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Symbian vs Android: A Brief Comparison

Written on September 20, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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In this article, GADG has compared two of today's most popular OSes -- Symbian and Android.

When it comes to , there are only two best options to take: The Symbian and the . Of course, both have their own specialties and drawbacks. The Symbian is said to be a really old with its first version () being released way back in 2005. It also got numerous updates — with Symbian Belle as being the latest installment. Android, on the other hand, was launched just few months before the Symbian. It was acquired by in 2005 and has kicked off different Android OSes from 2008.

Since their release, these two OSes — along with their makers ( and Google), have been trying to beat each other in terms of performance and service. Perhaps only the gamers have the ability to determine the real winner, as both aims to provide a superb gaming experience. Below, you can see a brief yet detailed between the Symbian and Android OS.


The Android is an open source but with a closed development platform; while the Symbian OS is an out-n-out open source.


Android has a wide array of features, including Application Framework, Dalvik Virtual Machine, Optimized graphic, Accelerometer, Compass, GPS, and several applications like SMS program, maps, calendar, email client, contacts, and Java programming. It also supports videos, still images, common audio files, and other complicated formats. However, Android does have a very poor support for Web games, making it quite unusable for online playing.

Meanwhile, Symbian features C++ programming. It has a high Java support, thus, giving an ultimate gaming experience to users. Symbian smoothly displays games without any buffering like in most online games. Sadly, this OS does not work well when it comes to downloading games.


Symbian and Android are both easy to use and provide a non-complex interface. The two OSes come with great gaming experience, but the Symbian is more preferred for online gaming.


Android-powered handsets has support for wireless Internet — which means users can run Web into their phones even without having a network connection in their handsets. The Symbian OS, on the other hand, does not have an integrated network accelerator for clearer video calling. But users could download one to speed up the Web connection.


The Android’s hardware interface features an autofocus camera, callback on camera error, an interface that provides image data from captured photo, geomagnetic field, and sensor. Symbian-powered smartphones, such as the Nokia N8, have been reported to attain certain glitches when opening large web files.


Android 2.0 now comes with Firefox Mobile Web Browser, which provides users with faster and buffer-free browsing experience. The Symbian browser, on the other hand, could only download one file at a time; but it currently supports multi window browsing.


Both Android and Symbian based handsets offers good multimedia features. However, images and video files appear much better on Android-powered touch screen phones.

With this brief comparison between the two major OS, which one do you think is the winner: Symbian or Android? Share your answers on the comment box below.

  • Anonymous

    No offence, but this review is dreadful. Barely scratches the surface of both operating system, and seems to get a fair amount wrong as well, for such little detail.


  • Guest

    With due respect, this article is not very competently written.

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