Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Apr 2013 22:14 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless As I'm working on a long and detailed article about Psion and Symbian (similar in setup to the Palm article), I need to dive into a number of devices that I have never personally owned. One of the devices that was atop my list was what I think is the ultimate Symbian device: the Nokia E7 - the last of the long line of Communicators, released in early 2011. While more detailed information about it will find its way into the Psion/Symbian article, I figured it'd be interesting to give a few first impressions.
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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 14th Apr 2013 20:26 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Let's not forget the fact that Symbian has proper USB-OTG support. Mice, external drives, keyboards, all over regular USB - no proprietary connectors involved.

In fact, just today I found out that the E7 supports, over USB... My Griffin iMic, an external USB soundcard.

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by addicted2088 on Sun 14th Apr 2013 20:45 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2013-04-14

Yeah, that too. If there ever was a "complete OS", Symbian was it. Sure, it's not got the great browser or apps we expect these days, but otherwise it was packed. Yes, lack of an app ecosystem meant Nokia/Symbian had to put in lots of stuff by default, but even hardware wise it supported a lot of things, and supported them well. Which you'll notice in your time with the E7. ;)

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Mon 15th Apr 2013 04:46 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I think you do need to disconnect it before taking a call in public or else you would look rather silly.

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by dnebdal on Mon 15th Apr 2013 13:05 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
dnebdal Member since:
2008-08-27

Let's not forget the fact that Symbian has proper USB-OTG support. Mice, external drives, keyboards, all over regular USB - no proprietary connectors involved.

In fact, just today I found out that the E7 supports, over USB... My Griffin iMic, an external USB soundcard.



Admittedly, so does android (on some devices, with the right kernel, and if the moon is waning gibbous) - though given the age difference, that's not saying much. ;)

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