Linked by David Adams on Wed 30th Nov 2011 20:18 UTC, submitted by Oren
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless With WebOS out of the picture and the Blackberry Playbook as good as gone as well, we really only have iOS and Android left until Windows 8 comes out. I’ve finally gotten around to getting an Android device myself and spent the last week trying to see if my theoretical knowledge of the system and what I remember from the last Android device I had (which ran 1.6, viewed as ancient in Android land) fits reality. Read on for a full tear down and comparison on the two OSes.
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RE[3]: Neither
by darknexus on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 10:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Neither"
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I liked symbian too. However only 2 of those 3 were correct. I generally found S60 to be kind of sluggish at times, but it was so capable in a device with only physical buttons that I didn't care.

I Think what held it back also was the complete weirdness of symbian c++. If only they had gone with Qt sooner...


Ahem, you complain about sluggishness and then wish they'd gone with QT before now? It's a nice language to develop apps with, but have you looked at its resource usage in practical scenarios? Pulling QT into an app means quite a bit of extra memory use, some of which is for libraries the program might not even use. A competent developer, of course, will only load the libraries they need, but how many of those do we have left in the smartphone world anymore? Personally, I've only seen sluggishness from S60 on older devices and even then it was faster than Android is now. I don't think the odd C++ is what killed it. I think Nokia's consistent lack of communication, coupled with the ridiculous app signing requirements and the fees associated with it, are what killed it.

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