July 07, 2012, 7:03 AM — The three combatants in Fight Club are the iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nokia Lumia 800. iOS is now in its fifth generation and has reached version 5.1. Android has moved from childhood into maturity and Android
4, aka Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), is exceptional. And you'd do well to not ignore Microsoft: Windows Phone 7.5 mightn't have much market share yet but it reflects that when Microsoft believes in something and gets it right, it can produce some exceptional software.
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Each operating system does things quite differently. iOS is very app-centric. If you want to do or see something, you need to launch the right app for the task.
Windows Phone 7.5 puts your data at the forefront. For example, rather than present your address book as a list of names behind a generic icon, they aggregate contact information from different sources such as your contact list and social networks.
Google's approach takes the middle ground with both applications and data at your fingertips. Handsets that are designed for ICS don't have any buttons on the face of the phone, preferring to go with a panel that changes depending on what you're doing.
In order to showcase what these three mobile operating systems can offer, we picked what we felt were the best handsets on the market. iOS is easy as there's only one game in town -- the iPhone 4S.
For Windows Phone 7.5 we chose the Nokia Lumia 800. This is a very nice handset that is one of the first fruits from Microsoft's new partnership with Nokia -- a move that both companies hope will revitalise their flagging smartphone credibility.
Android is a tougher proposition because there are so many handsets to choose from. Ultimately, we went with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as it was one of the first phones to come with ICS. It's also co-branded by Google.
As we have three contenders in each round, we're going to allocate a maximum of four points to the winner and then slide down. To get four points, the winner has to blast the opposition with a knockout blow.
Otherwise, three points will go to the winner, one to the loser and two points for the second-best combatant. And, although it was hard, we declared a winner in each round -- after all, there are no ties in this Fight Club.
ROUND 1 -- Out of the box
Apple's been the benchmark in recent years when it comes to being productive with your new hardware in the quickest possible time. However, the world has caught up and very little separates the three contenders. Although we declare a winner, this one could go either way.