Published On: Mon, Mar 4th, 2013

Android 4.1 vs. Windows Phone 8 vs. iOS 6

The smartphone market of today is drastically different from what it is a few years ago. The present-day smartphones are more of a PC, if we talk in terms of features. With the recent release of Windows Phone 8, it has given rise to tremendous competition among all smartphones distinctively running on three major platforms i.e. iOS6, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Windows 8 itself.

iOS6, Android 4.1 and now Windows Phone 8 have dominantly ruled the smartphone market all over the world. On one hand, if Windows8 is featured with Live Tiles interface, then on the other hand, Android 4.1 have push forward its customizable home screens to the next level. Similarly, Apple has incorporated a used and reliable method, which based on simplicity.

In terms of Maps, Android 4.1 is backed by its Google Maps, which bring street view, 3D and indoor mapping. Many pedestrians and car drivers find the mapping system of android to be very effective and user-friendly. Similarly, Microsoft has used its proprietary Bing Maps. Windows8 is now featured with Nokia mapping system.

On the other hand, iOS mapping system is traditional based on Google’s offering only. But with the advent of iOS 6, it has been changed. This new Apple platform provides turn by turn navigation and integration with Yelp for business listings. Further, it also offers SIRI for voice control. Like its Android and Microsoft counterparts, it too features 3D maps, a traffic service and a satellite view.

Microsoft has properly worked out on Windows Phone 8′s Camera app, with a new clear and clean look. It has a small menu button for accessing the camera’s various settings. Nokia phones are also likely to add PureView technology, which gained world-wide popularity through the Nokia 808 PureView.

Android 4.1′s camera system features some significant changes. It has become faster than ever, and includes a fast review system, which makes it simple to edit and remove images. Moreover, there are also different scene modes, exposure and white balance. Further, with photo editing and panoramic mode, you can just click your best shots.

iOS 6 camera continues with the simple theme, settings and all the setting are sorted in an automatic manner, whether there is the use of flash or not. With automatic focus, you are also able to specify a certain area by touching the screen. If you need a physical shutter button, iOS also enables the utilization of the up volume button and the on screen option as well.

Windows Phone 8 comes with Microsoft Wallet, and makes use of any NFC technology loaded into handsets. Google has also used NFC services such as Android Beam and Google Wallet. Google’s Android beam has been overhauled in 4.1. It is effective in instant transferring of photos, videos and apps.

iOS6 comes with Passbook. It is exactly not an NFC based app. However, it offers a lot of the same features. It is expected that Apple will soon announce NFC capabilities in its iPhones.

Android 4.1 enables Internet browsing with its standard Android Browser. However, the premier Jelly Bean device, the Google Nexus 7 is integrated with Chrome. Windows Phone8 brings the latest version of Internet Explorer, IE10. It will help in keeping WP8 at the forefront of the mobile internet browsing, but also provide safety while browsing. IE10 comes with an authenticated filter and SmartScreen service to prevent your device from malicious websites.

iOS 6 comes with enhanced features such as offline reading and integration to iCloud, which allows for tab syncing. Besides, Smart App Banners are there, which help a site promote their apps, and brings a richer cohesion to the whole iOS platform.

There is one area in Windows has suffered from before and that is microSD card support. But it has been rectified with Windows Phone 8. The new Windows Phone 8 enables easy storage of media and can be accessed via a microSD card. It also supports the installation of apps onto it.

Let’s have a glimpse at the basic difference between Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, iOS6 and Windows Phone8.

Android Jelly Bean 4.1 iOS6 Windows Phone8
Supported Standards GSM, CDMA GSM, CDMA GSM, CDMA
Kernel Linux OS X Windows NT
Multitasking True Pseudo Pseudo
Cut/Copy/Paste Yes Yes Yes
Hardware Supported A wide range of devices iPhone, iPad, iPod touch A wide range of devices
Security Prone to malware Yes Yes
Social Media Integration Twitter, Facebook Twitter, Facebook Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Windows Live
Advanced calling Features Yes, via Google Voice Yes, Visual Voicemail, Reply with message, Remind me later Yes, integrated internet calling
Movie Store Google Play iTunes Xbox-branded service, most likely
Music Store Google Play iTunes Xbox Music
Browser Tab Syncing Yes Yes No
Gaming Wide variety of games, less popular releases Wide variety of games, plenty of popular releases Limited but unique assortment of games
Browser Google Chrome Mobile Safari Internet Explorer 10
3D Maps Yes, via Google Earth Yes Yes
In-App Purchase Yes Yes Yes


About the Author

Preetom Goswami

- A post-graduate in Mass Communication, he is professionally involved in writing tech reviews and articles & blogs. His aptitude for learning new technology has paved the way for him to write flair reviews and expert opinions on latest gadgets and providing crucial tech tips to the readers as well.