State of the Art: Conjuring a Superphone, With 3 Formulas to Choose: "...Then there's the little issue of mastering this phone. Microsoft's software is vaguely Windows-like, and the Palm OS is vaguely Mac-like. But Symbian's software is just strange. You need a secret decoder ring to identify its infuriatingly unlabeled icons and buttons.
For some, the very idea of a phone operating system is enough to inspire a queasy, frightening, we've-crossed-the-line sort of shiver. And to be sure, there will always be simple, inexpensive phones for mere mortals who just want to call home on the way home from work.
But for corporate types, gadget freaks and anyone whose self-image incorporates a strand or two of James Bond's DNA, the era of superphones has officially begun. And in this weird new world, competition in the operating-system arena can only be good news."
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