I like the fact that we have more than one strong operating system for smartphones. Among Apple iOS, Google Android (Gingerbread), and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, there is enough variety to accommodate different preferences and tastes. I’m partial to iOS, and here are two articles that list two good reasons for that. One, from Wired’s Gadget Lab points out that many Android phone manufacturers do not keep the OS current on their phones. For comparison, my over-3-year old iPhone 3G could still be upgraded whenever Apple released a new version of iOS, until the most recent iOS 5 update on October 12th, which finally made itac obsolete more than 3 years after the initial release of the hardware model (compare that to the 1 year obsolescence for some Android phones mentioned in the article). The second article, from GigaOM, aptly points out that the recently announced, beautiful Nokia phones that will run Windows Phone 7.5 Mango will face a different sort of a challenge – one of trying to persuade the potential customers to learn a radically different OS, one that replaces by-now-familiar interface of phone apps with “a concept of ’tiles’ and infinite scrolling”.
I actually find it ironic that while Microsoft takes the time to produce beautiful futuristic videos (like this one), it’s actually Apple that makes these things actually happen… I do not read Wired, Bloomberg Business Week, El País, Harvard Business Review on a Microsoft tablet. like the one envisioned in the future reality. Instead, I read them here and now on my iPad.