As far as I know gsm world is going to android operating system.
Nokia used and supported SYMBIAN operating system in their phones so far..
1) As of today can we say android is more preferreble to symbian ?
2) if everybody runs to android what is NOKIAs strategy for its new product telephones ?
3) What are the top advantages of android to symbian ?
Thanks in advance for the answers ....
15-08-2011 6:43 - last edited on 15-08-2011 13:34 by michaels
I am using both Symbian and Android so I guess I can answer these well enough.
1. Most people are simply preferring Android because it looks good. (It does). However, when we go down to basics, Nokia phones have better hardware components (GPS chips, radios, music chips, durability, etc). Also, people have the impression that Nokia OS sucks and Android does not. Actually, the only problem I see why Android has become more preferable because in its current situation, Symbian is more micromanaging and less "idiot friendly" (if you'd forgive the term) than Android. The learning curve for Symbian is pretty steep.
2. Nokia will be releasing WP7 phones as their flagships starting next year.
3. Pros and Cons:
-lots of apps and widgets. Very highly customizable to look and feel the way you want it to.
-The UI is fluid and quite obvious.
-the OS is basically a platform with each application sandboxed from each other. When an app crashes, the phone does not necessarily crash unless you are using a very resource intensive app like a PSX emulator. You can force close the crashed app (like the end task option in Windows Task Manager).
-No proper task switching or managing. It only keeps a certain number of apps running and closes apps automatically when you are reaching full RAM usage. This may be nice in theory since you dont get the memory full message, but you have no control about which app it closes. Sometimes its very annoying when it closes the app you actually need to be running at the time. It does cache the app to start again from where it last was, but it doesnt happen to all apps and sometimes having to go through loading processes again is annoying. Symbian allows more control on what apps get closed and what are left running.
-Its more prone to malware and spyware due to its high level of being open source. Unlike Symbian which has certificate management, Android does not, so its best to have an Antivirus on it. Malware even found their way into Android Market
-Fragmentation. There are so many different droids with differing chipsets and hardware that not all apps would work the same way on one droid as on another. For example, Falling Fred for Android works well on a Galaxy S, but on an HTC Evo, there are some lags, despite the Evo having way better hardware than the SGS.
-Has practically no advantages to Symbian when you will be using it offline apart from games. Yes the apps you will use are different and may feel better on Android, but in terms of practicality, almost anything you can do on Android you can do on Symbian if both are offline. Android only wins big if you have a data plan to make use of its full potential (or maybe wifi everywhere you go?)
- Connectivity limitations. Android cannot create or connect to adhoc networks (unless you root it). Also their PC connectivity solutions/software are absolutely awful (or if they work good, they are worse in terms of functionality and capability than Ovi Suite, let alone PC Suite).
- Proper multitasking control. As said before, you control what gets closed and what stays open
- Proper PC integration. We all know how bad Ovi Suite is compared to PC Suite, but nothing Android has can even compare to Ovi Suite in terms of functionality.
- Symbian phones generally have better hardware components. Speaking for Nokia vs Samsung alone, the GPS antenna, AGPS computations, 2g/3g radios, wifi receivers and transmitters, audio quality, durability feel and quality, of Nokia phones are superb compared to almost any Android phone in the market today.
- Ovi Maps - still better than anything Android can throw. I cant use Google Navigation in my country, but the rest all fail in comparison. Android doesnt even natively support the use of bluetooth GPS devices, you need to buy/download a Mapping System that does. Also, my 5800 running on Integrated GPS alone can get a more accurate fix than my SGSL on integrated GPS. It takes the same time for both to get a full fix too. If I use AGPS on the Nokia, it gets fix in 2seconds. Samsung Fail yes (bad GPS antenna), but partly Android too due to bad AGPS data calculation scripting.
- App developers are leaving, so you have less apps and games to choose from. These is what is now starting to give Android more functionality than symbian. There's usually an app for whatever you may want to do.
- When an app crashes, the whole OS can crash, depending on the app, especially if its an integrated app.
- While many people customize Symbian (regional devs, operator devs), Symbian editing often causes problems, while Android is made to be customizable, reducing probable software errors which may ruin the phone up by devs and operators.
There are a few other things I cant think of right now, but as I said, I currently use 2 phones for 2 networks, and one is a Droid and the other Symbian, allowing me to enjoy the advantages of both OS and the ability to ignore the deficiencies of one by using the other for that purpose.
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The SGS2 camera is pretty special TBH
The big con of symbian from a user perspective is thet it's very juttery / laggy, android everything feals instant, symbian you often have to wait for a moment whilst the phone catches up
Functionality, Symbian you can do more and set up more out of the box, Android you ahve to download extra apps,
TBH Keis is almost on a par with OVI Suite in terms of functionality, tho lack of Bluetooth support is criminal, but then again you don't loose half your screen to application adverts
As mentioned there is a lack of developer support, everywhere today has an ios and android app, few are developing for symbian anymore, a problem that will only increase now the plug has been pulled on the os
Chanchan . Very useful answer . Thanks. +1.
Despite everybody is running to android nowadays, I think there are still disadvantages of using both OSs......
Maybe, until the next year 2 OSs will be clearer for us to make right decision.....
C7 and c6-01 are actually cheaper than SGS. SGS is almost twice as much as a C6-01 (priced same as Galaxy Ace), while C7 is priced same as SGSL (my phone). My caveat against C7 is its not autofocus (I need it for pictures of text), but SGSL has no flash. There's no such thing as a perfect phone really. In Android forums we're already having reports of SGS2 random restarts. Guess the grass aint really greener on the other side aint it.
Next year, Symbian will be closer to the grave.
I was under the impression that Symbian will continue to be installed on future Nokia phones;it's just that all the high-end phones will be running on WP7. If this is true,than it should be interesting to see if it's ^3 that will live on.