“Which phone should I get?” is a question that a lot of my friends and family ask me. I use a lot of different smartphones and tablets as a part of my daily work life so they want to know WHAT I THINK! However, the phone that works best for me (right now it’s the Samsung Galaxy S4) isn’t necessarily the best phone for everyone. I usually ask my friend what phone they use now, what they use most on a phone, where they store most of the media they consume, how they expect to access and consume content and media and contacts and calendar and email, and so on, and then give them some recommendations based on my experiences.
I stumbled on this Lifehacker article today Does It Even Matter Which Phone You Buy Anymore? and it reminded me of all the differences I notice the most between Android, iPhone, WindowsPhone. I rarely, if ever, see a lot of these differences mentioned in articles that compare smartphones. It’s sometimes the little pedestrian things that make for a better or worse user experience.
Here are 4 of those everyday pedestrian differences between Windows Phone 8 and Android (Jelly Bean) and iOS6 (Autocorrect, Access to Settings, Searching for an Address, Password Typing).
|Android gives 3 or more suggestions as you type.||Windows Phone, similarly, gives 3 or more suggestions as you type.||iPhone gives you one choice as you type.|
(2) Access to Settings
Depending on which Android phone you’re using, you can access Settings from the top pulldown menu on some phones (as well as notifications). For example, the Samsung Galaxy S4 gives you quick access to a lot of settings by just pulling down from the top (even brightness which I’m always reaching to adjust on my phones).
Windows Phone and iPhone are similar. For both of these, you typically tap on Settings from a home screen and then have access to individual settings.
|Windows phone home screen||Windows phone settings||iPhone home screen||iPhone settings|
(3) Searching for an Address
When you search for an address, on the phone, in a web browser, then select the map in the search results, the options are different between phones.
|Android search||Android gives choice of which app to use to open map|
|Windows search||Windows opens the Maps app|
|iPhone Google search||Suggests download app||App already installed|
(4) Password Typing
Besides the general difficulty of typing on glass, sometimes you might not want any of the parts of your password to show, even for an instant, if you’re typing while standing on a bus or in another public space.
With Android you can choose, in Settings, to make passwords visible, or not, as you type. And apps can give you an option to show password, always, as you type, or not.
Windows also has option, for apps, to show password or not. Otherwise, Windows, similar to default in Android and iPhone, shows each character for an instant, as you type it.
iPhone just shows each character for an instant, as you type it.
Which is best? None! It depends on what you prefer, how you like to use an interface, what works best for your use. More descriptions soon of other differences between these phones. They aren’t nearly so similar when you really use them.