Category: Symbian

Steve Litchfield ventures into the world of GPRS

It was somewhat telling that both my Lumia 800 and my Galaxy Nexus, both with ‘2012’ operating systems and both with limited internal storage (16GB) were somewhat crippled in terms of how I’d normally use their interfaces and functions in the absence of even moderate speed data…  But it was left to my Nokia 808, running the relatively ancient Symbian OS, with its data and battery efficiencies, with its internal 16GB mass memory, plus (in my case) 32GB microSD, to provide me with (sideloaded) movies, music, maps and more on my travels. All About Windows Phone.

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Nokia and Symbian’s biggest issue in one simple quote

Lee Williams via CNet. When I was at Nokia and we shipped a Symbian product and it was bad, in its worst incarnation we knew that if we just flipped the switch, we could move 2.5 to three million units — overnight, no matter how bad the product. That was Nokia. That was Nokia’s brand, we knew we could count on that. The problem is you can only pull that trick once before the networks see the customer feedback. 24 months later, all those customers looking to buy another smartphone on contract… didn’t buy a Nokia.

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Symbian Belle is dead… long live Nokia Belle

Nokia sneaked this one out via a blog post – we’ll not hear of Symbian Belle again, it’s getting a rebrand as Nokia Belle. The all new Nokia Belle (previously Symbian Belle) user interface will soon be available for download to some existing smartphones and begin shipping with a selection of smartphones that are already on the market. Of course the phones will still be Symbian smartphones, it’s just that they’ll be called Symbian smartphones running Nokia Belle. More from Rafe (on the increasingly wonderfully named All About Symbian) and myself (on Forbes).

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is the Belle of the mobile world being forgotten?

It’s not all Windows Phone at Nokia, as Steve looks at the Symbian Belle powered 701 in the latest AAS review: The second of the (native) Symbian Belle smartphones to be reviewed here, the Nokia 701 takes a huge amount of cues from the year old C7, which is its direct ancestor. The changes (there are more than you might think, especially if you’ve scanned other sites’ cursory 701 once-overs) are mostly all positive, though some will be a little sad to see AMOLED not in the picture. An (admittedly improved) EDoF camera remains a controversial choice, but camera-aside, the

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The Symbian side of Nokia World

Steve has put together a great overview of Nokia World from the point of view of Symbian. Yes the big news, the headlines, and the punditry went to the Windows Phone range of Lumia devices, and the long term strategy of emerging markets got some well deserved keynote time, but what about Symbian? Elsewhere at Nokia World, there was plenty of Symbian if you looked, in amongst the higher profile Windows Phone handsets. Not least because of the sheer number of attendees with N8s and E7s, plus all the Nokia staffers equipped with C701s, reading the NFC tags on each

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