Linked by David Adams on Mon 5th Jul 2010 18:30 UTC, submitted by fran
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In an ill omen for Symbian fans, the publisher of Symbian-Guru is abandoning the platform: "As of today, I will no longer be updating Symbian-Guru.com, and will be purchasing an Android-powered smartphone - my new Nexus One should arrive tomorrow. I've been a Nokia fanboy since 1999, and a Symbian fanboy since I got my Nokia 6620 in summer of 2004. Since then, I've personally owned 10+ different Symbian-powered smartphones, and have reviewed nearly every Symbian-powered smartphone that's been released in the past 3 years or so. I've tried to use all of Nokia's various products and services to the best of my ability, and I just can't do it anymore." His post continues with an exploration of the sorry state of Symbian and Nokia that only a once-true-believer could have written.
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Symbian's future is low-end.
by steviant on Tue 6th Jul 2010 00:36 UTC
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Symbian's user experience suffered a lot of neglect under the stewardship of Nokia. With primary focus for a long time solely on making cheaper handsets to grow their marketshare, Nokia have let the S60 user and developer experience stagnate for many years.

It's hard for developers and end-users to get excited about things like realtime performance good enough to run baseband stacks and 3D virtual machines. That sort of stuff excites Nokia who get to increase their profit margins, but does nothing for developers or end users who got those features literally years ago from manufacturers willing to use separate baseband chips and 3D chips because they weren't trying to shave cents off the price of manufacturing,

Nokia realised too late that their swathes of nearly identical phones competing on lowest price and technical minutiae weren't really what was most profitable, Instead - great hardware, applications and user experience now derive the greatest profits in the mobile market and Nokia are left trying to turn their Symbian juggernaut around.

Even Nokia don't think it's possible to make Symbian truly compelling in the time they have available and are reaching out to Intel to partner with them to bring their Meego mobile platform to fruition.

So where does that leave Symbian? In the end I think Symbian is never going to rival the likes of iPhone, Android or even Meego in terms of user experience, but will continue to play an important role in the cellphone industry at the low end. Particularly in the developing world where S60 devices are already often the only computer in a household,

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