Windows Phone 8 vs iOS 6.0 vs Android 4.1

Microsoft’s Windows Phone was met with rave reviews from day one of its launch back in late 2010, but despite its beautiful and smooth UI it hasn’t caught up with users. One way or another, part of the blame for this was some immaturity of the platform – multitasking arrived later and it was very limited, the apps weren’t there, customization was somewhat limited, and the list just went on and on, depending on how much you want to pick the nits.

But it was clear Windows Phone 7 wasn’t as mature as iOS or Android. It was damn close, but not on par. Now, with the announcement of Windows Phone 8 Microsoft is making one giant leap towards the market leading platforms, and matches them in a lot of aspects. We’d say it even outpaces iOS and possibly Android with its new stunning Start Screen which makes us feel we won’t miss widgets too much.

The real change happens under the hood, though. Windows Phone 8 now runs on the Windows NT kernel, the same kernel Windows 8 runs on. This means that you get support for multi-core chips and you’d get faster ports of apps and easier overall development across platforms. This will strengthen Microsoft’s ecosystem. And with the addition of offline maps by Nokia, it’s one step ahead of the competition there as well. So who wins the mobile OS battle this time? Is the open Android still the king, or do you prefer the peaceful and limited Apple walled iOS garden, or is Windows Phone a breath of fresh air and the winner in this race?

UPDATE: The table below has been updated with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean instead of Ice Cream Sandwich.


                  iOS6 v/s Android 4.1 v/s Windows 8 v/s Windows 7.8 


iOS6 Android 4.1 Windows 8 Windows7.8 
Apps  650000+ 600000+ 100000+ 100000+
Multitasking  Yes limited Yes Yes limited Yes limited
Widgets No Yes Expandable Live Tiles Expandable Live Tiles
Expandable Storage  No Yes Yes Yes
Multicore Processors  Yes Yes Yes Yes
High-res Displays  Yes Yes Yes Yes
File Manager  No Yes No No
Drag and Drop file Management  No, (Requires iTunes) Yes No, (Requires Zone) No, (Requires Zone)
Intelligence Voice Assistant  Yes Yes (With Google Now) No No
Sideloading Apps  Cydia Yes (Many Outlets) No No
Centralized Notifications  Yes (Drop Down Pane) Yes(Drop Down Pane) No No
Flash Support  No Yes  –  –
Native Screenshots  Yes Yes No No
Offline Maps  No (Paid Maps) Yes Yes No(Only Lumias)
Core  Darwin Linux Windows NT Windows CE 7
USB host Limited (Via Camera Connection Kit) Yes  –  –


Which is the best mobile operating system?

566 votes (566 votes) iOS 6.0

2620 votes (2620 votes) Android 4.0

2203 votes (2203 votes) Windows Phone 8


Android and Apple as usual head to head. But according to the survey conducted above, 

Android blatantly destroys iOS6.


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One Response to “Windows Phone 8 vs iOS 6.0 vs Android 4.1”

  1. Chinmay

    Sep 27. 2012

    Great one… This is indeed very useful to get a glance before purchasing a mobile phone :)

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