It has been a long road for me and the OS formerly known as Symbian. It was Ericsson who first woke up my love for smartphones with the R380s back in 2002. From that time till now, I have churned through a total of 15 Symbian/Belle smartphones. Here’s my list:
- Ericsson R380s (December 2002)
- Nokia 9210 communicator
- Sony Ericsson P800
- Nokia 9500 communicator (April 2005)
- Nokia E61 (August 2006)
- Nokia E61i (July 2007)
- Sony Ericsson P990i (January 2008)
- Sony Ericsson P1i (February 2008)
- Nokia E90 communicator (October 2008)
- Nokia E75 (June 2009)
- Nokia E5 (August 2010)
- Nokia N8 (November 2010)
- Nokia E7 (March 2011)
- Nokia 701 (December 2011)
- Nokia 808 PureView (October 2012)
With the arrival of Windows Phone 8 with most of the features that I have been asking for, it is time to close the Symbian/Belle chapter of my mobile adventures.
I firmly believe that the amazing Nokia 808 PureView will be my last true love from Belle OS. Why? This is the last and greatest Belle flagship smartphone. Even if there is another Belle smartphone released after this, I doubt that it will be a flagship. Trust me, the 808 will be hard to beat by any non-flagship. As such, I am almost certain that this will be my last Nokia Belle device.
From here on, my mobile heartthrob shall be the elegant Windows Phone 8. While it doesn’t yet offer everything that Symbian/Belle was known for, what it brings to the table is more than impressive enough. For me, the clean, uncluttered, distinctive UI is a winner anyday and got me hooked from the beginning. The top-notch integration of social networks is another. But now, Windows Phone also offers the following:
- Internal memory expandable via microSD card slot
- USB Mass Storage mode
- DivX/XviD video support
- Bluetooth file transfers
- Superb web browser
My first Windows Phone smartphone was the HTC HD7 (January 2011), and the only other WP smartphone that I have owned after that is the HTC 7 Mozart (February 2011). After those two, I have stayed away from Windows Phone till now because of the gross limitations of versions 7 and 7.5. But WP8 is a different beast entirely that totally floats my boat, and that is likely to become my adopted mobile platform.
Of course, you do know that as a mobile addict, I will keep playing with and reviewing devices from other platforms. But for my personal day-to-day use, Windows Phone 8 is it for me. That is, as soon as Microsoft ensures that the I can make purchases from the WP Store.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.