Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Jan 2013 14:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Buried deep within Nokia's press release about its financial results, there's a line that pretty much signals the end of one of the most popular and successful mobile operating systems in history. With Nokia retiring its use, Symbian is no more.
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RE: Oh well.
by zima on Fri 25th Jan 2013 14:43 UTC in reply to "Oh well."
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Actually the last UI version was quite pleasant to use. [...] Nokia was getting its act together

Perhaps Thom could grab some inexpensive recent handset running the last version, Nokia Belle feature pack 2, and do a goodbye review?

(right after that long overdue RISC OS review? ;p )

Edited 2013-01-25 14:44 UTC

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RE[2]: Oh well.
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 25th Jan 2013 14:44 in reply to "RE: Oh well."
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Just checked the N8, and it's still €100 used. That's a little too much for me.

Also, working on a Palm Pre 2/webOS review at the moment ;) .

Edited 2013-01-25 14:56 UTC

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RE[3]: Oh well.
by zima on Fri 25th Jan 2013 14:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Oh well."
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There are other models which were updated to Symbian Belle ( how much is Nokia 500? And/or you can always resell it)

PS. And, really, what about that RISC OS review? ;)

Edited 2013-01-25 14:57 UTC

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RE[3]: Oh well.
by typeo on Fri 25th Jan 2013 18:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Oh well."
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Still using my trusty E6 as my primary phone. That has Belle on it. It's really what the E71 should have been. Only the browser lets it down in my opinion. The Lumia 800 I also use just doesn't allow you to whack an email out as quickly or accurately as a physical keyboard. A Blackberry X10 is next on the list to try. I use few apps which is probably just as well based on these app stores!

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RE[3]: Oh well.
by cdude on Fri 25th Jan 2013 20:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Oh well."
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Agreed with the other dudes. Belle is really good. Look & feel improved significant. I have no doubts that devices like the PureView 808 running Belle would sell well when not killed 2 years ago. Todays news of Symbian's discontinuation is really not news. We all knew it ever since Elop's burning Nokia memo.

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webOS and Preware
by nesur on Sat 26th Jan 2013 00:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Oh well."
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I've been using webOS since a little more than a year and I'm pretty satisfied (it's the only mobile OS in which I feel my phone is *also* a computer), except for some annoying bugs that will never be fixed and especially the subpar browser.

But thinking about that review or just for some experimentation, I would strongly recommend installing Preware on your Pre 2 and experimenting with the patches. I have my personal collection of patches (approx. 30 patches, I can post the list if there's interest) that I feel mandatory to make the use of webOS significantly more satisfying.

I know it's like cheating a bit because it's no longer stock webOS, but at the same time Palm designed it to be so open that modifying the behavior of the UI is really easy and does not involve any 'dangerous' steps. It's far easier than rooting an Android phone, and that's easy already.

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RE[2]: Oh well.
by winter skies on Fri 25th Jan 2013 14:57 in reply to "RE: Oh well."
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Latest incarnations of Symbian are really nice to use indeed, well-designed Qt apps are a pleasure to use and the UI is quite consistent if you exclude some third-party oddballs. I use an 808 as my primary phone and I'm enjoying it very much, its camera being a notable plus.
So BB10 remains the only non-discontinued mobile OS to offer true multitasking accessible through a non-broken UI.
I still hope someone can make something out of the available source code - so that we may see a new effort rise from the ashes of Nokia's past. Seeing a realtime microkernel based OS disappearing like this is too sad.

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