“You went back to this your Belle…in 2013!”

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Nokia 808 PureView

I know that it is more in vogue to carry around a Samsung Galaxy S III or Note II, HTC One X or X+, Apple iPhone 5, Lumia 920, and the like these days. I remember tweeting about doing something on the Nokia 808 PureView about a week or two ago, and someone responding, “How do you even manage to use it?” Errrr… I just do.

Today, I was testing out Tweeties, a 3rd party Twitter app on the PureView and mentioned it. Here was a classic response from a good friend and long-time mobilista, Sola:

I do Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, email, web browsing, SMS, and lastly make calls. Basically, those are what the vast majority of smartphone owners do with their phones. Then, there are much more – LinkedIn, Maps & Navigation, awesome audio and video, super uber still photos and video recording, Calendar, Notes, Office apps, Bible apps, Weather, YouTube, YouTube downloads, Skype, Shazam, and Dictionary, among others.

Don’t throw app numbers at me; I have my needs met. Don’t tell me about the huge loss of market share; I have never been one to have a problem with standing out of the crowd. Performance wise, it still is a champ. Oh, and Harry keeps talking about having to manually set up Belle OS for internet use, but the joke has been on him. I’m not sure what century last he used one, but when I put in my SIM into the Pureview, the settings automatically show up and I am good to go. I NEVER have to manually configure it. I hope that Harry is reading this 😉

I currently use the Nokia 808 PureView as my daily smartphone, and it gets the job done nicely. So, I thought to ask this one question: What exactly is the problem with my using a Belle OS smartphone in 2013? Anyone have any idea?

14 comments

  1. Nothing wrong in my opinion. I still use my 5800 xpressmusic as my primary smartphone and it served me well.

  2. I am super enjoying my Belle on 808. I have used previous Symbian and I can assure you that its not the old Symbian most runaway Symbian users are used too.
    I do everything above on my phone plus make use of the FM transmitter practically every day.
    There is nothing wrong with Belle.

  3. Oh, and Harry keeps talking about having to manually set up Belle OS for internet use, but the joke has been on him. I’m not sure what century last he used one, but when I put in my SIM into the Pureview, the settings automatically show up and I am good to go. I NEVER have to manually configure it. I hope that Harry is reading this

    I think we all agreed that though Belle is still Symbian rebranded, when we use the term Symbian, we are generally referring to the older versions that were also marketed under the same name. This is also the approach I adopt and I usually make effort to use the term Symbian/Belle when I want to refer to the current Symbian rebranding and the older versions.

    Nothing is really wrong with Symbian/Belle, at least not in their core implementations as mobile operating systems and I certainly have no problem with Mr. Mo using them, but the problem is, I just cannot get my fixes in apps on these platforms because of their lack or poor ecosystem integration.

    Another huge turn off is that Nokia smartphones are simply overpriced just like Apple toys. Nokia hardwares of 2 to 4 years are still competing in price with current generation of smartphones from Android. I simply cannot buy such phones when better options are available, even though I know some of them are more capable than Apple toys.

  4. i briefly used a Belle device. while using it, I did not feel I was missing anything.

    having tried Android, however, I am in a good position to contrast.

    general ease of use is a strong plus for Android compared to Belle.

    then- the greater selection of third party apps is an irresistible attraction for me.

    however, I still miss the multitasking ability of Belle, compared to the shaky one on Android ~on lean resources.

    conclusively, I cannot imagine myself going back to using a Belle device.

    having driven a Lamborghini Diablo, why would I go back to a Kia Cerato?

  5. Lloolll.. Mr Mo…what brought about my response to your tweet didn’t actually start with you.

    A colleague of mine uses the Nokia C2-03. She wanted me to help her do somethings on it yesterday in the office but I couldn’t. The touch screen wasn’t responsive and there were times when I intended opening a particular app,but its the app icon next to it that will respond.It was just frustrating. Had to force her to buy the samsung galaxy Y Pro Duos and she was so glad she did. She wondered how she was able to put up with the Nokia device for the past 7months.

    I know you will say there are more capable symbian devices like your pureview. I updated a friend’s N8 to belle and still can’t compare it with our droids. It now has home screens with beautiful icons just like the droids but nothing as fluid as my droid. As a matter of fact,the N8 owner eventually upgraded to the s3. She has had enough of the age old symbian.

    Now back to your question, there is nothing wrong with your using the symbian phone. As long as it works for you. Its just that this is 2013,we have OSs that implement those functions better than as you have it on the symbian,which by the way was declared dead years ago.

    I see people sell off their symbian devices to purchase that of android,rim,iOS or even WP. But not the other way around.

  6. I still got my old workhouse E71, it does everything My Galaxy S2 does, tweet, browse,draft blog articles. To me it still serves most of the essential purposes one could need. am considering getting a replacement nokia device. maybe a E61 or any of the asha full touch devices.

  7. I use a Belle device. Nokia 603. And i dont miss anything. It works. Twitter apps gravity and tweetian is more than enough for tweeting. I have HD games, i have widgets and homescreens with shortcuts. So im not missing anything at all in my own opinion. I used a droid as my primary smartphone for three days. It was a bit smoother but on returning to Belle i dont feel like i missed anything special. I should get a samsung galaxy Y pro in few days. I will use it as my primary smartphone for a wee while the Nokia will be for movies, games and calls. Let’s see if a low end android can win me over.

  8. Nothing wrong with using a 2012 Symbian smartphone (or even a 2011 MeeGo smartphone), as long as it meets your needs.

    I’m deep into other OSes now, but I still long to own a symbian (808PV). I miss my capable N8 dearly.

  9. When I grab pop’s nokia E6, I look over my shoulder expecting to see a Tyrannosaurus rex lumbering towards me yelling ‘lunch time’.

    (ok I don’t actually look over my shoulder and think I’m in the Triassics). Symbian belle is actually good. Even better than ’em Blackberry UI/UX (OS 6 and 7. OS 5 and below *shivers*) and would still be able to hold its own in 2013.

    Enough said, lemme go prepare for HWMM. Wish I would be the one behind the camera instead. *panicked sigh*

  10. When I grab pop’s nokia E6, I look over my
    shoulder expecting to see
    a Tyrannosaurus rex
    lumbering towards me
    yelling ‘lunch time’.

    A comedian opens funny doors. A comic opens doors funny.

    This guy just be one or the other, or both – part time!…lol

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