Is Symbian really as bad as people say it is?

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symbian foundation logo Is Symbian really as bad as people say it is?

Symbian the mobile phone operating system has took a lot of stick over the past few years, but this was unnecessary and simply unneeded.

Nowadays if you mention Symbian you get a wave of abuse and insult’s now I would like to know is it really that bad now?

I am a Symbian user myself but I won’t be biased for this article as Symbian has its highs and its lows as every OS out there.

The user interface of Symbian has took a lot of abuse recently and rightly so  it was terrible the battery and signal indicators where real old even Sony managed better, but with the introduction of Belle it seemed a new light was shining on the dreary developer unfriendly user interface but still abuse was given remarks like it is a rip off of android now this simply is not true it is a start to a copy of Nokia’s Meego Harmattan OS and is improving with the release of Feature pack one and the leaked images of Feature pack two,  now it does have its downsides i have to admit like the battery indicator is so dam small it’s hard to see it and the pull down status bar is barely used for notifications which is its purpose and there is no button to clear notifications which I find pretty annoying to be honest. We won’t see the full potential of the Symbian user interface till at least Feature pack two.

Now enough on the user interface let’s go to the speed and smoothness  a mixed message is sent with this with many saying its smooth any many saying its laggy, I say it’s both, at times it lags as all OS do including IOS once in a while.

A big one for Smartphone users is apps and well what to say Symbian lags behind here a lot, the two things that have possibly saved the app development for Symbian is Belle and Qt, Qt makes it a lot easier for developers to make their apps but even with all this Symbian is way behind the likes of Android and IOS.

About Allstar12345

I'm a Symbian Developer and Modder born and living in in England Also I'm an Administrator at our forum and a senior writer for our Symbian-Developers blog.

9 Comments

  1. Do you realize that the Symbian kernal is the most powerful in the world, the 808 can procces 1 billion pixels a second with its supposed underpowered hardware and symbian is also the most secure os in the world

    • hello there .
      I All time read abut the new symbian fb1 but untel naw i did'nt get any notification on sw update or *#0000# update or on nokia pc suite so wher is symbin from al this ?
      The old os is so bad cuz
      1 phone restart alone al time and i tray al selutions .to fix it ,
      2 More than 2 or 3 time in day phone stuck and restart .(nokia )says re install the os and al wel be god but .nothing change .
      Where is nokia and symbian ? Whay thay not have selution ? Or what thay wating for,?

  2. NO SYMBIAN IS THE GREATEST OS FOR EVERYONE!

    BUT I THINK PEOPLE WAS TOO TIRED OF THE NAME OF IT, JUST CHANGE THE NAME "SYMBIAN" TO ANOTHER MODERN, SUCH AS: PIORIGY :)))))))

    I THINK SYMBIAN NEED TO CHANGE A NEW NAME!!! AND CHANGE THE MAIN COLOUR OF UI: BLACK TO WHITE!!!

    NOKIA TRUST ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SORRY FOR MY BAD ENGLISH!

  3. I am using Xperia Pro and Nokia E7 for quite sometime and I think everyone has pros and cons.
    – Symbian is better in handling multitasking,
    – The scrollable UI of Symbian Belle is truly extraordinary and useful, Android doesnt have that but customized launcher only,
    – Integration of Calendar, Exchange Sync, and Contacts are almost perfect in Symbian, Android have lots of fragmented integration and apps that sometimes not good syncing. Android is full of google apps and processes!
    – Symbian apps have a good = counterparts on business programs, its just Android is good in creating lots of apps and integrating it on their notification process.
    – Symbian UI is good for people who have poor eyesights, Android for me is just too small!

  4. well, what i dont understand is that nokia still hasnt upgraded skype for cam-calling. A big shame for nokia and skype as both are partnered with microsoft.
    So come on skype-nokia developers: we need skype cam-calling for symbian!
    SHAME!

    • +100000000000000000

      Even the psvita got a version of skype with video calling !!!
      I Don't Know What Kind Of Partnership That Nokia Have With Micro$oft , all platforms are getting rapid
      skype development except Nokia !!!!!!!!  

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  6. skype not supporting video calling is a big drawback for nokia, i think nokia should try and fix this big problem, which really is a big setback for its users.

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