Upfront: when next you are tempted to say, “But So-and-So phone does the same thing as that phone does“, please resist the tempation. Until you have actually used a device/platform in the same way as has been described by someone, you do not know whether or not things square out. The joke might just be on you.
There has been so much noise about Android and the devices that run on that platform. Of recent, Dayo and I have been opportuned to use two Android devices intensively – the Galaxy Tab and the HTC Desire HD.
On paper and at first appearance, it didn’t seem that there was any incompetence on the part of those devices. That was until we got working with them.
Attaching Files to Email
The Galaxy Tab could not attach a 19MB PDF file in an outgoing mail. It kept responding that the file size exceeded the maximum limit.
Odd, but the Desire HD handled the same file without any issues. Why the disparity in performance in two devices running Android v2.2?
Also, with tablets being pushed as netbook replacements for some categories of users, why such a silly limitation? Also, one would have expected the Desire HD to have that limitation, if at all, and not the Tab.
Need I say that the Nokia N8 – widely maligned as “underpowered and dated” – has had no problems with email attachements of any size that we have ever thrown at it?
Copying Text in Email
We received a mail and needed to copy some portion of it for pasting elsewhere. For the life of the two of us, the Galaxy Tab offered us no such option to copy the text we needed.
While the Desire HD allowed us to copy text in the text editing section, the option did not exist in the body of forwarded mails.
In one instance, I had to pop out my Symbian-powered Nokia N8 to retrieve the mail, copy the needed section and paste into the required website, then load the website on the Desire HD to complete the editing. Duh.
Excuse me, but why should we have two super-duper Android 2.2 devices in our hands and ever need to look for something else in order to be able to copy text from a forwarded email?
Yes; Android has copy-and-paste but certainly not in the superb way in which it is integrated on Symbian or even BlackBerry. We have not had one situation in which we could not copy text on a BlackBerry device.
Till date, no mobile platform meets my mobile computing needs like Symbian does. If I wanted a superb user interface without lots nof functionality or features, I’d give my cash for a WindowsPhone device. In my opinion, it is the best mobile UI out there for now. But if I want devices that do everything that I need, the logical platform is Symbian. In this regard, iOS doesn’t cut it for me. Android does not either. While BlackBerry (at least the Torch 9800) does, the unreliable BIS from our network providers simply mean its no good either.
PS: I keep wondering; BIS is a business-centric service. Why are our networks unable to provide the kind of reliability that business users need?
It is the versatility of Symbian that will see me upgrading to the Nokia E7 as soon as it hits our shores. The 4.0-inch display and QWERTY keyboard are strong attractions for me. And I am likely to continually give my vote to Symbian till other platforms meet up in terms of versatility, or till Symbian is certified dead.