Symbian has been popular with users, but the popularity has declined sharply in last 7 quarters and so the market share. Symbian (Nokia) because of its low score on technical architecture is competing badly against the Android open source architecture. Symbian is alone (Nokia) against a team of players (Google, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, SE, LG, etc.) for Android. Our team did some research and here, we are listing the benefits of high end Android OS over the high end Symbian OS (same range handsets) as perceived my users / experts.
Why is Andriod Better than Symbian?
- High processing power based on modern processors: Androids use modern processors like Cortex-A8 based processors which deliver a much better performance than Symbians with Arm 11 CPUs.
- Screen resolution: Androids use higher screen resolutions with 800(854)x480 compared to Symbians (640×360). This allows more details to be displayed on screen, which is especially handy with web browsing.
- Memory: Android phones generally have more memory space. 512MB RAM is normal for Androids while Symbians have 256MB RAM. “Out of memory” messages still pop out more often in Symbian phones as compared to Android.
- Customization and User Interface (UI): Androids offer huge customization of home screens, menus, launchers, widgets. It has been pointed out by many analysts that Nokia UI is not modern enough to compete with Android/iOS.
- Multiple Home Screens: Most of the Android phones come with the multiple home screen capabilities but only few Symbian phones which are powered with the latest Symbian 3 operating system come with multiple home screens like Nokia C7, Nokia N8 and Nokia E7 smart phones.
- Applications: On comparing, Android Market place has better set of applications. A perfect blend of choice and quality of application are available in the android market. High quality gaming (Nvidia’s Tegra Zone – owners of Android Tegra 2 devices can enjoy high quality gaming) is an advantage with Android.
- Web Browser: The Android stock browser is the most popular, starting form Android 2.2, it can support Adobe 10.1 full flash, which enables full browsing experience, enables flash video streaming and playing flash games from websites.
- Platform Updates: With Google’s Android one can literally easily change the firmware, but it is thelimitation with the Nokia phones. Android updates are very easy to install. Most Android-powered smartphones shipped with either v1.5 or v1.6 pre-installed, are being upgraded to the newer v2.0+ upgrade.
- Adding features like on-screen keyboards: Features like on screen keyboards, installing virtual keyboards on android platform from Gingerbread, Froyo, Swype, Honeycomb etc… is very easy for Android, but is a limitation for Symbian.
- Applications Store: Android has grown 544% in 2010, while Symbian OVI Store has grown 258% in 2010. The number of applications is also much higher in Android Market (200,000) compared to OVI (40,000).