WSJ Question of the day – what’s the best mobile OS?

WSJ poll asking which is the best mobile OS
WSJ poll asking which is the best mobile OS

The Wall Street Journal posted a poll to their site today for their readers to answer, asking which mobile operating system is the best. The results aren’t terrible surprising, but the margins between the winner and the runner-up are very surprising.

The winner so far is Android, and it’s leaving every other mobile operating system in the dust. Out of the almost 8,700 voters in the poll, Android accounted for 5207 of the votes, which is a whopping 60%.  While it’s not so surprising to see Android in the lead, what is surprising is that the OS in 2nd place, iOS, is nowhere near Android’s numbers. Apple’s iOS has received 1944 votes, giving it 22.5% of the pie. It’s almost not worthy of noting the other operating systems in the poll, but we will since it shows just how much iOS and Android are ruling in mindshare.

Coming in 3rd place, we’ll find RIM with 9.3% of the poll, giving Apple’s iOS a 13.3% lead, and Android a 50.7% lead over the Blackberry. Palm managed to grab 3.1% of the poll votes, and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile nabbing 2.8%. In all fairness, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 has yet to really make its debut into the market, but when it does, we imagine the numbers to drastically differ. 2.2% of the voters chose the “Other” category, and we’ll just leave it at that.

Of course, this is all user opinion, and doesn’t reflect actual sales or installed user base. If this was the case, the “Other” category would be holding the top spot, since Symbian is not an option in the poll. Nokia outsells Apple’s iPhone 2 to 1, and the company currently uses Symbian for all of their handsets, so that just goes to show how much mindshare differs from actual sales.

Android nabbing 60% is pretty impressive, and it comes at a good time since we know we’re nearing another version of the OS sometime in the near future. It’ll be interesting to see how different this poll would be in just a year from now, especially with a Verizon iPhone coming in the near future.

Don’t like the results? Hit up the poll in the link below!

[Via: WSJ, AndroidCentral]

  • Anonymous

    There is nothing mysterious about the results. They aren’t coming from WSJ readers. An Android blog/forum posted a link and a bunch of fans came over, sometimes voting several times (it’s possible in this poll). Just look at the comments there to see for yourself.

    • Ryo

      Sounds about right. That and Microsoft has went up to third place and slowly catching iOS.

      • Anonymous

        actually Microsoft just surpassed Google… which is funny because barely anyone has a Windows Mobile 7 device right now, and there is no way WinMo 6 got that many votes.

        This is why I can’t take polls seriously… ever

    • Anonymous

      But the votes were similar in proportion before they posted that.

  • Steve W.

    iPhone users can’t respond. The poll tool uses Flash!

    • Anonymous


    • Hemant

      lol…how will the poll know whether you are iphone user or not ??? 😛

  • Now catching up with Android….

  • Abdul

    Is it fair to say that iPhone generally attracts users who don’t spare a thought about the concept of “mobile OS”, while Android users probably made a conscious choice to reject iOS after weighing up the features of both platforms? Therefore Android users would be more inclined and intellectually prepared to defend their decision, while iOS users just get on with doing what they do without concern for the abstract concept of an OS behind their apps. This poll doesn’t really reflect mindshare, but the zeal of its users, like how Mac and Linux users passionately spruke their OS while Windows users have no idea what the conversation is even about.

  • Anonymous

    Regardless, I doubt this will cause iOS to dominate profit share any less.

  • Chadness

    One point about Symbian not having an option or better showing – this is a poll from the WSJ, which is a U.S. newspaper, so it’s really targeted at the U.S. market.

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