In the ongoing battle between mobile operating system giants like Google’s Android and Research in Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry OS 7, it seems that would-be smartphone owners will find it hard to choose the best mobile OS for their everyday lives.
Many people are still considering whether to go with an Android-powered phone or a BlackBerry device. Thus, in this article, we provide a guide about the pros and cons of each platform to assist buyers in making informed choices.
From the looks of it Android seems to be the new kid from on the block. Introduced by Google way back in 2007, Android has grown tremendously in just a short time. Here is a shortlist of why Android is so great, and not-so-great.
- Hardware. In terms of hardware, Android by far has the most numerous choices of smartphones to date. Mobile phone manufacturers like Sony Ericsson, Samsung, HTC, and Motorola offer customers a wide variety of smartphone choices to choose from. Android is flexible enough to run on almost all smartphones as long as it matches the minimum requirements.
- Software. When it comes to software, Android can run multiple apps at the same time as it has swap-space management–a luxury that not all mobile devices support due to hardware limitations. It also has ActiveSync built in natively, which allows you to easily synchronize contacts, mails, and personal information once the device is paired to a desktop computer. BlackBerry on the other hand requires some installation of software and a server.
- Hardware Limitations. Since Android virtually runs on most smartphones, there’s great chance that your phone may not live up to its potential. Some phones are limited to their hardware, Android may lag and cause the phone to freeze and restart itself to free up additional memory.
The veteran BlackBerry has seen its fair share of ups and downs in the market. Geared towards the corporate world, BlackBerry has adapted new strategies matching close rivals such as Google’s Android. Here is a shortlist of what makes BlackBerry a perfect and not-so-perfect choice among corporate professionals.
- Data Management. The lifeblood that makes BlackBerry phones a stable choice for many corporate officials would be its handling of data compression. BlackBerry phones are capable enough for compressing data down to half the size, saving you the cost of expensive bandwidth.
- Battery Life. Amongst other competitors, BlackBerry seemingly has the best battery management providing users optimal power consumption in just a single full charge.
- Applications. RIM has managed to follow in the footsteps of Apple by introducing their own BlackBerry App World. With much hype, the app store lacked decent amount of applications and it failed to attract developers with its poor interfaced leading to its demise.
- Slow Web Browser. Unlike its competitor, BlackBerry has the most sluggish response time when it comes to browsing the Internet. Although BlackBerry features data compression, it still can’t keep pace in loading Web resources like wallpapers and pictures.
- Business-oriented. Achieving its success by bridging the gap to the corporate world, BlackBerry failed to realize how important the average user can be. BlackBerry is looked upon as a corporate tool rather than an average device for the everyday person.
Despite the limitations of both mobile platforms, Android and BlackBerry are still solid and extremely convenient operating systems. The user experience on either platform may differ in a lot of ways, but the two pretty much offer similar functionalities. While Android has a wider appeal, BlackBerry mostly has its charms towards corporate users and business professionals. Platform loyalty and personal sentiments aside, the two operating systems do have a lot to offer to those that choose them.
Are you on Android or on BlackBerry? And, why?