“A smart phone’s power comes as much from its operating system as it does from the capabilities the vendor builds in. To help you at least narrow down your choices, we tested four smart phones, each based on a different operating system, to find out which platform is better for particular tasks,” David Haskin and Ryan Faas report for Computerworld.
To represent their different platforms, Haskin and Faas tested:
• Apple’s iPhone 3G, based on a mobile version of OS X
• HTC Touch Dual, based on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.1
• Nokia’s E71, based on the S60 variant of the Symbian platform
• Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Curve 8310, based on BlackBerry’s proprietary operating system
Haskin and Faas report, “We compared how well these phones performed four common road-warrior tasks: browsing the Web, sending and receiving e-mail, taking a photo and emailing it, and playing music and streaming video. We felt these tasks were typical of what most smart phone users need to do, and would also test the power and usability of both the devices and their operating systems.”
Here’s what Haskin and Faas report they found:
• “Browsing the Web” Winner: Apple iPhone
• “Email” Winner: Nokia E71 (With its excellent keypad, was the most satisfying smart phone to use for writing e-mail messages, even though it doesn’t auto-suggest names when addressing messages. The iPhone was a close second in this test simply because, subjectively, we preferred the Nokia’s keypad.)
MacDailyNews Note: Remember when word processors came on the scene and some clung to their typewriters for way, way too long? Someday we’ll all look back on these mobile device plastic key clingers as the Luddites they are.
• “Photography” Winners: Apple iPhone and BlackBerry Curve 8310 (tie)
• “Entertainment” Winner: Apple’s iPhone (Easily the most entertaining of the four smart phones.)
Full article here.