By christophersaul on May 23, 2007
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.