The past couple of weeks I’ve been playing with a selection of Nokia handsets running the latest Symbian Anna OS (N8-00, C7-00, E6-00). Firstly the biggest sense that hits you is how a few simple changes in the OS design can seriously change the usable feel of the device. When you compare the old with the new, you can clearly see the improvements – smoother icons, better text input ability through the long awaited addition of portrait mode. No more spinning the handset around to tap in your text.
For me this iteration of the OS has been long overdue – somewhat late to the UI party. UI is king – users are well versed in the sexy UI’s offered by iOS and Android. Although it does bring the look and feel of Symbian up to date for the current slew of handsets. It’s the UI of N9 and Nokia Windows Phone that could really set Nokia as a headline act in the coming months when they hit the shops.
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