The iPhone 4 White Against The HTC Sensation

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One of the most important yet underrated aspects of any mobile phone is the operating system that it runs on. This determines exactly how you use the phone, how the menus appear and what functionality the handset offers you. We have seen several mobile systems over the years but there are currently two jostling for the bigger share of the market. The first of these is the iPhone operating system or iOS, the programme that the hugely popular iPhone and iPad runs on. The second of these system is the Android platform that was developed by Google. The is a multi brand platform and thus is used by the likes of Motorola and Samsung, but the current flagship model running on the latest version is the new Sensation from HTC. So looking at the OS alone, how does this exciting new model match up to the superb iPhone 4.

The user interface is the screens that we interact with on our mobile handset so it seems only right to look at this area first. There are two ways in which we can look at this. From a simplicity point of view then the iOS is a clear winner. The system offers a series of homescreens onto which you can add widgets and applications of your choice. If you fill up a whole page then another is added which you access by horizontally swiping your finger across the screen. Asides from the icons there is a bar at the bottom which always shows your four favourite features and a thin bar at the top displaying time and battery life. On the other side of the coin you have the Android 2.3 system found on the HTC Sensation, a menu which looks much more full of life compared to the Apple system. Icons are large and the menus incorporate transparency to enable tiles to be stacked and so you can view what is happening behind the tile. Android is the system that you will wow your friends with but iOS remains fantastic thanks to its simplicity.

A key factor with any modern mobile phone is the range of applications that are available for the user to download. These application range from practical utilities to games and can be accessed via the respective online store of the manufacturer. The HTC Sensation together with Android is very much one for the future in this department. The titles available in Android Marketplace are increasing all of the time and at present over 200000 are available. This is less than the 300000 offered on Apples App Store but over the coming years it is predicted that Android will eventually overtake Apple. This prediction is based on the fact that the Google platform is easier for developers as they are not restricted by the strict terms that Apple place on their programmers. A great example of this is how Adobe Flash files can be incorporated into Android apps and not into those made for the iPhone.

Although iOS captivated the market when it was first released it is clearly evident that Android is the platform fro the future and wonderful handsets such as the HTC Sensation are the perfect vehicle on which to show the system off to its full potential.

The HTC Sensation and the White iPhone 4 are available now

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