Dayo and I were hosted to lunch yesterday at Nokia West Africa, where we got a chance to play with a pre-production model of the Nokia E6 running the much-anticipated Symbian Anna firmware.
We came off from the playtime with very good impressions of the OS and theUI. Symbian Anna feels fresh, breezier, faster and more user-friendly compared to the current firmware running on say the N8 and E7.
I am a mobile web enthusiast and so was particular about the browser. Simply put, we are able to say that the new browser is faster and easier to use.
Nokia Conversations published an article on this very subject, and I can verify that the article describes the new Symbian browser accurately. A few points:
- Streamlined UI – removal of the double layer of icons at the bottom of the browsing window (see image above), and has instead replaced them with a small back arrow that is always on show and an options icon that can call up various different tasks such as bookmarks, history or the exit button. That makes for some extra room up top to include a convenient address bar for easy URL typing and web searching.
- Most operations take one less click than previously, with ‘back’ only requiring a single tap.
- Greater compatibility with HTML 5 with a score of 111 out of 400 in an industry HTML5 test. (The old 7.2 version scored 29 in this test).
- Implementation of split-screen typing view mode and with a portrait Qwerty keyboard makes typing in URLs and keywords in the address bar a lot easier for touchscreen devices
- Multiple window support – You can open a new empty window from the Window menu or open a link in a new window with a long press.
- URL auto completion.
- Improved fonts
- Ability to copy a link from the site onto your clipboard for using somewhere else – Long pressing on a link will open up a new menu that allows you to copy that link or to open it in a new window
- Double tap on the screen to re-render page to fit the screen.
Read Nokia Conversations’ New Nokia Browser faster and easier to use.