Personally I used an HTC Desire Z (T-Mobile G2 in the US) before switched over to the Nokia E7. The Desire Z ran Android 2.2 with HTCs "Sense" UI. I don't want to run down a complete comparison now, just a few thoughts. Android delivered, especially with Sense, quite some eyecandy. Raindrops on the display when you had rainy wheather, screen would frost when it was snowy or you have been blinded by lens flares when it was sunny. There was quite some animation everywhere, the large wallpaper backed up the overall impression. You could even use live, animated wallpapers if you like. Virtually everything was fluid, rarely the system slowed down. From a basic user experience, HTC delivered much more "Whoa, that's cool!" moments with Android.
Symbian^3 is more like a workhorse, without most of the beauty, it simply gets things done. When it comes to a user friendly experience, I'd say that Android ain't better than Symbian^3. There are some things which S^3 does better, on the other side there is stuff which is better designed at Android. I can't say which one is the clear winner, after all it depends on your needs. If you are a heavy Google apps user, for example Mail, Calendar, Contacs, Reader and so on, Android is an awesome option. When you get your phone, you insert your SIM, boot it up, log in with your Google account and virtually everything gets synced and setup. You get your calendar events, your contacts and mails. It is a pretty hassle free thing. However if you do not really use any of these Google services, things are getting annoying. For example you couldn't really use the calendar on the Desire Z without having a Google Calendar setup.
Both systems have their strengths and downsides. Personally I do not regret the switch from Android "back" to Symbian. Symbian has some annoying quirks, but so does Android. There is no perfrect system out there which does really everything right without any hassles. It makes me feel a bit sad to be honest reading many reviews and opinions. Obviously the only thing matters today in terms of mobile phones would be 1.5+ GHz dual-core CPUs, huge loads of RAM and the number of applications the marketplaces have to offer. Everything else doesn't count. Simple as is.
Thanks for the valuable answers.
My next question is for you :
CAN I TRANSFER DATA (PHOTO, VIDEO, SMS ) from Symbian phone to Android phone ??
Thanks in advance.....
Hi Chan Chan
I guess Symbian is a little older than Android, in the sense that's not based on X org as Maemo does and Android too......
But I have a N900 and an HTC and it's clear that the first one is better regarding matters on WLAN connectivity and a lot of stuff. You can configure 2 access points giving to the first one a Static IP and to the second leaving the DHCP to work; on HTC Wildfire running Android 2.2 Froyo it's not possible. I guess the bug has been fixed on Gingerbread. Then it's possible to connect over SSH my ubuntu to my N900 and install apps or doing a lot of actions, as delete hidden files for example fring.log, impossible to delete by device file manager or 3rd party file managers. There are a lot of people against Nokia but i guess that it 's a good trade. Iphone is for people who wants to have apps without having to think anything about that. Android is different. Made by Google for Linux users. Now it's a trend. But as you know the Linux kernel is an alternative way to Apple. I prefer Google than Apple.
Battery life really needs improvement its appauling.
Having had the N8/E7 and now using the X7,the X7 battery life is less than the N8.this is not on in todays world.
Also with the N8/E7/X7 having the unit sealed for no battery removal is ALSO not on.
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20-08-2011 9:11 - edited 20-08-2011 9:15
My Xperia lasts ~4 hours and my N8 lasts for more than day - with full wifi intranet/internet access. With Power Saving Mode activated - it is a whopping 3 days!
Connectivity: My N8 works everywhere. Xperia doesn't.
The number of apps: I have the most on Xperia - But least productive - i need a app for even a simple bluetooth transfer. With N8 i get all i need out of the box. The apps I have installed are cool on my N8: Nokia Situations, Nokia Panorama, Camera Tools, 3D image convertor, Sleeping Screen, Live View, Big Screen, Nokia Drop, Play To, Paired a Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse and with WebTV and Anna Web Browser (Previously Opera) - My Samsung 32" TV is a smart tv now with the HDMI cable! All I spent on extra was a Rs 1500/- HDMI cable. (I also get Rs 350/- cheap cables though)
Of course the usual Skype, Gravity, Fring, Angry Birds, HD Games etc.. etc...
As much as I love Symbian, it's a pretty dead platform now. Much like Betamax or HDDVD. The only thing I can do is to move to either Android, IOS, or Windows.