What’s better – Symbian or Android?

I’m contemplating the Nokia N8 or the HTC Desire. What do people think about Symbian vs Android?

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 24, 2011 at 18:49

oh my... Before this turns into a fanboi/troll battle: please tell us what you want to use the phone for most!?
"best" is so subjective!
In many regards Android beats Symbian and its current king, the N8. But if camera, email and total connectivity are your thing and you want a mega-sturdy device, then the N8 is possibly for you.
Now it's your turn - quick ;)

marcoP  Mar. 24, 2011 at 18:52

Just want to do the normal stuff really. Camera and email are fairly important.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 24, 2011 at 19:12

Well, the N8 has beyond any quibbling the best camera this side of a digital camera.

It has better battery life than any Android device I used - and I used a few.
It has USB-on-the-go, which means you can connect usb pendrives for file exchange.
It has hdmi-out - watch your vids, pictures, games etc in high quality on a big TV screen.
The email client is much more feature-rich than Android's. Antenna is very good - I got 3G and wifi where very few phones managed to get more than edge.
It has free sat-nav for life - and maps are stored on the device, so no charges for data use. And then some.

The Desire has a faster smoother UI, a better browser (though you get Opera Mobile for the N8), and shedloads of apps in the market. And the screen's a tad bigger, but the N8's screen is better in sunlight - which os good for such a good camera phone.
So, due to the faster OS and smoother UI the Desire is certainly more 'fun' to use. But if I had to choose now, I'd pay for an N8 rather than a Desire.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 24, 2011 at 20:41

Little PS - it's worth noting (pricewise) that the N8 ships with the HDMI/TV-out adapter, the usb-otg connector. Many Android devices with similar features charge you extra for those accessories. Also, though the Nokia qwerty is a bit sucky, Swype is free for all Symbian ^3 handsets. It works rather well.
Only in portrait does the Desire kick Nokia-butt - the N8 only has a standard 3x4 keypad in portrait mode. Good enough for a quick sms, but longer texts are strictly in landscape only imho.


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