Is Symbian any good?

9Dec - by Frank Koehntopp - 8 - In Blogging

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 phone’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.

8 thoughts on “Is Symbian any good?”

  1. “This is certainly not the way to succeed. Maybe Dana is right – open source the GUI”

    As I understand it, The S60 UI will be open sourced together with Symbian code and some UIQ code).

    Simon

  2. “This is certainly not the way to succeed. Maybe Dana is right – open source the GUI”

    As I understand it, The S60 UI will be open sourced together with Symbian code and some UIQ code).

    Simon

  3. Perhaps it’ll work for that segment of the population which really just wants to own a basic mobile phone, with few bells and whistles. But as a generation of kids who are familiar with technology grows up, maybe more and more people will precisely want those bells and whistles.

  4. Perhaps it’ll work for that segment of the population which really just wants to own a basic mobile phone, with few bells and whistles. But as a generation of kids who are familiar with technology grows up, maybe more and more people will precisely want those bells and whistles.

  5. To date the needs of building complex phones has outweighed the appeal of providing powerful APIs for third party app developers, and the new competing platforms are using that to their advantage to get buy-in from us ISVs.

    A new Symbian OS influenced by a wider range of Foundation members has the potential to address this weakness and we expect better APIs and tools to be a major benefit of this change in Symbian’s structure

    Mon

  6. To date the needs of building complex phones has outweighed the appeal of providing powerful APIs for third party app developers, and the new competing platforms are using that to their advantage to get buy-in from us ISVs.

    A new Symbian OS influenced by a wider range of Foundation members has the potential to address this weakness and we expect better APIs and tools to be a major benefit of this change in Symbian’s structure

    Mon

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