Nokia is starting to push Symbian to cheaper devices that currently have the S40 operating system, which can't multitask, for instance. I hear that one of the good things about the Symbian OS is that it can be successfully run in considerably cheaper hardware than other smartphone operating systems.
I doubt Symbian is going to disappear any time soon, more likely its market share will increase - due to the S40->Symbian/S60 transition, much more (Nokia) phones can be categorized as "smartphones". And it's not like every future phone will have a touchscreen; in non-touchscreen devices, I think Symbian/S60 is still unbeatable.
People are calling Nokia a patent-troll, but Apple deserves this. They have patents on multi-touch gestures and because of that competitors (like Android) can't implement features requiring multi-touch.
That's ridiculous. There are Android phones with multi-touch gestures; stuff like that predate the iPhone by decades.
More likely it's about Apple refusing to license their multi-touch patents (have you noticed that no other phone has the pinch gesture; now you know why). Nokia is saying "we can play that too.."
The HTC Hero has the pinch gesture. There probably are others, too.
He just said he didn't need a phone.
The N810 isn't a phone. The upcoming N900 is, however.
Suggest you just sit there and wait till life gets easier.