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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Symbian 3 impressions

Even though it was shadowed by the release of Android 2.2 Froyo, Windows Phone 7 and Bada at this year's MWC, Nokia released their new OS, Symbian^3. The first smartphone to wear the new S^3 suite is gonna be the new Nokia N-series flagship, the N8, which apparently will also be the last N-series Symbian powered device.

The Nokia N8

The video shown by Nokia at MWC 2010 demoing the S^3 unveils a multi-touch capable platform, with a multi page widgetized homescreen, which is a step forward for Nokia.

However, the S^3 user interface looks and feels like an overhauled version of the old S60v5. Maybe the OS behind the UI has been rewritten, but the user experience on S^3 won't be much improved compared with the S60v5 user experience(multiple homescreens aside).

Nokia fanboys may claim that it's a revolutionary OS, but it's not. S^3 is so far behind Android it can't even see it's antennas.