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A shopper tests a smartphone at a shop in Taipei, Taiwan. For the common user, the operating system, and hence the user interface, is what should inform preference of one smartphone over another. Photo/FILE

A shopper tests a smartphone at a shop in Taipei, Taiwan. For the common user, the operating system, and hence the user interface, is what should inform preference of one smartphone over another. Photo/FILE  AFP

By James Ratemo

Posted  Wednesday, January 23  2013 at  19:04

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  • For the common user, the OS, and hence the user interface, is what should inform choice of one smartphone over another.

With the smartphone market awash with many brands from various phone manufacturers, the user’s headache is usually anchored on what to look for in the gadget.

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The choice should basically revolve around cost, look and feel, user interface, battery, and the kind of applications one can access.

In the recent past we have seen Nokia’s smartphone market share slide as Samsung and other manufacturers who have adopted Google’s Android system bask in glory.

To put it in perspective, is has not been a battle of brands alone but also operating systems (OS) that phone manufacturers use in their devices.

For the common user, the OS, and hence the user interface, is what should inform choice of one smartphone over another.

Nokia’s smartphones have been using the Symbian operating system, but this is changing as the company has switched to Microsoft’s Windows Phone for their current and future smartphones.

Nokia’s Lumia series smartphones are running on the Windows mobile OS but other flagship Nokia phones such as the current E and N series run on Symbian.

On the other hand, the Android system is used in high-end handsets such as the hugely popular Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note II from Samsung, and Google’s own LG-made Nexus 4.

Most Smartphone users have argued that Nexus 4 is probably the biggest bargain available to smartphone buyers largely due to Google’s price lowering effect.

Major Windows Phone 8 (the latest version of Windows mobile OS) smartphones currently in the market are all high-end, high-quality devices built by Nokia, HTC, and Samsung.

Seasoned Nokia phone users would agree with me that Nokia Belle, the latest version that uses the Symbian OS, looks a lot like a customised version of Android with the multiple horizontal-sliding desktop home screens.

The operating system comes with many widgets and a drop-down notifications bar which enhances the look and feel of the system, just like that of Android.

Nokia’s Belle, however, has much longer battery life and a completely different app store which naturally only supports Symbian apps.

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The Android store, on the other hand, has Google apps that are not available on Nokia store and this is one area of differentiation between Symbian and Android.

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