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The A200 is my first DSLR and my first step up from a happy snap (although I still tend to use both). The big thing for me with the A200 was the cost - I had a limited budget. I've only used a Nikon SLR before and I was nervous that I might end up disappointed in the A200 but it was all I could afford. Since then - I've taken my A200 traveling and I've experimented with it. I still have to much to learn! And that is great - because that is why I got it. It has so much to it - and the quality of the photo's I have taken are great! I was a finalist in a pretty large photo competition with a photo I took on this camera. The body unfortunately feels light and plasticity - but the photos are great and upside of the plastic is that it isn't too heavy. Sony also did everyone a favor by making it possible to use old Minolta lenses on the new Sony range - and that makes it an even better budget option. Everyone I've met who has a A200 is a budding photographer and they have nothing but praise for this camera.
The Nokia 5800 Xpress Music was my introduction to having a phone on contract and the fact that you can get a better phone than you might normally be able to afford. Baring that in mind I thought long and hard about which phone to have. The Nokia is a touch phone - and a year ago that was extremely cutting edge technology. The 5800 as a 'smart phone' was an alternative to the iphone - which I definitely couldn't afford. So I'm now due for an upgrade and can look back at my 5800's service with some satisfaction. As per usual for Nokia - the phone is reliable. I wouldn't say extremely reliable - I think Smart phones are naturally more likely to freeze up, etc - and the 5800 did it once or twice. I found the touch screen worked great and all the basic features and menus. It's failings are in the applications. I was always frustrated by its maps application - it never seemed to update to where I was - the menus for the applications were baffling. The Ovi store struck me as useless - very few applications were free and most were limited in some respect. I now have an iphone and it has put the 6800 further into the shade. Towards the end of my time with the phone the battery started playing up - the phone would tell me I had half a battery life and would suddenly drop to nothing - I got caught out a couple of times. I can't say what was the root cause :(.
I bought the DMC-FS3 when it first came out - which was an extravagance but I was going traveling and I wanted something good. Now, it's a couple of years later and I've still got the camera, I'm still using it frequently and it has never let me down. I've had other digital camera's and this one is by far the most reliable, it feels solid, it has never even had a glitch. I do some pretty rough traveling and it has stood the test. I even dropped it on the pavement in Uzbekistan, hard enough it chipped the glass - and it still worked perfect. I've taken thousands of photos and they are excellent quality- I also own an SLR camera and I don't think there is much of a difference in the photo quality. I don't feel the need to upgrade. I like it so much I bought another one for my fathers xmas present! The only limitation I have found - which the SLR fulfilled was the lack of being able to set the exposure to exactly what I wanted - it has set exposures based on scene selections or you can choose 15, 30 or 60 seconds - that isn't so good for night time photos, experimental photos or dark environments. When I do need a new happy snap camera- it will be a Panasonic.