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Android vs Symbian



Android vs. Symbian

Android Vs Windows Mobile 7 While Android and Symbian have been making headlines since their release, the war between them has already been waged. The makers, namely, Google and Nokia have been trying hard to beat each other in terms of performance. While Android is relatively older, Symbian is also trying hard to keep up with the former. With both providing amazing gaming experience, it is for the gamers to determine the best choice. However the following discussion under the head will help you have a rough idea about the specialties of both.
Android vs. Symbian Video Review:

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJmN6s2chaA]

Open / Close OS Symbian OS:

In the competition going on in the mobile platforms of Open Source, developers preferably have two major choices: Android and Symbian. It has an integrated browser that in based on WebKit engine of open source. The former is an open source but with a closed development (relatively). Symbian is out and out an open source, once it comes around the corner, to release its full source code.

Feature / Tools Exclusive to OSandroid os:

Android’s bunch of features includes Application Framework that allows users to reuse components, Dalvik Virtual Machine, Optimized graphics for full 2D and 3D support. With media support for video, still images, common audio, and other complicated formats, its multimedia performance is also very high. It sports features like accelerometer, compass and GPS. For storage of structured data, SQLite, is just ideal. Further core applications like SMS program, maps, calendar, email client, contacts, Java programming, etc are highly optimized in Android. However, Android does have a very poor support for Web games, which makes it quite unusable for playing online.

Symbian, on the other hand supports C++ programming effectively. It is because of its high Java support, that gaming has its ultimate experience here. More for online games, that takes time to buffer and run on other mobile, this one has smooth running as a PC. With its wide compatibility with device, it is also a good choice, especially for gamers. But, Symbian OS is not equally good in terms of downloading gaming. Nonetheless, in all the other aspects it is quite competent.

Usability android os Symbian OS :

Depending on the user’s choice, both are easy to operate with non-complex interface. Users can use either of them depending on their need. While both provide smooth uninterrupted gaming experience, the Symbian one is more prescribed for online gaming. However, both the operating systems have refined playing in touch screens in mobiles.

Telco Networkandroid os:

Android has made its handsets a Wi-Fi hotspot. With a support to wireless Internet, this operating system can run Web on your handset even when you do not have a network connection in your phone. You can simply get a wireless connection from some other device to serve the purpose.

Symbian does not have an integrated network accelerator, for smoother and clearer video calling, but you can download one and use to speed up the connection for uninterrupted networking.

Handset/ hardware differencesandroid os:

The hardware interface of Android includes an autofocus camera, callback on camera error, etc. and interface for supplying image data from captured picture, delivering copies of preview, geomagnetic field, sensor and other exciting features that facilitate the usage.

Handsets like Nokia N8, powered by Symbian OS have been reported with issues with opening large web pages.

Internet and Email android os

Android 2.0 now includes the Firefox Mobile Web Browser, which provides faster and stable browsing experience. Symbian browser can download only one file at one time, however there is now support for multi window browsing though the Symbian web browser.

Applications Symbian OS

with Android operating system, the users can access thousands of applications, which is essential for the smart phones. Being an open source platform with relatively closed development, Android offers several applications. However, being an out-n-out open source OS Symbian offers huge range of third party apps.

Multimedia android os

Both Android and Symbian based mobile phones support good multimedia features. The media players can play diverse music and video files, while there are high mega pixel cameras as well. However, the images appear better on the Android based touch screen phones.

Conclusion

Android is much advanced and provides more value to the end users. Symbian needs updates its features.

151 Responses to “Android vs Symbian”

  1. Maria says:

    SYMBIAN!!!! android is cheap that is why many users want it, unlike symbian that has many experiences already

  2. shuvoz says:

    @ Sneha. Who the hell is that admin to tell which OS is better. Android is popular coz of its apps support. If Symbian had such apps, it would’ve thrown android off from mobile OS market. I believe that SYMBIAN WAS/IS/WILL BE THE BEST. From my personal experience of Samsung & sony ericsson I can say, android is just a mere child against SYMBIAN.
    Those who agrees with me, do leave a reply.
    SYMBIAN ROCKS.

