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What's with the hate for S^3?

by jvanhou    Sep 14, 2010, 8:59 PM

After reading the tab for Symbian^3 in this report, I've got to wonder - what's with the hate for S^3? Did some not-so-friendly Nokia staffer take out his angst about losing OPK and Anssi on you?
Seriously... the points made against S^3 in the article are very weak:

1) Widgets aren't as customizable as Android:

I wouldn't say that... having widgets that fit on the screen at a uniform size and shape, I'd call that clean and organized. Sure, you can litter your homescreen(s) with every widget under the sun in Android (heck, I've done it with Maemo on my n900), but I actually like having some built-in constraints to make things easier. Point is, the info presented on the widgets is there, in the widget... does it matter that the weather widget takes up a quarter of your screen to show a raincloud that you could see in 1/6th of your screen?

2) Icon Grid is "barren" and "ugly", no "flash" or "dazzle":

Wow... were you really disappointed that the icon view was (gasp!) a table of icons, or were you short on your word count for the article and felt you needed to rip on one of the most basic elements of any UI? Don't worry, there's a fix for that, it's called "themes"... S^3 has support for them via Carbide 2.0, and there will be plenty to fill the void of eye candy that you're missing. Razz

3) You have to dig for everything, nothing is intuitive:

OK... I'll spot you a point there, as Symbian does have a slight learning curve, especially when trying to modify certain settings, but the examples you site are really lame. How do you close apps? Try Options - Exit... been like that for a while now (or close them from the multitasking "Open Apps" view - yeah, I said multitasking, that new thing that Apple invented Twisted Evil ). How [do] I find the dialpad? Umm... the Call button, maybe? I saw it pressed a few times in the E7 and C7 videos, and Boom! (as Jobs would say), there's the dialpad! How do I see which apps are open? In the barren, ugly Icon Grid... you see those little circles next to some apps? Yup, they're OPEN! Guess that grid has some use to it... or, for you multitaskers Wink , hold down the menu button, and up pops your open apps! Kinda like the incredibly intuitive Alt-Escape key combo on Blackberry Rolling Eyes . Let's face it, ALL phone OS's take a little time to learn, and Android (as with iOS, webOS, Blackberry OS, Maemo) is NOT perfectly intuitive from the get-go - otherwise, I wouldn't have to "touch the green android to get started" Very Happy .

"I did not spend much time with these phones, less than a half hour with each..."

No kidding. You're able to draw a conclusive, detailed opinion about an OS that you already "didn't expect much of an improvement over Symbian S60 5th edition", and one that is based on an OS that you apparently don't use on a regular basis (I'm inferring this since you'd probably already know how to close an app on Symbian if you use it).

"...in his keynote address at Nokia World, Anssi Vanjoki took shots at journalists and bloggers who dismissed Symbian^3 after only seeing the phone's dashboard, without looking under the hood."

And I'm sure he was looking right at you. I appreciate PhoneScoop's reviews and insights; I've been a lurker on this site for ages, but it's this kind of reporting that I tire of. I know it's fashionable to bash Nokia since their US marketshare is weak, but let's see a proper in-depth review when you have a retail unit in your hands (so you can bash it after putting some time into it) Eh? .

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