Smartphone face-off: iOS 5 vs. Android 4 vs. Windows Phone 7.5 vs. BlackBerry OS 7
Now that every major mobile platform has gained a substantial update, which smartphone is the best for business?Follow @MobileGalen
iOS 5, Android 4 "Ice Cream Sandwich," Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango," and BlackBerry OS 7 were all released in the past few months, each promising to advance the iPhone, Android smartphones, Windows Phones, and BlackBerrys respectively to the head of the mobile pack. But only one can be the best.
InfoWorld has tested each of the major mobile OSes on the flagship devices for each OS to see what the best smartphone is for business and professional users. The answer is without a doubt the iPhone 4S, thanks to iOS 5, the Apple ecosystem, the smartphone's solid hardware, and the new Siri voice-controlled "intelligent" assistant. But as good as the iPhone 4S is, it does not beat the competition in every respect, showing it has room for improvement and that Apple doesn't excel at every aspect of modern mobile computing.
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For the deep details of each of the major devices, read our full reviews, as this comparison focuses on the highlights and lowlights of each platform's flagship smartphone:
- Apple iPhone 4S (iOS 5)
- Samsung Focus S (Windows Phone 7.5)
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Android 4)
- Motorola Photon 4G (Android 2.3)
- RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 (BlackBerry OS 7)
You can also calculate personalized scores for all of these devices by entering your own weightings for each review category in InfoWorld's smartphone calculator.