Smart Phones: Windows vs Android; Compare and Contrast Essay
Uploaded by cholamatona on Nov 22, 2011
Smart Phones: Windows vs. Android
With time, phones have changed drastically. First from the house phone to the “brick phone,” flip phone and now touch screen. Not too long ago Google and Microsoft Windows created smart phones that were really similar to the Apple iPhone, which was the phone that achieved better management of apps—BlackBerry being the first to launch phone applications. These smart phones are called Android and Windows Phone 7 which differ a lot from each other. When someone is seeking a new phone, one might consider the kinds of features or the things one can perform on the phone itself. Taking this into consideration, the Android phone will be compared to the Windows phone according to features, user interface and customization.
First off, the Android phone and the Windows phone notably vary in features. Android offers a number of capabilities that the windows phone doesn’t have. One of the features is the built-in voice control, which you can use in making calls, dictate a phone SMS message as well as send an e-mail and searching the web by talking instead of typing or tapping. Built-in widgets are a very useful feature as well. Built-in widgets help perform a task, but they are placed in the home screen and are much smaller than full-blown apps. Another feature is the back-up you obtain with Google accounts. When you log in into any Google account in the Android phone it automatically syncs with many Google services. The contacts and the calendar in your Google account are automatically exported into your phone. Also, Android has a universal inbox which joins all of your e-mail accounts, so it’s easier to administer them. In contrast, the Windows phone is not too friendly with other kinds of services from other companies and it lacks a universal inbox and copy and paste. Copy and paste isn’t vital to the phone but comes in very handy at times. Regardless of this, Windows has its own fair share of features some of which are not built-in to the Android operating system. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and SharePoint are the documents integrated into the Windows phone and are considerably practical if one has an office job or school to deal with. The Windows phone also has Xbox live integrated which is a very nice feature for game fanatics as well as social gamers. Another thing that contrasts both operating...