That’s what ZDNet is asking today:
“Symbian is a Real Time Operating System for managing telephone functions. It is just a little smarter than a toaster. The phoneâ€™s functions are not integrated and the data applications are on the level of tweets.
But that is not the market. That is not what people want. People want an Internet terminal they can hold in their hands, one capable of easily handling basic Internet functions. Like e-mail, and browsing, and organizing real file downloads.”
That is a very valid point, and maybe one of the reasons why every Symbian phone I owned I re-sold quickly again, even the excellent Nokia E71.
Over the last few years, unfortunately there has been little progress in S60 applications. The home screen can still only show one appointment, contacts wastes too much screen estate, and the browser has only gotten slightly better.
This is certainly not the way to succeed. Maybe Dana is right – open source the GUI, and see what people make of it. It does not seem that Nokia itself has the developers to do what need to be done.