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Barence writes to mention that Nokia is giving users a first glimpse at what promises to be a completely overhauled Symbian user experience this coming year. Nokia's chief exec blamed the user interface — as opposed to the OS itself — as the root problem. "The company will roll out a completely re-engineered user interface in 2010, aimed at addressing many of the criticisms associated with the OS. 'We will reduce the clutter and improve the input methods including multi-touch and single tap,' Kallasvuo told delegates. 'It should be just two taps to get to your favorite music or videos, rather than eight. We'll improve browser experience so that it's a quicker, flash improved, media experience with pinch-to-zoom and so on.' And, Kallasvuo wasn't stopping there. Aside from completely redesigning the interface, he also suggested that future Symbian OSes would be much faster."
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Nokia Offers Glimpse of Symbian Facelift

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  • Why didn't they do this years ago?
    • Re:My Question Is (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Lord Pillage (815466) on Friday December 04, 2009 @07:28PM (#30330672)
      Because they only bought TrollTech a year ago, and thus have only recently had an strong interest in their own superly awesome GUI toolkit, Qt. Note that the newest version of Qt release this week offers prominently support for Symbian.
      • Apple... (Score:4, Insightful)

        by mrops (927562) on Friday December 04, 2009 @08:00PM (#30330980)

        ...That is the real answer. For the longest time, Nokia had phones that everyone bought. They were expensive, but so were Mercedes and BMW.

        Then came the iPhone. Like it or not, it changed the whole mobile market. Nokia was complacent and was caught off guard.

        I recall Nokia was so full of themselves that they dismissed Android claiming writing a phone OS is no joke.

        Having said all that, I have been for the last 10 years and still am a Nokia fanboy.

        I love Nokia philosophy of phone first, everything else later. I hope that stays.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by sznupi (719324)

          I think you're looking at this solely from the point of view of western, possibly US, market...

          Nokia had always vast spectrum of phones, from very cheap to expensive. Heck, their cheapest phone now costs 20 Euro, without contract (the stated goal of Nokia, supposedly not tongue-in-cheek, is to have 5 Euro phone in a few years). Also, they launched Maemo before iPhone announcement. And reality is that Android has yet to prove itself...

          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            by jandrese (485)
            Nokia has always had a vast spectrum of phones with crappy UIs. That's what the parent was talking about. Now that Apple and Google are starting to make a noticable dent in their marketshare they've been forced to actually try to build a UI that doesn't stab you in the face every time you try to look up someone's name by their phone number or attempt to change the order of the icons on the screen.
            • Re:Apple... (Score:4, Insightful)

              by sznupi (719324) on Friday December 04, 2009 @11:56PM (#30332452) Homepage

              Define "crappy". Majority of their phones are used only for phonecalls and text messages. Sometimes quick photo. Given that people across the spectrum manage to do it just fine (and I can't imagine non-trivial portion of them using anything with a touchscreen, for example), I'd suspect S30 and S40 are better than you give them credit.

              Plus...please, how exactly a low-end (TRUE low-end, not what American would call like that but what is in reality high middle segment) phone can be much different at this point? Noticeable dent? Are you kidding? Nokia is the only hugely profitable phone manufacturer (other either are out of the market, struggling for a long time, or phones aren't their primary product; with the possible exception of RIM, though they basically sell a corporate service, not phones). Nokia marketshare: ~40% of global market, over 50% of smartphones. You just don't see it because your carriers were blocking Nokia from entering for a long time, for Nokia refusal to castrate their devices.

              Now that Symbian will improve when devices with it are becoming really affordable, nearing $100 mark without contract, you should probably get used to the thought of bright future for Nokia.

              PS. "look up someone's name by their phone number"? You mean when you have a number, but don't know to who it belongs to? That's trivial even on the cheapest, 20 Euro Nokia phone... (also, realize that most of the market doesn't care and doesn't want to change the order of icons; plus it speeds up navigation, lets you use numpad to spatially associated to icons on a grid)

              • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

                by mvdwege (243851)

                Yeah, the Apple fanbois are out in force today. Nokia's interface design has warts, to be sure, but the general S60 interface is derived from the old non-smartphone interface that has been carried on phones ever since GSM became popular (one navigation key, one select key, one cancel key). Compared to Siemens or Sony-Ericsson, the Nokia interface isn't non-intuitive at all, and since the majority of European phone users are used to these interfaces, S60 isn't a big change.

