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:
Symbian vs Android – part 1
Symbian vs Android – part 2
Open / Close 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 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.
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.
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 differences:
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 2.0 now includes the Firefox Mobile Web Browser, which provides faster and stable browsing experience. On the other hand, Symbian browser can download only one file at one time and there is no support for multi window browsing.
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.
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.
Android is much advanced and provides more value to the end users.
Symbian needs updates its features.