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, 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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not surprising
by stabbyjones on Tue 6th Jul 2010 06:03 UTC
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I have ONE friend who likes Symbian... Whether the rest of us like iphone, android or windows mobile we all laugh at him.
It's crap plain and simple.

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RE: not surprising
by adkilla on Wed 7th Jul 2010 06:22 in reply to "not surprising"
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Because all you have a larger ego than him?

I've yet to see iOS and Android offer all the features that Symbian has had over a decade. For starters, Android still lacks bluetooth voice dialing and iOS does not offer OBEX file transfers.

Majority of the ragging I've have seen about Symbian are from the uninformed and fanboys of competing platforms.

From what I could glean from the Symbian-Guru article, most of his grief has to do with Nokia selling under-performing hardware as flagship products. The out-of-memory errors are a good example of the poor amounts of RAM Nokia has been delivering with their devices. Furthermore, Nokia's justification of using outdated ARM11 CPUs as they are more power efficient than ARMv7 cores are also untrue. The i8910 from Samsung had been delivering up 2 days worth of moderate usage while running on an OMAP 3430.

It seems to me Nokia is doing more damage to themselves by delivering cheap hardware as flagships than using Symbian. Just as there are bitter users who've suffered the poor hardware of the N97, there are also those who've also had good experiences from the E-series.

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RE: not surprising
by Neolander on Wed 7th Jul 2010 14:47 in reply to "not surprising"
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I have ONE friend who likes Symbian... Whether the rest of us like iphone, android or windows mobile we all laugh at him.
It's crap plain and simple.

Or you're all idiots, and he's not good at arguing. We're talking about cellphones, after all, no matter how they glorify themselves as "mobile devices", and Symbian is much better as a cellphone OS than the OSs you mentioned. Here's three examples that show why :

1/You carry your cellphone with you, but not its power adapter. If you forgot said adapter when going out for a week-end, you'll be facing the wondrous 1.5-day battery life of iOS/Android/WiMo-"powered" devices. A mid-end Nokia E63 lasts 4 days under heavy use and 1 week under moderate use, so battery life is almost never an issue. Win for Symbian.
2/Phones are essentially used to communicate with other people, so you want this to be done extremely easily and at lightning speed. Symbian devices again are a big win in this area : you type the beginning of the name, press the right arrow, and then you just choose how how you want to communicate. Texting and e-mailing are much easier too, thanks to the physical keyboards that most Symbian devices provide. Symbian wins again.
3/In terms of ease of use and efficiency (after all, your cellphone is your slave, and not the reverse), Symbian devices win again. One example is the home screen. On Symbian, you have instant access to your preferred applications, incoming agenda entries, missed calls, incoming messages and e-mails, with setting up all of that being dead easy. No other current mobile OS can provide this level of efficiency and empowerment, though Windows Phone 7 sounds promising in this area. Physical buttons improve ease of use and efficiency even further by allowing quick access to even more commonly used features. Third win for Symbian.

Sure, Symbian is a poor choice when you have gadgetry (games, fart apps...) to mind. But if what you want is a powerful cellphone, an efficient tool, Symbian is much more interesting than iOS, Android, and WiMo at the moment...

Edited 2010-07-07 14:49 UTC

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