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Q: iOS 6 and Windows Phone 8 are coming, to compete with the Android and the BlackBerry OS. Which smartphone platform is your favourite?

  • 49%
    Android

  • 6%
    BlackBerry

  • 25%
    iOS

  • 18%
    Windows Phone

  • 2%
    Other


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PC Advisor

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iOS 6 and Windows Phone 8 are coming, to compete with the Android and the BlackBerry OS. We want to know which smartphone platform is your favourite?

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Poll: iOS 6 and Windows Phone 8 are coming, to compete with the Android and the BlackBerry OS. Which smartphone platform is your favourite?

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Quickbeam

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'the vertical nature of the smartphone platforms makes it tough to change'

Just to throw a spanner in that argument, I've just checked on the Memory Map site to see if there was any Android app available yet for Memory Map, and was pleasantly pleased to find that they have adopted android and that I now have all my 5 year old mmV5 Ornance Survey maps (the whole UK in 1:50k and all the National Parks in 1:25k) installed and running which I've missed badly since my Mio Win 5 PDA died last year.

I think any software writer that doesn't take into account any user investment in mobile software (over £1000 in the case of my digital maps) to use it on other platforms over it's life time will lose out when some operating systems have to be pruned out of existence.

So, quite an unexpectedly fruitful wet afternoon it's been for me:)

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Matt Egan

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SparkyJack - you make a fair point about being locked to the platform on smartphones. In fact, the vertical nature of the smartphone platforms makes it tough to change - once you've bought a load of iPhone apps, do you really want to switch to Windows Phone? But that's what makes choice of phone platform so intriguing right now: each of the major platforms offers a unique propisition, but your choice now could affect your next laptop or tablet purchase.

I disagree with your point about choice in PCs, however: if you have a Mac you can also run Windows, but for the majority of people the hardware dictates the software (very few people 'downgrade' a Windows OS, and fewer still are running Linux).

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Quickbeam

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Can anyone confirm that Memory Maps will run on Windows Phone?

That was something I couldn't get a clear answer for at the time, so I didn't bother paying for the premium that Windows Phone was commanding at the time.

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Quickbeam

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It's always struck me as bad product awareness that MS have been so slow to advance the old Win Mobile for pocket pcs that I had on my old Mio device that died a while back. Had Windows phone OS been widely available at that time, I would have stuck with MS, but I went to an HTC with Andriod on to replace that pocket pc and a Nokia with Symbian Belle as a pocket size phone and I now accept that other OSs are good in their own way. It's now the hardware that I buy for a first choice, I can live with the OS that it comes with once I get used to it.

Maybe next time I upgrade they'll win me back, especially if I can run my Memory Maps on it that worked on Win Mobile 5.

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SparkyJack

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Matt Egan

You appear to miss my point when I wrote my comment. With portable devices the user is trapped with the O/S built into the device he has chosen- If by examining [ say a friends device on another system] and decided that it is a better option- That user has no choice but to acquire a new device- the O/S is hard-wired so to speak.

At least currently with computing hardware we can swap around the M/S variants if the current vogue is not to the users liking or like me dump MS Windows altogether in favour of a Linux system

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Matt Egan

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Actually Quickbeam, and this is just my opinion, but I think Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT (plus Xbox, Surface, Office, etc) will be Microsoft's strongest product portfolio for a long time. If they can persuade app makers to write for the Windows Store - and it will be a pretty compelling argument - it could be a very interesting few years for Microsoft.

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namtas

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Android - Only comment that I have with the HTC is the battery capacity.

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Quickbeam

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Does that mean should we sell any Microsoft shares before they go bust...?

Have we heard it here first?

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Matt Egan

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I completely disagree SparkyJack. Perhaps you have grown used to a computing world in which 'choice' is limited to a hardware vendors' badge and a tweak of hardware specs. But the mobile platforms listed in the poll represent genuine options when choosing the most personal computers many of us now use (smartphone). And as the line between tablet and laptop blurs, platforms such as Android and iOS are reaching up into what we traditionally call 'desktop' computing. Meanwhile Windows - still massively dominant on the desktop - is being radically reconfigured so it will work accross smartphone, tablet, laptop and desktop. Over the next few years a battle is going to take place in which Microsoft, Apple, Google, BlackBerry and others will fight it out for market- and mindshare. Not all of them can win out.

