Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Thu 17th Feb 2011 17:49 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless So the writing is on the wall. In a very bold move, Nokia's new CEO, Stephen Elop, has decided to fully ditch Nokia's migration plan for the past few years and have the company embrace his former employer's operating system, Windows Phone 7, instead. This noticeably implied getting rid of two competitors, Symbian and the upcoming MeeGo, which were both put on the road to slow death. This article aims at saying goodbye to an old citizen of the mobile space who's now heading to its grave: Symbian. (Warning: Rant ahead)
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RE[3]: I thought...
by benmhall on Fri 18th Feb 2011 02:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I thought..."
benmhall
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2006-03-08

Hmmm... I think we've already seen how capable Linux is on current phone hardware. It only works well on handsets which cost the price of a good laptop, and barely last longer than said laptop on battery ;)


Spoken like someone who hasn't used Palm's WebOS on the Pre. That is certainly a mid-range device (500MHz) and costs $150 outright from Bell, and is then eligible for a $15/month discount. I would easily get 2 days out of a charge with light use. And it's a simple & elegant OS with an excellent notification system.

WebOS can sing on mediocre hardware. In fact, some might argue that mediocre is the only hardware WebOS has seen. (Posted by someone who owns and loves his Palm Pre 2, despite the many flaws.)

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RE[4]: I thought...
by Neolander on Fri 18th Feb 2011 07:02 in reply to "RE[3]: I thought..."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Carrier discounts are carrier- and country-dependent, that's why I only consider the unlocked price (which is the price at which I buy phones atm anyway). AFAIK, the Pre has never been sold unlocked around here, though...

PS : 500 MHz is not what I'd call mediocre hardware ^^ That's pretty powerful already, if you put the right OS on top of it. I remember a time where this was the basis for a good gaming PC...

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RE[5]: I thought...
by Neolander on Sat 19th Feb 2011 10:05 in reply to "RE[4]: I thought..."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Here are some very old videos about what can be done with two pentium II...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eMGbDJmgv0&feature=player_detailpag...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ticLQ4T_wVg

This was on a desktop computer, with a high-resolution screen. Thus, frankly, requiring more than a 300MHz CPU and 64MB of RAM for smooth basic operation on a phone is just a big heap of fail. Sadly, we end up having more and more fail in mobile operating systems as time passes...

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