    • bsaijayanth@rocketmail.com says:

      ya i agree because i use symbian :P

    • deepak says:

      ya i also agree. Nowadays i am using nokia n97 mini, and it is better than samsung androids.

    • Prasenjit says:

      @ shuvoz, Exactly….Android entry level models are sold almost in a throwaway price tag, where the Symbian O.S ready, quality phones are expensive.. Symbian is not for the “look the sleek design and soooo cheap” public. For a long period Nokia has had the monopoly biz. But before a challenging ambience and newly emerging foolish Android fever Nokia would concentrate now on their R & D with ceaselessly, unyielding endeavour. Symbian is a macho guy b4 the kiddo called Android. U R 100% CORRECT SYMBIAN RCKZ n continue t do so, when Android ould be an oblivious history.

  3. mahadi says:

    android is the best i was also like symbian but now i’m using android & can tell that android is much better than symbian.

  4. zeeshan ali says:

    u r rite symbian os is 1000 times better than android, android sucks

    • admin says:

      @zeeshan ali
      What are reasons??

    • sabhajeet kumar says:

      I’ve also experienced with symbian as well as android os based mobile but I get symbian is better than android in many it has better user interface and the way of multitasking is so better than android. As a example Nokia 5233, if some of windows or task get gang then it doesn’t effect on other windows and you simply move any windows and you can close that hanged out windows by going option >show open apps>put your finger for 1 or 2 second you will two option open and exit choosing exit that hanged out windows would closed without any headache .
      But other os doesn’t provide such this as Bada, android. If they hang all of the mobile get jammed.
      So symbian is the best.

  5. ivan23456 says:

    Android IS MUCH BETTER than SYMBIAN
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    Android is really better because it has a wider range of apps
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    But really the most best O.S is iOS5!!!!!
    Repky to agree

  6. Saroj Prajapati says:

    Now I m going to buy both mobile one Nokia 701 and one Android Mobile. Confussion clear

  7. vipin says:

    who told u that nokia left symbian they have made the successor of symbian which is named meego in the colabration of intel which is used
    In n9

    And i am going to say a tight secret that the nokia is gonna
    Start the saling of symbians new os named anna donna in the end of 2015 which is going to be powered with 2ghz dual core processor and 1gb ram
    And good for gaming with the upcoming support of crosfire graphics and ngage 2.5

    So please do not say that symbian is outdated

    And old is gold

    • tubedroid says:

      hi….
      u know what Nokia will no more use Symbian or its other versions for its smartphones..it has decided to usr Windows OS….
      in less than a year Symbian has tried to revive itself by reinventing and renaming its self but it is crying over the spilt milk..

  8. tubedroid says:

    I don’t agree with you. most of the most used applications that we have in the Android market are also in the ovi
    the reason for the popularity of Android is the kind of UI, customization, sync its provides to its users…Android is not popular because it has many apps…it has many apps because it is popular n provides an easy sync to those apps..

  9. tubedroid says:

    Being an Android user I really fell bad when someone try to compare Android with Symbian.
    See when these two OS came to the market. Android is just 4 yrs old, Symbian is into the market for more than a decade. Ok, but in so less years Android has become the most sold OS capturing more than 50% of the smart phones in demand, shipped & sold. It is useless to discuss the features of Android, coz non-Android users will never know what Android is. Symbian lost its position to a child. Why is Symbian not able to stand up with all its experience and knowledge of more than decade. Yes it did tried but with zero results. Perhaps it knows that it is never going to win the war against Android. So even Nokia is going for Windows OS leaving Symbian.
    Just imagine, if this green droid can do so many things in so less yrs what it will and can do in the coming yrs. Android is still evolving. Google is still working on this child coz through it Google’ other products needs to be synched.
    Let the dust settle down. More and the Best from Android is yet to come, whereas other OS and Symbian for sure are already dying.

    • Samuel says:

      yep! I agree with what you say, android 5.0 jellybean will be one of the most powerful version of android.

