People in the mobile field can easily say that "Apple is the company which makes people stick only to their software where as Android is about openness". On the other hand "Windows Phone" is pushing hard to adjust in this competitive environment.
Some of the basic differences I noticed on these two mobile Operating systems are listed below.
Personal Digital Assistants
Windows raised the curtain with "Cortana", which is a voice based digital assistant but Android market caught this feature very early and came up with "Google Now". When compared both work well with normal usage but Google Now makes a slight difference which shows direct results based on a question rather than showing lot of options like Cortana. More over Cortana is little rude, weird and sometimes funny. Google Now scores more in this feature.
People with even less knowledge on other mobile features can handle this feature easily. It predicts ease of use of a handset. Windows lags much in this segment because only things we can do is resizing tiles, shrink them but the same square tiles of course with different sizes. One can say that we can customize everything on Android platform right from settings, sound, keyboard, battery usage, Apps etc.,
In Windows Phone, lot of settings make user confused rather than feel happy where as Android provides a clear set of settings for different applications and makes user job much easier.
Android is step ahead when compared to Windows Phone in this segment. We can even customize the keyboard layout depending on our use whether to go for a default version or a swipe one. Windows Phone is strict as we have to go with a swipe keyboard which leaves no choice for the user.
Windows Phone has better battery department when compared to Android as one can see the battery usage by different apps and estimated time remaining before the battery gets emptied. You can optimize battery usage for different apps when battery levels drop to a particular percent using 'Battery Saver'. It is not the same with Android. Only we can see battery usage for different apps and options are less compared to Windows Phone.
Camera section of Android still lacks some features where as it is a way better in Windows Phone. Moreover, quality of photos in Windows Phone is much better.
Android lags a bit in this section because when an update is available it tries to update OS layer by layer but a refreshing point is they come more frequently with lot of fixes for security vulnerabilities and issues. In Windows Phone, you just need to turn on developer mode app and it updates OS as soon as they are available.
Ton and tons of apps in Play Store for Android makes a better player in this field. On the other Windows haven't concentrated here as many popular apps are still in beta version. When compared to Android they have very less number of apps in store.
The final verdict is "Though Windows Phone is much powerful and cheaper, it needs a great hardware for the better implementation. In the case of Android it runs smooth as silk even with the minimum hardware. Moreover you can customize your phone as you like depending on you mood".
My suggestion is better go for Android to get the best from most of its features at a low cost. If your budget is a little more and you need a more stylish and good looking, Windows Phone is the absolute one.