                So the Apple fanbois like your pare

              • About lockdown with nokia phones. I just debranded (and thereby delocked and everything) a Nokia 5800 yesterday. Six times, just to see the differences. It’s so easy it’s a joke. there is a site with *all* product codes. Even for weird mods of weird operators in weird countries, one for every color (so the theme adapts). You use a tool called NSS, change the product code to whatever you like, and re-run Nokia’n own firmware update tool. Done. You don’t even lose and data. (You can an

              • 'We will reduce the clutter and improve the input methods including multi-touch and single tap,' Kallasvuo told delegates. 'It should be just two taps to get to your favorite music or videos, rather than eight. We'll improve browser experience so that it's a quicker, flash improved, media experience with pinch-to-zoom and so on.'

                Are you sure he was talking about

                TRUE low-end

                or

                nearing $100 mark without contract

                devices? My wife's N87, though being 3G-phone equipped with GPS, is practically unusable for anything but basic calls, and the UI is the primary reason. Trying to push Symbian into smartphone market, instead of keeping it right where it belongs - as an OS for low-end cheap phones, is just a weird way to waste money.

                • by sznupi (719324)

                  He was replying to my earlier post mentioning all classes of devices, even specifically mentioning 20 Euro Nokia phones.

                  And it's no wonder your wife has difficulty using a phone that doesn't exist...I'd say it's almost a miracle she manages to make calls.

                  • He was replying to my earlier post mentioning all classes of devices, even specifically mentioning 20 Euro Nokia phones.

                    He also alluded to a, well, peculiarity of the UI which is typical for all kinds of Symbian phones regardless of their price. It doesn't really matter in case of a 100-dollar-phone, but for smartphones it ruins the functionality.

                    And it's no wonder your wife has difficulty using a phone that doesn't exist...I'd say it's almost a miracle she manages to make calls.

                    Or was it N82? I've tried to memorize Nokia nomenclature, but stuck on 6120.

                    • by sznupi (719324)

                      But the point was that Nokia has vast spectrum of devices which largely have quite good UI for what they do and for their hardware (and hence price). Yes, S60 has some...peculiarities, but that's also related to low cost of phones (they aren't that far now from this "100-dollar-phone", for which "it doesn't really matter"); and how long time ago Nokia launched it. In a place dominated by their classic UIs; it doesn't ruin the functionality much in this case.

          • by Tacvek (948259)

            Hell from my US experience Nokia was the maker of many of the dirt cheap candy-bar phones that had no os to speak of. Everything ran on the base-band processor, with no opertunaty for new software. The only filesystem was that required by the CDMA base-band, which was used to hold the background images, ringtones, contacts, and SMS's.

            I've never seen anybody with one of the better Nokia phones, since the other brands phones were better anyway. I've honestly never even seen a real phone that uses SymbianOS. S

            • by sznupi (719324)

              So if Nokia's are at all popular it is a very regional thing.

              You really can't see the reality that it's the other way around? Lack of popularity is a very regional thing in case of Nokia. They're number 1 in almost whole world.

              This, BTW...

              The only filesystem was that required by the CDMA base-band

              ...is a clear indication of your regional bias. CDMA phones are a small side business for Nokia.

              • by Tacvek (948259)

                Sure, I admit up front that I have a strong bias in the direction of the US, where CDMA very common, so common in fact that even users of the GSM networks have no understanding of a carrier independent phone. In Europe, South Ameria, Africa, and Asia Nokias may be way mor common, but in the US, most commonly seen phones seem to be in no particular order: Apple, LG, Samsung, Motorola, and for older style smartphones HTC.

    • by IceFox (18179)
      Perhaps the new UI is built on Qt and the new kinetics framework?
      • by Jurily (900488)

        It doesn't matter what it's built on. It sucks right now, and obviously they know it. The only question is: when did they find out?

        • by forkazoo (138186)

          Sometime before they bought Trolltech specifically for the purpose of having a bunch of UI experts in-house to improve their cell phone UI's. These things don't happen overnight.

