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iOS 5 is a wonderful operating system, but it hasn’t necessarily made the strides forward we would’ve hoped for.There still isn’t much to say about social integration, multitasking is still handled via tiny app icons, and you’ll need third party apps to instant message with friends.
Windows Phone’s newest version called Mango excels in the aforementioned areas. While we still can’t recommend a Windows Phone over an iPhone, here are some areas where Windows Phone really burns Apple’s latest operating system.
Android's widgets kill your battery. Windows Phone's Live Tiles, which are like widgets, won't. iOS 5, on the other hand, has no real third party widgets to speak of (don't mention Weather and Stocks).
Live Tiles give you a quick glimpse of a Facebook status, weather update, sports score, recent images of friends, and more.
iOS' Contacts app has been rarely updated during the course of the past four years.
Mango's Contacts app is a fully-featured contact experience, providing access to a person's Facebook wall, tagged pictures of them, and best of all, a list of recent interactions with that person.
To do an image search or a barcode scan in iOS 5, you'll need an app like Barcode Scanner or Google's Mobile App.
In Mango, you can do barcode scans to check prices by tapping the magnifying glass soft key below the screen.
We weren't originally convinced that we'd use this feature very frequently, but after spending more time with Android and with Windows Phone, we ended up using the feature quite a bit.
Apple's Twitter integration inside iOS 5 is welcome, but very rudimentary.
In Mango, you can natively and easily share things to Twitter, as well as other social networks, from within the People Hub.
People Hub integrates LinkedIn, Windows Live, Facebook, and Twitter. You can even view a consolidated list of all your notifications from various social networks.
Multitasking in Mango consists of holding down the back button and seeing actual screenshots of the apps you're using.
In iOS 5, all you get is little icons representing recently used apps. You get no hint as to what you were doing in each app while you glance through them.
Native Facebook chat on Mango is huge.
Facebook has 800 million users, and they all want to talk to each other. Mango even lets you switch on the fly (inside your chat window) to texting, and then back to chat if the person you're talking to is online.
Obviously, Windows Phone is built by Microsoft, so there's Office support.
But when Office is what we use all day every day, that's a killer feature.
On iOS 5, you'll need 10 bucks to get an app like Documents To Go or QuickOffice to duplicate this functionality.
Windows Phone lets you 'pin' parts of your favourite apps to your home screen.
In Facebook's case, you can pin your Messages, Events and more. In Evernote's case (which is arguably more useful), you can pin specific notes to your home screen for easy access.
When Nokia and ESPN's new Sports Hub app comes out, you'll be able to pin specific teams and leagues to your home screen as well.
While we haven't had any problems ourselves, iOS 5 has thus far been notorious for killing iPhone batteries.
On our Mango phone, the battery lasts all day. How? Windows Phone is excellent at resource and power management. This is part of the reason Windows Phones are still limited to single-core processors.
Windows boss Steven Sinofsky explains a bit more here.