When talking about smart phones, 2 operating systems might appear in your head which are Symbian and Windows Mobile. In order to determine the best operating system (OS) for a smart phone, I’ve done several tests on my devices which are Nokia 6600 and HTC P3600i.
Personally, I’m neither on Symbian side nor Windows Mobile, but it is up to you to conclude which is the best operating system for a smart phone. What I’m doing here is just to highlight the strengths and the weaknesses of Symbian and Windows Mobile.
Start-up Time (Booting)
I’ve found that Symbian takes more time to complete the boot process compare to Windows Mobile. This is because Windows Mobile smart phone usually equipped with higher RAM compare to Symbian smart phone. So it can perform the booting process faster.
For contacts list, Symbian performs better than Windows Mobile. Nowadays, one person might use more than one mobile phone, so they going to have more than one mobile phone numbers. Windows Mobile can only store one number for each category (e.g.: mobile, work, home, office). Let say person A have 2 mobile phone numbers, in Windows Mobile we have no choice but to store one number as mobile number and another one as another category for example home. But in Symbian, we can store both numbers as mobile number.
Running Java applications using MIDlet Manager in Windows Mobile can sometime cause the device hang. The start-up process of java application in Windows Mobile is also slow. But it is different in Symbian. Java applications start and run smoothly in Symbian smart phone.
In Symbian, we can only manage the alarm within 24 hours time and we need to set the alarm again and again if we want it to be rang every day. But in Windows Mobile, the alarm manager is awesome. Let say we want to wake up at 5.30am on Monday till Friday and 6.30am on Saturday and Sunday, we can easily do it in Windows Mobile without any extra application to be installed.
Dialling or Search Contacts List
Dialling or searching contact in contacts list is easier to be done in Windows Mobile. This is because Windows Mobile provides suggestion of person to contact every time w type something in the search area. For example we have a person Xanda Centrino Quad stored in the contact list, and we search for “Quad” in the search area. Windows Mobile will come out with suggestion that match the keyword and surprisingly Xanda Centrino Quad will appear. This will make the process of searching faster.
Report delivery in Symbian is better than Windows Mobile. Report is receive in notification from and not as a message as in Windows Mobile. The report also clearly states the contact person’s name while in Windows Mobile it only shows the contact person’s number.
The default browser in Windows Mobile is much better than default browser in Symbian in term of usability and accessibility. I’m not saying that Internet Explorer is the best browser because Opera Web Browser is always the winner in my heart. But we are comparing Symbian and Windows Mobile, so the winner in this review is Internet Explorer.
If you want to choose a smart phone as your organizer, smart phone with Windows Mobile is exactly what you are looking for. Tasks, Upcoming Appointment and many more application can help you to organize your daily routine.
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