3 Legacies Left by Retired Symbian OS; 10 Notable Symbian Smartphones
By Vittorio Hernandez | January 31, 2013 10:14 AM EST
Symbian OS was the dominant smartphone computing platform until 2010 when Android OS conquered its territory. It was once under the full control of Nokia and many of their smartphone units run the OS.
Unfortunately, its evolution has ended with Nokia 808 PureView as its last descendant. It is considered as one of the foundations in the smartphone industry before Android and iOS completely left it in the dust.
Symbian was designed and maintained by Accenture and originally developed from Psion's EPOC OS. Then it became an open-source platform similar to what Android is now and developed by Symbian Foundation in 2009. Later, it was used by many major mobile phone brands such as Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Nokia.
Nokia acquired Symbian in 2008 and most of its devices back then run on Symbian OS until the shift to Microsoft's Windows in 2011, making the once-lead OS as its franchise platform.
Even though Symbian is departing the tech world, it did leave notable key features that made its identity worthwhile.
1. Performance: Symbian OS is designed not to stress the batteries due to its low memory. It does not make tasking demands to the device.
2. Multitasking: All applications in Symbian OS are designed to be cooperative so that memory, speed, and battery will not compromise each other.
3. Standards: Open-source platform capability ensures that all applications installed are stable, portable, and user friendly.
Notable Symbian Smartphones
1. Nokia E75 - A qwerty-slider smartphone with candy-bar form factor.
2. Nokia E72 - With QWERTY keyboard and long battery life.
3. Sendo X - A British-designed phone with stereo music output, screen status elements and camera LED flash.
4. Nokia 9500 - Full QWERTY keys with good stereo sound and VGA camera.
5. Nokia 6220 classic - A Symbian unit with Xenon flash but lacks Wi-Fi support.
6. Nokia E51 - Considered the toughest among Symbian-made devices.
7. Nokia N-Gage Classic - Packed with hardware MP3 player and radio line-in recording.
8. Nokia 6630 - First to offer 3G, digital stereo sound, and megapixel camera.
9. Nokia N79 - One of the most flexible candy-bar smartphones in 2008.
10. Nokia E5 - Notable for qwerty keys, candy-bar form, 600MHz processor, and 256MB. It was one of the ultimate devices in 2010.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Jeremy Lin, Kobe Bryant Among The Top 5 Overpaid Players In The NBA (Part 1 - Western Conference)
- Reasons Why Michael Jordan Is Better Than LeBron James [PHOTOS And VIDEO]
- Dwyane Wade, Joe Johnson, Amare Stoudemire Among Worst Contracts In The NBA (Part 2 - Eastern Conference)
- Brawl-Marred Game in NFL Week 3: Philadelphia Eagles 37, Washington Redskins 34 [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- New Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 L Killer Features, Encryption and More
- Nexus 6, 8 Release Date is Halloween 2014 as Android L Intro Set for October 16
- Moto G 2014 v Asus Zenfone 5 – Specification Comparison Shows Zenfone 5 Is A Good Alternative for Moto G
- Android 5.0 L Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 Release in October, Google Employees Offer Hint
- Nexus 8, Nexus 9 Release Date, Device Name And Price Conundrum: What To Expect?
- Microsoft Doubles OneDrive Space To 30GB Due To iOS 8 Update Issues
- G20 Summit in Nov: No Consensus to Bar Russia, Putin Open to Attend in Australia