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slitchfield 22-02-2010 07:36 AM

The Nexus Chronicles - replacing a Symbian flagship? - Part One
 
In the first of a two part feature, Steve Litchfield looks outside the Symbian world to ask if the current Android flagship could replace a Symbian-powered smartphone. In the process of answering the question, he starts to analyse (in order) the 15 essential functions which devices like the Nokia N97 perform for him - how easy would it then be for a non-Symbian device to step up to the plate?

Read on in the full article.

jerm 22-02-2010 07:49 AM

Symbian
Bada
iPhone OS
Android
Windows Phone 7
WebOS
Maemo
BlackBerry OS


prize!

Arcade 22-02-2010 08:13 AM

Was going to post the same as above...

Second ! lol !

dansus 22-02-2010 08:13 AM

Android
BlackBerry OS
iPhone OS
Meego
Symbian
Windows Phone
Windows Mobile
WebOS


Bada is a feature phone OS.

Prize! :D

Arcade 22-02-2010 08:24 AM

Hows android in terms of multi tasking ?..Imo that should have been #1...

slitchfield 22-02-2010 08:40 AM

Actually, the eight I had in mind included "LiMo" rather than "maemo", but jerm's list is close enough (and as valid). Email me for your prize details (slitchfield@gmail.com)

Unregistered 22-02-2010 08:41 AM

Android
BlackBerry OS
iPhone OS
Meego
Symbian
Windows Phone
Windows Mobile
WebOS

Blackberry is not and OS - J2ME is used.
Windows mobile is dead and it was not a competition in first place.
Meego does not have devices with it , hence - it does not exists for now. Same goes for Windows Phone.

Rest is Android, Iphone OS, WebOS. Two of those are semi-closed platforms, so that leaves Android as a direct competitor.

Unregistered 22-02-2010 08:44 AM

Why N95 still rules for me
 
Steve, few reasons for me to stick to my good old N95-8GB are -

1) Nokia Messaging - Though not the best solution, but the only possible way where I can get to see my Gmail, Yahoo, Ovi and Hotmail accounts. I can't seem to find anything that matches it.

2) Outlook Sync - I am in a profession where I get to attend many meetings through out the day. Though I don't carry a BB, I can't survive without the Nokia Sync through Bluetooth. It syncs with my Outlook calendar every 15 minutes whenever I am in the range of my laptop. I haven't found anything that beats this in other platforms.

3) Camera Quality - My N95 still produces fantastic pictures and videos. I have captured lot of good moments with my N95, and I miss this the most if I am not carrying N95.

4) Task Manager - I just got used to Handy Taskman so much that I can't seem to like anything else. 'Close All' is an excellent feature, and I get a view of my remaining RAM every time I open my task manager.

5) SIP Calls - Fantastically integrated SIP Client. No hassles, no qualms - Just plain easy internet calling.

6) Fringe Video Skype Calls - Works flawlessly and is a charm.

7) Reliability - Very few hang-ups in last 2.5 years of usage. It just goes on and on. It has fallen down a couple of times, but except for few scratches - it just goes on.

8) Buttons - Yes, indeed! Buttons are handy. I tried 5800 for 2 months, but gladly switched back to N95. Comfort of searching for a contact by not even looking at the screen is a bliss. Able to dial my favorite contacts using fast dial, without even seeing the phone is really helpful. Touchscreen phones are jazzy, but in my opinion I loose the very basic usability. Ability to stop/snooze an alarm or a calendar reminder just by the feel of buttons - ah, I love to be back on buttons.

9) D-Pad shortcuts - Everything by a touch of button. Up - bluetooth, right - file explorer, left - clock, down - contacts, select button - task manager. Everything just a click way. No more searching through panes, and nice glossy screen. Its just more simple.

What I miss about touch-screens -

1) Internet Browsing - Yes, Browsing is comfortable on a touch enabled device.

2) Facebook Integration of Contacts - Well, not so much! Its a handy feature but not something I can't live without.

Anything Else! Hmmm. No

jerm 22-02-2010 08:44 AM

whee! sent!

Dr Tran 22-02-2010 08:47 AM

Steve,
Does podcasting album art show up all the time?

