Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Mar 2009 23:31 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless With the mobile operating system market heating up with the upcoming launch of Palm's webOS and version 3.0 of the iPhone's operating system, it pays to take a good look at how the various mobile platforms compare to one another. This is exactly what Engadget has done.
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by lucere on Sun 22nd Mar 2009 19:50 UTC
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The poor perception of Symbian S60 is surprising. Working in an IT department supporting handhelds has provided me experience with most on the market and S60 is, by far, the most advanced, stable, and modern operating system intended for pocketable devices. Other mobile OSs are inefficient and generally based on older software that was never intended for devices with limited power requirements. Until reading this article I was unaware anyone thought differently. S60 (especially Nokia's E series distribution) provides the most robust set of functionality and the most efficient interface available.

S60's functionality can easily be discussed in an article by itself, but, in short, it offers functionality akin to a full computer system via a system designed from the ground up for pocketable devices. Having access to a real file system, working with many file types, printing, ability to connect to SMB file servers, choice of full office suites, robust e-mail support for working with both RTEN and push, outdoor readability via high-contrast outdoor modes, system wide automation to change how the device operates based on time of day, location, or other parameters, and advanced tools to assist support teams in getting support to end users are only a small fraction of the total functionality. Complete sync features such as integrated SyncML and the easiest vcard/vcal importing of any devices today enables seamless integration with existing systems sometimes without making any changes to existing configurations. In addition, a fully configured device can easily be backed up and even imaged for quick reload if necessary. Our last update to the S60 devices we support, for example, included 97 new programs and could be deployed by a single FTP download that could simply be copied to the handheld requiring only a few minutes in total.

Being designed for devices with limited batteries, S60 provides the most efficient power use without compromising functionality. Power drain, for example, is hardly noticeable, even with 15-20 applications running that may be doing everything from CID call routing to various mailboxes and third-party phone numbers, monitoring location for location-prompted settings, downloading files, listening for instant messages, providing turn-by-turn navigation via on-device maps (no network support needed), and other applications that one may want to keep open for easy access such as the contact list, alarm clock, displaying e-mails, spreadsheet program, word processor, file browser, and a couple of web browsers.

All of this ability is accessed via the most efficient and thorough interface available that never lags even with all of those apps running. The interface is, at times, so intuitive that one can accomplish their task without giving any though to actual operation; the option or feature one is generally seeking in a particular area is usually right there waiting for you. For those times when you can't look at the screen the entire interface is switched to voice-prompt mode that allows control over the primary functions (including basic things like getting the time) without having to look at the display. Making an internet call requires no additional application; simply dial the number and press select and your prompted to choose voice, internet, or video-call. If you know someone's SIP address simply add it to your contact list list and direct SIP calls are as easily as making a cell call.

S60 devices are more than phones and possibly most appropriately referred to as palmtop computers. For the most robust, useful, and efficient pocketable computing device available today, S60 is the best choice.

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