Is it good or bad to like a particular ecosystem? I mean in Operating System (OS) land. Because when I read tech forums, lovers of several ecosystems are virtually knocking each other out to show that their ecosystem is the best. Here are my five cents on it.
In the good old days, there wasn’t too much to choose. I do not pretend that I know much about the history of it, but from say, the late 90’s, I have my own pc and I became interested in computing and gadgets. Unfortunately, I don’t have the skills, patience or understanding for programming. That is why I write blogs and articles.
So now, we have a few big players.
- Unix / Linux based systems
As most of the people know by know, both Apple and Microsoft have their own mobile OS for tablets and mobile phones. For tablets, Apple has iOS, Microsoft has RT. For mobile phones, Microsoft has Windows Phone 7.5/7.8 and Windows Phone 8, Apple has iOS. Android is the mobile device variant developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and Java programming language and it is used on both mobile phones and tablets.
It really doesn’t matter whether you want a closed, half open or open ecosystem. Make sure that you have a basic understanding of the operating system of your choice. Whereas an OS can be very intuitive for one, it might make no sense to an other. It is not only a matter of ‘not wanting to understand an OS’, you see. Sometimes, people are so used to one or another interface and ecosystem, they simply cannot adjust to an other one.
It is your choice
Make sure you know what the technical pros and cons of the device of your choice are, compared to similar devices. Take the hardware / software integration into consideration, because high specs are not holy by themselves. This is purely about facts, so it is very measurable.
Make sure you know what you want from the device: watch movies, use it as a quick work device, play games, browse a bit. Make also sure that your device can easily connect with your company or school network on a secure connection if you want to use it for work or school. If making a connection is not easy, check what you need to do to make connection.
Determine if you want to use 3G / 4G or WiFi only, how much storage space you will need (and if there is a possibility to enhance the storage space with a micro SD card or a USB stick). Also determine if you want a device which is – for you – easy to use or a device that everyone around you already has, so help might be nearby.
It really doesn’t matter what your favourite (mobile) device is. Just don’t spend a lot of money on a device because everyone has one. And don’t rely too much on hands on reviews either before knowing what ecosystem or device is preferred by the website. Don’t let your retailer buy you something you actually do not want.
Let your device show who you are, regardless of the ecosystem. Because that is what it’s all about.