Windows Phone versus Android Apps – Which looks better?

Windows Phone versus Android Apps – Which looks better?

With Windows Phone 8 just around the corner, we though we would compare how apps currently look on the best Windows Phone device, the Lumia 900 as well as the best Android device, the Samsung Galaxy S3. We’ve chosen a few apps that are on both marketplaces, and taken a high res picture side by side. The question is, which OS do you think has better looking apps, based on what we’ve shown here and what you know from personal experience as well. Once you’ve seen the images, feel free to vote on our poll above as well to see which platform you feel has the better made apps.

Remember this is functionailty as well as looks, but since they’re made by the same company (generally), it’s safe to say they will have similar if not exact functionality.

IMDB

In our opinion, the IMDB app on Windows Phone easily outshines the Android version. It feels better layed out, easier to navigate and nicer to look at. Extra use of images really make the wp7 (windows phone 7) app more inviting and just nicer to use. Scrolling is smooth on both, but the Android version just seems to be boring when placed next to the Windows Phone version.

Winner: Windows Phone

eBay

A tough one here because we really like both versions. At the end of the day, it’s much easier to read the Windows Phone Version, due to the bigger texts and images. You get roughly the same amount of information, albeit in smaller text/images on the Android version. The black background with the different colours and the metro style just gives the Windows Phone version a leg up. The only fault, is that it’s slightly less reliable in speed than the Android version.

Winner: Windows Phone

Facebook

Easily one of the most important apps on any phone, the Facebook app, has always been the most downloaded app on any platform. The Windows Phone App looks nice, but still isn’t all fully stocked in the feature department as the Android version – something the devs say they are working on. Either way, the layout on the Windows Phone while nice, is quite cumbersome to navigate around with extra scrolling and presses to get to where you want. The Android version is much easier to navigate, and frankly we feel it’s slightly better looking thanks to it’s similarity to the desktop version (though we’re sure some might not agree).

Winner: Android

Tripadvisor

One of my personal favourite travel apps is Tripadvisor, and for good reason too. It’s got vast amounts of information from restaurants to places to stay to attractions, all with wide array of pictures and ratings. We love it, we’re sure you do too but when it comes to the best looking app, Windows Phone has no competition. Ever since they updated the Tripadvisor app for Windows Phone at the beginning of this year, they’ve really upped their game (from an iOS copy) to a fully fledged, gorgeous app. The Android App doesn’t come close to looking half as good.

Winner: Windows Phone

Foursquare

The ever popular Forsquare checkin app is very different on both devices. On one hand, the Sliding Metro interface feels nice on the Windows Phone, but it’s lack of speed and reliability (not poor mind you, just not as good) over the Android counterpart give it some serious negative points. However it still looks pretty after their very own refresh of the App last year. There are better apps for fourquare on the Windows Phone marketplace (4th & Mayor) but the foursquare app on Android is as good as they come. It also got it’s very own refresh not long ago, and we prefer it on the S3.

Winner: Android

Skyscanner

Our favorite app for searching for cheap flights just happens to be on both platforms as well. The Question is, which looks better? Personally we think the clear answer lays with the Windows Phone Platform – everything is bigger, easier to read and just feels warmer. We like the Android version, but we’re still not as comfortable using the Android version because it feels hastily designed. I’m sure most people would certainly agree with us on this front.

Winner: Windows Phone

Overall Count:

  • Android – 2
  • Windows Phone – 4
So in our count, the Windows Phone platform has the better looking apps! But don’t take our word for it only, have a go in the poll above as well as the comments section below and feel free to tell us what you think (but keep it nice folks)! Don’t forget to tell us about the different apps as well (we could only do so many).

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