March 5, 2010, Newsletter Issue #242: What Are the Differences Between The Blackberry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile Operating Systems?

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You wouldn't buy a computer without knowing what operating systems it used, and it is just as important when you select a smartphone or mobile PDA. The operating system of your smartphone will determine its functionality, and what kind of software applications will be available. Blackberry (RIM), Symbian and Windows, are three of the most common systems on the market.

Blackberry PDAs are often the choice of the business user. The reason for this is the push email technology which delivers email directly to the mobile PDA, it also allows appointment changes, price updates, and other business events to be updated in real time.

If your work environment uses Microsoft software, you might want to consider Windows based smartphones. While Windows based smartphones do not have full push-email capabilities, they perform well and have the ability to interface with Microsoft Outlook on many models.

Symbian based PDAs have long dominated the mobile PDA market as one of the first operating systems on the scene. The constant development of the Symbian operating system, user interfaces, and built in applications has produced a very stable and satisfying mobile platform for mobile PDA users. There is also a greater consistency of available functions from model to model in Symbian smartphones. If you are looking for a reliable smartphone, high overall performance, and few surprises, a Symbian-based smartphone could be a good choice.

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