Useless phones

This article on what handset vendors are doing wrong is excellent.

I'm enjoying using my Sony Ericsson 610i - Sony managed to realise that their useless joysticks weren't very good, so this model has a keypad instead for navigation. I have trouble sending mails unless I've done a 'send and receive' and battery life is a bit disappointing, but other than that I'm pretty pleased with it. Some people have commented that the red case is girly. My personal feeling is that it's incredibly manly - the sort of phone a rugged, toughl, no-nonsense man's man would own.

That said, it's the first phone I've had for a while that comes close to the classic Nokia 6310i I first got in 2001. It's a bit pathetic that a 7 year old model is what most customers still whistfully think of, despite all the bells and whistles on the new models.

Providing battery life makes it practical, I'd love to have a GPS in my next phone. There are two reasons for this. Firstly it'd be very useful when travelling, obviously. Secondly, the populariy of these new GPS phones are introducing a bit more competition into the market, which means Garmin ought to lower the exorbitant cost of their maps. I have no intention of getting rid of my super rugged Garmin eTrex as it's perfect for driving and hiking. I just wish it weren't so ridiculously expensive to buy additional maps for it.

Comments:

Hi Chris, Some might call your bright red phone a bit "batty" but not I. Have a look at this article on the register - I think you might agree with the sentiment: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/05/22/mobile_phones_lose_users/

Posted by Aaron White on May 23, 2007 at 08:53 AM GST #

I had a Nokia 6310i until I recently moved to a new Motorola RAZR. I wasn't really looking to move, but my 6310i seemed to be getting more 'dead zones', and I wasn't sure if it was the phone or the service. Turns out it was at least partially the service as my old AT&T SIM card locked me in to the old AT&T equipment, that Cingular (The New AT&T) was slowly taking off-line. So, just to get a new phone, I had to get a new SIM card and service, and I still don't have everything working that I did with my Nokia. Grrrr. :-)

Posted by Perley on May 24, 2007 at 06:25 PM GST #

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