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morddwyd

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"when folk buy a device they get the O/S it comes with and it cant be changed."

True, but not entirely relevant.

When buying a new phone most people see what is available with the O/S of their choice, i.e. they pick the O/S first.

So the poll is perhaps relevant.

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SparkyJack

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Well I guess this has to be a poll that is going nowhere.

As stated above when folk buy a device they get the O/S it comes with and it cant be changed.

Who will get the opportunity to in depth compare the the merits of the various O/S only the likes of PCA and 'Which'

Certainly not me or the likes of the majority of us I wager

Sent on my Ice Cream Sandwich powered ZT Pad ------- Oh drat now it is dripping on my trousers ;-{

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bremner

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If you have to ask you don't need one.

A big pull for the "youngsters" as you put it is that most are into Facebook and with their Smartphones can get their fix 24/7.

What do they offer - basically a computer that can also make calls and text.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Could someone please explain why I need a smartphone?

Why do all the youngsters need one? Is this an under 50s thing?

What can I do with it that gives value for the high cost it looks like I would have to pay?

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bremner

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The latest news from RIM must cast serious doubt on whether they will still be around to launch BB10.

Losing 41% of their market share compared to the same quarter last year, meaning they lost £333m in a quarter that has led to 5000 redundancies a third of the workforce could be seen as the beginning of the end for RIM.

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Chegs ®™

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I used to have a Sony Ericksson Vivaz,and have no idea what the OS it used was,I do know I rarely found anything online that would run on it.

I now have an HTC & again,haven't a clue what OS it runs but it's the opposite of the Vivaz in that most apps I download run on it.My only irritation(rather than complaint)was it recently upgraded its OS and now the screen is littered with additional icons I rarely use and all my playlists have vanished.

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mammak

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Defiantly BlackBerry for me...especially since using Blackberry Bridge with my Playbook! Truly amazing feature. More than a phone, in fact my Computer in my handbag.

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sunnystaines

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android, surprised windows came 2nd too, looked at it did not like it at all. my trip round the phone stores dicussing this all said phones with windows are hard to sell as noone wants them.

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ams4127

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Blackberry for me, purely because of the keyboard.

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AitchBEE

Do you think that - just occasionally - you might curb your natural inclination to post something just for the sake of it?

"I have never owned a smart phone ... 'cos I'm not stupid." is not a very pleasant response, is it?

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Aitchbee

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Strawballs - like others have implied, a mobile phone that allows calls and texts, (and fits in my shirt pocket) is smart enough for me.

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Strawballs

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I have never owned a smart phone ... 'cos I'm not stupid.

Stupid statement!

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Aitchbee

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I have never owned a smart phone ... 'cos I'm not stupid.

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Strawballs

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Android

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Condom

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I must say that I was also a little surprised to see Windows in 2nd place but I can also say that when I handled the Nokia it was the most comfortable to use of all the phones I have handled for many years. The software was also a delight to use and was much faster than the iPad.

Reports suggest that the camera was not as good as it should be but compared to what? The new Nokia out this week has a fabulous camera so there is some hope that the forthcoming windows 8 Nokia could be a world beater. I'm waiting with anticipation and hoping to say bye bye to iTunes once and for all.

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bremner

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Out of 220 votes a third have chosen Windows.

Are these 75ish people already using the much maligned Windows Phone 7 or are they voting for something they have actually never used and are just basing their vote on their preference for anything Windows.

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interzone55

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I thin that for most users the OS is the least of their worries, they want the same phone as their friend or whatever micro-celeb is touting

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wiz-king

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I don't want any of them - I am quite happy with my Amplicon, it sends and receives texts and calls, cost me less than £15 in calls in the last year.

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SumiGhosh

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Why don't you compare BB10 with this. Its awesome and looking for a new poll......

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Quickbeam

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I just grow to live with whatever the new phone I get has, the OS doesn't influence my choice unless it's total pants.

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