When I set out to write last week’s poll — which mobile OS is truly the best (regardless of what you’re actually using) — I expected it to be a battle between two giants and two underdogs. You’d think that iOS and Android would beat Windows Phone and Blackberry out of the water. Turns out you shouldn’t believe everything you read in the news. If you still think iOS is the most popular mobile OS out there, prepare to be surprised.
No less than 3,870 of you voted in this poll, and we appreciate your enthusiastic participation. It makes the results that much more reliable, even if somewhat surprising.
9% of the voters think iOS is the best mobile OS out there, 24% think Android is the one to beat, 29% think the winner should be Windows Phone, and (are you ready for this?) a full 37% of the voters think Blackberry has the best mobile OS of the lot. An additional 1% voted for “none of the above”.
What can we say? It seems it might be time to try Blackberry OS!
Comment Of The Week
Last week’s comment section was home to some great debates, and some very interesting opinions regarding which operating system is truly the best. Some of you also pondered about what “best” actually means, is it about features, or about personal needs?
There were many excellent comments to choose from, but in the end, there can only be one winner. And this week, it’s Monty, with a detailed comment about why Blackberry 10 is the best OS out there. If you’ve never used a new Blackberry before, this comment is quite educational. For this useful comment, Monty wins a free MakeUseOf t-shirt:
BlackBerry10 really is the best OS for me. The features packed in are based on making the most common functions & tasks one will be doing most often on a communications device the easiest way possible.
Accessing text-based communications (BBM, email, twitter, facebook…) are all accessible with a simple thumb-movement from within any screen. Responding to a message from any of these apps will allow you to without ever leaving the Hub — so you don’t have to open the facebook app to respond to a message, then open twitter to respond to a tweet, then go back and close them, then finally return to whatever task you were working on before you got the messages. With the hub, just slide up and right, open the message, respond, swipe to the right, select next message, respond, swipe up to go back to the home screen and select the active frame of whatever you were working on.
Unable to take a call at the moment? Decline, and select a custom response to send via text such as: “I’m driving right now, but I’ll call you back in a minute.”
The browser handles just about any website I throw at it fairly well. An occasional hiccup here and there, but it is certainly a browser that I don’t have a problem with relying on.
The picture password available on 10.2.1 allows the user to have a password that can be entered in plain view of an entire crowd and not easily duplicated, but there is a slight possibility of someone trying to guess happening upon it. I prefer this password method over a 4-digit PIN.
Then there is the ability to run Android apps. While I will always choose a native “Built for BlackBerry” app over it’s Android counterpart, this closes most of the “App gap” argument. It is as simple as finding the correct APK, which there is a fairly extensive list available on some BB enthusiasts’ sites, and downloading it onto the BB10 device. This is able to be done without a connection to a computer, so no “sideloading is difficult!”. If you really need to have that app that isn’t available on BB, it’s a simple procedure.
There are other features that make this OS the best for me, but this is already long in the tooth. I’m sure that there are apps available on other platforms that allow the user to have similar experiences, but these features are built-in straight from BlackBerry. No need for extra apps for these features running through battery life.
And as far as the argument as “BB is dead”, this isn’t a poll on which company has the best business plan, or who has the most money in the bank. This is a poll for the best OS. And again I say that the BlackBerry10 OS is the absolute best.
Do You Own A Tablet?
Tablets seem to be taking over the world. When the first iPad came out, people were excited, but they were also baffled: what is this thing really good for? As useless as tablets may seem, their popularity is definitely on the rise, and even those who couldn’t see the point at first have by now been tempted. In fact, it looks like tablet sales have taken over PCs this recent holiday season.
Where are you in all of this? Do you own a tablet? Did you use to and gave up on it? Do you plan to become a tablet owner soon?
And now for the juicy part: which tablet do you own? Why did you choose it over other options? Or if you don’t own one, why not? Please share your opinions!
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