Originally Posted by sixor
using the same cpu with no gpu as old phones, with a bigger screen, less ram, lol, i have it and that thing is lag king
RIP symbian the best real multitask OS, not even my nexus4 has real multitask (it pauses apps), lol, i remember iphone1 had no multitask
blackberry was in diapers as a smartphone,
n82 n95 were the golden era, but nokia became too greddy, launching 5800 n97 with the same cpu, little ram lol, outdated GUI, no gpu, come on, it was mean to die
and n8 was a great cam phone, but come on, nokia betrayed everyone going windows, the forgot to update phones, 5800 never had the n97 c6 widgets (only by CFW)
There's still nothing that does multitasking on a phone as well as Symbian. The problem is that there usually isn't much to multitask with, because of the lack of useful applications. One time that I did was purely by accident; I'd started several apps on the Nokia E7 during the course of the day and never shut any of them back off. That night, when I did need to switch between two that I had running, I hit the button to bring up the carousel and discovered that about a dozen apps were running, on a phone with just 256MB of RAM. Impressively, it hadn't brought the whole thing down.
I never thought the hardware was that much of a problem. The microkernel-based design of Symbian means it can run well on much weaker hardware than you would ever want to try running iOS or Android on. The problem was that they didn't bother updating the platform until it was way too late. The original Symbian^3 was a nightmare on modern devices, and by the time they had a competitive UI with Belle, they were eons behind Apple and more than a year behind Android. Plus, even Belle isn't user-friendly enough to meet everyone else's "even a trained monkey can use it" standard. We won't even get into how complicated that the older S60 could be; I still use my old Nokia E5 (S60v3) as a digital camera and MP3 player.
I think there's still plenty of life left in my E7, but eventually I'm certain it will become too dated and unsupported to continue using. Have no idea what I'll switch to then. I'm hoping that Tizen or FirefoxOS gives us a truly open, viable alternative to Apple, Google, or Microsoft.