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Video: The Phones Show – Episode 84 (Review of Nokia N86 and

In episode 84 of The Phones Show, Steve:

  • takes a quick look back at the E75
  • reviews the Nokia N86, 8MP camera phone
  • interviews Lee Williams, Executive Director of the Symbian Foundation

The interview of Lee Williams is slightly disheartening as there are various indications that Symbian will predominantly focus on hard key input, and not the growing trend in touch.

When asked about where he stood on Touch vs Hardware button control [at 08:04], Williams answers,

“Well I think when you look at the total size of the smartphone market and the types of products that are relevant for consumers in that market place, I speculate that no more than 30% of that overall market will actually end up being occupied by touch screen products and display only products. So I think you have at least 70% market place out there that will always be well represented by products of a different form factor where people really like their QWERTY, really like their hard inputs and really like the fous that shows up in the UI so that you can one handed and use it in many different aspects of your life”

I’m sure one handed use is not a virtue of hardware keys alone.

Right now, touch screen handsets are the ones bringing innovation to the mobile phone world in terms of changing how the masses perceive how we interact with phones. If Symbian is going to try and entice developers into producing apps, those apps MUST be optimized for touch.  Maybe it shouldn’t be touch vs hardware input, but a combination of the two – but both being equally optimised forms of input, e.g. Palm Pre, G1 and perhaps even the N97.

The interview also covers the new branding of Symbian Foundation, with images that “look like something my four year old can draw”. Hopefully, it is meant to say that the future of Symbian is something so user friendly, that even a four year old can pick it up and use it.

Another interesting part at 10:40, Williams shows us his Samsung i8910 and Nokia N97, but doesn’t show us  the prototype he’s carrying. Maybe the Sony Ericsson Satio? Or could it be a new Nokia? That’s not really the interesting bit – it’s that Williams favours the Samsung product over the Nokia handset – that’s right. Not Nokia….the manufacturer that SHOULD be the king of Symbian handsets.

via 3lib


  1. RANDOM USER
    July 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Whenever Nokia is mentioned he appears to be quite critical, it is therefore of little suprise to me that he says his primary phone is the I8910. But do note he still carries multiple Nokias. Please note the smile on his face when he mentions the prototype. If indeed a new Nokia (perhaps can’t show perhaps because the N97 has not completed its rollout) and it trumps the N97 this may anger a lot of people.

    I doubt it is the Satio because there are numerous video clips of the Satio circulating and it has already been officialy revealed. Whatever the prototype is I bet it is a monster device, and from the smile I would guess that it is probably not a Nokia.

    RU – N97 4tw

  2. August 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks for the info. Regards

  1. July 3, 2009 at 12:46 am

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