Taking a peek into the smart phone and tablet markets, the many platforms available include Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile, iOS, and Android. It is rather difficult to decide which is the best. With Apple selling over 85 million iPhones and iPads, in the last few years and with the Android platform becoming so popular worldwide, it is definitely interesting to watch why. Although the iPhone has been a commercial success, the tide seems to be turning towards a probably more powerful open source alternative , that is, the Android. While Android is an open platform device, the iPhone has a closed platform. Android supports multitasking while in the iPhone it is restricted to some applications. Android supports widgets while the iPhone iOS does not. Developers can easily publish applications on the Android market instantly while, in the case of Apple iOS it can take time. Android supports Flash while the iPhone does not.

But Apple with its sleek, beautiful handset, with its ease of use, good battery life, a better out of the box software keyboard and many such features give Apple iPhone an edge over the Android-based devices. While the question of applications is difficult to analyze with the most popular mission critical applications available for both, it is questionable as to how many people have been able to open more than the 20 to 30 percent of the apps provided by both the technologies.

Android is from Google and it is but natural that quite a few Google features have an edge on the Android against the iPhone iOS. The iPhone excels in non-Google syncing like Microsoft Outlook, Address book or iTunes. As regards version releases and consistency of updates provision, the iPhone is way ahead with Apple releasing one major update every year and all their devices receiving the new feature.