        • It appears a lot of cell phone manufacturers found out their UI's sucked on January 9, 2007...

    • by jo42 (227475)

      ...and my question is, where are the "graspingatstraws", "lipstickonapig" or "toolate" tags?

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by ZackSchil (560462)

      Because they didn't have an example interface from Apple to crib off of at that point.

      No, really.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by fbjon (692006)
        Progress is the end result of competition.
      • You are so right. I hope the anti-Apple trolls don't mod you down. When Apple released the iPhone, it was a game changer, and now everyone is playing catch-up.

        Whether you like the iPhone or hate the iPhone, any objective thought on the matter leads to the conclusion that the iPhone was good for the whole mobile phone industry and its consumers.

        Before, software and usability were afterthoughts at best. Now, it's job #2 or 3 at most mobile phone companies. That's a major improvement.

      • Nokia had Maemo before Apple had iPhone OS.

        • by vakuona (788200)
          And it was still rubbish! Seriously, the iPhone was that good when it came out, interface wise.
          • by sznupi (719324)

            Though Maemo/Hildom were improved since then, have shown there is some work being done at Nokia, and so on... Besides iPhone was even hardly a smarpthone until a year after its launch. ;p

            Yeah, I know what you're saying. Yes, Apple pushed the market, and they should be applauded for that. But I think that the story will repeat itself and something else will prove dominant... (heck, Nokia is dominant, with ~40% of all cellphones and over 50% of smartphones; that might be why they find it hard/slow to signific

      • Apple came to the phone market doing what they do best, interface & usability. Sure others have some catching up to do in this segment.

        However Apple is standing on the shoulders of giants with iPhone. If you look at GSM standards for example, Nokia owns 67 of the 158 patents considered "essential" for GSM [engadget.com]. Apple owns 0. And that is just a tiny part of the tech that goes into a modern phone.

        People give Apple way too much credit for the shiny package. When it comes to actual tech, Apple is simply us
    • by sznupi (719324)

      Why didn't they do this years ago?

      Because they launched years ago.

      In time when hardware was much slower, screens were much smaller, users were used to "classic" (S30, just launched S40) phone UIs (and because of screen & cpu you didn't have much choice anyway). When smartphone was a very niche product only because of its price, mostly an experiment with the underlying OS, initially. They they built on it for a long time.

      Once something takes off it is a bit hard to introduce major UI paradigm changes, I imagine.

      And BTW, Maemo is quite ol

  • Hmm... (Score:3, Funny)

    by tool462 (677306) on Friday December 04, 2009 @07:26PM (#30330658)

    I don't know if I care for the fonts. A little too tall and skinny. I'm an American. I like things to be a little more...squat.

  • Looks nice and should be most usable!!
  • I love the iPhone (Score:2, Insightful)

    by adamwright (536224)

    Not only because of what it does, but because of the competition it's created in an industry that hadn't really moved in a decade. Free markets do work, sometimes!

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Dan541 (1032000)

      I love my nokia, it comes with all the basic features that the iphone lacks.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by vakuona (788200)
        Like what feature?
        • by cuby (832037)
          I can't tell you that because I never used an iPhone long enough, but I'm sure if I treated an iPhone like my 5 year old Nokia it would be dead long ago.
        • by Dan541 (1032000)

          Blutooth, Copy/Paste, MMS and probably more that i missed.

    • by sznupi (719324)

      Nokia shipped its billionth phone in 2005. It contributed greatly to the fact that, while a year ago 3 billion people had cellphones, it is 4.6 billion people now, more than half of the planet. And Nokia's most affordable phone isn't even very cheap, at 20 Euro without contract... (supposedly they wish to be able to launch 5 Euro one in a few years)

      Nokia has really took to heart its corporate motto, "Connecting people". It has the potential to greatly benefit our world; make it a bit better place. It's perf

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by sien (35268)

      The iphone is a fine device. But your statement wildly overstates impact and improvements of the iphone over other phones.

