MNB Reader Generated: Symbian or Android?

| August 19, 2012 | 138 Replies


I got this email from someone called Parasaran Kumar his experience of Symbian Nokia handsets and how they stack up to Android. We’ve not featured him before at MNB Reader Generated. There is no edit to this, just some slight formatting.



Android or Symbian?

People will fall about laughing if I say Symbian, the dying mobile Operating System is better than the Android. The fact is, Symbian is better than Android as an Operating System. I personally tested Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Nokia E7. To my surprise I found that the E7 with only a single core ARM 11 at 680 MHz was prompter while the Sony that packs a much faster 1.4 GHz Snapdragon was taking time to load certain applications. Booting was faster in E7 and multi-tasking on Nokia was mind-blowing.
What is so good about the Android?

Answer: Android has more eye-candy applications but it isn’t as fast as Nokia Belle when it comes to functionality and performance.
What is bad about the Nokia Belle?

Answer: Belle has a smaller amount of applications but it doesn’t lack the essential and well-known applications.
When Nokia released the 6600 phone way back on 2003, no other phone could overpower the 6600 until the release of the i-Phone which changed the epoch of the mobile world!
Now the question is
What is so special about the i-phones?

Answer: Touch response, huge collections of applications and its attractive User Interface (UI). Apple is user friendly to a convinced degree but not as easy as the Symbian.
When apple released the i-phone for the first time, people were charmed by its bar model without the keypad and its touch response. It marked the beginning of silky capacitive touch phones and that’s where the Nokia began to grow fainter. Apple was not the only company that was responsible for Nokia’s decline but Nokia itself was the main reason for its weakening. Apple was leading the race and Nokia was following. On 2006, the Symbian foundation came up with the Symbian UIQ which can be customised to user’s requirement and still it remains as one of the best OS though it lacks applications and those sugar coated UI but UIQ has the apps that even most of the phones do not have today.Nokia was getting ahead and instead of improving on the UIQ they ditched the UIQ for Symbian S60. Many of the talented design engineers of the UIQ migrated to Google since the company did not survive the market. Every awesome designs and innovations in UIQ 4 were implemented in Android. And today Nokia is making a big mistake by ditching the Symbian. Nokia might have a great opportunity with the windows phone 8 (WP8) but it is the Symbian which gave the Nokia its flamboyant outfit.
At this instant, my question is
What do people want?
People do not get phones based on their requirement if that wasn’t the case then basic models would have flooded the markets. People look for phones that have set a vogue in the market (Android and Apple). They require a million apps on their phone as if they use all of them and bar model without key pad which is the current trend. There are people who choose their phone based on their requirement and they are the ones who really do not utilise the full capacity of the phone. People who push their phones to or beyond limits are the ones who really know which phone is the finest and I have done this to all my phones including a Micromax phone. All smart phones have apps, the problem is that people are so indoctrinated with android/iOS mass manipulation, they have no clue that Symbian has all the important apps, and works perfect with them. People didn’t know what a smart phone is until the release of Apple and Blackberry. It would have been wonderful if Apple and Blackberry were just fruits.
Everyone must understand a basic difference between Hardware, Operating System (OS) and Performance. It is not that a phone with 1.2 GHZ dual-core or a quad-core will never freeze or a phone that has a 500 MHZ will always get stuck. If a phone executes well (booting speed, loading of apps and UI) even on a processor that has less than 800MHZ, that is called performance. It is the job of the Operating System to make them perform even on a low configured Hardware. Most of the android phones have good performance because of its hardware but none of the Androids will work as effective as Symbian on the outdated ARM processor with less than 800 MHZ.
Windows Phone 8 might be the future for Microsoft but definitely not for Nokia. I am not imparting that Nokia will not succeed with WP8 plan but I don’t think they can be big enough like Apple or Google is today, and if they stick with MeeGo/Symbian plan they can be success like them. Nokia has put itself in an awkward position by negligence of care for their Operating Systems.
I recommend Nokia to develop devices with the latest hardware similar to the Galaxy SIII. Imagine a Nokia with 2 GHZ Quad-Core that runs on the updated Symbian, with new 4 million updated HD apps and has 41MP camera sensor. Sounds groovy right? It is high time that Nokia should stop the monotony and invest time in applications and on Research & Development.
I still didn’t forget the days when Nokia released the 6600, N-gage QD and the N-series. None dare to overthrow these models. It had limitations but people were happy with its technology. I still operate my Panasonic TV with 6600 but unfortunately we cannot do it with the present-day phones. Nokia can probably work on the late technology Infrared (IR), phones with touch plus QWERTY keypad and on N-gage apps. Nokia can invest more on R&D and reward the developers for each of their creations instead of ditching the Symbian. Nokia should also work on ground-breaking technology like the Nokia 888 concept. I completely appreciate the heroic and daring attempt of Nokia for not aiming at Android. Nokia should always remain unique and legendary as it is, always.


