The two most fervent factions of operating system followers seem to be those that use iOS and those that use Windows 8. They are also the two most disparate operating systems, with very different designs and functionalities. Those that favor Windows often do so because of the ability to compartmentalize apps, to uninstall just about everything from the operating system (except the most essential functions), and the simplicity of the design. On the other hand, those that are followers of iOS, find that the operating system provides them with the greatest variety of apps and even the ability for those apps to communicate amongst themselves. The iOS, while still being fairly rigid when it comes to customization, does provide some abilities that Window 8 lacks. The Best of Windows 8 Phones Cortana is the newest addition to Windows 8, intended to rival iOS’s Siri. What’s especially great about Cortana is her Notebook (and that fact that her name is pulled from the artificial intelligence in the Halo games). Besides just placing calls, setting alarms, searching for things, and making appointments, she records information about your habits and your life. While this might sound a little creepy, it makes her search results more accurate and allows her to provide more relevant information. You can always go in and delete anything you don’t want Cortana to know about you. They have also implemented their version of Swipe, which allows you to just drag your fingers across the keyboard to form words, instead of actually having to type. It’s a great feature for those that want faster and more streamlined texting and searching. It should also be mentioned that the most popular Windows 8 phones come from the Nokia family and are built with that same commitment to indestructability that made the 3310 famous. The Best of iOS Phones Apple’s operating system is no slouch and was the first to offer most of the features that are now standard across all smartphone operating systems today. By far, iOS’s best feature is its ability to allow apps to communicate and even use functionalities from other apps. This is a brand new feature and a big one—but the attractiveness of iOS is in the little things, the small adjustments made with every update to make the phone more user-friendly—and with cracked screen repair, dropping and breaking the iPhone is no longer such a big deal. Which smartphone OS wins? It really comes down the user preference—do you prefer the flat block styling of Windows or the multi-screen icon-filled interface of iOS?