How to Pick Your First Smartphone: Choosing an Operating System

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\"\"Contrary to the beliefs of most technophiles out there, not everyone relies on their smartphone to get through the day. While it is true that smartphone usage is only getting more and more prevalent as time goes on, the reality is that there is still a significant chunk of consumers out there who are just entering this brave new smart world for the very first time.

That entry can understandably get overwhelming, especially when it comes time to choose which operating system will suit one’s needs best. It’s a big decision, but thankfully the good folks over at Brighthand are here to help.

Of the four major players in the smartphone OS space, Google’s Android operating system is both the most popular and the most widely available. Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony, HTC, and many others all utilize the little green guy, which gives potential Android consumers flexibility when choosing an appropriate form factor and design. Likewise, the OS itself is highly customizable, and lets users tinker and toy with it to a greater extent than most of its competitors.

\"AppleApple, on the other hand, takes a different approach with its iOS operating system. It’ll only be found on Apple’s own line of iPhones, and is largely controlled by the Cupertino clan itself. The result is something that is much more uniform, yes, but is also just plain functional. Add to that the largest app marketplace in existence and you have a serious contender for the best mobile OS today. Or the most boring, depending on who is asked.

The other two major competitors here aren’t as prevalent as the heavy hitters above, but are still well worth mentioning. RIM’s BlackBerry OS looked like it would be king of the smart mountain just a few years ago, but has taken a big tumble since iOS and Android hit the scene. Nevertheless, it’s still a safe and secure treat for mostly enterprise users, even if its app selection and overall looks are lacking by comparison.

\"NokiaThe new kid on the block here comes from a longtime tech giant: Microsoft. That company’s Windows Phone OS is still a relative newbie, so its app selection and manufacturing partnerships are still coming into their own. It does have the Windows brand going for it, though, and it’s something that is genuinely different than what has been offered for the past four or five years, so those looking for a change in smartphone scenery may want to take a look Microsoft’s way.

But for a more complete rundown of this smart OS battle to the death, go on and check out Brighthand\’s How To guide for choosing a smartphone OS.

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