Which Looks Better? A Comparison Between Popular Apps on Android and Windows Phone

A while back we showed you some photos of an iOS device and Windows Phone side-by-side while running various popular apps so that you could see how different the design principals were for the two platforms. For many of you it was very interesting to see how app developers modified their design so drastically for Windows Phone as compared to the same type of app they developed for Apple’s iOS. Some of you wondered about how Windows Phone apps compare to the same versions made for Android. Well, that’s what we’re going to look at today.

App designs on Android don’t seem to really follow any kind of guidelines or consistent style. Sometimes there are big tabs at the top with icons, sometimes there are tab-like buttons at the bottom, and UI buttons can vary drastically in size, style and position between each app. Windows Phone apps tend to follow a consistent panoramic layout design where each panel reveals a different type of content and circular buttons are always at the bottom with an ellipses indicating a pop-up menu for more commands.

Take a look at the gallery below to see some comparison photos between a number of popular apps on Android and their counterparts on Windows Phone. Which do you like better?

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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!