Operating Systems: Commit or Play the Field?

Valentine’s Day is about relationships and commitment. The same can be said about wireless technology. The choice is very personal, and deciding on an operating system when purchasing a smartphone or a tablet takes careful thought.

What are the benefits of commitment? The first that come to mind are familiarity and understanding. In a long-term relationship you learn just about everything there is to know about an operating system, from its strengths to its quirks. Each operating system is unique. Over time you learn to adapt to the intricacies of the system, increasing your satisfaction in the long run.

Friends and family also benefit if they choose the same operating system. For example, if someone declares their love for BlackBerry and their family supports the relationship, everyone can reap the rewards of apps like BlackBerry Messenger. If a family believes iOS is the best choice, they all benefit from Facetime. Do friends support someone’s attraction to Windows Mobile? Then everyone can stay connected and take their gaming with them using Xbox Live.

For those who decide to play the field, though, all is not lost. Android gives wireless users access to the same functionality of more “closed” operating systems without the commitment. For example, apps like Tango allow you to video chat with people who use a different operating system, and Dropbox lets you bring your photos, documents, and videos with you if you change operating systems frequently.

Clearly, there can be arguments made for choosing any operating system. Like life, even people in long-term commitments sometime grow apart. If that happens to you, the good news is there’s more than one operating system in the mobile ecosystem.