      In 1997 a reasonable phone looked like the 1997 Nokia 3110 [wikipedia.org]. By 2007 Nokia had the N95 [wikipedia.org]

      In the 10 years till 2007 mobile phones, before the iphone had the following improvements:

      • The 1999 and further Blackberries [wikipedia.org] that changed mobile devices massively, possibly more than the iphone by giving people good mobile communications. Barack Obama was not addicted to updating facebook on his iphone,
  • Nokia... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by faragon (789704) on Friday December 04, 2009 @07:31PM (#30330710) Homepage
    ... please, let Symbian die. The N900 is so much better than any Symbian aberration... [nokia.com]
    • Re:Nokia... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by kwalker (1383) on Friday December 04, 2009 @07:50PM (#30330898) Journal

      Not every Nokia phone is going to have a 600MHz ARM and half a gig of RAM behind the screen. Not every phone user is going to shell out the prices higher-end components are going to require. Nokia has the market share they have because of the diversity of their products. They need to cover the high-end as well as the low-end. I could easily see Nokia moving from S40 on the low end and S60 on the high end to S40 for low-end and pre-paid phones (If they don't drop it altogether), S60 in the low-to-medium phones (I think their E63 is a step in that direction), and Maemo 5 on their high-end phones that compete with Androids and iPhones.

      • by faragon (789704)
        The N900 has actually 256MB of RAM (plus 768 of virtual memory using the flash storage). Previous Nokia models, as the N800 (without telephone, just a tablet PC) had just 128MB of RAM and 256MB of flash. That amount of ram costs below 10 USD. I see no problem for sub 70-150 USD full-fledged Maemo/Linux phones.
        • by sznupi (719324)

          RAM chips used in phones are quite a bit more expensive. Low power usage is of paramount importance.

          And if it's an issue with stubbornness of Nokia, wanting to milk their customers...why hasn't any other player released even sub $200 smartphone? Symbian ones are nearing $100 mark.

      • by cenc (1310167)

        Not right now. By this time next year we will all be bitching when prepaid disposable calling card phones don't have the same balls as our notebooks. Well, perhaps a couple of years.

        We are going to come out of this economic downturn with a but load of cheap computer components flooding the market from China trying to play catchup for the lack of demand these last couple of years.

           

      • by unix1 (1667411)

        What you are saying is what should be in full swing right now. The way it's going by the time all that is done, Android will be on phones that are selling for $19.99 with most manufacturers on board, and Nokia's share will dwindle to next to nothing. Their phones will look like bricks from last century. It's a chess game, Google and Apple will not stop. Nokia will be 3 moves behind a year from now if they continue this route.

        • Who cares about Android anyway? It still can't install/run applications to/from its own memory card, the most severe limitation. Its own google map support is a joke compared to Nokia's support or Apple's support (don't ask me why, I don't know). And Nokia still makes tons of money for every iPhone that Apple sells because of the licensed Nokia technology it has in it.
          • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

            by unix1 (1667411)

            Who cares about Android anyway? It still can't install/run applications to/from its own memory card, the most severe limitation. Its own google map support is a joke compared to Nokia's support or Apple's support (don't ask me why, I don't know). And Nokia still makes tons of money for every iPhone that Apple sells because of the licensed Nokia technology it has in it.

            Wrong on all counts:

            1. You can most certainly install apps from the SD card on all Android phones. Future phones will have more local storage, so you won't need to rely on a memory card - and you could say the same about iPhone - hey, it doesn't even have a slot for a card - who cares about iPhone anyway?

            2. Google maps support is excellent with Android 2.0, better than with any other phone currently.

            3. So, does Nokia want to become a licensing business? Or keep dominating their market with their own innovat

        • by sznupi (719324)

          Android will be on phones that are selling for $19.99

          BS. Android will be on phones that sell for that much with contract. Nokia has phones selling for 20 Euro without any.

          You don't realize how non-representative is cellphone market in the US. Nokia is hardly visible to you because US carriers didn't let it in, after Nokia refused to castrate its phones too much. But throughout the world they dominate. ~40% of whole cellphone market. Over 50% of world smartphone market. And people seem to emphasize basic functionality of cellphones more...

          • by unix1 (1667411)

            The cell phone market is changing worldwide and in the U.S.. What US carriers didn't allow before, they are allowing now because they can't give up that much additional revenue.

