Despite Google Android and Apple’s iOS getting the majority of mobile-tech media coverage, consumers have an enormous amount of alternative smartphone operating systems from which to choose. As a brief guide to the latest and greatest options on the mobile market, Walyou has compiled a list of the 5 best alternatives to Android and iOS.
BlackBerry Bold 9780 (BlackBerry OS)
RIM’s BlackBerry Bold 9780 sports the latest version of BlackBerry 6 OS, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, and beautiful full QWERTY keyboard. BlackBerry 6 has brought many improvements to RIM’s latest lineup of handsets, and the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is no different from the latest crop of speed demons. A touch-screen version of the Bold is due for a late summer release, but in the meantime, the Bold 9780 is an excellent alternative to Android’s Droid Pro or the Droid 2 Global.
HTC 7 Pro (Windows Phone 7 OS)
The HTC 7 Pro is one of the only WP7 device currently being offered by the CDMA carrier. Yet, it’s my favorite Windows Phone, from a specs perspective and from a purely aesthetic view. It launches in early 2011 with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 576MB of ROM and 16GB of internal storage. It also reportedly has incredibe battery life and a full QWERTY keyboard.
Palm Pre 2 (Web OS)
While the original Palm Pre sold quite well for Sprint and eventually Verizon Wireless, it underwent quite a bit of criticism in the tech blogosphere for its poor design. Its sequel, the Palm Pre 2, was created with an effort to remedy that problem, while capitalizing on the device’s exceptional software: Web OS. With the Palm Pre 2, you’ll finding messaging, multi-tasking and snapping photos to be as easy (or even easier) as on any flagship Android model.
HTC HD7 (Windows Phone 7 OS)
T-Mobile’s HD7 is simply a workhorse that can easily compete with Apple’s iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S line. It packs a beautiful 4.3 inch screen, 16 gbs of storage, and a kickstand. Is the HD7 just like the HD2? Absolutely, but it includes Windows’ latest operating system and a major update (codenamed ‘Mango’) coming its way this summer.
Nokia N8 (Symbian OS)
A list of mobile alternatives to Android and the iPhone just wouldn’t be complete with an offering from Nokia. The Nokia N8 is a new Symbian^3 device that is a new platform for innovative developers to create advanced, graphically rich applications for Nokia’s Ovi Store. The biggest drawback for the N8 is its outdated, stale software. However, this device packs one of the most beautiful exterior designs, making it a must-have for anyone concerned with durability or pristine hardware.