Aug. 23rd, 2011

I have my stupider ideas late at night/early in the morning, so will admit right up front that this may well be one of them.

There's this video going around of the Nokia N8 running the leaked Symblan Belle release. And it looks pretty good. At a superficial level I'd have to say that the UI/UX looks better than stock Android 2.3, even though it's running on hardware that'd be considered very low-end on a 'droid.

And the battery life of the N8, while not as awesome as Symbian phones used to be, is still far better than typical Android phones. In the GSMArena review they're claiming about two days of moderate/heavy use on a single charge -- a typical droid will get a day. And this is on the original Symbian^3 release, one may perhaps hope for some improvement in Anna and Belle.

It's not lost on me that this is the second Nokia OS release this year that's really knocked my socks off. If WP7 doesn't work out for them, or there's another coup at the top, they've clearly got more than one direction they can go.

So, yeah, I'm looking at this and can't help wondering if an N8 running Belle might not be just the ticket for the next year or so while the dust settles on just where Android and WP7 are going.


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