has another advantage; the App Store gives you the ability to filter apps according to iPhone and iPad where Google Play Store does not.

If you go for the core apps such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, then Google Play Store and Apple App Store are the same levels as most of the major developers are now producing apps compatible with both of them.

The fate of Windows is very different from Android and iOS. Although you can run any Windows application on a Windows 8 but the quality and number of the apps are designed in such way that it can be downloaded only through Windows Store. Windows Store has nearly 168,000 apps as compared to Android and Apple.

Winner: I choose iOS for its variety of selection of creative and interactive apps, with Android in second place and Windows in the third position.

Photo credit: Kārlis Dambrāns

Andrea Bell

Andrea Bell

Andrea Bell is a Freelance writer by day and sports fan by night. I write about tech education and health related issues (but not at the same time). Live simply, give generously, watch football and a technology lover. Find me on twitter @IM_AndreaBell.

Andrea Bell

Andrea Bell is a Freelance writer by day and sports fan by night. I write about tech education and health related issues (but not at the same time). Live simply, give generously, watch football and a technology lover. Find me on twitter @IM_AndreaBell.

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