Symbian slags off iPhone: "6 months for cut and paste?"

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    And so they should.

    Apple had the nerve to call the iPhone a smartphone while lacking such basic features as 'copy and paste'. I'd also add to the list usable Bluetooth ( which is crippled ), just recently added, turn by turn navigation, but yet having GPS but not being able to make much use of it. Finally, Multi-tasking.. which is restricted to a handful of apps.

    So - competitors do and regularly highlight products weaknesses, and Apple do this too - and should accept this when applied to them.

  3. macrumors 601


    Aug 29, 2006
    Isn't that particular snark from Nokia, who's had a pretty rough quarter a bit late? Or is it more concerning for them that they didn't even have a handset to rival an iPhone without cut and paste for all that time.... ;)
  4. macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2006
    Norwich, Norfolk, UK
    8 years

    8 years of Symbian and still no usable interface?
  5. macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    personally, its fine for me.. does the job.

    Functionality over a little less candy eye.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2005
    To be honest, I think any criticism that relies on an issue long since resolved sounds more that a little pathetic. Would anybody give any serious time to the retort that it took Nokia almost 20 years to ship a phone with a colour screen? Compare products available now to other products available now.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2009
    Newport Beach, CA
    both valid points... seems like nokia is bitter about a lot of this, one of the major reasons being this recent huge lawsuit against apple. Seems like a game of "yea well you did this....ok, but you did this!," instead of realizing that both companies have had their short comings and success stories. It's a shame that this thread is just going to turn into a big sh*t storm of what Nokia has and hasn't done in comparison to what Apple has or has not done. Nothing's perfect, some things are better than others at times, but marketing based on those principles wouldn't work to the advantage of the company, so I guess it's safe to say that it's up to the consumer to do his/her research and decide what best for them, and not one what one bias has to say over the next.
  8. macrumors G3


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    Well, its there now, so no one but geeks are going to give a ****.

    Also, I haven't seen an easier to use/understand implementation of copy/paste, so now that its here, I really don't care that other phones can do it.
  9. macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Wasn't Nokia...Symbian is an open platform now, separate from Nokia

    From a feature standpoint, Symbian has a lot going for, its got lots of work to do
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2003
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    Symbian: our OS is so advanced it hasn't even been released yet!
  11. macrumors 68020

    Aug 28, 2009
    Symbian is still owned by Nokia...

    2008: Symbian acquired by Nokia; Symbian Foundation formed.
  12. macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2007
    London, UK
    A feature you can easily understand, use, not to mention find, is worth a million features you can't. Hell, it took Apple how many years to release a phone? When they did, it was better.
  13. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2003
    51st State of America
    I with Gruber on this.

    I quote from Daringfireball:

    The two main problems Apple needed to solve were (a) how to allow for the selection of a range of text, and (b) how to invoke cut/copy/paste commands on a system without a keyboard and without a menu bar. Their solution to (a) was to make selection an extension of the existing magnifier loupe interface for placing the insertion point. Their solution to (b) was to present the commands in what is effectively a pop-up contextual menu that appears only when you have made a selection or moved the insertion point.


    That we had to wait two years for the iPhone’s text selection and pasteboard is a good example of one aspect of the Apple way: better nothing at all than something less than great. That’s not to say Apple never releases anything less than great, but they try not to.2 This is contrary to the philosophy of most other tech companies — and diametrically opposed to the philosophy of Microsoft. And it is very much what drives some people crazy about Apple — it’s simply incomprehensible to some people that it might be better to have no text selection/pasteboard implementation while waiting for a great one than to have a poor implementation in the interim.


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