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.
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.