Half of Symbian users would consider a Windows Phone from Nokia
Nokia’s global dominance has been on a steady decline over the last few years thanks to the substantial growth and popularity of their rivals. Realizing that Symbian might not be able to survive today’s market, Nokia has adopted Microsoft’s mobile platform in an attempt to compete.
Just a few weeks ago a leaked image surfaced of what is possible the Nokia Sea Ray, which many expect to me the manufacturer’s first Windows Phone powered handset. A combination of the young yet polished Windows Phone operating system with Nokia’s top-notch hardware may end up being a winner. At least Nokia hopes so.
A bulk of Nokia Windows Phone adopters may very well be current Nokia owners. According to the poll taken by allaboutsymbian.com, 48.58% of Symbian users would consider purchasing a Windows Phone from Nokia. Considering the amount of Symbian devices still in use around the globe, this could be great news for Nokia. Of course this is only a poll.
The more than 51% that said they would not purchase a Nokia Windows Phone did not have the ability to specify why or what else they would consider buying instead. So how about it, would you any of you current Symbian users purchase a Nokia Windows Phone? Tell us what you think.
1. tsets (Posts: 11; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
There is a little thing called fans they exist for every company but no other company has avid fans as nokia,because it doesn't matter whether it is or isn't the best phone out there its their best phone!such loyalty exists only in sony ericsson and nokia.There is no denying this.....
4. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
eh u might have forgotten apple… but ya i wud love if wp became huge.. if it gets a significantly better app store I would consider switching back to it
31. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)
Apple's ecosystem is not as simple as "every company has fans". It's more of a religion or a cult.
2. Striker (unregistered)
Well, I am not a Symbian user. But soon I will be either an Iphone or a Win phone user. I am not sure yet. 60% Iphone / 40% Win phone :) But not Android:) Not anymore...
3. Elop (unregistered)
I'll not use windows phones at least in two years ahead.I'm buying Nokia brand just because it runs Symbian and meeGo which offer me the quality of smartphone platform.I'll stick with Nokia N9 until I meet with the OS that suit my taste and needs.
5. lubba (Posts: 1309; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
It doesn't hurt to try wp7. Though does not have super specs, it is coming including better camera too! Folks don't downplay wp7. More stuff on the way, "Apollo."
6. Commentator (Posts: 2080; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Dual-core and qHD, AMOLED screen is all that it would take to switch me to WP. Sadly, this looks like it won't happen any time soon.
7. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
It should happen soon there adding dual cores so everything else should fall in line an the Focus has Amoled but it is Wvga
12. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 770; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
It doesn't hurt to try the iPhone either, but when I already know it won't do/have half the stuff I want, what's the point?
19. lubba (Posts: 1309; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Tested it and seen enough of it. Screen is too small. It doesn't have social integration built in phone. Widgets are not live. It does not interact with user. I prefer large easy to touch and read tiles that are live than dead little widgets. Iphone does not have office integration which is important me. All my documents to go at home or office or anywhere. All info on my wp7 and saved in my cloud storage and open to edit where ever i am. iphone does not have xbox integration either which i also prefer. I use my phone to txt my xbox friends. soon wp will be a remote to control some features on xbox. I love my xbox! Best investment i ever maid! Use to hate MS until bought xbox360. Side note. Anyway wp7 do have room for more improvements. Its coming. I told you that!
8. James Scott (unregistered)
Right now I use the Nokia N8, since I am a Printed Circuit Board designer I value the hardware over the software, nothing beats the N8's 12mp sensor and Carl Zeiss camera system, but I would like a little more integration with windows but the hardware would have to exceed what I have now. Maybe the the next version of the N8 with Windows Phone 8.
27. RVM (unregistered)
I read some rumours suggesting N8's successor will be Symbian based. But who knows, maybe there will be WP version aswell.
10. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 770; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
Been a Nokia user for 6 years. N75, 6500 Slide, N95-3, E71, E72, N97, and the N8 are all phones I have had. The N8 is one of 4 that I still have left, and one I use along side my Desire Z.
I will not consider Windows Phone at this point because the OS doesn't offer any of the functionality and features that Symbian had that I like, and that's even with Mango. It's too iOS/iPhone like in way too many respects, like how the user has to use a computer program to do load/remove anything from the phone. Most people would probably like that. I'm not most people. I want the freedom to choose that, not be forced to use it to load things onto the phone. Memory is another issue with the lack of expandable memory via microSD. The UI design and apps are also a reason I won't consider it. The maority of the UI, while smooth, looks too unorganized, and it's things are over simplified, and lacking options. This carries over to apps as well such as the music player. I'm not the type of user who simply wants to listen to music. I want to be able to fine tune the sound of it. I can't even find a PowerAMP type player for WP, and being able to use my phone as a music player is huge for me, so that's out too. I can even go on with the spec sheets of most of them which aren't impressive at all, and the lack of a QWERTY slider models, but that doesn't matter because I'm not sold on anything else about WP.
Maybe if these things are changed, I'll consider it, but at this point, WP is nothing more than an OS trying to be iOS with a different look and an actual customizable homescreen with shortcuts and widgets. So Android it is, and I'll keep my N8 for photo and video.
21. lubba (Posts: 1309; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Totally disagree with you. Too iOS like! Buddy you full of sh..t and lies. Better check your eyes cuz if anything, symbian and android is iphone like. Basically android is more or less an iphone rip-off. What are you talking about load or remove stuff from phone? Removable memory, wp7 do have. Just voids warranty if you mess with it. Reason for low memory is because you have 25gigs cloud storage to save your stuff, now including your mp3 music. UI smooth but you believe it's unorganized? Huh? Scratching my head. Simplicity, i prefer simplicity than not knowing what all those options are on Android and the heck I'm doing. For goodness sakes! Options, what options do you need! What, a background wallpaper with stripper shaking her booty! Not Necessary! Fine tune sound. I don't know of any phone has such. You said UI smooth but you're unimpressed with specs. Again you're full of crap! Lack of qwerty keyboard! Iphone didn't become successful because it did not have qwerty keyboard. Overall you're full of bull and lies.
26. dionddc (Posts: 129; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)
I think what meant was the fact that Microsoft is behaving very much like Apple when it comes to the hardware and UI. Android is much more customisable, where else Windows Phone - not so much. He's not emphasising that Windows Phone is bad, or whether what he wants is necessary or not. But in fact, he is right on a slight tangent, the only difference between the two OSs in terms of strategy, is the fact that iOS is Apple's and Apple's only, where else Windows Phone is licensed to many manufacturers. They're both fairy closed ecosystems.
Doesn't matter anyway, iOS > Windows Phone. :P
29. lubba (Posts: 1309; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Did you read what he saying. He talking about os, not strategy. Just making wp look bad like carriers reps.
11. hepresearch (unregistered)
I do not plan on ever, ever owning a Windows Phone handset. I am a Symbian user (I've had S80 2nd Ed., S60 3rd Ed., S60 3rd Ed. FP2, S60 2nd Ed., etc...), but I do not like any of the available popular smartphones that are around these days. I'll get a cheap feature phone if I ever have to replace my current Nokia and cannot find another old Nokia smartphone to switch to for cheap...
13. snowgator (Posts: 3149; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
In the tech circles, people like WP, but seem to want to wait on W8. Among the standing manufacturers such as HTC and Samsung, Android is the first choice and Windows is a tough, but not impossible, sell. Among the Symbian fans, resntment seems high towards WP and they are not interested. However, those who support Nokia as a hardware provider they trust will be all over WP. They are the only built in audience Microsoft has. They can build off of them as well as those of us who have given it a fair chance and like it and maybe the two or three WeBOS users looking for a new home.
