When the decision to buy a new phone has been made the first question many of us are asking themselves is: what do I want (at least I hope many do ^^)

The choices are wide-spread, hard to overlook but still there are some aspects which should be taken into consideration. Of course the following ultra-short reviews are just MY opinion and are by far not complete – mentioning all aspects would be just impossible…

Meego

Nokias and Intels new platform merges the hardly spread Maemo platform (used on earlier Nokia tablets and the N900 supercomputer.. eh mobile phone) and the Intel Moblin distro for Netbooks. It’s base is fully open source, everything is build upstream – as far as possible, communication happens in the open (mailinglists, …) and it is still under very active development. but it is not ready yet.. Nokias next high end phone will be powered by the meego touch libs and therefore be a Meego SOMEHOW but not really… its base platform will still be a modified Fremantle – called Harmatan… so you aren’t getting a true Meego phone with the next released Nokia phone..

I also doubt that the first generation of Meego will be able to incorporate all the features Maemo currently has AND provide even more to keep up with the competition. Well if it has Ovi maps it’s mine 😛 Really missing a fully featured ovi maps on my N900 running Maemo so I hope that once we are able to run a fully working Meego on N900 that it will not only be the free parts but also those with Nokias proprietary extras (maps, …)

For those not having seen anything of Meego yet those can read these guidelines: http://thenokiablog.com/2010/09/03/meego-ui-screenshots/

Here is a post discussing a removed video by Nokia speculated to show the Harmattan/Meego Nokia phone: http://thenokiablog.com/2010/08/02/meego-video-closer-look/
Update: here’s the vid 🙂 http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/02/nokias-treatment-of-meego-smartphone-ui-revealed/

At the moment everything we can do is waiting for an awesome platform with a bright future imho with my favourite platform underlying.. Qt ❤

Symbian

The widest spread operating system for phones to date… currently it rapidly loosed market shares because there were some design desicions taken which were not the best – or Nokia just took too long to come up to par with the competition or succeed them – even if it has some strong points where all the others can’t compete (synchronisation, business features, …).

But I think that the future will show us that Symbian has also a bright future as with Symbian ^4 it will receive a completely reworked/redesigned UI and with the power and uncountable hours of work which have gone into the underlying libraries I think that could very well be a very big step into the right direction. And again: we are getting a Qt UI 🙂 although it’s not libmeegotouch but another one: Orbit – sadly they are not compatible…

With Symbian ^3 Nokia already made big step into the right direction (Nokia N8) and I think that will continue with Symbian ^4. We’ve gotta wait 🙂

One important point also worth mentioning and really needed for Symbian and Meego to succeed is the AppStore… Ovi Store to be precise. This needs to be vastly improved imho…

Some early Symbian ^4 videos (sorry it’s german): http://www.chip.de/news/Symbian-4-Screenshots-vom-neuen-Handy-OS_43895242.html

Android

Frankenstein.. ehm… well.. at least it looks like that to me from a technical POV 😀 java based all over, a modified Linux kernel, a pretty closed stack… the opposite to Meego… but apparently it is well received by non-geeks 😛 its market shares are RAPIDLY increasing taking away Apple its market share… so far so good 😀

well.. if it works.. why not… it will never be my favourite platform in terms of programming or openness… but well.. it’s a phone… it needs to work… and look cool ^^ and obviously it fulfills those points… and its appstore is pretty good filled so yeah – if you like it – just use it 🙂

one thing really missing with Android is a synchronisation suite afaik (never had an Android phone myself) – HTC has got one (I think) – but there’s no common solution…

Maemo

life is over… not supported anymore… get yourself another solution (nitdroid anyone?) … or just be happy with it 🙂 I’m running Maemo PR 1.2 on my N900 and I’m pretty happy with it 🙂

maybe someday I will upgrade to Meego (unsupported tough) when it’s stable enough or will go to nitdroid – if it fulfills my needs… who knows… at least I know that I’ve got the power at my hand with my N900 🙂

iOS

Everyone knows that strange company producing fruits… apples to be precisely… I don’t like their product policy to be honest… but they are well thought out, play nice together, are closed from the top to the bottom, only work with their own brothers and sisters and are white… or grey.. or black… with an apple on it…

Those who like it should use it… it’s just not what I need/want

So what do you think about phone operating systems? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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