I’ve been debating posting this article since I first read it this morning. My main issue is that the author has yet to say one negative thing about the company he loves: Apple. He has a lot to say about everyone else, a whole lot, but I’ve yet to see him critique the company that wins his heart. To me, that shows blind faith. Especially since he is defending a phone that doesn’t even exist yet.
I’m the polar opposite of this guy. I realize that there are a lot of people saying good things about Nokia. Why should I join that party? I like pointing out defects because I think that’s the only way a company can grow. I love Nokia, but at the same time I greatly enjoy exposing what companies like Apple, Sony, Motorola, HTC, etc. are doing well. It is beneficial to keep a watchful eye on the competition, and a critical eye on yourself when looking in the mirror.
Without further hesitation, here is the introduction of his piece:
Responding to Origins: Why the iPhone is ARM, and isn’t Symbian,
sources from Sweden and Finland offer a revealing look inside Symbian
development and how the OS is regarded at Nokia, and what that means
for development on the iPhone.
One developer writes, â€œIn most regards, Symbian’s reputation as a modern, robust, stable and advanced OS for smartphones is not well deserved. Sure, Symbian works, it has a very long feature list, and it’s probably even the best smartphone OS available today. But it’s mostly because the competition is pathetic than anything else.
â€œI have a done several Symbian projects and have a thorough knowledge and low-level understanding of Symbian. And I just hate it. It’s a very bad and uninspiring OS even from a programmers point of view.â€
Sources close to Nokia say that Symbian is secretly regarded inside the company–even among high level senior executives–as a "peace-of-shit-OS," explaining that â€œFinnish people usually have a very coarse language.â€
A Symbian developer explains, â€œNokia is more or less stuck with Symbian since it doesn’t have the competence nor the time to make a new OS from the ground up. Its only alternative, in practice, is to go Linux, which it is of course experimenting with, but it’s still not an easy path to go.
Read the rest at: Roughly Drafted
There is certainly going to be a little regret in me after I hit the publish button. The only reason I’m doing it is because I know several Symbian developers read this blog, and I would like to hear their opinion.
The "sources" that Roughly Drafted talks about don’t have a name.
Roland says he is waiting on Nokia’s response to this article. To be frank with you Roland, I think Nokia isn’t even going to blink at something that yet another Apple zealot has to say about a phone that hasn’t shipped, all the while insulting every other platform on the market right now.