Best Smartphones for Business in 2012

Terminal IT Technicians Compare and Contrast The Leading Smartphone Operating Systems

There is lots to be excited about these days in the cell phone industry, and many of the innovations have been led by the big two: Apple and Android, Google's mobile operating system. Gone are the days when phones ran on proprietary systems unique to each manufacturer. Now, the majority of smartphones, especially mid to high range models, run on mobile operating systems made by one of several industry giants. Manufacturers must align their product line behind one systems, which can mean all the difference. Just ask Samsung and Nokia.

Samsung now leads smartphone productions, and all feature Android's ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich). If you are in the market for a new smartphone, it is important to know how Android ICS stacks up against its two main rivals, Windows Phone Mango and Apple iOS5.

Google v. Windows v. Apple

Android leads the pack when it comes to email and messaging. Because roughly the population of the US uses Gmail, Google's email service, Android is able to make a seamless connection between computer, phone and inbox. Second place goes to iOS 5, which offers many of the same features while Mango takes a distant third.

In others areas, Mango is the clear winner. Mango makes home screen notifications an automated and hassle free affair, better than Android's notification bar and sleeker than iOS 5. Mango also multitasks better than the rest. That can be vital, especially with BYOD and the way that we rely on our phones at work.

Android Flexes Its Muscles

Android is the browsing (and searching) king. Its browser cruises past Apple’s Safari, used in iPhone, by a large margin. The new mobile version of IE used in Mango OS is an improved one and offers excellent web browsing experience.

Application wise, both iOS and Android offer a variety of options. Mango OS, when compared with Android and iOS, was definitely found wanting in this sphere.

As far as navigation features are concerned, Android ICS knocks out the competition. Google Maps is far more function on Android. Microsoft might respond with Bing and Windows 8, but as of now it is no contest.

A Complicated Verdict

Overall, Android ICS comes across a winner in most categories. However, will Android ICS ever entice Apple loyalists? It does not provide enough incentive at the moment, as is evident by the 35 million iPhones sold in the first quarter. Maybe there will be a change in the second, but we are not holding our breath.