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#36157 20-Jun-2009 18:04
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Hi


As far as i can tell there are 3 main mobile OS's out there
Iphone
Windows Mobile
Nokia


I would be intrested to hear what peaple think the best one is 


Most number of apps
Easy to use


Major problems or let downs with the OS


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  #227041 20-Jun-2009 19:57
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I'm a berry and winmo fan, sorry not quite an iphone nor symbian yet.

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berry IMO is best in a lot of ways, I want info on the go, my email, social network and facebook, which winmo provides as well as but still prefer the first. it is entirely up to you what you would be needing from your mobile phone, what you need to do, as they all come up with various ways of delivering the information that you require on your handset.

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  #227043 20-Jun-2009 20:07
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I just ditched Symbian for Windows Mobile. Loving it so far on the Touch Pro 2.




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  #227045 20-Jun-2009 20:23
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I must admit i have a problem



a) i have always liked Nokia phones in the past .. had about 5 of them over many years but not one in the last 3 years.



b) Like Windows mobile have it on my old IPAQ (which i should sell before the market drops completely)



c) Keep playing with the iphone that a mate has and its very nice



here is my list of must have



Lots of FREE or cheap apps

WIFI

Telecom XT network

twitter app

Facebook

general web browsing (see http://www.geekzone.co.nz/freitasm/6580 post about browsers if your not sure what one is) :)







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  #227046 20-Jun-2009 20:25
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Nokia uses Series 60 on Symbian OS (even though it is now all part of the Symbian Foundation). Technically, this is the best of the OSes - it is the most stable, uses the least resources, fully pre-emptive multitasking and is tailored for mobile devices.
However, the OS does not make the device - the general User Experience does. Series 60 is now looking long in the tooth, and has a fragmented UI. I would probably recommend iPhone.

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  #227047 20-Jun-2009 20:26
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that narrowed it down to the blackberry bold and the palm treo pro then? at least if i was you!

Edit

winmo has it's own FB app, and twikini

Berry has oodles of twitter apps, and FB app that rocks as good as or even better errr, than the iphone one.

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  #227055 20-Jun-2009 21:42
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Having just gone to a S60 (Symbian) from Windows Mobile, I had had an absence from Nokias. I am very much liking hte symbian os, mostly for it's multi tasking capabilities (I read a book, listen to music, run gtavity for twitter, have email going, sometime google latitude, and scrobble my tracks to last.fm while catching the train in to work). My win mo used to do the same.

What i don;t like it that there aren't many apps as there seems to be for iphone (its a pet peeve of mine when some places put out an iphone app, and don't put out a symbian and winmo at the same time), and winmo has plenty of apps as it's so easy to develop for.




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  #227064 20-Jun-2009 22:53
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symbian all the way!!! at least for now........



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  #227073 21-Jun-2009 03:55
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kiwikev: I must admit i have a problem


OK, can't help you there ;p

kiwikev: Lots of FREE or cheap apps


All of the platforms have that, but iPhone probably has the most apps (although as to how useful they all are I have no idea)

kiwikev: WIFI


Again, you'll get that in all the OS environs

kiwikev: Telecom XT network


Available in all, although not all the Symbian phones come in NAM (XT compatible) flavours

kiwikev: twitter app


Available in every OS

kiwikev: Facebook


Available in every OS

kiwikev: general web browsing (see http://www.geekzone.co.nz/freitasm/6580 post about browsers if your not sure what one is) :)


The iPhone browser is nice, of course, but for me (as a power user of both WinMo and Symbian phones) the best is Opera Mobile in concert with a WVGA resolution screen - which you'll only find in WinMo handsets.

Basically your must-have OS elements doesn't do much to differentiate your choices, since all the mobile OS environs can pretty much do what you want.

Perhaps some more thoughts from you about important features?

Camera important?
Media player elements important?
Gaming?
GPS?
Productivity?




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  #227113 21-Jun-2009 11:40
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I don't think there is a best OS out of all. All 3 have strong points and bad points to them depending on your requirements.

If you want email the Blackberry is best by far.

If you want VoIP Symbian for example is the only OS to have a built in SIP stack and VoIP client that integrates fully with the call list. This means you can use VoIP over WiFi or 3G transparently without requiring any other apps.

If you want a large number of apps and games then the iPhone is miles ahead..


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  #227181 21-Jun-2009 18:51
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How is the Blackberry better than WinMo for email sbiddle? Just curious, having never used a handset with that OS, and knowing how easy push email is for WinMo (its also pretty easy for Symbian these days).




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  #227190 21-Jun-2009 20:16
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NZtechfreak: How is the Blackberry better than WinMo for email sbiddle? Just curious, having never used a handset with that OS, and knowing how easy push email is for WinMo (its also pretty easy for Symbian these days).


hmm not sure how to describe this, I own both a winmo and a blackberry and push email on a blackberry is a different cattle of fish to the winmo. It works with all flavours of email, from the freebies yahoo, and hotmail, through to the hosted domains with google and microsoft's office live. There are just some pushing that can not work with the winmo for example the hotmail ones unless you have a windows live messenger installed on the winmo. Also facebook, I can post comments to friends wall/status, and get notified by the RIM server that there are replies to my replies. etc. Also the data allocation, I would be using upwards of the $1.00 a day limit when I was on the winmo, and the data usage on the blackberry is real trimmed down, I can use no more than 120 mb out of my 200 mb allocation in a month. Just different totally.

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forgot to add, with the latest BIS also there is total reconciliation between the email boxes, even on google hosted apps/gmail, you press delete on the device it is deleted of the server into your bin, no double handling there as well.

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  #227411 22-Jun-2009 16:21
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Also don't forget Android and WebOS (palm pre)

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  #227458 22-Jun-2009 18:15
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bags1: Also don't forget Android


yes very impressed with the OS and looking forward to the 2nd T-mo launching one and the samsung one as well

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iPhone: The main reason why I won't use it is because it's severely locked down, which discourages developers and power users. For example, Opera Mobile (or Mini), which is widely regarded as the best web browser on mobile devices will never be accepted into the appstore as it violates Apple policies (competing with an Apple product or something). That alone makes me turn to other devices.

BlackBerry: Honestly, I've no need for all it's security features. Also, they have too little choice of models and it generally isn't as customizable as other platforms. (compared to Symbian or WinMo)

Symbian: Tried and tested. Great for people who mainly want a "phone" phone, as in, good voice clarity, battery life, reliable, easily repairable, etc. Lots of apps too. I won't use this because there aren't too many choices when it comes to app development platforms and complete UI customization.

Android: Possibly the best in the customization dept. Only problem is, it's still in a nascent stage and there aren't many apps for it yet. Biggest problem: Not enough phones out there with Android on them. Would be my platform of choice in the future.

WinMo: IMHO the best plaform if you're looking for choice.
The best apps are usually first seen on WinMo, for eg, Opera Mobile 9.7. OS is highly customizable akin to a regular Windows OS - you can configure the services and autostarts, enable/disable devices, edit the registry, etc. Plenty of apps there that can change the UI to look and feel like an iPhone/Vista/OSX or w/e, dozens of developement choices, plenty of great emulator apps to play your DOS, NES, Gameboy and other arcade games (MAME), tons of ROMs available for any given model, or you could easily create or edit a ROM by yourself (without needing any programming knowledge)... I could go on and on.

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  #227488 22-Jun-2009 19:44
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Thanks d3Xt3r

great post.

I must admit i am leaning to windows mobile as it has the most options etc..





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