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Mobile OS Comparison: iOS 9.3.5 vs Windows Phone 10 vs Android M 6.0

iOS 9 vs Windows Phone 10 vs Android M6.0

The world changes as if everything is in their palm, this is particularly true in the digital realm. And three of the top big names in smartphones have been spearheading the technological advancement with their respective new operating systems. With iOS 9, Windows phone 10 and Android M arrive on your phone at the same time, it is inevitably difficult for users to decide which is the best mobile operating system.

So who wins the mobile OS comparison battle? Will the steady winner iOS still the king or do users prefer to put their money behind Windows Phone 10 or Android 6.0? To help users to decide which to choose, below we provide a detailed review on iOS 9.3.5 vs Windows Phone 10 vs Android 6.0 M.

Apple iOS 9.3 vs Android 6.0 vs Windows Phone 10 - Device Internal Memory

Speaking of iOS 9.3.5, Android 6.0 and Windows Phone 10 comparison, we can't help comparing the inevitable hardware devices, among which an apparent difference is their internal memory capability. We take iOS 9.3.5 based iPhone 6s, Windows Phone 10 based Nokia Lumia 950 and Android 6.0 based Samsung Galaxy S7 for instance. Windows Nokia Lumia 950 ships with 32GB internal memory and 3GB RAM, supporting microSD, up to 256 GB; Galaxy S7 is armed with 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM, providing up to 256 GB microSD card (single & dual two models); both Windows phone and Android phone make a great progress in internal memory to satisfy users larger needs. Yet, iPhone 6s still comes to us with 16/64/128GB options, 2GB RAM, no microSD card slot. Nary a mb space expanded.

So, in this battle, it's obvious the Android 6.0 based mobile devices play the dominant roles and that iOS 9.3 based iPhone is cast into the shade. Certainly, you can purchase the 128GB iPhone for more files management. But the 16/32 GB iPhone users, you have no choice but to learn useful tips to save and free up iPhone space.

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1. Compatibility

A common concern of the iOS 9, Windows Phone 10 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow users is that what devices are those new mobile operating system compatible? It makes no sense if your phone does not support the coming OS. So which is the best mobile operating system that ship with most existing devices in the comparison of Apple iOS 9 vs Android 6.0 vs Windows Phone 10?

Apple iOS 9 is expected to be widely available on Apple devices: the eagerly iPhone 7, iPhone 6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/5S/5C/5, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2/ iPad Air/iPad 4/3, iPad Mini 4/3/2. >>> Learn more about iPhone 7 pros

Comparison among iOS 9, Android 6.0 and Windows Phone 10

According to the early test the Windows Phone OS 10 supporting devices, it is indicated that only a limited number of Lumia devices are compatible with the new mobile OS, like Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730 and 830. More codes are said to be added to support a majority of Windows phones.

It is said that Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Google's Nexus 2015 device will run the the new Android M 6.0. It's not clear whether Android M will support more devices or not, but in view of its predecessor Android Lollipop, also a variety of Android devices will run this OS.

2. Availability

Apple iOS 9.3 was released on March 22nd, 2016 and is now available for iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPad Pro/mini 4, iPod etc. Compared with iOS 9.3, Windows Phone 10 comes out earlier in 2015. As for Android 6.0, also called Android Marshmallow or Android M 6.0, the latest Android mobile OS is almost ready to meet the public, with Google expected to unveil the final version of the OS before the end of September, 2015.

3. Features

Whenever we make an mobile OS comparison, features are a key factor we should pay attention to. Will iOS which is famous for its outstanding features win the the comparison among iOS 9, Android 6.0 and Windows Phone 10 in this regard?

iOS 9.3 comes out with a new feature-Night Shift, which is designed to help users for better sleep. Dozens of studies show that the bright blue light on the display will affect your sleep if you are exposed to this environment too long in the evening. So that's why the Night Shift comes into being. It will automatically adjust the colors of your display, brighter in the daytime and warmer in the evening. On top of this, there are also more improvements to Apple News, Notes, CarPlay and Health in iOS 9.3 devices.

Speaking of iOS 9 vs Android M 6.0, the latter also focuses largely on bug fixes. And also six areas will be the key points for the next Android operating system, including App Permissions, Web Experience, App Links, Mobile Payments, Fingerprint Support and Power & Charging. The Windows 10 for phones may come with the most changes as Microsoft is trying to introduce many apps. The mobile operating system gives the same experience you get on PC on a smartphone this time, allowing users to making and receiving phone calls on PC. So apps and features will look similar on your phone to on your desktop.

Comparison among iOS 9, Android 6.0 and Windows Phone 10

4. Battery life

A huge factor for users to decide the best mobile operating system among the mobile OS comparison 2015 is how long the OS can run. As the battery life of the previous iOS 8 is a nightmare, and tips on how to increase iOS 8 battery are frequently asked, in iOS 9, one additional hour of usage from iOS 8 and up to 3 additional hours when in the new Low Power Mode is added. Google has built in a basic saver in Android OS which allows users to see the battery usage broken down by app that feature will surely be seen on Android M 6.0. Windows Phone also has a battery saver option with an estimate of the remaining battery life. 

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Detailed Comparison of iOS 9 vs Windows Phone 10 vs Android M 6.0

Mobile OS

Apple iOS 9.3

Windows Phone 10

Android M 6.0






Yes, Split-screen





Expandable Live Tiles


Drag and drop file management

no, requires iTunes

no, requires Zune


Health feature





Small iOS 9 download size
Beats Music integration
Stability improvements
More interface shortcuts
Wide compatibility

Universal apps
Microsoft Integration and Support
Access to more Quick Actions in the Action Center
Interactive Notifications
Much better speech-to-text

Greater app flexibility
Complete hands-free experience
Material Design

Conclusion: the comparison above gives a rough look at the new mobile OS offered by the three giants in digital world. With all the three OS still on air, it may be too early to figure out which is the best mobile operating system and the winner of the 2015 mobile OS comparison is picked largely based on your own preference. But one thing is true, you are gonna have a better experience on the phone paired with iOS 9, Android M 6.0 or Windows Phone 10.

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Author: Abby Poole | Updated on Dec 26, 2019

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