White paper experiments with smartphone OS comparison

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ScientistFellow Viigo partner, Jakajima, has recently published a white paper that aims to establish a system for objectively comparing smartphone OSes. “An innovative tool to benchmark Smartphone Operating Systems” puts a Nokia E61i, HTC S710, Blackberry 8800, Palm Treo 680, and a Sony Ericsson P990i device under the magnifying glass (the iPhone was released while testing was already underway, so couldn’t get in). The testing system is called the High Contrast Consumer Test, which involves getting first-time users to carry out real-world tasks in line with the smartphone’s specialties.

The testers are dubbed as “extreme”, in that they’re gunning for one particular kind of usage. By submitting smartphones to extreme users of various levels of knowledge, the HCCT is able to gage the effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction of using each OS. This is just a pilot project to set the groundwork, so we’ll have to sit tight until the labcoats have another go with the fully polished rubric. In the meantime, check out what are supposedly the top 24 smartphone features for professional users, in order of importance…

Table 1: Friedman test result (features are sorted descending based on importance)

Rank / Name Feature / Mean Rank
1 / Making phone calls / 21,10
2 / Sending messages / 18,21
3 / Synchronization / 17,54
4 / Network connection / 17,33
5 / Personal Information Management / 17,25
6 / Wireless connection / 16,92
7 / Security / 16,89
8 / Input method / 16,14
9 / Internet access / 15,84
10 / Push mail / 13,97
11 / User interface / 12,64
12 / Navigation / 12,15
13 / Wired connection / 12,00
14 / Downloading and installing applications of 3rd parties / 10,69
15 / VoIP / 9,62
16 / Media player / 9,29
17 / Use of applications / 9,15
18 / Sound options / 9,06
19 / Camera options / 8,89
20 / Voice recognition / recognition of handwriting / 8,57
21 / Business applications compatibility and integration / 8,20
22 / Recording options / 6,61
23 / Digital video broadcast / 6,44
24 / Entertainment software / 5,49