  10. sandip says:

    ya ,you r absolutely corrrrect

  11. m says:

    shut up sheep

  12. ektosknot says:

    First of all when i buy a mobile i look at the quality: battery, coverage, material, sound, microphone, earphone, multimedia functions and capabilities. Here Nokia beat’s the sh*t out of all other rubbish wannabe mobile phones out there. From camera to music quality, from coverage to battery, from plastic to metal, from connectivity to GPS (what only the n8 can do… it is just simply, beautifully mocking the rest of sheep’s market square something). Iphone, samsung, LG… are you kidding me? :))))) . If this squares you call phones than you need to grow up. Most probably you are 15 years old. Then i look at the system: symbian is the oldest and it is bad ass. Aaaand, about belle copying android :))) ha ha! you’re funny! This bad ass here is the father of them all, so quit being a sheep and learn who copied who, Nokia won the lawsuit against apple. Learn why! Android is just a cheep copy of maemo. Learn before you speak. Symbian Belle ui is taken after maemo. Maemo is used only by nokia. LEARN! I don’t even wanna say something about ios. cause that is just a boring nokia stolen from top to buttom. So… maybe the old symbian didn’t had the UI for retards but that was why i just loved it. Aaaand symbian Is the most stable out there so fu(k off all you newbies with your crappy apps.

    • louis says:

      u r right u r just buying a mobile not a smart mobile or smartphone
      we androids have pcs in our pockets.

      • ektosknot says:

        An’ u ned to ler t writ n english!!! Meaning: you need to learn to write in English;). If that’s a pc for you… than i bet 100000000000000000000000000….. yen, that you are a small little boy who doesn’t know what a pc is! Let me tell you how a pc look’s like. it is big and doesn’t fit in your pocket! Now let me tell you how a real pocket pc looks like (if you wanna go there). it is bigger than your crap, and twice as powerful. So putting them all together, the truth sounds like this: You have a square that it is not even close to a pc(pocket pc) and it is not even close to a phone. So i call it: s*itSqareCrapp. Hareeeey, you’re the happy owner of one of them. And yes, i stick with my SMARTPHONE, Nokia/Symbian!!! <– This is the father. It is smart and it is a phone. A real phone, that's why it is called smartPhone because it's a phone get it?;)

        • louis says:

          symbian is outsmarted, outnumbered, outpowered, outfeatured, outperformed by ANDROID !!
          & yes purchase a latest Android phone with your yen, don’t waste it on a bet you will nvr win.

      • Prasenjit says:

        I support cent percent…a portable in pocket,a micro PC…it is magical, and all my illusion regarding Symbian has vanished…getting immense joy after using the droid…

  13. Royx16 says:

    Android is da best OS . Symbian is nothing.comparing price between nokia c6 and s.e live anyone can tell s.e. Live best.cause it has a 1GHz pro. 512 mb ram and the same camera.

  14. louis says:

    symbian is outsmarted, outnumbered, outpowered, outfeatured, outperformed by ANDROID !!
    & yes purchase a latest Android phone with your yen, don’t waste it on a bet you will nvr win.

  15. ektosknot says:

    WOW, incredible arguments! now with this arguments i really wanna waste my “yen” and buy a s*itSqareCrapp. Maybe the incredible sgh III !!? for REAL.:))! Sorry for this but (i normally don’t say this to people…) i cannot help my self thinking of witch one is the dumbest… you guys or your smartphones :-J!?? For some people the bigger numbers means better. I can tell what kind of fans has the not so great android. Really really ignorant type. That don’t know what is what for what and why, but they like that there stays 1 ghz 512 mb seams bigger than nokia 5230:)). OOooo, dual core, ooo yes! What is that? I don’t know, but is dual so it is better than single that’s for shure. Kidds!

  16. Louis says:

    This shows how stubborn & ignorant u r. Oh yes I forgot u r a nokia-symbian user; same attitude stubborn and ignorant – made them lose to ANDROID- u people lost ur 15 yrs monopoly- to this green droid who is just a child, less than 5 yrs-just b’coz of that attitude of urs- thinking that u are the r the one n only-u were wrong-u people have been dethroned by the people’s choice.
    Change ur attitude, accept the truth, don’t keep blabbering.

  17. Max4top says:

    Guys both are good but android seems to be taking the lead bcos it’s new and people feel tired of symbian since it’s becoming an old os..

  18. yudie says:

    Duh…ANDROID for SURE!!!!

