Your decision in choosing your next phone may not be limited to comparing hardware specs. You also may be influenced by the OS. Some phones, like the Motorola Droid, have an Android OS. Others, like the HTC HD2, have a Windows Mobile (aka WinMo) OS.
Android is getting all the excitement. WinMo is more ho-hum, version 6.5 regarded as a retread of prior versions. But is Android really “better”?
Of course, there’s no one size fits all answer. These types of comparison depend largely on your planned usage.
Nevertheless, comparisons can be made. James Kendrick of jkOnTheRun has done so in Windows Mobile vs. Android: WinMo Is Better Than You Think. The title gives you a pretty good clue of his verdict. Excellent reading. As is Windows Mobile vs. Android OS – My Take.
A common criticism of WinMo’s user interface (UI) is that it’s a Frankenstein-ean attempt to graft a Windows desktop UI on to a phone. OEMs like HTC have their own proprietary UIs such as HTC Sense to supplement (to be kind) WinMo’s UI. Did HTC address Windows Mobile 6.5’s initial shortcomings? discusses whether HTC Sense successfully does so.
My take? My decision on my next phone will be determined by the hardware specs. It won’t be influenced by the OS. I regard Android and WinMo as relatively even. Each has their pluses and minuses, which will change with new versions.