I finally threw my dumbphone out the window

Android from a different Galaxy

I have had only a handful of different models since I got my first mobile phone for free in 1997. It was big, clumsy, obsolete and weighted a ton, but I still used it for more than a year.

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I began my studies at the university and I didn’t want a landline so I bought my first ever GSM phone with my own money. It was autumn of 1998 and the Nokia 3110 was a huge upgrade because of it’s 187 grams weight. And it could almost fit into my jeans pocket. But it didn’t, because of the antenna.

Later I’ve had a few various models of middle-range Nokia phones bought by me or by my employer. The latest was Nokia 6300, which has a superb audio quality when calling with wired stereo hands-free set. Today its screen is a bit scratchy and the vibrating alarm broke down. Which served as an excuse to upgrade to a smart phone. Owning a smartphone gives me the possibility to throw away also my iPod, GPS, flashlight, pocket camera and printed calendar/to-do list/address book/organiser as well.

As a Mac user I made a radical choice and bought an Android phone instead of an iPhone. And I’ve heard surprisingly plenty criticism for not being a patriot and sticking with Nokia.

I don’t want to lock down my entire digital life

A smartphone is potentially my entire digital life and I don’t want to lock it to a platform/corporation. I want to be able to take my entire digital life from <insertbrandhere> phone to <insertbrandhere>  computer and vice versa. Now – and in the future. Currently, Google Accounts is the best tool for linking different e-worlds, in my case a Samsung phone and Apple computer.

At the time of publishing this post, I’ve had my Android phone for 8 days and am still very happy with it. As always, finding the suitable workflows and applications take time, but it’s part of the fun. So Android inspired blog posts can be expected in the future. 🙂

List of phones I’ve had:

  • 1997 Mobira Cityman 100, 800 g, Features: Voice calls
  • 1999 Nokia 3110, 136x45x21 mm, 187 g, GSM 900, new features: SMS
  • 2001 Nokia 3310, 113 x 48 x 22 mm, 133 g, GSM 900 / 1800, new features: calculator, vibrating ringtone, games, T9 predicting text writing, clock, alarm
  • 2004 Nokia 3510i (from my employer), 118 x 50 x 17 mm, 106 g, GSM 900 / 1800, new features: 96x95px colour screen, GPRS, MMS, WAP browser
  • 2005 Nokia 6100 (from my employer), 102 x 44 x 13.5 mm, 76 g, GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900, new features: 128x128px colour screen, IR
  • 2007 Nokia 6300, 106.4 x 43.6 x 11.7 mm, 91 g, GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900, new features: 240x320px TFT screen, 7.8Mb internal memory, MicroSD slot up to 2Gb, Edge, Bluetooth 2.0, miniUSB, 2MP camera with video, E-mail, instant messaging, xHTML, MP3 player, FM radio, Organiser
  • 2011 Samsung Galaxy S i9000, 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm, 119 g, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100, 480x800px touchscreen Super AMOLED, 3.5mm audio jack, 2Gb ROM, 512Mb RAM, 8Gb internal memory, microSD slot up to 32Gb, 3G, Wifi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB, 5MP camera with 720p videocamera, VGA secondary videocamera, 1GHz CPU, HTML, GPS, DivX player, Image/video editor, Office packagenokias

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posted: 11 May 14
under: Tech