People will fall about laughing if I say Symbian, the dying mobile Operating System is better than the Android. The fact is, Symbian is better than Android as an Operating System. I personally tested Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Nokia E7. To my surprise I found that the E7 with only a single core ARM 11 at 680 MHz was prompter while the Sony that packs a much faster 1.4 GHz Snapdragon was taking time to load certain applications. Booting was faster in E7 and multi-tasking on Nokia was mind-blowing.
What is so good about the Android?
Answer: Android has more eye-candy applications but it isn't as fast as Nokia Belle when it comes to functionality and performance.
What is bad about the Nokia Belle?
Answer: Belle has a smaller amount of applications but it doesn't lack the essential and well-known applications.
When Nokia released the 6600 phone way back on 2003, no other phone could overpower the 6600 until the release of the i-Phone which changed the epoch of the mobile world!
Now the question is
What is so special about the i-phones?
Answer: Touch response, huge collections of applications and its attractive User Interface (UI). Apple is user friendly to a convinced degree but not as easy as the Symbian.
When apple released the i-phone for the first time, people were charmed by its bar model without the keypad and its touch response. It marked the beginning of silky capacitive touch phones and that’s where the Nokia began to grow fainter. Apple was not the only company that was responsible for Nokia’s decline but Nokia itself was the main reason for its weakening. Apple was leading the race and Nokia was following. On 2006, the Symbian foundation came up with the Symbian UIQ which can be customised to user’s requirement and still it remains as one of the best OS though it lacks applications and those sugar coated UI but UIQ has the apps that even most of the phones do not have today. Nokia was getting ahead and instead of improving on the UIQ they ditched the UIQ for Symbian S60. Many of the talented design engineers of the UIQ migrated to Google since the company did not survive the market. Every awesome designs and innovations in UIQ 4 were implemented in Android. And today Nokia is making a big mistake by ditching the Symbian. Nokia might have a great opportunity with the windows phone 8 (WP8) but it is the Symbian which gave the Nokia its flamboyant outfit.
At this instant, my question is
What do people want?
People do not get phones based on their requirement if that wasn’t the case then basic models would have flooded the markets. People look for phones that have set a vogue in the market (Android and Apple). They require a million apps on their phone as if they use all of them and bar model without key pad which is the current trend. There are people who choose their phone based on their requirement and they are the ones who really do not utilise the full capacity of the phone. People who push their phones to or beyond limits are the ones who really know which phone is the finest and I have done this to all my phones including a Micromax phone. All smartphones have apps, the problem is that people are so indoctrinated with android/iOS mass manipulation, they have no clue that Symbian has all the important apps, and works perfect with them. People didn’t know what a smart phone is until the release of Apple and Blackberry. It would have been wonderful if Apple and Blackberry were just fruits.
Everyone must understand a basic difference between Hardware, Operating System (OS) and Performance. It is not that a phone with 1.2 GHZ dual-core or a quad-core will never freeze or a phone that has a 500 MHZ will always get stuck. If a phone executes well (booting speed, loading of apps and UI) even on a processor that has less than 800MHZ, that is called performance. It is the job of the Operating System to make them perform even on a low configured Hardware. Most of the android phones have good performance because of its hardware but none of the Androids will work as effective as Symbian on the outdated ARM processor with less than 800 MHZ.
Windows Phone 8 might be the future for Microsoft but definitely not for Nokia. I am not imparting that Nokia will not succeed with WP8 plan but I don’t think they can be big enough like Apple or Google is today, and if they stick with MeeGo/Symbian plan they can be success like them. Nokia has put itself in an awkward position by negligence of care for their Operating Systems
I recommend Nokia to develop devices with the latest hardware similar to the Galaxy SIII. Imagine a Nokia with 2 GHZ Quad-Core that runs on the updated Symbian, with new 4 million updated HD apps and has 41MP camera sensor. Sounds groovy right? It is high time that Nokia should stop the monotony and invest time in applications and on Research & Development.
I still didn’t forget the days when Nokia released the 6600, N-gage QD and the N-series. None dare to overthrow these models. It had limitations but people were happy with its technology. I still operate my Panasonic TV with 6600 but unfortunately we cannot do it with the present-day phones. Nokia can probably work on the late technology Infrared (IR), phones with touch plus QWERTY keypad and on N-gage apps. Nokia can invest more on R&D and reward the developers for each of their creations instead of ditching the Symbian. Nokia should also work on ground-breaking technology like the Nokia 888 concept. I completely appreciate the heroic and daring attempt of Nokia for not aiming at Android. Nokia should always remain unique and legendary as it is, always.
Thanks Parasaran! We hope Nokia is listening :)