Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Sep 2010 13:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia might not be gaining a lot of mindshare in the smartphone world with its Symbian operating system, but fact of the matter is that Symbian is still the most popular smartphone operating system in the world - by a long shot. Today, Nokia officially unveiled three new smartphones that will run the latest iteration of the mobile platform, Symbian^3.
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RE[2]: Symbian
by Neolander on Tue 14th Sep 2010 17:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Symbian"
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who still likes Symbian. I'll say that some of the UI should be cleaned up, but Symbian can do pretty much everything and has to be one of the most power-efficient mobile oses around (very nice if you actually value battery life on your phone). It might not have a lot of bling, but that's just fine with me. I'll take functionality and performance over bling any day, and I've yet to see any current mobile os that can outdue Symbian for pure functionality and battery life.

I like Symbian too, because it's both powerful and power-efficient.

About the "powerful" aspect, I think some might disagree, so let me explain this : as far as I know, there's still nothing like the Symbian home screen around in bling phones, as of today. It gets a while before you get used to it and fully master it, granted. But then, with a quick look, you know everything important going on in your phone in an effortless fashion. No need to open several apps, no need to scroll across multiple panes and fight visually repulsive and unreadable widgets with an inconsistent UI. No hassle. Customizable to fit everyone's need.

Symbian may not randomly generate fart noise and display the fluid simulation of said fart on screen simultaneously, with propagation delays taken into account, granted. But unlike most other smartphone OSs it gets the basic phone and PDA functionality right, and makes it a pleasure to work with most of the time. And for those who love complex and battery-sucking applications on a 2" screen, there's still some gems on the OVI store, like the Skype app.

Symbian is a balanced OS. It can be nearly as good as s40 as a phone OS, though it's a bit more complex, and it introduces nice smartphone functionalities as the icing on the cake. That's why I like it.

Edited 2010-09-14 17:23 UTC

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