Symbian Vs Android Comparison Chart with PROs and CONs

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Android and Symbian are two killer mobile operating systems. Symbian, once was a ruling the cell phone market. But now, Android has replaced it. Ever imagined, why the Symbian, which used to rule the cell phone market since ages, was easily outranked by the new Android mobile operating system in no time. Lets recall the war between the two, Symbian vs. Android.

Successor to Symbian OS, developed by Symbian Ltd, but now, Accenture maintains it. Mobile  Operating system specially designed for smartphones.

Based on Linux, Android is the new mobile operating system, much flexible than the latter one, even managed to run on Tablets too. Open to code and re-designed and is now the best selling smartphone platform world-wide.

Symbian – Android Features Comparison

Both the mobile operating systems, reigns their own world, when it comes to features and usage of the two systems. Both covers a wide range of features and specifications, here’s presented in a easiest way for you to read.

Mobile Operating System/Features

symbian mobile operating systemSymbian

android mobile operating system

Android

Messaging

Supports both SMS and MMS

Supports both SMS and MMS, along with threaded messaging

Multiple Language Support

Supports multiple-language

Supports multiple-language

Web Browser

native Web-Kit based browser, earlier Opera was the default one.

based on the open-source Web-Kit layout engine

Media Support

Supported Formats –Almost all audio formats, where video supported  formats are H.263, H.264, WMV, MPEG4, MPEG4@ HD 720p 25–30 frame/s, MKV, DivX, XviD

Supported formats – WebM, H.263, H.264 (in 3GP or MP4 container), MPEG-4 SP, AMR, AAC, MP3, MIDI, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WAV, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP

Multi-Tasking

Yes

Yes

Multi-Touch

Yes in Symbian^2 and later

Yes

Adobe Flash Support

Yes, Symbian 60 3rd edition and later supports different Flash Lite native versions

Yes, but depends on Device configuration

CPU Architecture

ARM generally

ARM, MIPS, x86

Source Model

Proprietary

Open Source

Package Manager

.sis, .sisx

.apk

Third-Party Software

Available only at Ovi Store

Available at Android Market

Text-Document Support

All mobile applications along with PDF support

All mobile applications along with PDF support

Touch Input Support

Yes, Symbian^1 and later

Yes, all platforms

Multi-Touch Input Support

Yes, Only Symbian Belle, the latest one

Yes, Android OS v2.0 and above

Bluetooth

Yes

Yes

SQL Lite Support

Yes, Symbian 60 3rd Edition and above

Yes

Cut, Copy, Paste Support

Yes

Yes

Email sync protocol support

POP3, IMAP

POP3, IMAP

Bluetooth Support

Yes

Yes

Can we take screenshots

Yes, including Series 80, above requires third party tools

Yes, Requires third-party applications till Android OS v3.x, native in ICS

Video Calling

Yes, the newer versions support video calling

No native support, but customized version does. Google Talk is required in Android OS v2.3.4 and above

Tethering

USB, Bluetooth; mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, with third-party software

USB, Bluetooth; mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. Before Android OS v2.2 third-party tools are required. Later version supports natively

Connectivity Features

GSM/EDGE, IDEN, CDMA, EV-DO, UMTS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE, NFC

Supports connectivity technologies including GSM/EDGE, IDEN, CDMA, EV-DO, UMTS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE, NFC and WiMAX

External Storage

Supports MicroSD cards

Supports MicroSD cards

Push Alerts

Yes

Yes

Voice Recognition

Series 60 3rd Edition and above

Yes

Programmed In

C++

C, Java, C++

Latest Release

Symbian Belle

Android OS v4.0 aka ICS

Application Availability and Choice

Though both the mobile operating system covers all the features and specifications which a smartphone should have, but it’s Android which offers us the flexibility and customization and personalization which Symbian lacks. Another attraction is the Android Market with loads of free/paid Android apps providing all sorts of comforts which were missed in default device, though Ovi Store is there for Symbian users, but it can in no way stands up-front beating the Android Market.

Variety of Devices

To consider, Android offers wide variety of smartphone devices to choose from, where Symbian is mainly confined only to Nokia devices and some what over-priced, especially the new devices. And to add, frequent Android platform adding more value to the previous one is one of the alluring feature, where Symbian, though updates their devices, but not that as frequent, as Android is pacing up with lots of improvement than it’s later one’s. And to add some geek toppings, Android users can also enjoy custom ROMs on their devices, but there’s no such thing for Symbian.

Summing it up, Android provides great features, Android Market to woe off any glitches or feature disablement and more, but Symbian is not a thing for the future, already replaced by Windows Phone 7 or is about to.

But do let us know what do you think about the two mobile operating system. I chose Android over Symbian, what’s your bit?

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  1. Shivaram Krishnan says:

    Symbian has Conversation View for messaging.

  2. mayur kharabe says:

    first thing is that this complete bullshit tilting towards android…..i mean if you wanna tell how android is better why the heck you compare it with other operating system huh…..???android is not yet stable and thats what they ”andromaniac” trying to do and thats why it get frequent updates over and over thats all……you are just wrote and compare completely different systems without proper knowledge of it…..its like comparing george michael with ricky martin tellin the world how specific one is good……!!!!!!

    • sourojit says:

      I will not say android is not stable, updates just makes them better with added functionality. With other points I may agree with u.

  3. adwit says:

    symbian supports threaded sms view

  4. John says:

    Android is fun for sure, but I still like to use my old Symbian-powered device for my daily activities, specifically for this security reason:

    Despite all the joy that free apps can give to Android users, I am getting more and more worried each day to find out how many of these apps now ‘force’ us to give permissions to access our personal data from the start or when it requires an update (starting from owner information, GPS location, your accounts information, and sending sms or make phone calls – sending ad to your device is no longer sufficient – they all like to build ‘customer database’). Sure you can choose not to install them, but most of the ‘fun’ side will be gone, and not all apps can be purchased to get rid of their unnecessary access requests. And since I am not an advanced user, I do not really understand how deep they can take information out of my device. And although this does not seem dangerous for my simple and ordinary life, I still don’t want to give unknown people easy access to my personal data and files, for unknown reasons. It annoys me already to get promotions via sms everyday.

    My solution at this moment: I use my Android tablet (Note 10.1) just for fun, without bothering to fill in owner information, contacts, and emails. I merged down owner information in the welcome screen picture (in case I lost it), and I can still access my emails through internet browser. If I want. This is perfect solution for me, since I have no intention to use it my communication device (it’s to big anyway).

    With an old, more closed-system like symbian (although not 100% virus or malware proof, nobody is), I can call, sms, and access emails with my old Nokia phone with more comfort.

    I hope the upcoming windows 8 phones will have similar treatment to such security threats like we normally have in a PC environment. I do wish to have a more closed system, where we can simply install apps that will work in the local machine only, or in a ‘sandboxed’ environment (except only for a few apps that are meant to have communication access like Whatsapp). At least, I know that we simply need to deal with viruses and malwares from time to time, but not regular apps that come with too much requests.

  5. John says:

    In short, with an Android system, I feel like I can have the device, but not total control of the device and information in it. You can kiss good bye to your personal secrecy.

    PS: I wonder if the Android system provider itself ( (i.e., Google and device manufacturer) can collect your personal database?

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