Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Dec 2009 23:41 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Time. Coming. Long. Put these in the appropriate order, and you'll get my reaction to this news. Nokia has announced that it is planning a major overhaul of the user interface to the Symbian operating system, still the most popular smartphone platform in the world.
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Comment by Jaunty Joey
by Jaunty Joey on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 00:13 UTC
Jaunty Joey
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2009-08-05

I do wish Nokia pushed Maemo out even a bit more aggressively. It looks impressive and I see it as a better alternative than trying to hold onto Symbian.

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RE: Comment by Jaunty Joey
by bralkein on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 00:34 in reply to "Comment by Jaunty Joey"
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2006-12-20

Yup. I'm hoping to get my hands on an N900 once they hit the high streets here in the UK, I'm very excited about being able to have almost the same Linux power on my phone that I have on my desktop ;)

However, the N900 is a very powerful piece of kit, capable of supporting the fairly heavyweight Maemo OS. I don't know much about Symbian, is it more lightweight and so more viable on cheaper, less powerful devices? Is that why they're hanging on to it?

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RE[2]: Comment by Jaunty Joey
by cmost on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 00:52 in reply to "RE: Comment by Jaunty Joey"
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2006-07-16

Hey, maybe Nokia is hanging onto Symbian because it's a good little OS that a lot of people use and love! I have it on my Smart-phone and it's extremely solid, simple to use. Perhaps the old adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" might apply?

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RE[2]: Comment by Jaunty Joey
by Moochman on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 11:05 in reply to "RE: Comment by Jaunty Joey"
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2005-07-06

However, the N900 is a very powerful piece of kit, capable of supporting the fairly heavyweight Maemo OS. I don't know much about Symbian, is it more lightweight and so more viable on cheaper, less powerful devices? Is that why they're hanging on to it?


That's exactly why they're holding onto it. Basically, the Maemo device will become their premier, "iconesque" (more expensive) iPhone/Droid/whathaveyou competitor, while Symbian will usher in a new era of "smartphones for the masses".

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RE: Comment by Jaunty Joey
by HangLoose on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 06:04 in reply to "Comment by Jaunty Joey"
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2007-09-03

Not everyone is ready for Maemo.

It's the classic case of grandma not adopting Linux either. People just get Symbian devices cos they grew old using it. My mom has a e61i that she doesnt change for anything in the world and when asked what would she do if it would break, she would buy another e61i or the closest thing to it.

So IMHO Nokia should ditch Symbian for N-series devices and use Maemo instead. Symbian, as stated, has a wonderful battery life, I had a brand new e72. With my new n900 battery seems to die in 2 days.

Also for lower end devices Symbian is a bless. There are still people out there (yep, not everyone are geeks like us) that just want a simple phone for calling, known interface and good battery life... Symbian for them ;)

For all of the multimedia, multitasking, internet related stuff Maemo is the answer.

ps. I love my n900. I also had a iPod touch and its just incredible how much better everything is with it. Finally Apple has a credible competitor from Nokia.

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