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I have gone through 3 types of OS in Smartphones. Windows OS, Android and lastly iOS from Apple. So which one is the best?

None. There is no better OS than the other, it is a matter of choice, preference and needs. It depends on how you will use your smartphone. If you are a geek and wants customization I would say Android(You have to have time, tools and knowledge to perform such task or if you want a deeper customization on your phone). If you are a professional who doesnt have time and just want your smartphone to do all the things you expect it to do smoothly then go for Apple iOS. Now if you want somehow to have atleast a little of both and just want to be different from the others, go with Microsoft Windows.

I have been exposed with smartphone since 2007 and the first thing I got was an Android from HTC. It was a Desire HD with 4.3′ screen and I thought it was huge back then. I believe it has Android Froyo or Gingerbread if Im not mistaken. I was really amazed on how these kind of phones can do such task, it was like having a mini computer in your hand. I did read everything about Android and exposed myself to xda.org and market militia to learn tips,tweaks and root access. I also have gone through a lot o Android forums and almost all my time after work is being consumed researching and learning different kind of customizations. I had many Android phones. Upgrade every upgrade. From Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC (No midranger back then, these manufacturers is the top 4 IMO) after many years, there was a point that I felt helpless and I was like a prisoner on my own phone. I couldnt do such task anymore because of my day job and Android for me is time consuming.(atleast for me, I always want everything to be in place) I realized that the more you want your phone to be accessible or to become a user friendly or to become as easy as you want it to be, you would spend tons of your time to achieve it. (especially in Android, there is always a better version of everything after a month or so). It is a never ending cycle. I would assume, Android is for geeks and IT professional who can fully take advantage of it. It can also for teenagers because of the midrangers smartphones nowadays. “Good phones are going cheap, Cheap phones are going really good”

I finally gave up! I want a more simpler phone that has a little bit of customization and a good look with killer specs. I watched several reviews of Microsoft Windows phone and took a look of their aging Lumia 1520(Late 2014). Checked the price and was on sale for 60% off the price so I took a chance and gave it a shot. I finally got myself a Windows phone. When I set it up, I felt strange. There are no many apps in the store. Even the popular ones. I felt weird and sorry for Microsoft because I thought they are doing good especially in their Computer OS but it was on the contrary in their Smartphone OS. There were no support from other developers and it is so sad and lonely in their App store. Regardless of the issue from the developers I still kept my phone for a year because of the best camera of Lumia lineup and besides it was simple and doesn’t  need a lot of customization. Third party apps replacement is also good but it is still better if big app developers would support  Windows OS ecosystem for the benefit of greater option for consumer (read Google versus Microsoft). Accesories for Lumia is also hard to find so if you will switch to this OS join a lot of forum to know where to buy accesories. Battery life in my Lumia 1520 can take up to 2-3 days of average use so it was really great but I was envious of the other accesory support from manufacturers to Android and iOS so after a year and a half I sold my Lumia for a cheap price and went to a more simpler one.

Apple iOS. The Cupertino, CA based company  who is leading in the smartphone business (As they claimed it to be) I just recently got a 6s Plus because I got used to larger phone (back in the day 4.3′ was huge and got Lumia 1520 which is 6′ screensize and now 5.5′ for 6s plus)  and besides larger is always the better right? Better media consumption and better battery life. I appreciate the fact the this kind of OS is out of the box good. You don’t need to spend time for customization. It will do every task you want to do in your smartphone with ease. It will definitely not disappoint if you just want the basics from your phone. The best simple elegant phone you can get. For the record, I only spent 1 hour to achieve the look I want my phone to have and besides there is not much to do aside from customizing folder, rearranging  the icons and changing the wallpapers. That’s basically it but I appreciate the simpler look of it because I don’t have to tinker everytime if I need something especially that I am more busy now than the Android days I had. It also has a great support from Third party accessory manufacturers and app developers so it was all good to me.

Next stop? Blackberry?

So, I therefore conclude that Android is for geeks and IT professionals who can take full advantage of the OS. Apple iOS is for professional who doesn’t have time and for smartphone civillian who just want their phone to do what they expect it to do. and Lastly, Microsoft Windows is for people who likes a good camera and just like to be different from the others:)

The bottom point here is a matter of choice and preference, there is no right or wrong. If you think Windows OS is good for you then go for it.  Afterall, You will not be judged by the smartphone you are using, you will be judged the way you live your life and treat other people.

“To God be the Glory!”

(These are all opinions and experiences)

 

That’s it pansit!

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heres an informal tutorial to make the theme

this is not intended for beginner themers

heres a video:

http://youtu.be/FPZaV4cAHo4

 

NOVA launcher settings:

110% for the icon size
width margin is small
height margin is none
uncheck to disable the label icons on homescreen
do not show shadow
grid would be 12×7
hide notification
hide dock bar
1 home screen
overlapping widgets -yes!
color theme – pick what you desire
drawer grid is 6×5
transparency for app drawer is 0
advanced settings…click all the box
heres nova app:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/evp2ipb2rzhrspc/Nova%20Launcher%20Prime%202.0.1%20Final.apk

ICON THEME is minimal MIUI – will provide the link to direct download)
heres the icon theme:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/nxagox7s90bowkk/Minamaltheme4.6.13.apk

Smart status bar – Free from play store
just search for it
4 seconds delay (depends on what you want)

sidebar (Icons provided)
open sidebar settings..
remove the default icons by long pressing it then delete..
click the + sign then choose widget tab then choose your preferred toggle
once done..long press again the icon then change it with the icon provided
heres the app:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3xxp1p142s0no44/Sidebar%20Pro%20v4.1.5.5.apk

zooper widget pro
install the app
will provide you the file for the widgets i created then put it in your sd card(zooper widget folder found in sd card(use file manager)
open the zooper app setting then select the save file…resize it to what you prefer
zooper app:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/v9799djcauwycpu/Zooper%20Widget%20Pro%20v2.18.apk

heres for the file you need to save in sd card under zooperwidget folderhttps://www.dropbox.com/s/nm10sh15pde6vy3/clock%20new.zw.png:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/p0ue0jacn1pzse3/app%20folders.zw.png

desktop visualizer: save a blank.png on your sd card (will provide too)
to do: long press from home then add widget>choose 1×1 then place it to the camera icon you see in wallpaper..click it then select the blank .png then choose the desired app to launch..same thing goes with the galery app and so on…
here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/n438zbroe0jrswr/Blank.png
download app from playstore its free

iphone notifications app: very useful (i use the banner to display notifications-cool app)
to do it..go to the app setting then general settings for the banner alert..make it small and choose the desire app you would want to get notifications.
here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/i5gsew2o1izrt91/iphonenotify.apk

heres the wallpaper:
edit it to fit in your device
use the nova settings to change it
(if it doesnt fit exactly resize it to your phones resolution.i used 1920×1080 bec htc butterfly is full HD)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xdauvy1ig66129v/darkbesteditedv7final.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/j3j953epslp77qo/darkbesteditedv7finalbeach.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/dfjlholmv7iv1m9/darkbesteditedv7finalsunset.jpg

for a cool screen off widget..download this
https://www.dropbox.com/s/uebkwrdp94cgze5/screenoff.apk
screen off app

settings for it..enable the delay for screen off the choose the old tv style
place the icon on your homescreen

i hope it helps!