Symbian remained the way it was for long time, a bit too long according to most people. Symbian3 arrived in 2010, with Nokia’s N8 Smartphone. A lot of hopes rested on the new OS. However, Symbian3 evoked a variety of responses happiness, relief, disappointment, anger, resentment and even aggression!
· Everything’s still the same? :
The interface on the N8 looks a lot like the one on the much older N97, which says a lot about the new OS. Not much has been done to make it slicker, or even look a bit different. We’re all for nostalgia and all but not when it comes to UI design!
· Feels clunky with too many menu options:
There are still too many menus and sub menus to manage the options and settings in both the OS and within apps.
· Handicapped Widgets:
Widget size on the 3 home screens is limited, which not only reduces is limited, which not only reduces functionality, but also makes certain widgets a pain to use. Imagine catching up on your twitter timeline and only being able to read one tweet with every scroll.
· Ovi Store is sparse:
Despite Nokia’s best effort, the Ovi Store is far behind Apple’s App Store and Android Market in terms of the sheer number and variety of apps available.
· Even Nokia may drop Symbian:
There is a strong suspicion that Nokia will judge the response to the Meego based devices and then decide if it has to completely drop Symbian.