Lately there have been an explosion of mobile devices. The break through in the home consumer market came about with the iPhone. It changed what people kept in their pockets. Since then just about every computer manufacturer has put their device into the ring. The three big mobile operating systems are iOS, Android, and Windows.
I’ll start off with Windows only because it’s kind of the most different. With the release of Windows 8 Microsoft is trying to merge their mobile and traditional computing experiences. They have gotten a lot of flack for the move but I think it was a good idea just implemented the wrong way. It is nice to be able to pick up a Windows device and know how to use it not matter which platform you are on but some of the design specifics are awkward for keyboard/mice users. But that’s all for another post anyway. The trouble with mobile windows devices comes from the split between the RT/Pro versions. When you look at price tags you’re immediately drawn toward the RT devices but be careful! These are not full fledged Windows. When you purchase an RT tablet you are basically purchasing a machine that can only use the Metro interface and Metro apps. Windows app store is a little lack luster at the moment but is getting there. If you do decide to go Windows I would recommend you spend the extra and go Pro. This is the equivalent of purchasing a small touchscreen desktop. This comes with the full version of Windows installed and if you’re already using Windows 8 on your computer you already know how to use this.
I’ll get into Android devices in my next post followed by iOS and then a post about the duel between the two of them.