Head-to-head: iOS 5 vs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich vs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

So there we are, looking at three newly reformed OSes, two of which have already had some playing time while one of them is yet to enter the field. Its a battle between Apple, Google and Microsoft. Who’s is the best?

iOS 5

Apple launched the final version of iOS 5 earlier this month on October 12, packing a host of new features in it which further epitomizes the iPhone’s classiness. With over 200 new features, iOS 5 enables you to do more with your iGadget than you previously could have. And as Apple once said: iOS is the most advanced operating system available in the market and it, combined with the iPhone, was 5 years ahead of anything else available out there.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Yet to enter the field as of yet, Android 4.0 ICS, officially unveiled just last week, is quite an improvement over its predecessors. Previously criticized for not being user-friendly to match its exceptional features, the ICS overcomes this criticism in some style with a vastly improved UI (Google claims that design and UX was a primary focus during development). This takes it on par with Apple’s OS (Apple, of course, is known for the overwhelming user friendliness of its software).

Oh, and, just like iOS, ICS too is now compatible with both smartphones and tablets, unlike previously where smartphones used Android 2.3 Gingerbread and tablets ran on Android 3.0 Honeycomb. This gives the Android fanbois definitely something to cheer about.

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Launched only weeks ago, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango has already been touted the best mobile OS to come out from Redmond after Microsoft’s previous attempt (WP 7) was regarded as a big failure according to many. Mango, as sweet as it can get, has brought many new features that Windows Phone lovers were craving for, and add to it hardware as good as Nokia’s, one of the best in the industry, Windows Phone 7.5 is sure give a good fight to Apple and Google as far as mobile OS is concerned.

So now the question arises – Which of the three operating systems is the best?

Each OS has its own advantages and disadvantages and each individual has his/her own preferences with regards to OS used on his/her device. So picking a winner out of the three wouldn’t be fair in my opinion. But if you ask me, personally, i’d prefer iOS 5 to the other two simply because of the smooth and very friendly user interface Apple has made us accustomed to which i couldn’t find in Windows Phone or Android devices (though i must add that i’m yet to use ICS and Mango).

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Power of 5: iPhone-iOS-October?

According to a new report published today, Apple is all set to launch iPhone 5 and iOS 5 on October 5.

PocketGamer reports that an “inside source” has hinted them that Apple is planning to host a media event on October 5th to launch some new hardware, which will then subsequently release a week later on October 12th.

In the sort of hush-hush operation whereby we’d have to kill you etc etc, it seems that Apple is gearing up for a slightly earlier than previously expected iPhone 5 launch.

Our inside source says there will be a press conference announcing the new hardware on October 5th, with retail release occurring a week later.

The symbolism works well too: iPhone 5, iOS 5, October 5.

Various reports are strongly suggesting that there will be not one but two different variations of iPhones available, one pretty similar to the current iPhone 4 (iPhone 4S) and the other a totally different one (iPhone 5). The report also expects a new 3G-equipped iPod Touch to arrive with the iPhones.

While all this sounds good and exciting, we must not get carried away as previously too a report had suggested that Apple will hold an event on September 7 and launch the iPhone 5 and iOS 5. But nothing of the sort happened. And now, we have October 5 as the date when some new hardware from Cupertino arrives. But will we be disappointed this time too? Only time will tell.

Via PocketGamer

RIM launches new BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370

In an effort to regain its lost glory, Research in Motion (RIM) has delivered the last blow up its stride, releasing a new BB Curve model following the launch of the new Bold, Torch and Storm variants. So, what is the new Curve all about? Is it worth purchasing? Gauge past the break for our in-depth analysis. Continue reading “RIM launches new BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370”

RIM lines up 5 new phones, to run on the new BB 7 OS

Research in Motion (RIM) have rolled the last dice in hope of making inroads and regain their lost market share with the announcement of five new smartphones this evening. The phones, two of which will be an addition to the BlackBerry Bold line (Bold 9900 and 9930) along with three revamped versions of the BlackBerry Torch (9810, 9850 and 9860), will launch sometime later this month, and more importantly will run on the new BlackBerry 7 OS.

The two new Bold ‘berries will feature a touchscreen display, traditional BlackBerry keyboard and built-in support for Near Field Communications (NFC), which could open the door for options such as mobile payments.

Coming to the Torch, the 9810 will feature a larger touch display and slide-out keyboard, while the 9850 and 9860 models will sport slightly bigger screens powered by Liquid Graphics technology.

Quoting USA Today:

All five devices will run RIM’s new BlackBerry 7 operating system, which will offer an improved browser, voice-activated searches and a host of personal and productivity apps.

Wireless carrier AT&T will launch the Torch 9860 in August, while the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9810 will debut later this year. All three smartphones will run on AT&T’s 4G network.

With the announcement of these five new phones, RIM expects to provide some sort of competition to the rising glory of Apple and it’s iPhone, and to the wide army of Android smartphones floating in the market.

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Apple seeds OS X Lion Golden Master (GM) to devs

Apple has seeded the Golden Master version of their upcoming OS X Lion software for Mac, just in time for the OS’ final version launch sometime this month. The build number is 11A511 and can be downloaded from Apple’s Mac Developer website.

Apple has also released XCode 4.1 Developer Preview 7. Get downloading, devs.

Asus EeeTop PC ET2010PNT All-in-One PC with ION2

Asus is about to release it’s EeeTop PC ET2010PNT all-in-one desktop PC that is equipped with NVIDIA’s ION2 Geforce G310 graphics card with hardware video decoding.

The ET2010PNT gets Intel Atom Pine Trail D510 dual core processor and runs Windows 7 OS and has a 20 inch 1600×1200 HD LCD display.