I am using Nokia Smartphones from 2006 my first handset was 6600 and i used it for few months and unfortunately it was stolen! I lost that phone and after 5 years i bought C6-01. The 1st generation Symbian^3 handset and i updated from sym^3 to anna but the OS was not so good. And the browser and gallery function didn't work properly. I waited for another os update and now it is symbian belle. Is belle really good than anna? I have a doubt and thats why i have not yet updated. Please help me and suggest me about the new belle OS.
"which isn't quite as impressive as the market leaders."
But who are you referring to? Nokia are the market leader. (And even on Symbian alone, it's always outsold Apple's entire phone sales.)
It's annoying that people have bought into the Apple press-release of comparing raw application counts - do Microsoft brag about how many millions of apps there are for Windows? The Apple count is vastly inflated by all the website-wrapper "apps" that every other website seems to offer. But anyone with a proper smartphone can just use the website. This also tells us nothing about quality or diversity - why is a platform with 10 fart apps better than one with just 2? As you say, even "just" 100,000 is more than anyone could download.
Any decent app I need, I've managed to find it for Symbian (e.g., the very excellent Swype - the only comparisons for Apple are so poor, you have to first type in the text, then copy and paste it to where you want the text to go!)
There is also the point that for Apple, you can only download from their "app store", where as on smartphone platforms like Symbian, you can download from anywhere. Indeed, this would explain the slower uptake - Nokia had to compete with long established already existing download portals. For Android, the Google store was in there from the start, and for Apple, they didn't allow any competition.
I don't see why it matters that this count includes multiple platforms - after all, we're comparing *stores* not platforms. If we were comparing platforms, then the software available for Symbian is more than that available on just Nokia's Ovi store.
Why this is important, if Symbian is DEAD, better change to windows marketplace.
Sorry but nokia is FULLY wrong and DEAD, i will buy today my android, not so open but yet more open than WP7 and IOS.
Symbian, Maemo and nokia NEVER MORE
well its the same conclusion with a market and even with iphone 3g you cant get every app but i guess this proves that windows phone is not a choice and that symbian shouldent be killed!
cnick, 23 Dec 2011100,000 Apps and 90% of them are ancient/bad/ outdated and from those 90% almost half of them ... more90% of apps on Android market are virus prone,have malware, tracker and have backdoor to steal your personal data also most of apps dont even work properly
cnick, 23 Dec 2011My point is Ovi( or Nokia or something) store is outdated and junk. I don't own a Nokia bu... moreso you mean that cheap low quality apps available on Android market is better than one on OVI store LOL you must be fooling your self most of Android apps looks like a cheap copy of PC apps
Ross, 23 Dec 2011You could also say the same about Android or iOS app stores though, maybe even raise it to 95%... moreMy point is Ovi( or Nokia or something) store is outdated and junk.
I don't own a Nokia but even if i'd own one i'd say same thing. I could be fooled by a marketing campaign or a design if I want to but I'm not idiot or blind to never see the bads. If you compare Apple Store/ Android Store with Something Store that makes you a hater ... or stupidly unfair or blind.
Well this is a unfair comparison as with android and nokia store the app quantity limit reach time used is from 0 apps to 100,000 where for apple app store the time taken is stated from 50,000 to 100,000 which is half the app quantity! Hence this is unfair comparison and unfair to nokia and android store!
cnick, 23 Dec 2011100,000 Apps and 90% of them are ancient/bad/ outdated and from those 90% almost half of them ... moreYou could also say the same about Android or iOS app stores though, maybe even raise it to 95%. So what's your point hater?
For Nokia, regarding Apps long way to go if we compare with Apple and Android. But still it seems Nokia will fight back with good smartphones in the market.
It's good that you love your symbian... I don't. But I love my Android, and now my WP7 which I started using via the HTC Radar I bought a week ago. Havn't tried iOS yet but it looks ok to me too.
Lumia is just like any another Windows phone with the Nokia sticker pasted on it. What have we seen from Windows all the way to 6.5 that will make us believe 7 will beat iOS or android? So far, it's just lots of new bells and whistles. Symbian still has a lot of potential and a loyal market comfortable with the OS. Nokia going any other way, whether it's Meego or Windows (or even open-source android) means it's a new phone yet to prove itself. A 5-8 year Symbian user is forced to start learning again from scratch.
I stopped using Nokia a few years ago but I'm planning to go back because of the Windows Phone 7 Lumia line. So I wonder how much of the 100K apps is accessible with the Lumia WP7 phones?
Arif, 22 Dec 2011To be honest, considering that all these apps are divided into s40, s60, s80, s^3, and MeeGo (... moreI have got a S60 and i can't access many apps too. Talking about the 100,000 apps... we need to divide it by a factor of 6-10.
cnick, 23 Dec 2011Brand isn't bad ... decisions are. Thinking about Nokia Store, can't be compared with Android ... moreMaybe Nokia wants RIM patents, I don't know, is strange Microsoft is lurking around RIM too, those two have something in their hands...
The Boy with Red Hat, 22 Dec 2011Noia will have some interesting moves, looks like Nokia want to buy RIM and other two brands a... moreBrand isn't bad ... decisions are. Thinking about Nokia Store, can't be compared with Android if we remove a lot of junk apps(wich made trough because badly to no filtering to catch up Apple on apps number)
Talking about hardware, Nokia will buy RIM, dig a hole in their pocket, sink and then Microsoft will happily acquire them and ... the end of Nokia .
Anonymous, 22 Dec 2011windows phone is a dead platform. to be fair n900, maemo, n9 have it own repositories, out... moreLooking at Symbian(or Nokia Os, I heard ?! ) and Meego Os launched dead with his first(and last) phone Windows Mobile it's not so dead. With a few tweaks it could be actually quite good.