33. Veigald (unregistered)
"Among the Symbian fans, resentment seems high towards WP and they are not interested"
You know that you are commenting on an article saying ~49% of Symbian users would consider a Nokia WP phone? Seems to me you're projecting your own sentiments here.
37. snowgator (Posts: 3149; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
No, not really. 49% of the users say they would, which leaves 51% saying they won't. Read @hepresearch above. I believe those saying they will try WP are Nokia fans and will stick with the manufacturer they like. Those that love Symbian feel betrayed. I am a WP supporter, as anyone on this site knows. But I try not to be a fan boy.
14. rafael.roque (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Jul 2010)
I will not give up my choice for Symbian and Meego just because ONE CEO convinced the board of directors with sellout money from microsoft to adopt Windows Phone OS. I like many Symbian users, hate having corporate douche bags tell us what we want! Even with Windows Phone 7 out; I didn't drop Symbian for it, so why should I now? I even encourage Nokia users to boycott any windows phone offering in response to that trojan Elop killing off what Symbian, Meego and Nokia stand for!
15. wishall.raj (unregistered)
I would defenitely not go for a windows phone. WP7 is no match to symbian. It has very limited features and when compared to symbian it is not as user friendly and flexible as symbian.
16. wishall.raj (unregistered)
I would defenitely not use a WP7 based phone. It is no where near symbian. It defenitely cannot match the usability of symbian and is also no match for the features that a symbian os can offer. I have been using symbian for 6 years now and i never had a complaint about it. Symbian ^3, Symbian Anna and Symbian Belle are truely masterpieces if symbian os' and Nokia should really think about developing symbian in the same path.
25. haikallp (unregistered)
before you guys go and say 'i will nvr use a wp', try using it for bout a wk, then you will know why wp is great. Heck i've used symbian last time and it cant beat wp for s**t.
28. rafael.roque (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Jul 2010)
I have tried it because I sell them at work along with iPhone and Android phones, but I own an N8 with Symbian. Part of my job requires me knowing the in and outs of all systems so that I can find the right fit for my customers. With that said, I still don't get much love for Windows Phone from my customers even with all it's buttery smooth interface.
I mean it has a nice thing going for itself by being different than the Android and iOS but it just doesn't offer any significant advantages over Android, iOS or even Symbian for that matter. As for myself, I personally love that with Symbian I can have the best of all worlds while still maintaining full control of my phone and yes I'm a power user and that is why Windows Phone will not work for me or many Symbian users out there.
42. lubba (Posts: 1309; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
How much control do you have over iOS? Yet its popular. Symbian dead 2016 and you say wp does not offer advantages. What advantages does android have over wp? Please stop your bad press or negative campaign!
39. jimjam (Posts: 227; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)
I too am sad to see symbian go. However that aside, I have eager eyes on the nokia wp7 offerings as they always produce such fantastic phones. Nokia are more than likely to help wp7 compete with the big boys.
Although Symbian seems like it was going nowhere, I think they should have continued it in parallel to the new wp7 offerings. Scaling it down gradually. Kind of ease us into the transition. We could all then see for ourselves why moving over would be a good idea rather than being forced to pick something else.
17. Bob (unregistered)
I shifted from Symbian 40 to Android 2.2 and am not entirely pleased with this move as I miss the structured ease of Symbian. The list of problems I have with Android 2.2 just keeps growing .. one realises this after using the OS as I did for 3 months +. Android OS seems scattered and unruly and one is absolutely certain that unless its a Google Phone its gonna be an issues galore. I am mighty impressed with what I saw, read and referred about the Mango Update (WP7.5) and I believe its a good mix of a restricted and an open platform. Its only because of Motorola's device as a hardware manufacturer that keeps me interested in Android but the OS am eagerly willing to shell out precious $$ is WP7.5.
