A MOBILITY regular asked me the following question earlier yesterday:
What is a good, non data-chopping smartphone you can buy for someone who can’t tear themselves away from Symbian – and someone not massive hand size like your 1520?
Truth be told, I had given some thought to this in recent times, and my answer didn’t require too much thought. I replied, “Nokia X or XL.” She is quite familiar with the smartphone terrain herself – a mobile propeller head like myself. So, I wasn’t surprised when she responded with, “I was thinking that.”
App Sizes and Updates
One of the factors that gave Symbian OS and legacy BlackBerry OS their data consumption edge was that the apps had small footprints. They were small in size, so frequent app updates didn’t eat up a lot of data. X-specific apps curated by Nokia have a smaller footprint than standard Android apps.
Data consumption on the X has also been on the moderate side. This is especially pronounced if you do a lot of web browsing; the default Nokia browser does very good data compression. Sure, one can install third party browsers on any other smartphone platform to achieve similar results, but most average users do not replace built-in default apps, giving the X that edge.
Still, the jury is out on the choice that the enquirer and I have agreed on. If the above question was put to you, what would be your answer? In terms of “data-chopping,” what smartphone would you recommend to someone who is still stuck on Symbian in 2014?
Creator of MobilityArena, foremost mobile phone reviewer, historian, tech blogger, Yomi has been in web and mobile since 2001, and has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android and iOS operating systems.