Apart from Apple’s iOS, another great competitor of Microsoft’s Windows Phone on the smartphone operating systems sector is Google’s Android.

Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone version is 7.5 with its new user interface featuring the design language Metro. Windows Phone is only compatible with Windows-operated PCs, which can be considered a disadvantage. Nevertheless, Windows Phone offers a number of interesting features such as barcode scanning, music identification, integration with social networks such as Facebook, live integration with the Xbox, voice actions including visual voicemail, custom ringtones, a battery saving mechanism, improved media messaging that enables users to attach multiple pictures and videos in their text messages, threads that combine information from text messages, Facebook and Messenger, better multitasking that lets you text while listening to music, and the possibility to manage your phone on the web which is useful for finding a lost phone for example.

Windows Phone also offers a pre-installed version of Office 2010 that includes One Note, Excel, Word and PowerPoint. However, the mobile versions are not as extensive as the computer versions. Word does not offer different fonts and looks more like a sticky note. PowerPoint enables users to view presentations and edit text in presentations but does not allow creating an entire presentation on the phone. Another disadvantage is the web browser in Windows Phone which, Microsoft Internet Explorer, because it does not support Flash and is not as fast as the Android browser.

The latest Android version is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It lets you keep track of your data volume and offers other interesting features like “face unlock” – a face recognition mechanism that replaces using a PIN code for unlocking your phone. Android’s standard browser Google Chrome allows you to open up to 16 tabs and save websites offline, so they can be read later without using up your Internet resources. Android also lets you share photos with your friends via social networks such as Facebook, offers an instant upload function for Google+, lets you edit photos on your phone and enables taking screenshots. Android also features visual voice mail, the Android Beam user interface, a copy and paste function, and the dictating device “talk-to-type”.