I know the following question is hard to be answered and i really dont want to start fights here, so if anyone here is a faithful believer in one of the options, step back please and make room for those who try to discuss…
As i am about to buy myself a new Cellphone i would love to hear your opinion. When i bought my last one there has only been Windows Mobile for what i need… but nowadays there are other OSs as well. Yet the problem is that i dont find good pages that can help me decide on what to get since 90% of the pages are made by fanatics and i guess that technical freaks lik us here can do a better job… so what would you say about the follwoing:
I leave Apple out since i dont plan to spend money worth several months of work for a phone ;0)
The topics i would like to ask for being discussed are: Overall impression, GPS functionality (Is there navigation software available? Geocaching? … ), Programmability: is there a way of writing my own stuff?
Lastly: Qhat do you think about privacy and Android? Is there a problem?
what would you say about the following
I would say “Strange list, missing out the predominant smartphone OS” (by a very large margin).
As a developer, I truly believe that WebOS or Android is the way to go.
I chose Andoid because I have worked a lot with Java, and it does not hurt that it is open source.
As for GPS: http://developer.android.com/reference/android/location/package-summary.html
You get geocoding and reverse geocoding served on a silver plate.
You asked for fatihful believers to stay out. I have to admit that I am a believer, but I do not fit in the ‘faithful’ category. When something makes you believe, it is quite different from when you choose to believe.
If you want gps, I would say that android is the way to go… Haven’t tested gps in it myself, but the video’s of it looks awesome! I only got an old HTC Magic, so i can’t test the new gps either :-[
AWOL: I wouldnt use any other smartphone OSs since those are, from what i know, the most abundant and hence those with the most software?
Symbian is a nogo for me as it is, as far as i know, NOkia exclusive and i would never buy one of theirs.
Perhaps you’ve never heard of Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Sony Ericsson, Sharp or Samsung?
As i said: As far as i know.
I thought it was… well… i will have a look at Symbian then as well, thanks.
I’ve never even heard of Symbian before…
I was going to recommend Android, but I guess if that’s a choice I don’t know enough to input :P.
I’ve never even heard of Symbian before
It outsells RIM about 2:1, and Apple better than 3:1
I would say Android or Symbian too; both are very open and easy to develop for.
I know for Android, if you want to do dev work on the OS itself, you have to either get a dev phone ($$$) or root a regular phone, which causes you to lose certain features on the network until you revert to normal user (or at least, this is the case with my G1; I am not sure about recent stuff - I don’t even play in that arena - my G1 is a phone for me, not a dev environment).
For normal application (java) development, though, a regular Android phone works fine.
I don’t know anything about Symbian, other than it is linux-based and pretty open, both pluses to me!
I don’t know anything about Symbian, other than it is linux-based
Even the thing you know is wrong :
Symbian is based on Psion’s earlier EPOC.