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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.


Man I wish someone would make a modern phone with that type of slide out qwert. I'm sick and tired of fiddling around on an all touch phone. Writing is just so slow and uncomfortable.
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My friend had an N95 and I had...nothing but a brick of a Nokia phone. I was in awe...now he has an iPhone and I am soon to get a new Android...no longer in awe.
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Man I wish someone would make a modern phone with that type of slide out qwert. I'm sick and tired of fiddling around on an all touch phone. Writing is just so slow and uncomfortable.
It's why I keep using the E7. There's nothing like it anywhere; the hardware and build quality are just outstanding. If Nokia would make the same phone, with uprated CPU, GPU, and RAM to properly run WP8 (and something better than a 1200 mAH battery!), I'd probably buy it even though I'm not a big fan of WP8. I never even cared to use the touch keyboard until I got the beta version of Swype 2 from Nokia Labs; it never went gold because Nokia put Symbian out to pasture, but you can still get it.

Ironically, a lot of friends who have checked out the phone love it, and have even asked where they could get one. Then I have to explain to them that it's not an Android phone and can't run 99 percent of the apps that are out there, and the only decent social media app for Symbian costs $10. (Are you listening, Nokia? Make an updated E-series communicator, even if you have to put WP8 on it!)

I never appreciated the phone so much as I did one morning a few months ago, when I arrived late to a county commissioners' meeting (my "day job" is as a newspaper editor, and I cover events from time to time as well), and there was no place to set up a laptop. I just popped out the E7, started QuickOffice on it, and used the phone like a mini-laptop, emailing the copy to my office when the meeting ended. I'm sure everyone in there thought I was just texting the whole meeting and not paying attention, or if they got a good look at the device, wondered what in the heck I was using to type on. I've never seen another person using this phone, although I know it was sold in the USA.

I'm glad there are a few other people still using Symbian phones here. I wondered if I was the last holdout.
     
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I still have my N95 8GB version (though I preferred my original N95), good times cool.gif
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It's why I keep using the E7. There's nothing like it anywhere; the hardware and build quality are just outstanding. If Nokia would make the same phone, with uprated CPU, GPU, and RAM to properly run WP8 (and something better than a 1200 mAH battery!), I'd probably buy it even though I'm not a big fan of WP8. I never even cared to use the touch keyboard until I got the beta version of Swype 2 from Nokia Labs; it never went gold because Nokia put Symbian out to pasture, but you can still get it.

Ironically, a lot of friends who have checked out the phone love it, and have even asked where they could get one. Then I have to explain to them that it's not an Android phone and can't run 99 percent of the apps that are out there, and the only decent social media app for Symbian costs $10. (Are you listening, Nokia? Make an updated E-series communicator, even if you have to put WP8 on it!)

I never appreciated the phone so much as I did one morning a few months ago, when I arrived late to a county commissioners' meeting (my "day job" is as a newspaper editor, and I cover events from time to time as well), and there was no place to set up a laptop. I just popped out the E7, started QuickOffice on it, and used the phone like a mini-laptop, emailing the copy to my office when the meeting ended. I'm sure everyone in there thought I was just texting the whole meeting and not paying attention, or if they got a good look at the device, wondered what in the heck I was using to type on. I've never seen another person using this phone, although I know it was sold in the USA.

I'm glad there are a few other people still using Symbian phones here. I wondered if I was the last holdout.

Yeah an new E-series would be awesome. Currently the Nokia N900 running Maemo 5 is probably about as good as it gets. My friend has one and man its a cool phone.




And then there was the developer only Nokia N950 running MeeGo 1.2 "Harmattan"



Now that phone was pure awesomeness. Again why on earth did nokia abandoned MeeGo. So much wasted potential.


I have been ready to upgrade form my current symbian phone for quite some time but there is literally not a single phone that fulfills what I want from my next phone.
    
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BTW if you didn't hear, microsoft will be using meego influenced os in their coming nokia phones.

Nokia did'nt support meego at all. They put such a great os on such a poor phone. The n9 wasn't even up to par compared to the competition when they released it.
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Man I wish someone would make a modern phone with that type of slide out qwert. I'm sick and tired of fiddling around on an all touch phone. Writing is just so slow and uncomfortable.

Try and find a n950 on the meamo site or second hand. Then load jolla on it. You'll be very happy I think.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N950
Edited by connectwise - 6/19/13 at 3:48pm
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Here is my knowledge of mobile phones - i didn't even know what Symbian was !

And the best one without all the bells and whistles was that rubberized nokia - a phone that you could drop but bounce back into your pocket, a phone, not a computer, not a camera not a ... biggrin.gif
I believe that's a 5210. The first time I saw it, you open the case vertically, unlike almost every phone that you just need to remove the back cover. biggrin.gif


I completely missed my old N97 (s60v5). Good times, good times indeed.
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BTW if you didn't hear, microsoft will be using meego influenced os in their coming nokia phones.

Nokia did'nt support meego at all. They put such a great os on such a poor phone. The n9 wasn't even up to par compared to the competition when they released it.
Try and find a n950 on the meamo site or second hand. Then load jolla on it. You'll be very happy I think.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N950
The only problem is, for the prices I've seen for a second-hand N950, it ought to be made out of gold. And can you actually make SailfishOS (the Jolla operating system) run and be fully functional on one, anyway?

I still wish they'd just make a new phone in that form factor and just run WP8 on it
     
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Anyone else besides me read sybian at first?

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I totally misread that title as R.I.P. Sybian.
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