iOS 6 by Apple and Jelly Bean by Android are widely perceived to be the most powerful operating systems for smartphones today. Which one is better for you?
If you do not care much about mobile phone operating systems, you will not typically get to a detailed mobile OS comparison. Advice from family and friends would normally be about speed and smoothness of operations. In the end, both OS would sound just as good as the other. And then you make a choice based on who sold which OS better. Here is an outsider's guide to help you re-evaluate your position.
Read about the features you use most frequently, and see which OS is better at that.
Look and Feel (User Interface) - Take a good look at how the operations work in both systems. iOS 6 is highly organized and intuitive. There are some tasks that you can quickly do in iOS 6, but would take a couple of seconds more with Jelly Bean. However, Jelly Bean, being more open to custom look and feel, is more flexible. If you are not into too much customization, go for iOS 6.
Maps - Apple has apologized for its iOS 6 Maps. You already know how to decide from there. If a geographical guide is the feature that you need the most from smart phones, go for the Google Maps Street View.
Virtual Assistant - If you like "talking" to your smart phone and giving it tasks as if it's your personal secretary, go for Siri. If you like "talking" to your smart phone's brain, go for Google Now. Both VAs work just fine, but Siri has the edge on charm.
Social network integration - If you are a heavy Twitter and Facebook user, the iOS 6 will allow you to post updates outside the app. Social networks are also linked efficiently to Jelly Bean, but iOS 6 is the right OS for your quick updates.
Speed and Smoothness - Android used to pale in comparison against Apple's speed, but its latest, the Jelly Bean has earned praise from former critics. You can't go wrong with either one. The same can be said for the OS browsers, Safari and Chrome. One is not significantly faster or slower than the other.
Ready to choose between Apple iOS 6 and Android Jelly Bean? At the end of the day, it is important that you try both OS by actually navigating an active smartphone. What feels better in your hands is the one you should get.
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