Operating System - iOS Vs Symbianˆ3
While Symbianˆ3 has been a hotly anticipated addition to the operating system family in 2010, it hasn't really lived up to the hype. Apart from speed improvements, very little else has been improved upon, and the web browser is still clunky. So little is thought of Symbianˆ3 that Sony Ericsson are dropping the Symbian OS for any of their future releases, opting instead for Android. Nokia signed a deal in mid Feb 2011, with Windows Phone, to be their operating system of choice on future Nokia handsets too.
iOS is very rigid and may not suit everyone, but it is widely respected, and is something that many users will already be familiar with from using their iPod Touch, and is extremely intuitive and easy to use. It's also very easy to keep more than one program running at once, which is still fiddly on the latest Symbian OS despite the improvements.
iOS 4.2 also brings with it the new addition "Find my Phone", recognizing that people regularly lose their phone, as well as offering several solutions if it is taken without your permission. Once set-up you can find where your phone is on a map, display a message on the screen, and even remotely wipe all your data and initiate a passcode lock.
AirPlay and AirPrint are new features to the iPhone; AirPlay can utilize the iPhone 4 for streaming digital media to your Apple TV, which is something the N8 can definitely not bring to the table, with AirPrint enabling simple printing of anything on your phone to a printer, wirelessly.
Nokia has made integrated social networking easier with Symbianˆ3, bringing Twitter, Facebook and the like together in one application, with the ability to upload pics instantly. You can also now personalize your own widgets for your homescreen (in fact you can have up to 3 different homescreens - one for work, one for play, one for pics etc), which allows a certain amount of freedom that the iOS doesn't offer.
Please continue to Page 2, for more Nokia N8 vs iPhone 4 battles, including who wins the final war.