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  1. Vinayak

    Nice article :)

    Maybe you could assign weightages to the features as you perceive, and leave out a little for the miscellaneous aspects. But for comprehensiveness, that would also demand looking into what these 2 OSes have been doing well in the past, so you could assume that if nothing special has been announced about those features, those things would be at least as good in the upcoming revisions..
    Then you would at least have a nice juicy number to compare the two, which you could update as and when more light is shed on both. :)
    Vinu.

    P.S: Dunno if that verbose sentence I wrote ended up making sense. If not, reread it till it does! ;) :D

  2. Sreejith

    Just a thought on the multi tasking. I have been a loyal Nokia customer and very much an anti-Apple fanboi (just setting the context). But I really like the multi tasking implementation in Apple. It provides virutal multi tasking in 95% of the cases, which will be indistinguishable from the real one. And with regards to the Nokia battery life, are you talking about full screen touch devices that Nokia has. As far as I know they do not last more than a day of moderate use. Also the background apps that mostly run on these are typically not very processor intensive due to the lack of such apps on Symbian. This is just a feeling since I never benchmarked any.

    • I run Fring, Nokia Messaging (and at times, Joikuspot – which is a real power hog) in the background all the time. With moderate use, I find it lasting more than a day, though, more often than not, I end up using it quite a lot, which drops the battery to 1-2 blocks, and I re-charge it at the end of the day. True, for 95% of the cases, the iPhone version is good enough, and if implemented on Nokia, would further enhance the battery life. Maybe an application can opt-in for the “power saver” multi-tasking mode. Otherwise, it is multi-tasked normally. :-) Something to think about…

  3. nok

    Comparision of technical aspects and *features list* Nokia will always be a winner. When it comes to UI and UX Apple products Rock. And about power usage i guess sometimes i charge N97 mini twice a day ;) To be fair its receiving a hammering every day in terms of usage. And yes N8 will be having a 1200mAH battery?? N97 hardly used to give me a days of backup even with a 1400mAH battery..

  4. sandeep

    Probably worth adding Meego/Maemo to the list.

    After using N900 for 2 weekends, I don’t feel like using anything else. Very addictive. :)

    Used iPhone for 1 full week and had no regrets in giving back the device.

    • This was just a comparison of “new” features in the two OSes. Probably a head-to-head comparison can be done once Symbian^3, iPhone OS 4.0 and MeeGo (1.0 ?) launches.. :-)

  5. arunjith

    very well organised article , but i have a doubt was symbian kernel an opensource , Wasnt it they just provide SDKS ?

    and how will weigh android with symbian ?

  6. Previously, the Symbian OS was completely closed-source and they only provided SDKs for development. Now, the whole of Symbian OS, from kernel and drivers, to the applications, have been released as open-source (under EPL).

    As for a comparison with Android, I don’t have sufficient experience with Android to compare them feature by feature. However, for an idea on my thoughts about Android vs Symbian can be seen in the comments section of the following article: http://www.qburst.com/blog/what-is-new-with-android-2-2-froyo

  7. arunjith

    Being opensource , does that mean to symbian platform i can insert any multimedia framework i want , Is symbian kernel based on any linux kernels ?
    Can you give me link to download the code ( lazy enough :( )

  8. arunjith

    And again y symbian is not chosen for a further competition with iPhone . isnt it nokia targetting meego for upcoming phones?

  9. Yes, you can insert any multimedia framework you want, and NO! Symbian is NOT based on Linux kernel. It is not even monolithic. Its a (soft) real-time microkernel.

    Here’s how to get a PDK (Product Development Kit) which contains the entire Symbian OS source code and binaries.
    http://developer.symbian.org/wiki/index.php/How_to_download_a_PDK

    MeeGo (which is based on Maemo, a mature and good-looking Linux distribution for Internet Tables – N770, N800, N810) is better equipped, at the moment, to compete with the modern-UI-flaunting iOS and Android. Personally, I am hoping that Symbian will make a major comeback later, once Symbian^4 phones are out (with the revamped touch-centric UI).

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