  19. santosh says:

    dear friends

    now im trying to buy a nokia n8 its better or not can u tell me plz ……asap…

  20. chaka says:

    its 4.0 not 5.0………… hahahahhahahahhahahahhahaha youre funny…hahahah 5.0? jellybean? hahaha

  21. McLeroy says:

    Who are those lame bitches comparing Android with Symbian? My dears, quite d rubbish talks cuz Symbian rocks. I have jst a Nokia N95-imagine how old. But still d features on dis phone are damn HOT! I once compared my phone with a friends Android nd honestly I loved my phone evn more. Think of dis a 2007 smartphone-accelerometer, maps, sensors, n-gage 2.0, veri nice gaming xperience, 5.0 megapixel camera with Carl-Zeiss optics, very fast browser, video editor, infact its my home of media-remember its a Symbian phone, 2007 ooo! Nd it jst keeps getting beta with software updates. I bought my phone with version 10, but nw I’m using an upgrade, version 35.0.002, faster phone beta xperience, and my screen now stays oriented(potrait or landscape view). When I review all dis I wonda “if all these can be in a 2007 symbian smartphone what will be in Meago.
    Damn!! Symbian rocks! Neva compare Android with Symbian cuz Symbian’s da best!
    Nokia rocks!
    NOKIA-Connecting people

  22. Vineesh Cutting says:

    I am a symbian user since year 2005. My first mobile was nokia 3310 (hard packed like brick), then i bought Nokia N72, then switched to N95, then Nokia X6, n finally using Nokia E7 wid Symbian Belle.. I used to hate samsung for bada coz it doesnt contain much apps, n due to third party softwares i could used my mobile like a jet :D

    But time has changed, since android came into market wid every day improvemnet.

    I never had a android phone but bought my brother a one i.e Samsung Galaxy Ace at around Rs 14,000 INR. Finally i played my hands on it and found many differences n trust me i am nokia lover coz of its beautiful n fabulous phone desings but when it comes to OS i say if Symbian is 19 then Android is 20.. Differences i found are :

    1) Symbian Belle max supported Resolution is 360×640 whether its X6 or E7.
    Android supports max resolution of 800×1280.

    2) Flashing ROM with Custom Firmwares for nokia is much unsafe coz if error occur the mobile bricks.
    Android installs Custom Firmwares from its memory card to its ROM without any PC and if anything goes wrong, roll back can be made easily n hence only 5% chance of bricking.

    3) Default applications cannot be removed from phone though 3rd party softwares can be used but default one remains in mobile eating some of phone’s RAM.
    Android OS has the permission to remove any default application and install any other application n make it default according to user demand.

    4) Graphic rendering is much more faster in Android than in Symbian n Android is pretty smooth with high graphic in Samsung Ace, Xperia X8, Dell XCD 135 while i found my nokia E7 little lagging.

    5) Symbian hangs a lot under hard conditions but Android remains better compared to Symbian.

    6) Since Symbian is not open source, hacking is done to install every 3rd party softwares otherwise u vl get certificate error while android is open source so no such hacking is required for software installation.

    Reasons how Android came into existence and stood shoulder to shoulder to Symbian:

    1) Android is only 4 years old in age, means google got all ingredients from Symbian and made a new dish called Android with all negative points removed which are found in Symbian.

    2) Android user interface is copied from iOS of Apple n for that Apple also registered case against Android but after the death

  23. Vineesh Cutting says:

    I am a symbian user since year 2005. My first mobile was nokia 3310 (hard packed like brick), then i bought Nokia N72, then switched to N95, then Nokia X6, n finally using Nokia E7 wid Symbian Belle.. I used to hate samsung for bada coz it doesnt contain much apps, n due to third party softwares i could used my mobile like a jet :D

    But time has changed, since android came into market wid every day improvemnet.

    I never had a android phone but bought my brother a one i.e Samsung Galaxy Ace at around Rs 14,000 INR. Finally i played my hands on it and found many differences n trust me i am nokia lover coz of its beautiful n fabulous phone desings but when it comes to OS i say if Symbian is 19 then Android is 20.. Differences i found are :

    1) Symbian Belle max supported Resolution is 360×640 whether its X6 or E7.
    Android supports max resolution of 800×1280.