            Within next year, Android phones will be free with contract. Within 2 years, a low end Android phone could go for $20-$30 with no contract, even for pay-as-you-go plans.

            • by sznupi (719324)

              I hear that for some time, but don't quite see it... (and TBH I would love really affordable, "standard" (OS modifications-wise, open to official updates) and durable Android device)

              First, "free" phones with contract still depend on the total price of contract, so that's beside the point. Secondly, there is a lot of talk about Android phones that will be "cheap". So far I only see "on the cheap", at most. And even those are expensive touchscreen-only devices.

              Do you seriously think they will cost, in 2 years

              • by unix1 (1667411)

                I hear what you are saying, but cheaper means less profitable too. The phones similar to what that seem high end now will be a lot "cheaper" (from multiple manufacturers competing) 2 years from now. So, is Nokia going to sell its "feature-oriented" phones for - $5 w/no contract? That's a niche market and won't make them a great deal of money. They can't compete unless they change with the rest of the industry.

                Apple beat everybody to the punch, but they don't show interest in mid to lower end products (yet);

            • Some Android phones are already "free" with contract over on this side of the Atlantic. The HTC Tattoo is "free" with a 299 SEK/month (42 USD/month) contract.
              (I've got an HTC Magic, but I'm very interested in the Nokia N900, won't be buying a new phone for a year or two, but maybe the equivalent phone with Maemo then)

      • by sznupi (719324)

        You forget about S30 ;p

        I'm not sure, but I wouldn't be too surprised if Nokia ships more S30 devices (1100, 1200, 1208, 1661, 1202, 1280, 1616, 5030; that sort of stuff) than all other classes combined.

        And...E63, are you kidding?! More like 6730 Classic, eventually E51 if you want to include E-series.

        • the E51 is THE phone for me. It's a classic case of a "you name it, we have it" except for GPS :(. It's slim, fast, multitasking, it has great keypad, metal body, wi-fi, bright screen, even on the sun. And cheap to boot :)
        • by DiLLeMaN (324946)

          Oh, puh-leaze, can someone please take S30 into a dark alley and shoot it in the face? It's an abomination; I'm pretty sure every time someone uses S30 god kills a kitten. Or something.

          OK, that might be overstating things a little, but if you compare S30 to S40 -- which doesn't exactly need a cluster of supercomputers to run on, itself -- the former kinda pales. In fact, for a lot of people, I'd say S40 is Smart Enough, really. It might not do multitasking (apart from the music player, kinda like the iPhone

          • by sznupi (719324)

            It's not like they're pushing S30 into markets that can easily afford, for the most part, S40 devices. From the looks & prices of S30 devices, it really does seem Nokia can lower the price a bit that way, for where it matters.

            I have the impression you're talking about the number of features. They are not the only factor for large parts of market, when low price, lack of GPRS in the cell network anyway or, yes, easy to use UI are also important. Plus durability, reception and ridiculously long battery ti

            • by DiLLeMaN (324946)

              I have the impression you're talking about the number of features. They are not the only factor for large parts of market, when low price, lack of GPRS in the cell network anyway or, yes, easy to use UI are also important.

              No, not just the number of feateres, more how those features are implemented. Take something basic like SMS: it's a joy to use on S40, I hate it on S30. That's the "easy to use" part for me.

              Plus durability, reception and ridiculously long battery time, that's why I like to keep recent S30 device around as backup or for hiking.

              Those, as well as the GPRS and the low price you mentioned earlier, are hardware features. My (S40) 6300 is built like a tank (METAL shell!) and runs for about a week if I keep away from GPRS and Bluetooth. I've had it for about two and a half years, and it still works flawlessly. So yeah, grabbing a cheap S30 for absolu

      • by jandrese (485)
        You don't need a whole lot of CPU time and memory to make a usable interface, it does take careful design and thought about how people work. Usability studies wouldn't hurt either.
        • You don't need a whole lot of CPU time and memory to make a usable interface

          But you do need them to do fancy graphics and eye-candy, which is what 99% of people think usability means.

          I'd include whoever designed the E71 among them.

