First, let’s compare bulk – the speed of each OS versus the amount of juice required to run it. Of the systems we’ve discussed, there are three that could be considered light weight, and they’re all underdogs – Windows, Blackberry, and Ubuntu. Ubuntu is the lightest because everything is completely customizable and you can take out all of the extra stuff. Between the other two, BlackBerry has it in the bag. Windows 10 is the lightest weight Windows we’ve had in quite a while, but between live-tiles and all the power being put into wireless functionality, you need a bit more juice to keep it running smoothly. That being said, as a result of being a lightweight OS, the BlackBerry phones themselves often don’t pack a lot of punch, so extended use of higher power functionality can bog down the system noticeably; something that does not happen on the Windows Phone nearly as often.
Time to talk efficiency. Which OS uses the power it has available most effectively? In this category, we’ll look at Windows, iOS, and Ubuntu. We already discussed Windows earlier, so let’s see how iOS and Android stack up. iOS isn’t what I’d call a bulky Operating System, but the sheer size of the downloads every time there’s an update, coupled with the size of its apps keep it from being considered “light”. Despite that, iOS runs everything very smoothly these days (on the newer hardware). Ubuntu is the lightest weight OS but unfortunately it doesn’t have much of an app selection to use as a comparison method right now (which we’ll discuss later as well). So in the interest of sticking with things we can at least subjectively measure, I can’t declare Ubuntu the winner. Thus it comes down to Windows and iOS. Battle of the Ages. Microsoft vs. Apple. The fact of the matter is, just like pretty much every other time Microsoft and Apple have faced off two similar products, they’re quite evenly matched. However, in this case I’m going to give the category win to iOS because really, have you seen the graphics on some of those iOS games these days? It may not be a super light system like Ubuntu or BlackBerry, but iOS puts the power where it counts.
Finally, it’s time for Apps. Apps make the smartphone world go ‘round, and this is where we find out which operating system has the best marketplace for them. The marketplaces in question are the Windows Store, BlackBerry World, Amazon App Store, Google Play, and Scopes – which are not really apps and have no “app store”, but it’s the equivalent for this discussion. This is all about who has the best quality selection. The Windows Store has a lot of great productivity apps that flow like magic between your phone, tablet, and computer. It’s amazing really, but their downside is that they are a little lacking in the entertainment app department. BlackBerry has a couple of different methods for downloading apps, however there are almost no really great “made for BlackBerry” apps, and while you can download Google Play and Amazon apps, or even download APK files from the browse, the BlackBerry phones themselves often don’t have the power to run them effectively. It’s tragic really, I have to play “Fallout Shelter” on my old iPhone because my BlackBerry won’t run it for more than six seconds at a time. Ubuntu doesn’t really have apps, it uses Scopes which are so far very limited. The idea is that users will develop their own third party Scopes. So no apps, no app store, just Scopes. Don’t get me wrong, Scopes get points for being the first new idea since touch screens, but they aren’t winning this one. Sorry Ubuntu. Next up is “The App Store” on iOS. iOS has been around for a long time, so it has tenure in the app department, making it one of the top contenders. You can download pretty much any app you can think of. And on top of that, most apps are released on iOS first. The Google Play store contains about as vast of a library for applications as iOS, but as we mentioned earlier, iOS gets most of them first and to be perfectly frank, runs most of them better. So I think it’s fairly safe to say that iOS takes the cake on apps.
Now it’s time to declare a winner, but like I said, look at the balances each of these systems have and make your decision about your next phone based on what works best for you. Let’s recap real fast:
Windows is great for business and staying connected; Blackberry is also great for business and security and if you’re sort of a technology hipster it could be for you; Ubuntu is great if you’re a coder that likes to customize your own interface; iOS is the big dog with a good balance of power and a great selection of applications; Android is the powerhouse that we didn’t talk about much, but it’s got beef so if you need to run anything intensive it’s great for that.
Now it’s time to declare my winner, which is iOS. I got let down hard by the iPhone 4s back in the day, which is what caused me to switch over, but now that there have been a few generations worth of improvements done, I think they’ve managed to keep their spot as the best on the market. Thanks for reading everyone, check back in November for a new topic.