Stop looking at these screen and start comparing real functionality!!!
Why is it that everybody complains about "an unappealing interface" without bother to look at the real functionality?
What's so goddamn great with these "modern" phones. They have less functionality then (most of) their predecessors. But one thing they all have in common. Great super-duper AMO-PIPO-kako-whatever-LED screens with amazing high resolution (yeah right on a 3.5" thingy in your fecking hand). Which necessitates the need for even a faster processor and hence less battery-life.
Just look at what's left out (compared to other models from the same manufacturer) on the Samsung Galaxy S for example? Sure it has a fast cpu and super AMO-dickshit-screen but that's it! It has no new or even improved functionality compared to it's older brother. In fact if it looses some (it's the only high-end model without LED flash). If Samsung (in this particular case) wasn't such a jack-ass company and just properly released updates across their entire range of phones than the old Galaxy probably beats the shit out o/t new one. And hence defeats the purpose o/t new one altogether.
I'm not sure how Nokia handles the lifespan of their devices. But what I've seen so far is much better then Samsung, HTC or even Apple.
I would like it if "reviewers" would stop concentrating on how good the screen is (or how fast the cpu is on paper) but more at actual features (compared to former models). Because in that respect my ancient Omnia (which runs the wrongly most despised WM6.1 OS) beats the crap out on most other handsets out there (yet it hasn't got the best screen).
I think that most Symbian phones have a great featureset and decent build quality for a fair price. In fact I played a few times with a colleagues Nokia 5530 and I was suprised how swift it was for such a lower-end smartphone. It feels solid in hand though it's made of plastic. I thought its UI wasn't so bad at all with big colourfull icons. In fact I was right at home in few minutes, taking snaps, movies, sending stuff over bluetooth to PC etc... It even has a great call quality. I was really impressed with it. Especially considering its price. At one moment I even thought of getting its bigger brother the 5800 just to see if my impression was correct.
At least you can make proper phonecalls with it without wearing a condom over your head.