The long-existed OS from Nokia, Symbian, has shown its old age. However, it still tries to get better by releasing its new version of Symbian, the Symbian Anna. So, even though Symbian is an old OS, the Symbian Anna is quite new. Here, I am going to try to compare it with the latest version of the powerful young OS, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
As for the visual, the Symbian Anna now has a real-time scrolling between home screens. It also has new set of icons that are quite attractive. However, it seems that Nokia still use the same blocky font set that makes it look unattractive and outdated.
With those additions, the new Symbian Anna may look better, but it is still not good enough, since at some point we can still see the outdated S60 platform from ten years ago.
As for the Android looks, we don’t have to doubt it. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is already a good looking platform from its raw form. It has multiple customizable home screens, good animations on each menus, and a set of minimalist icons. That combination is one of the reasons why this OS is very successful in the market.
There is also one point that is interesting on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That is the manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson can add their own touches to the user interface. This makes even the Android OS more interesting and have different tastes on different manufacturers.
So, it seems that the new and refreshing facelift of Symbian OS, the Symbian Anna, is still unable to beat the eye-catching Android 2.3 Gingerbread.