It never shows up on my N97-3 v21.

edit: If I play out of a file explorer or the podcasting app, the art shows up. But not so in the music player.

dansus 22-02-2010 08:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by slitchfield (Post 458293)
Actually, the eight I had in mind included "LiMo" rather than "maemo", but jerm's list is close enough (and as valid). Email me for your prize details (slitchfield@gmail.com)

Bah, thought i would try to be clever and snatch it from under his nose. Ill catch that pigeon next time.. :tongue:

junchao8 22-02-2010 09:00 AM

Hardware gets more and more sophisticated, and software improves over the time, all good? able to get a dream phone soon? maybe not anytimes soon.

There is the human factor - with mobility devices, ppl expect them to do tasks faster and easier than on desktop counterpart. Tainted with growing laziness the convinence which smarter technology enables - ppl definitely expect things to be simple. Out of the eight competitive OS, non comes close to being perfect all round. I've used many symbian phone over the years, was lucky enough to be one of those to see tele-communication develope with such remarkable pace over the last decade; and to a extent I grow up with those mobiles; (from old 7610 upto i8910) though I must say, my demand has also grew as I grow up. At the start I was satisified with merely 1.3 mp camera, no wifi, no 3G - as my life became more dependent on these devices, my taste in gadgets have became far more fanciful.

Everytime a new OS surfaces, it seem to bring along a better, more specialised take on handling some given tasks; sadly most of these transcendental trend rarely spread coherently across the board. It too often make a step forward, but two back.

I wanted a great smartphone - Starting from 2008, I've had a trusty N95-2, though the poor built quality meant the search continued - i8510 had rather poor screen protection, so it went; 5800 quickly replaced my broken N95-2 later, however I wasn't satisified with the UI, camera, nor the screen, however the speakers were delightful though; decided go flashy next, even then had to rid myself of the i8910 - because of the poor network support (took me hours to get Uni internet working), and the lack of apps at the time - irony was that opera mobile 10 came out soon afterwards; skipping away, went with a iPhone 3G - it was sluggish, when came to things that mattered, additionally I found dusts under the screen - on the day it was delivered, being a perfectionist as I was, sold off on eBay the next day. Since then I fancied myself another 5800, and even a iTouch in hope of finding a match. Enough said, I now just have a Nokia 1661, it's nice, it's simple, and it just works.

In the past I've always been amazed by the capabilities of these devices; yet having wasted so much of my time and effort, not doing something properly, I chose to make a change - even as of now, these 'smartphones' are still imho Jacks of all trades, master of none these days I do things as it should - typing document is to be done on computer, taking pic or vids is for SLR, uploading and processing pictures is for quadcore workstation - there is a time and a place for me, no more compromises.

Personally for me a iPhone 3Gs would work the best - my now gone iTouch 64GB has proven to be quite the step-up from iPhone 3G in speed; while offering the same easy network access(with enterprise standard), decent social networking apps, and a okay camera. That said, being a Uni student, I just don't have the money for one.

Unregistered 22-02-2010 09:26 AM

junchao8, good point!
Though I have money to buy any device my recent experiments with iPhone & reading about Android features brings simple fact: modern devices somehow replaceable. I said: somehow. You will have to:
1. Install 3rd party-crutches (no one device good w/o it out of box);
2. Migrate your data (contacts, calendar, bookmarks, notes, accounts, data files);
3. Solve GPS maps problem (no standard format yet);
Everything possible (especially impressed by iPhone word - quite huge community & flexible OS) after some days / weeks of researches & experiments.
What you will certainly loose - your lifetime. Will it give effort? You decide!...

Unregistered 22-02-2010 09:28 AM

Steve,

What compromises are you talking about giving up? Poor quality from the factory. Still crappy software? Out of memory errors? Are these things really close to your heart or are you such a Nokia fanboy that you can not make objective decisions? I have no problem with liking a particular device or brand but your tacit devotion to terrible phone truly lessens your credibility.

@junchao8,

There is no such thing as an iTouch. It is an iPod Touch.

Unregistered 22-02-2010 09:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Unregistered (Post 458303)
junchao8, good point!
Though I have money to buy any device my recent experiments with iPhone & reading about Android features brings simple fact: modern devices somehow replaceable. I said: somehow. You will have to:
1. Install 3rd party-crutches (no one device good w/o it out of box);
2. Migrate your data (contacts, calendar, bookmarks, notes, accounts, data files);
3. Solve GPS maps problem (no standard format yet);
Everything possible (especially impressed by iPhone word - quite huge community & flexible OS) after some days / weeks of researches & experiments.
What you will certainly loose - your lifetime. Will it give effort? You decide!...

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