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

In pursuit of my ideal mobile OS…

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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.

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  1. Keep searching, but I can assure you that you will never find it because the day you do, life will become very boring. It means everything working the way you want it with nothing to look forward to. Even though your work gets done to your satisfaction, you will always want more.

    Remember your excitement at playing with the N9 for the first time? All that has gone with the wind. There will always be something to complain about. When all you desire in a smartphone now are taken care of, Apple, Google or Microsoft will start working on a technology that will receive and interpret your thought and act on it before you could move a limb.

  2. But these devices are about the worst case of pausing and lagging in the smartphone universe.

    if that is all the problem there is with this one (for you), this looks like your best alternative.

    But Symbian is dead, and while Belle is a lovely iteration of Symbian, Nokia keeps sending mixed signals about its future.

    How about sticking with it UNTIL it is actually buried?

    Some of us still believe in
    ‘resurrection’ after the insurrection by Elop @ Nokia. Only God is immutable!

  3. I’m waiting for you to complain when you get a Windows Phone. There is no perfect OS, you use what works for you.

    And stick with it until you’re bored again.

  4. noni,

    I’m waiting for you to complain when you get a Windows Phone.

    You’re late. i already owned two Windows Phone devices many months back – HTC HD7 and HTC 7 Mozart. Splendid devices too. Prefered the HD7’s larger display though.

  5. @Mr Mobility I’m aware that you’ve owned Windows Phones, however I don’t get the impression you’ve owned them as long as you have others.

    Let me re-phrase: I’m waiting for you to have your Windows Phone for extended period of time and then, when you get bored of/frustrated with it, swap back and forth with another device.

  6. Noni,

    @Mr Mobility I’m aware that you’ve owned Windows Phones, however I don’t get the impression you’ve owned them as long as you have others.

    I get bored of most phones within weeks. Very few devices have been able to keep a hold of me, the Nokia 9500 Communicator, Samsung i780 pocket PC, Nokia E90 Communicator, Nokia N8, and Nokia E7 being the top ones. Basically, they were Symbian/Belle and Windows mobile devices – a fact which corroborates the point I made in my article. I didn’t root for Windows Phone in my article, so I am not sure of the point you are driving at 🙂

    All other devices that I have owned besides these five – all 75 others of them – were less satisfying and hardly ever lasted significantly beyond the review periods (except there were financial constraints). Both the HD7 and 7 Mozart were with me for over a month each, which is about the average that a smartphone is with me unless it really floats my boat and I choose to keep it.

    Which brings me to an omission in the article – Windows Mobile was another OS that did it for me. Miss it too!

  7. With the current offerings, I have given up on that pursuit. So, for now, I carry 2 devices with 3 operating systems. The windows mobile side of my HD2 and the blackberry handle productivity while the android side of the HD2 handles entertainment.

  8. I guess i will stick with symbian for a long time. Maybe till we have a platform that can truly replace it. Symbian still rules. But this days the apps on symbian are getting boring. If i have to move on without a new OS, its definitely android. But mr mobility why Tizen? U are not considering BB10 at all???

  9. we just choose whatever works for the moment and move on to another wow device when available. Though I use android, I wish data and battery hog could be less. Before moving on to android from windows mobile, I search for that perfect OS. Guess there is nothing like that. Thought WP will wow me in 2012, but they are not playing catch up anymore but going backwards.

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