    2) Flashing ROM with Custom Firmwares for nokia is much unsafe coz if error occur the mobile bricks.
    Android installs Custom Firmwares from its memory card to its ROM without any PC and if anything goes wrong, roll back can be made easily n hence only 5% chance of bricking.

    3) Default applications cannot be removed from phone though 3rd party softwares can be used but default one remains in mobile eating some of phone’s RAM.
    Android OS has the permission to remove any default application and install any other application n make it default according to user demand.

    4) Graphic rendering is much more faster in Android than in Symbian n Android is pretty smooth with high graphic in Samsung Ace, Xperia X8, Dell XCD 135 while i found my nokia E7 little lagging.

    5) Symbian hangs a lot under hard conditions but Android remains better compared to Symbian.

    6) Since Symbian is not open source, hacking is done to install every 3rd party softwares otherwise u vl get certificate error while android is open source so no such hacking is required for software installation.

    Reasons how Android came into existence and stood shoulder to shoulder to Symbian:

    1) Android is only 4 years old in age, means google got all ingredients from Symbian and made a new dish called Android with all negative points removed which are found in Symbian.

    2) Android user interface is copied from iOS of Apple n for that Apple also registered case against Android but after the death of Mr. Steve Jobbs no results were found in favour of Apple.

    3) Android is designed for touch screens phones but this touch screen technology was already designed by Nokia (ex Nokia 5800) and Apple (ex iphone 3G) means Android learns everything from Symbian and iOS.

    4) Android considered to be better performer because it got 600MHz, 800MHz and 1Ghz processors to run on from the beginning while Symbian previous versions were running on 200Mhz and 400Mhz processors. Means if u run Symbian on 1GHz processor then u vl get almost same working speed as in android.

    5) Android market contains lots of apps that are already present in iTunes store of Apple and Nokia Store, which means iOS and Symbian’s apps are picked up and re-written for Android i.e. no creation just moldings.

    Reasons why i prefer Nokia(Symbian) over Android:

    1) Stable Classic User Interface very easy to use.

    2) A non technical person can operate mobile completely with default apps of Symbian without falling into complexity.

    3) Symbian Belle offers a smooth sexy customizable interface with attractive widgets i just love that.

    4) Android is cheap coz even a beggar wid Rs 2,000 mobile has android with same set of apps which u have in your Rs 30,000 mobile phones.

    5) Symbian Belle can also be customized and tweaked to give it a user defined taste. I myself added Drop-down Top Bar like in Android and Customized Boot Screen, etc.

    6) When it comes to design i bet u wont get a classic super carbonated body design in Samsung or HTC or Xperia. The only mobile that looks fantastic in hand is NOKIA if u dnt believe me then see models like Nika N8, E7, X6, LUMIA 800. While all Samsung Android phones looks alike same example Galaxy Note, S2, S3, ACE, only the screen soze changes, the layout n buttons style all are same n boring and are copied from iphone.

    Choice is yours. Good Luck Friends.

  24. myfuture says:

    symbian os is matured and has many practical working apps like crystal clear call recording through line not mic which is done in Android. Simillary functionally working free apps are available on Symbian platform while Android gives free apps but most are ad supported.I have myself tried to get call recorder for my galaxy note but non of them workef properly as in Android call recording is possible throgh mic onle due to this other side volume is always very low even if you use killer mobile specific app for galaxy note but for my nokia e63 killer moboles call recorder wotks very fine.So if you are practical person then Symbian is best and just time pass person then go for Android as there are many many apps for trial and error

    • firoj says:

      Hi MyFuture,
      I am Symbian lover. and purchased a E7 . its very fantastic phone. i have seen any issue with it.
      however i would need few software for it. but all i got are paid or triel version.
      is it possible you to let me know the teh location to download or provide me few of them e.g. advance device locker, MumSMS, Killer mobile call recorder and call manager.

      i will appreciate your help :)
      thanks in advance.