    • Yes, but Nokia has invested too much money and time in Symbian for them to abandon it now while Maemo was quickly thrown together, to Nokia they see Symbian as being carefully researched and Maemo to them is just Debian for phones.
      • by faragon (789704)
        Symbian is a pain, underperformer, without possibility of matching Linux or OS X. Nokia it's betting its future, and in my opinion, is Linux.
        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by BasilBrush (643681)

          Symbian is a pain, underperformer, without possibility of matching Linux or OS X.

          Symbian is a pain to program in C++ (But the same as any other phone OS in Java). But it uses far less memory and battery power than any *nix. So it isn't the easy call you imagine. OS X is far superior for top end smartphones. But for lower cost phones, Symbian has a lot of positives.

          • But similarly, most people who get a smartphone don't care about memory (and these days memory is -cheap- both Flash and RAM) and battery life to most isn't a killer (so long as it lasts a day with moderate internet usage people will use it) just look at the iPhone, a few hours of web browsing and your phone is dead.
            • Yes, people don't care about memory. Amount of RAM typically isn't even mentioned as a feature. But if a phone needs less memory to function, then it costs less to manufacture.

              Likewise, if battery life is not really a concern (very debatable) then it can be traded for less weight, smaller size and less cost.

              You can't just dismiss the memory and battery live advantages of Symbian OS. Designing a phone is always a matter of finding compromises between different ideals. For some phones, Symbian OS will be the

    • They mention 'OVI maps pre-installed'. Is this the demo trial version? in other words will it include turn-by-turn talking directions? or live traffic updates for the US market??? (The last I checked, live traffic information was only available for Europe.)

      I guess we can already get these things for free with Google Latitude running in the foreground -- with amAzeGPS running the background, but it would be nice if Nokia could give us all these things consolidated into one. Also, since Nokia owns the maps no

      • by DiLLeMaN (324946)

        Also, there is talk of better User Interface design, but as far as I'm aware, (and please, someone correct me if I'm wrong here) Nokia third party developers haven't been notified about any kind of recommended style sheet guides that they should be following (even if just voluntarily).

        Very valid point. I was, however, able to find this UI Style Guide for S60 [nokia.com] (there's one for S40 and other platforms too) with just one Google Search.

        I haven't really read it, so I don't know how "thorough" it is, but it does satisfy your "any kind of recommended style sheet guides", I think.

      • I have a N97, you can download full world maps on the N97 - I have maps of all European countries/towns/... on my N97 - turn by turn navigation does require to pay some additional money for license though, just got a 2 months trial. Maps are good but the Ovi map application sometimes may get stuck and not being able to get GPS signal for half an hour..need to reboot the phone and hope for being lucky
  • Good... (Score:2, Troll)

    by Lord Lode (1290856)
    Good to see that something else than the closed iPhone can be flashy and cool! :)
  • by kurt555gs (309278) <kurt555gs@NospAm.ovi.com> on Friday December 04, 2009 @07:40PM (#30330792) Homepage

    Symbian is a pig. QT on Symbian is lipstick on a pig. There is no other good way to say this. I had an N95 8GB, and Symbian 3 was actually fine on that, buttons and all. Symbian 5, ala N97 is just pushing Symbians limits to far. The best technical terms I can use to describe Symbian 5 (N97) is it's a "steaming pile of shit".

    The N900 on the other hand is just phuquing unbelievable. Once they put QT on top of Maemo Linux, it will be so far away from any othe the other phone OS's, that there just will be no contest. (I say phone, but the N900 is really more of a mobile computer with cell capabilities than a phone).

    The N900 rox!

    • by h4rr4r (612664)

      Does buying it get the user root? Or is this another closed device pretending to be open.

      If the owner lacks root, he does not own the device.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Martz (861209)

      I can completely agree about both the N95 and the N97.

      For me the N95 broke new ground and really was an impressive device when it was released. The fixes did a lot to help usability and stability.

      The N97 is the Nokia device which has pissed me off so much - that I've become stuborn and vowed to never, ever again own another Nokia Symbian device. It's a complete disaster, even with the much anticipated v20 firmware.

      I get a free company phone of my choosing, and I could've taken the iPhone at various times bu

      • by kurt555gs (309278)

        My N95 8GB was the best "phone" I ever had. About 2 weeks after I bought my N97, I got the N95 back out of the drawer and switched back to it while I waited, and Waited for the N900. The evil malodorous N97 when into the phone drawer, never to emerge, except perhaps to burn it on the sidewalk in fron of the Nokia flagship store in Chicago.

