Series 40 vs Sony Ericsson Proprietary : A short review

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.


17 Responses to “Series 40 vs Sony Ericsson Proprietary : A short review”

  1. June 30, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Although I love SE phones, one thing that Nokia has over the SE is 3rd party application. The symbian OS supports more apps (Nokia specific) than the SE. But overall if you’re looking for budget phones that pack a punch SE would be the one. On the other hand, if you want a phone priced higher than a laptop (but also acts like a Swiss army knife, the higher end ones anyway), go for the Nokia.

    Or you can be cheap and tacky and buy a Chinese tv phone.

  2. 3 Chavie
    June 30, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    all in all, never buy a motorola even if it comes cheap… talking from experience here, it’s been a rocky 3 year marriage… the thing I hate the most is the fact that the GPRS disconnects everytime I exit Opera Mini… 😦

    but yes, SE FTW! 🙂

    • June 30, 2009 at 5:02 pm

      Erm… ALL phones do that, dude. Unless you set it to always online, which is kinda pointless as they can connect within seconds anyway.

      • 5 Chavie
        June 30, 2009 at 5:10 pm

        yea, but like I pay 2 bucks everytime it connects, don’t I? and Motorola doesn’t have an ‘always online’ feature…

        And you have to flash the phone to install new themes, that sucks since it voids the warranty… 😕

        point is: Motorola sucks big time! 😉

  3. June 30, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    See? They just don’t like you.

  4. 13 chathuraw
    June 30, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Hmmm… Nice review. But although I think u should have tried Nokia Series 60 3rd Edition. S40 is just… meh! 😛 I’ve been an S60 lover since a long time. Switched to SE W810i last year. But didn’t like it and went back to S60 again 😀

  5. June 30, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    hmm if u use t9 like me when texting the SE displays words options as a drop down menu, this is something i miss a lot on the nokia. also nokia i guess supports a wider range of java apps, and the ability to change a lot of things using themes is pretty cool.nokia also supports a wider range of video and audio formats. but camera quality on SE is quite better than in nokia.

    and i do agree with the previous comment that s60 is far greater, many more apps.

  6. July 1, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Was never happy with the older S40, but had to live with it on my 6260. Switched backed to 6600 with the Series 60. Now on the S40E3 version, interface interaction is pretty good, graphics is good enough for the eyes. Only hitch with the S40 is that you need to close one app to use another. Doesnt allow multiple apps.. if they could correct this it would gr8.

    as for SE as whole.. never was happy with the interface nor functionality..:) except for the Camera App.

    @chathuraw – S60 rockssssss

  7. July 1, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Yeah, S60 is a much more fully-featured platform than 40, but most people wouldn’t use most of the features either.

    Yeah, I miss that too. Pressing the * key to switch is a pain. Re the apps, don’t they work on SE’s too, if they’re the same screen res? You just need to have the same installation of java. Current is 2.1 I think. S60 does have it’s own apps though.

    S40 still doesn’t look as nice as SE though… And yes, you can’t even minimize the single app that you can open. That’s a major pain in the ass.

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