The information on this page is outdated and may not be accurate anymore, since I now use an iPhone, which has perfect Mandarin input (and font) support.
As far as I know, the only way to add Chinese input methods is by re-flashing the unit with appropriate firmware, which:
- Is just plain stupid (the whole point of Symbian is having a modular OS)
- Does not allow you to keep most European language support (such as Portuguese)
Typically, APAC Singapore variants are the ones with Simplified Chinese support, so look for those product codes for your hardware.
Fonts and Browsing
I have so far tried the following techniques:
Using the “magic” font file XBDL.TTF
Finding that file on the Internet and dropping it into Resource/Fonts into my memory card worked (to a point):
- I can read the body text in Engadget Chinese using the WebKit browser, although the titles are still unreadable (I assume it’s a typeface variant that this font file does not contain).
- The built-in RSS reader could not render titles in the menu (or in items) as well, but item body text was perfectly readable.
- Opera Mini 3 and 4 do not display any Chinese characters (I assume they must be using the same font that WebKit uses for titles)
- I cannot activate storage mode on the phone, since the font file is loaded by the OS and (of course) locks the card.
(Putting the file in RAM is, due to its size and Nokia’s stinginess where it regards adding proper internal storage to its devices, not an option.)
- The system font used for the Active Standby screen and soft keys changed
- All WebKit text seemed to change (which is consistent with the contents o simsun.ttf, but it still could not display titles in Engadget Chinese
- Opera Mini 3 and 4 showed no improvement over the other technique (i.e., Chinese characters still displayed as blocks)
- Overall, the Chinese characters displayed worse than with XBDL.TTF