The battle for supremacy among smartphone operators is heating up. While Android and Apple are established in the market, BlackBerry is trying to reassert itself as a major operator, with a brand new handset and system. So how does it stand up against the current kings of the smartphone world?
Once the phone of choice of every city slicker in town, the BlackBerry has lost ground in recent years to its main rivals in the smartphone race. However, with the BlackBerry 10, the company formerly known as Research in Motion, should be able to scrape back a sizable chunk of the market. The BlackBerry 10 has been designed for use with the modern facade of the exclusively touchscreen device the BlackBerry Z10. The touchscreen technology used in the operating system features some really innovative gesture controls, while other facets of the old engine have been streamlined, with greater integration of messaging, contacts, calendars and social media.
The rough edges of the brand new model are noticeable: it lacks the plethora of features of the other major smartphones and the selection of available apps is a little limited. However, the 10 system is more than just a step in the right direction for BlackBerry and it should see the telecommunications company propelled back into major league territory.
Owned by Google, the Android Inc. developed operating system has quickly soared to the upper reaches of smartphone sensibility despite its relatively recent arrival to the scene. The operating system runs on a number of compatible handsets, including the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Google’s own Nexus, which has helped to make it a one of the most widely used systems today. However, it is not just versatility that has aided Android’s rise to the top. The latest version, the 4.2 Jelly Bean update, is more flexible and innovative than ever, perhaps not surprising considering that it is a Linux based system.
However, the ability for a user to customise their Android device does mean that the system is not the most friendly for beginners. To get the most out of your Android smartphone, you do need a good degree of understanding. Despite this, Google’s Android is one of the most innovative systems available and comes complete with a solid set of apps and lots of customisable widgets.
Since its initial launch in 2007, iOS has become something of a benchmark for other operators to reach. On the horizon is iOS 7, which is set to be released later this year, however, the latest current version of the system is iOS 6.1, running on the iPhone 6, that was brought out two months ago. Features wise, the iOS is everything that you might expect from an Apple operating system; it has the widest and best selection of apps available on the market and a typically smooth user interface.
The achilles heel with the iOS remains it tendency to sap the life out of batteries rather quickly, while the user experience is, as always, heavily influenced by various technical and contractual restrictions put in place by manufacturers Apple, the removal of which takes time and knowhow. In general though, the huge array of high quality apps and the intuitive interface make the iOS 6 a leading member among smartphone operating system.
There is no definitive right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing an operating system to suit you. Each of the heavyweight services represent a solid choice, however, if you feel like a change from the status quo of Android and iOS, then the new BlackBerry 10 is an exciting option, and definitely worth a try.