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Symbian vs Windows Mobile | Conclusion

Published on: Saturday, March 15th 2008                   Written by: Laurens van Aggelen - Photography by: Mark Peters

Symbian operating system

Symbian operating system

Stable & Low energy consumption

The advantages of Symbian are found mostly in the stability of the devices and the low energy consumption. Microsoft is slowly improving the latter. If you want to save the battery you have to be careful with energy-slurping options on both operating systems such as Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS.

Symbian OS

Symbian OS

Bluetooth connection

Fortunately both operating systems offer the possibility of quickly turning these functions on and off which is recommendable for more than one reason. Malicious people could easily get access to data through Bluetooth or even place viruses on the user's device.

 

Ease of use

Ease of use

QWERTY-keyboard

It is extremely important to know what the purpose is of your purchase before actually purchasing a device or system. And of course size plays a big role in your decision. A QWERTY-keyboard can be very handy but it makes a device larger and heavier. For short messages the keyboard will be useful but for long messages it might be easier to purchase an external keyboard. Both operating systems offer this possibility. Using Bluetooth makes it easy to connect the keyboard to the device.

Functionality

Functionality

Monitor size & Operation

If you have a heavy workload and you don't want to carry a weighty notebook with you, you could go for the HTC Advantage with Windows Mobile 6.0 in combination with a light weighted cell phone. In general you will find; the more functionality the heavier the device. It's also wise to think about the right monitor size for your purpose and the way of operating the device. HP told us that the amount of users preferring a touchscreen is almost similar to the amount of users preferring a keyboard. In any case, make sure to go for your personal preference.

 

Conclusion

I f you are still unable to make up your mind as to purchase a smartphone with Windows Mobile or Symbian, you should ask yourself how you want to use the device. WiFi and Bluetooth will slurp up a lot of the battery's capacity. So if you want to go for days without recharging the battery, either because you can't or you won't, you'd better go for a Symbian. Windows users, on the other hand, are very familiar with the applications Windows Mobile offers. And Apple-fans should go for the Apple iPhone! The possibilities of both operating systems are quite similar and the one is not specifically better than the other as far as possibilities are concerned.

Symbian vs Windows Mobile

 
 
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