I will try to keep this rant very short. It is a rant about my discontent with the present crop of mobile platforms.
I love Android for its versatility, but can’t stand the fact that it is a resource hog. Plus, so far, I find it ugly.
I love iOS for its fine UI, but cannot live with its closed system. This is my very same issue with Windows Phone – it is just too closed.
BlackBerry is not so locked down, and I love those hardware QWERTY keyboards. But these devices are about the worst case of pausing and lagging in the smartphone universe.
Symbian was the middle ground – like the point of compromise – for all the pros and cons of all the above-mentioned platforms. It was very open, did not lag as much as BlackBerry does, had a sizeable quantity of apps, and didn’t hog data like Android does.
Symbian offered it all without shining best at any. You get the idea. It gave me everything I wanted without driving me nuts about any one thing. But Symbian is dead, and while Belle is a lovely iteration of Symbian, Nokia keeps sending mixed signals about its future.
I need to be delivered from all these other ‘extreme’ platforms. I need some sanity. I need a replacement middle-ground mobile OS to take Symbian’s place. Tizen? Still in the works, and only God knows what it will bring. Bada? Too niche. WebOS? Duh!
What next? Over to you.