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  • tired

    Nokia should do what Samsung has been doing. Give consumers their choice of OS by using multiple devices. then we would have the choice of top notch phones with s40, s60, Android or MeeGo. Give customers a choice in OS and they will Fla Co back to Nokia. by trying to shove wp crap down everybody throat, Nokia is only alienating customers. Trying to win customers over to wp is going to take too long to save Nokia given the bad reputation windows as a brand has. Hope the stupid CEO of Nokia has the truth shoved down his throat or is replaced before Nokia becomes a foot note in the history of mobile

    • gordonH

      Samsung is very happy at the moment. Elop thought he could move Nokia consumers from Symbian to WP7 but consumers ran to Android.

      The overall improvements in Android OS helped improved Samsung sales but Elop did help Samsung alot.

      • tired

        Not even a day, Now Samsung getting into wp too… stupid elop, now do you see how the old Nokia’s plan of slowly shifting their own customer base from their OWN OS to their OWN new OS would have been better than using crappy wp? Nokia has no control over usability of the OS, but even worse is that OS is a prostitute and goes to whoever pays. at least Android is a more popular prostitute and Nokia would have made more sales. Samsung is gonna keep it’s lead in the market by using old Nokia tactics. All the best Samsung. Sadly gonna be the end of Nokia unless it goes back to old strategy. How much did Nokia waste on elop’s salary for the past 2 years?

        • JGsmartypants

          You can always tell when someone is regurgitating Tomi Ahonen talking points

  • miki69

    I think we should all focus on what WP8 will bring to the table, will first Nokia WP rock the world… Symbian is long gone, and honestly if it wouldn’t be for 808, nobody would discuss it anymore

    Let’s face it: you can like or dislike movie, but when it’s over, move on…


  • miki69

    forgot to add in my previous post:

    I’m not gonna miss Symbian OS (hope WP will fill in this void), but I REALLY miss Nokia state-of-the-art 8xxx series. In fact I still keep 8850,8910, 8600 Luna and Arte in my collection…. Nostalgia, what can I say 🙂


    • tired

      That probably sums it up. How much innovation is still possible by being an OEM? Nokia as just a follower? No longer a leader? As it is Nokia already dropping hints at 2 core differentiation, navi and camera. that’s it. Nothing more.

  • teddy’s bird

    another fanboy.
    when I got nokia n8, (preorder from nokia and fastest shipping, they send phone in sunday from holland) I thought what a great phone and still could do some tasks faster than sgs2, great camera and true multitasking that android don’t have, you could leave app in ram for weeks and it stayed there. But now I have old number in n8 and new number in sgs3 and can’t stand n8, so slow so old …
    Anyway for now, Android rulezzzzzz

  • James


  • symfan

    im paying 500$ for a dying os (symbian)device(pv808) ,so there must be something to die for!!! Coz i have used shitdroid and it is nt real smart.

  • I really admire your courage for sticking by Symbian. But even you have acknowledged the fact that it is a dying OS. Come on, lets face it… Nokia themselves have planned to abandon the OS because they have realised that it isn’t in the same class as to compete with the others out there. Yes, people once admired the Nokia phones. Yes, they once went gaga over the then amazing features. But that was then, and this is now. And Nokia reside by, “The future is bulletproof/The aftermath is secondary”; as said by My Chemical Romance. You seem to be clinging on to the last rays of hope. Symbian is dead and gone and everyone knows it.

    Neither am I ridiculing you nor am I belittling you. Rather, I’m stating the truth and hoping that you will see the truth as painted by Nokia themselves and accept it. The truth is bitter and this one is as bitter as the rest; believe me.

    Android is nothing but a passing cloud. Nokia have realised this and have clutched onto Microsoft to save them. Android has a lot of bugs, but, then again, which OS doesn’t!? They all do! Google is making the same mistake that Nokia made. They differentiate different releases of their own OSs and alienate their old userbase as if they meant nothing to them in the world at all. Obviously, Apple doesn’t do this; they have always realised the importance of every customer however far away or small they may be and support them in every way they can. I can see Android falling on it’s glorious fame one day because of the very reason I have stated. I hope that they see the error of their ways before that.

    • James

      Hey retard, this was generated by a reader over 5-mths ago…
      It makes zero sense to be posting NOW, the thread has long since died, you’re simply rudely necroing.
      If you want to add your 2cents, you do it in a timely manner, when the thread’s still relatively new, & it’s content isn’t already outdated.

      • arts