18. dtzydtzy (unregistered)
WP seems to be a good phone for non phone-geeks like me. Got all the features I need in a phone plus a cool looking UI
22. lubba (Posts: 1309; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Come on! Stop being stupid! If you like Nokia, try wp. If not, stick with the soon to be dead symbian or go to Android. They are similar. Wp is still young and growing. There are alot more coming; increasing specs, best in class camera, total ecosystem integration, and Apollo! Don't fret. Try it, use it, and it. Eventually you will appreciate wp.
30. rafael.roque (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Jul 2010)
"If you like Nokia, try wp."
- That just sounds so wrong. first of all WP is not nokia, so how does that make any sense?!? You obviously have never given Symbian a try because anyone who has ever used Symbian would know that Nokia is Symbian.
- And the reason for the boycott stems from Nokia's CEO (AKA Microsoft trojan) making the choice for us. We didn't choose WP, we chose Symbian and taking that choice away from us is plain wrong. If we wanted WP, then we would of ditched Nokia when WP became available. But as market share has shown, not even Android and iOS users have reason to switch to WP.
- My point to cut this short is CHOICE. We Nokia users had that freedom and chose Symbian over all else, and we didn't bother anyone else about it. It was only when Elop took that choice away from us that we began to voice our opinion about WP. So don't make stupid assumptions about what we should like or not like because we don't tell you what to like or not like.
32. Joe.Allen.J (unregistered)
you keep saying " We didn't choose", Is nokia a company run by people's voting or am missing something ?
Lets say all of what you said is true, it will not change the fact, Symbian is losing market share each day ( symbain users are ditching it for another OS ) and following WebOS so they have to make a choice either Android or WP.
Too many handsets in the market for Android and not to mention it's a chaotic OS and needless to say apple will come knocking on your door along with MS either banning you or forcing you to pay royalties.... the choice becomes clear after that.
35. lubba (Posts: 1309; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
What's done is done. Can't change it now so get over it. Hey there's always iphone to go too or Android.
23. Kang (unregistered)
Well, I'm an Android User and even I'm waiting for Nokia's WP7 4G devices. I'm getting sick of crashing all the time Android.
34. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)
Why dont you guys just wait until Nokia release their first WP7 phone and then start talking.
36. Lee (unregistered)
I'll definitely be getting a WP7 phone in the future. I used to have a Samsung Focus which was a great phone but I ended up switching to a cheaper plan with another carrier and my Focus did not support the carriers frequency so i sold it. At the time the carrier didnt have any WP7 phones available so I ended up getting a cheap deal on the Optimus 2X which is my current phone. Android is a decent OS and does everything i need however the laggy and buggy experience leave me a bit dissapointed. I much prefer the slick UI of WP7.
38. jimjam (Posts: 227; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)
People buy nokia because they last. I'm still using several nokia phones which if they were iphones/android would have been superceded several times over by now.
Also of course the worldwide travel use with pentaband 3G which few other manufacturers can boast.
Free and decent turn by turn Sat Nav with no data connection requirements
Excellent call quality - your phone is first and foremost a phone
The benefits of nokia go on and on and I am likely to try a wp7 device when nokia launches some decent hardware. Great move by microsoft to get them on board.
40. speed4evr (Posts: 78; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Im not familiar with Symbian OS, n the only Nokia devices I played with were the old school brick phones like 10 years ago. Ive had 2 windows devices, Treo 800w n hTC Touch Diamond, both had Win Mobile 6.1 n wasnt too impressed. I got the Diamond based the a rumor of Sprint getting the Hero. I was following Android from the beginning, I been happy with Hero, Evo 4g, Nexus S 4g and especially with Evo 3d. I like playing with iOS, but I love open source community and development for the Android ecosystem. just my opinions.
41. lubba (Posts: 1309; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Minds are set. That's what it basically boils down too. And the eyes are blind. though one can point out the many positive aspects of wp, the heart remains with the old. they Are reluctant to the potential of wp. Nokia is moving forward. Those who moan and groan and does not want come along can stay behind or move to a new path.