  25. rick47 says:

    hello!!!! guys….. I read all the above debate of who is better,symbian or android???? lemme tell you symbian in all aspects is far more better than android,the reason why android is famous is only that is comes with even the cheapest handsets available in market like lava,micromax,karbonn n many more ( m afraid that after somedays it will come with china made handsets),nokia and symbian both are jz amazing…dont belive it??? drop a nokia phone and any other phone from a building,u will know the difference…got a nokia 808 pureview some days before and m jz loving it…my friend compared his sony ericsson with android and my phone and was silent for the next 3-4 minutes..u can guess y…and i think other phones will take a decade to launch a 41 mp camera…u can get a huge free apps for symbian but for android u will have to pay for the app which is worth nothing…..u cant compare a son with father…..father will alwaz be father….

  26. Symb2Andr says:

    Well,
    read few post’s here and had 2 reply. Up 2 few wk’s used Symbian Nokia X6, btw great phone (several more Nokia units since 5110). Since than using Android Samsung Galaxy S2, really good phone. But, can’t help seeing minor details mising on this over-gloryfied-up-2-few-wk’s-ago-best-phone-on-d-world vs “old-unperforming-Symbian” Nokia X6. To cut a long story short, as soon as i can I’m going back to Nokia’s N9 diamond-among-current-available’s.

  27. symbian lover says:

    symbian rocks, android is only famous cuz its cheap(mostly), and because its new, but it cant match ngage, real player, adobe reader, gba emulators etc

  28. tesin says:

    now I’m using xperia live android.
    earlier Nokia 6600 symbian v2.
    you all know 6600 has very less ram, ROM,processor internal memory etc.
    but it does multi tasking in a way better than my xperia live.
    I can minimize every one of the apps and games in 6600.that means if an app. is able to open it can surely be minimized.
    but in xperia live android phone ,only
    certain apps can be minimized.
    the 6600 is a phone which doesn’t have hardwares like latest phones.
    my n6600 is now 7 yrs old.yet its working good.

    sorry if there is any mistake in my English

  29. mvs saketh says:

    I am a very recent buyer of a Samsung android galaxy y, and I have compared it with nokia 5233, I have seen that though via internet, u can download many Symbian apps resembling android apps,most are pirated or hacked and original company made software is rare, also android provides a metro platform windows 8 experience,….. it also goes beyond abilities

  30. charles says:

    I am a big nokia fan for life. But i still like the Andriod stuff. But to me Symbian is still the best but its expensive unlike andriod that is so cheap and can be found on china phones like Tecno and Ginee phones etc. With belle FP2 come out soon. My nokia 701 will fly like a jet. One love to all contributors i like and enjoyed your comments. Keep it up no fighting ok

  31. Karan says:

    agreed.. android and ios are boasted by dumb ignorant ppl. i bought nokia c6 in 2010 and nw m using android device. android os is a kid in front of symbian os..please m nt talking of apps. only os! nd d fact is dt wid a symbian u dont need to download dose crap apps coz symbian already has dose features!
    android is nothing bt apps .. samsung nd oder android users shud 1st make a better os den thnk abt apps..

    symmbian is better !

  32. wemco says:

    @tubedriod I agree to disagree to what u said cos andriod programmers are using symbian programming codes to their write their own codes by studying it and later use their own programe to mimic it

  33. PTC says:

    Yahooo! they do deserve diz dressing down…with a lil knowledge they r taking Android to the seventh heaven. Most apps in the droid are cheap, redundant and useless. It is a shoe biz cell, neither sturdy nor simple, user friendly. The necessary apps can be installed in the Symbian o.s. too…ignorant dunces, taking the brief of Android and they surely would the ship sink…sheeps’ ship…

  34. Rkumar says:

    Use fact not logic to compare between symbian and android. If you have never used android before but always symbian you are likely to love symbian. The support for symbian is until 2016. If you don’t belive see :http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbian ,for symbian and http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system) ,for android. And why do you think has Nokia chosen Microsoft ‘s Windows Phone OS as its primary smartphone platform dropping Symbian as its main smartphone OS of choice?

  35. Dharan says:

    Nice! Symbian is mother of all os

  36. fairdude says:

    Symbian is good for gaming exp. While droid is better in browsing. Its all about the specs of a phone that really matters most. Comparing os is just a waste of time. Look for the better full specs.period

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