So I recently switched from SE to Nokia. Just thought I’d outline a few differences, pros and cons of each etc. for anybody wondering what changes they’d see when switching from one to the other. The two I’m comparing are Series 40 5th Edition and the Sony Ericsson Proprietary OS found in most older generation phones of theirs like the K750. I’m no expert in either but this is the Internet. Any fool can post anything.
First up, Interface : SE runs their own thing. Pretty quick and responsive on most phones and very easy to find your way around. Most modern installations have support for flash based menu navigation. S40 on the other hand is getting a little long in the tooth. And by long in the tooth I mean Temple of the tooth like long. It’s decently responsive if you keep the transitions turned off. Then it starts lagging. Flash lite support has been introduced, but only on wallpaper and screensavers. On the other hand, the interface is customizable in different ways. Menu icons and icon order are among things that are changeable. The same old gallery views are there on both OS’s, since neither has a dedicated image/media viewer, and use the file manager.
Applications : Both have Java support. But, like that annoying old shopkeeper, S40 refuses to do two things at the same time. You’ll have to quit whatever app you’re using before replying to that message just recieved. SE on the other hand supports multi-tasking for one java app at a time.
Functionality : This is a bit strange. S40 manages to get in a few punches in the way of background file transfers and unlimited message capacity, but then SE pees on Nokia’s feet by showing off it’s multiple alarms and encrypted notes features. Both have more or less the same functionality otherwise, and you won’t notice much difference once you get used to it.
Messaging : SE have two different editors for SMS and MMS. S40 has just one, where you just add content if you want it to turn into an MMS. Switching between the two can be tricky at first, since both employ different methods in various things. For example the Nokia editor sends a message if you click the middle button on the nav pad, whereas the SE editor just asks for the number. There are a few other minor changes in typing style as well.
Multimedia : They’re both pretty sucky when managing and displaying media without a Walkman or XM player. Or to put it more diplomatically, they’re both pretty well matched. Audio quality, as far as I’ve noticed, is better on SE, but still not as good as a dedicated device. Video plays full screen at what seems like a blistering 15fps. If it got any faster I’d say it it could outdraw a man animating single frames with a notebook.
All in all, I’m not particularly drawn by either. But when choosing, I would go for an SE, since IMO they make better designed phones across the price spectrum. Feel free to correct, I am open to editing.