        Now that cell phones and mobile computers are merging, the old "phone" OS's like Symbian reall can not be stretched to fill the bill. I don't remember if anyone ever tried

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by BasilBrush (643681)

          I don't remember if anyone ever tried putting a GUI on top of CP/M, but that is analogous to trying to make Symbian work as a touch screen OS.

          Complete nonsense. The original name for Symbian OS was EPOC 32, and it was developed for the Psion 5 - a touch screen PDA. So in actual fact, the OS and APIs were designed from the outset for touchscreen as well as keyboard.

          • When I'm using my E71 and I think back to the clean and simple UI on the Psion 5, it makes me weep.

    • by cenc (1310167)

      So is their future technology commitment going to be maemo linux or symbian?

      • Yes. :P

        I bet on a smooth migration: Symbian will live on in lower-end phones (where buyers don’t want to pay for new development.) and get a bit straightened out.
        And it parallel, Maemo Linux will grow out of infancy.

        But ultimately Maemo will be the main system of the future, yes.

    • by unix1 (1667411)

      The N900 on the other hand is just phuquing unbelievable. Once they put QT on top of Maemo Linux, it will be so far away from any othe the other phone OS's, that there just will be no contest.

      They should have done that years ago, then they would have been ahead by a mile right now. But no, they had no balls. Trolltech was always there, they were always doing their thing - remember Qtopia and the Greenphone? They always had the software and the technology that can and should be taken to the next step.

      Now they may go the way of Windows Mobile, with the promises of things that are year(s) away to be introduced to the market, and still beating the near dead horse that is Symbian. Maybe in the next 2

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Jazzbunny (1251002)
      Back in the days Symbian wasn't a pig, I had Nokia 7650, the first Symbian phone released, and it was everything nerd could hope for. For example I had universal TV control program there, so I could change the channels at my local sports bar at my will and cause mayhem if I wanted to. Later Symbian were locked up more tightly, but currently Maemo looks something I had back in the days + more. I will be using my tax refunds to get N900 and I think I wont regret it.
    • Nice, how you backed that “argument” up with facts... oh wait, you didn’t.

      I could say “that’s your opinion” if you had any backing up. I could even agree if you had good argument.
      But since you came to the table with *nothing*, I’ll stay with my 10 years of experience with Symbian devices.

      And I must say from a user perspective, they are freakin’ great! Symbian did always beat any other phone OS I knew.
      Now finally, there are others who catch up. But this does no

  • Lets all welcome Nokia to 2007.

  • Symbian vs Maemo (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    I believe they will make developing for Symbian easier with a) Qt b) PIPS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P.I.P.S._Is_POSIX_on_Symbian
    They will also do the same for Maemo 6. UI will be written in Qt and the main things separating Maemo 6 from Symbian^4 are:
    - Kernel (Linux vs EPAv2)
    - Package management (.sis vs .deb)
    I wouldn't be surprised if the two platform would converge some time in future, since Symbian's upcoming Qt-based Direct UI should be possible to run on Maemo 6 with minor changes and vice versa.
    Als

  • A day late and a dollar short for my money. Their interface was creaking as much as their design language five years back. I looked at an X6 today and it's basically an I phone clone, just a cheaper plasticky one. Come on nokia you need to genuinely innovate not just throw out new keypad layouts on the same old candy bar phones.
  • Owners of expensive Nokia Symbian S60 phones should be happy that they can upgrade their existing hardware to a shiny new version of the OS. But what is really going to happen is they are forced to throw away their old phone and pay all over again for a new hardware/OS bundle.

    Nokia has no incentive to produce a truly great phone - whenever they came close to this in the past it depressed new sales because people did not want to give up their old one.

  • I've owned a dozen or so phones nearly all of which have been from Nokia. Never again - the 6220c I currently own is ludicrously locked down and restricted. It works, kind of, but not the way I want it to work. I do mean locked down by Nokia not by a GSM operator. Do Nokia think I am stupid I paid 200 quid for this phone and expect to have root on it.

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