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by Zoran Zaev, 2012-07
With many cell / mobile phone choices out there, with "smart" phones and other less 'smart' ones, what is one to choose? What are benefits and drawbacks of the choices? What are some of the best value choices? What features are available and are they worth it the cost?
THE MARKET SHARE, THE TRENDS
First, let's look at what others have been buying, to give us a general idea of where the market is at this time:
|Top Smartphone Platforms||Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers (May 2012) |
|50.1 % (others estimate it at 59 % or 56 % or 46% )|
Other informative statistics are
comScore, Inc., a leader in measuring the digital world, today
released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key
trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month
average period ending May 2012. (RESTON, VA, July 2, 2012)
 Smartphone statistics and market share, By Mark Brownlow, July 2012
A related topic, tablet sales and shares shows iOS tablets (iPad) leading the way, though losing share to Android tablets (iOS having 83.9 % in 2010, 68. 7 % in 2011, to est. 63.5 in 2012, with Android having 14.2 % in 2010, 19.9 % in 2011, and est. 24.4 % in 2012). Other players are significantly small. (***) netmarketshare.com estimates the current tablet OS market share at: iOS 65% and Android 20%, with Java as the OS at 10%, and Windows with 1 %.  But, I will leave the tablets topic for another article.
Apple Tablet OS Share will be Reduced to 47% in 2015, By
Qudsia Jamaal on April 12, 2011
 Mobile/Tablet Operating System Market Share, netmarketshare.com
APPLICATIONS & FEATURES
How do the various smartphone operating systems compare in terms of features?
|Feature \ OS's||Android 1.5||Android 2.1+||iOS||Windows Phone 6.x||Windows Phone 7.0||Windows Phone 8.0|
|PHONE TESTED||Dell Aero||Samsung i897 Captivate||HTC / AT&T 8525||Sansung i917|
|Available Apps||600K+ (or less)||600K+||650K+||?||100K+||100K+|
|Expandable Storage/ SD Cards Support||Yes, 32GB SD Cards||Yes, 32GB SD Cards||No||Yes, 32GB SD Cards.||Yes, BUT limited to phone management.||Yes, BUT limited to phone management.|
|File Management, Drag and Drop Files||Yes||Yes||No (uses iTunes)||Yes||No (uses Zune)||No (uses Zune)|
|Widgets||Yes||Yes||No||?||Live Tiles||Live Tiles|
|USB host support||Yes||Yes||Limited with Camera Connection Kit||?||?||?|
|OS Core||Linux||Linux||Darwin||Windows CE 6||Windows CE 7||Windows NT|
All, perhaps except for Windows Phone 6.x, support multi-core processors and high-resolution displays.
 Mobile OS comparison: Windows Phone 8 vs iOS 6.0 vs Android 4.1, 20 Jun 2012, 15:19, by Victor H.
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