Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th May 2010 14:11 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Like Research in Motion, Nokia is playing catch-up, software-wise, to the iPhone OS and Android, which is funny in a cruel way because both Nokia and RIM have a far larger market share than both of them. Nokia has put out a preview video of their upcoming N8 smartphone, which runs the latest Symbian version, Symbian^3. Nokia, like RIM, has got work to do.
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Depends on what you're after
by Haicube on Fri 28th May 2010 15:59 UTC
Haicube
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2005-08-06

I neither have tried the N8 nor will I say I love symbians interface. But I will however say that comparing it to iPhone is ridicilous. The iPhone is so far away from completion it's ridicilous. Like for instance, instead of having a descent browser, every one makes an app for every site out there to compensate for how crippled it is.

Instead of just having normal files and an e-bookreader, every book is an app. Talk about illogical and disorganised now will you.

Now to the point. Symbian is great in many ways and stinks in others. Fact is that as far as I know, Symbian is by far the king in extending life of battery? It's _very_ stable (at least from my experience compared to many other systems). Now the problem with it is obviously some usability issues and the lack of apps (Not website apps or links to websites with altered graphics, we're talking real apps). I do believe this is being addressed through QT in a not so distant future.

In all honesty, I think Nokia actually has learned it's lesson and they bought Trolltech to solve the huge problems with interoperability for apps. Now it's just a lot (LOT) of work before we see the result of this.

For devs this must be brilliant. I mean either develop your app for iPhone minimarket or use QT and aim for the remaining 90% of the market.... Humm,.. let's do that math again... QT which runs on a multitude of platforms from Meego to *nix to Symbian.... or develop for uuuhm iPhoneOS with a tine share of the market and where you can get kicked out from the store any day because of Applezofrenia.

Geee it sure looks promising.

P.s Let's not forget that NOkias hardware blows a lot of competition out of the water... especially i"Drop the phone on the floor and shatter the glassphone" D.s

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RE: Depends on what you're after
by mkone on Fri 28th May 2010 21:06 in reply to "Depends on what you're after"
mkone Member since:
2006-03-14

Apple's hardware is very good. In fact, I would daresay that Apple makes the best hardware out there. They make it feel solid. Nokias feel flaky. They have too many joint and movable parts. I like how the iPhone feels in my hands.

Of course, with a glass screen, it is going to be somewhat sensitive to be dropped from heights onto hard surfaces. I have dropped mine a few time though, and nothing bad has happened to it.

I love the scratch resistant oleophobic screen. I have had my phone for a year. It lives in my pockets without a screen protector and there is not one scratch on it (touch wood). I am yet to see a Nokia phone with such a solid construction. My girlfriend's phone is a Nokia X6, barely 2 months old, and it is already coming apart.

Apple concentrates on the things that matter to consumers, and the attention to detail is amazing. I mean, 3 years later, Nokia hasn't gotten its touch screen interfaces working as well as the first generation iPhone.

Nowadays I despair when I see phone makers touting endless feature lists. The more features there are, the more I can be sure that the features are poorly immplemented and that most people will not bother with them. They need to take a page from Apple's cookbook. Concentrate on a few key features, and spend 90% of your resources on getting those close to perfect. The biggest feature of a phone is the interface nowadays. It is 99% of a person's experience with a phone. Apple understood that when they brought out their 1st generation phone. Nokia seems to be getting the message a few years late.

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spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

Concentrate on a few key features, and spend 90% of your resources on getting those close to perfect. The biggest feature of a phone is the interface nowadays. It is 99% of a person's experience with a phone. Apple understood that when they brought out their 1st generation phone. Nokia seems to be getting the message a few years late.

They should spend 100% of their resources on each feature. Nokia can afford it. Their R&D team is twice the size of Apple. What you say is that because it does something well, it can suck at everything else. This is wrong in my opinion. If your phone has the prettiest interface in the world but the battery can't be changed, or it can't talk to the computer, it sucks. Only Apple can afford to do that because they have a brand and the marketing team that will sell it. If Nokia released the iPhone it would fail big time.

Edited 2010-05-28 22:30 UTC

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