Phone fitting

Although I make my living working in IT, I never had the overwhelming desire to own the latest in gadgetry. Unlike hubby whose heart goes a-flutter everytime he sees a sexy piece of hardware – if it’s electronic, chances are, he’d like to gawk at it, handle it and dream of owning it. Not so with me. As long as it does its job for as long as I need it to, I’ll be happy with it.

Which may be why I’ve hung on to my Nokia 6250 for the past four years. It may no longer be the coolest thing around but it’s small, functional and reliable. However, with its battle scars showing and its battery life gradually decreasing, it became apparent that it’s time for a long-overdue upgrade.

I wanted a mobile that’s relatively small so I’ll surely bring it with me at all times. It has to be a camera phone so I won’t have to miss those incidental snaps and it’ll have to have an FM radio for those times when I’m waiting in queues with nothing to read or listen to. MP3 player capabilities would be a bonus but not really essential. Of course there’s the budget to consider too as I want to buy the phone outright and it has to be less than $500.

I started looking at the Nokia range as I’m used to the interface plus previous Nokia phones I’ve owned have proven to be reliable. I thought I’ve found just the right thing with Nokia’s 6280 but didn’t find the sliding mechanism to my liking. What really stopped me from going down that path though was the quality of the phone’s camera output (nothing impressive there).

Reading the reviews for other mobiles, I came across Sony Ericsson’s k800i with its fantastic 3 megapixel autofocus camera with flash, MP3 capabilities and radio, it’s just seems too good to be true. As its the latest in Sony’s mobile technology, it’s priced beyond my reach. Besides, since its using a new generation of proprietary memory card (memory stick micro), getting an extra card to store photos and MP3s to my heart’s content may be a very expensive proposition indeed.

Which led me to look into its predecessor, the k750i. It has a modest 2 megapixel camera but sample photos available on the internet look good enough for quick shots. It also uses the memory stick pro duo, which is widely available and cheaper than the newer memory stick micro. Retailing at $499, it’s also within my budget. What cinched the deal for me, however, is that we saw the k750i on clearance at a local Dick Smith shop, selling at $399! With only 2 units left in stock, I got the last non-display unit.

The interface took a while to get used to. Keylocking is now * then Menu instead of the other way around (with Nokia phones). There are no timed profiles, which could be handy for people like me who put their mobiles in silent when watching a movie then forgetting to set it back to normal afterwards. Accessing shortcuts through the shortcuts menu would still involve scrolling through a list instead of being able to assign a number to the shortcut within the menu. With all those features packed tightly into a small package, it’s fairly difficult to change the SIM and memory cards (not a problem really, as it would be a rare occurence anyway). Then there’s the uncomfortable earphones that came with it which constantly falls out of my too small ears and I worry about that joystick too.

Overall though, I was quite happy with the purchase. My last two blog entries which included photos were taken with the phone’s camera and was sufficient enough for my needs. As well, I found an earphone adapter in Ebay that allows me to use any headphones with the mobile. I also bought a 2 GB memory stick at a good price, also from Ebay.

My new, shiny gadget is now loaded with several themes, screensavers, MP3 ringtones, audio books, podcasts and Java games to amuse me for hours. I even found a great software to convert text ebooks to Java applets, if you don’t mind the miniscule font, that is. All that and I still have room for photos! Ah, be still, my heart.

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Published in: on July 22, 2006 at 1:58 am  Comments (4)