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Round Up of the Best Symbian Smartphones

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 5/20/2011

This is a list of the top 5 Symbian smartphones by Nokia. The list includes the Nokia N8, Nokia E72, Nokia X6, Nokia N97 (N97 Mini) and the Nokia N86.

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    Symbian as an OS has been stagnating for a long time. Nokia is trying hard to make it compete with the Android and iOS platform phones but somehow it always falls short. There are three main versions of Symbian now: S60 v3 OS9.x for standard phones, S60 v5 for touchscreen phones and Symbian ^3 for Nokia's newest touchscreen phones.

    Nokia has officially announced that it will be moving its whole high end smartphone lineup to the MeeGo platform after the release of the Nokia N8, the sole Symbian ^3 smartphone. Android is undoubtedly the biggest threat to the existence of the Symbian platform. Check out our list of the Top 10 Android Smartphones

    This is a list of the top 5 Symbian smartphones in existence today (some of them haven't been released yet but will be launching soon).

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    1. Nokia N8

    nokia-n8 The Nokia N8 is the ultimate Symbian smartphone. It runs the new Symbian ^3 OS and sports the best in hardware. It has a 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. It has an ARM 11 680 MHz processor, a 3D Graphics accelerator and 256 MB RAM. The highlight of the phone is the excellent 12 MP camera with autofocus, Xenon flash and a Carl Zeiss lens which can take shots at a resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels. It can capture 720p video at 25 FPS. It also has a secondary video call camera.

    It has all the connectivity options: GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with UPnP and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP as well as a GPS transceiver with A-GPS and Ovi Maps 3.0. It has microUSB connectivity with direct USB support, you can connect a USB drive directly to the phone to copy the files. Besides that, it is one of the best phones when it comes to multimedia playback.

    Check out the Nokia N8 Preview.

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    2. Nokia E72

    nokia-e72 The Nokia E72 is one of my favorite QWERTY phones. It is the successor to the highly popular Nokia E71 and has excellent hardware specs. It has a 2.36 inch TFT display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. It comes with Symbian OSv9.3 and runs on an ARM 11 600 MHz processor and 128 MB RAM. It has 250 MB internal memory and supports up to 16 GB microSD cards.

    In connectivity, it has GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g with UPnP and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP as well as microUSB connectivity. It comes with Nokia Messaging support for email access. It also has a GPS transceiver with A-GPS and Nokia Maps 3.0. It has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash which can capture VGA video at 15 FPS and a secondary video call camera.

    Check out the Nokia E72 Review.

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    3. Nokia X6

    nokia-x6 The Nokia X6 is one of the few Nokia touchscreen phones with a capacitive touchscreen display. It is a mid-range smartphone with a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. It has the S60v5 OS and is powered by an ARM 11 434 MHz processor and 128 MB RAM.

    It has GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g with UPnP and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. It also has GPS with Ovi Maps 3.0. It is quite good when it comes to multimedia playback and has a 5 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual LED flash and can record VGA video at 30 FPS. It has a secondary video call camera. It also has GPS with Ovi Maps 3.0.

    Check out the Nokia X6 Review.

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    4. Nokia N97 / N97 Mini

    nokia-n97-mini Both the Nokia N97 and N97 Mini are very good smartphones and have similar specs. The N97 has a slightly bigger 3.5 inch screen compared to the N97 Mini's 3.2 inch display and 32 GB internal memory compared to the N97 Mini's 8 GB. Other than that, both have the same hardware: ARM 11 434 MHz processor with 128 MB RAM, support for up to 16 GB memory cards.

    They also have a 5 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual LED flash and can record VGA video at 30 FPS. Like all the other phones, they also have a secondary camera for video calls. They have all the standard connectivity options too: GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g with UPnP and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP.

    Check out the Nokia N97 Mini Review.

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    5. Nokia N86

    nokia-n86 The Nokia N86 is a very good phone, it was the best camera phone back in the days when it was released. It runs on S60 v3 OS9.3 and has the ARM 11 434 MHz processor with 128 MB RAM. It has 8 GB internal memory with support for up to 16 GB microSD cards. It has a 2.6 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.

    It has an 8 MP camera with a wide Carl Zeiss lens and autofocus and dual LED flash and can record VGA video at 30 FPS. It sports all the connectivity options like all the phones in the list: GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g with UPnP and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP.

    Check out the Nokia N86 Review.