February 28, 2007

And that's why you shouldn't buy Symbian Phones

Chris Payne’s Sony Ericsson W950 decided to munch up his Inbox yesterday. Its a very nice phone, I would have got one myself if I had the option. But he lost all the MMS and SMS’s he had in it. Fortunately there was nothing too important in it. Purssell has always been saying that you should avoid a phone that has Symbian at all costs, and predicting that problems would eventually arise – and he always gets to say “I told you so!” So I researched into Symbian OS’s history – trying to source the problem. Turns out it has a horrible genetic makeup:

  • Symbian is used by a few manufacturers – its CPU efficient and it often breaks.
  • Symbian is a decendent of Psion EPOC
  • Psion EPOC has some genes from the Sinclair Spectrum


And Sachit says his Nokia N73 crashes often. This is currently the only phone that ‘3’ provide Skype for. With the W950 port coming soon. To be honest, I think that Symbian is almost at the stage of being very stable. Its weird to think that Microsoft Mobile is actually more reliable!

Purssell has now got HSDPA on his phone. Which now means he gets the internet at 1.8Mbps. That’s as fast as most people’s home broadband. Shocking. He had it downloading TV during most of the lectures at 110kB/s.

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