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This is my second phone ever. I bought it because I found myself in a horrible situation with no way to quickly summon help. So the next day I took my shaking self to the nearest phone shop to get one and vowed never to be without it again.
I asked for a low cost, no "bag of tricks", simple to use phone with clarity when it comes to actually hearing what the person on the other end is saying.
I deliberately said I wanted to avoid the real bottom of the market because my first, very cheap, phone was almost impossible to use cos I couldn't hear what the other person was saying.
Of the three possibles pointed out, this one was the only one you could flip open and shut. It probably sounds very sad, but I picked this one for that feature. It felt like something off Star Trek and I practiced saying "beam me up Scotty" more than a few times.
After buying it of course I discovered that flip phones were now very passé, but I don't care. It can't get it's buttons pressed in my handbag and considering the junk I have in my bag the closing mechanism goes some way to keeping the bit I press to my face clean.
I still find the menu tricky to use despite how long I've had the phone because you have to use the big central button and then chose from several different buttons to manage the options in your selection. For some reason I can't bond with the sequence they designed and spend a long time clicking back and forth getting frustrated. I don't blame the phone for that, think it is just me.
Thanks to all the clicking back and forth in circles I have discovered lots of features, the bulk of which I don't understand let alone use.
I avoided the "feature free" cheaper models only cos I was assured that a better quality of phone would ensure ease of voice communication, so the fact that this model does lots of things (that I don't need from a phone) doesn't excite me at all. When a phone features the ability to make me coffee in the morning and bundle my son into the shower and keep him there till he is clean I will muster up some interest in all the "amazing" things they can do these days.
I am going to stick to the reviewing the few features I have used on purpose rather than those I have discovered cos I hit the wrong button and got a nasty shock thanks to the phone behaving...not like a phone, but another implement entirely.
The camera. Originally I wasn't sure there was any point sticking a camera on a phone if it is going to take really low quality pictures. It is just as well I can't work out how to get them on my computer because judging by how washed out, fuzzy and lacking in general clarity they are, there is not much point hanging on to them.
However I did discover a use. We had a slightly insane, public order issue in my tiny hamlet last summer and the camera allowed me to take sneaky pictures of wrong doing. With help from my less "phone technology challenged" neighbour we were able to send a constant stream of them to the local policemens' phones, so they could step in when needed and know who\which car to look for.
It might have been better if the camera were placed elsewhere on the phone because five times out of ten my thumb was in a place of prominence in the image. I don't think it was entirely my fault since I've taken pics with other people's phones and managed to avoid including my own anatomy with such regularity.
The video feature. Again thanks to the same issue in my area I was able to use the phone to capture the shenanigans to show the police (these I didn't send by phone, I was told it would be really expensive so I just saved them, which was easy enough to do with a little menu wandering). The quality was not that hot. The images became horribly blurred when I moved anything other than very slowly when filming, but it was good enough to help state our case for further intervention by the authorities.
I have used the phone to send a few texts, but I find it a real fiddle. I already have menu issues and the text one was the least intuitive for me. I end up going round in circles every time.
Making or getting the occasional phone call is my main use, the entire reason why I bought the phone, and this is where it all falls down for me.
I find it incredibly hard to work out what the person I am talking to is saying. There was some discussion from the salesperson as to whether this is the phone's fault, signal issues (can't see why it is the signal, I have the same problem anywhere I use it) or just my ears. For the record I am not deaf, just 42 years old with ears that are the same age and I can hear just fine on a proper phone.
I wouldn't mind, but I made it very clear in the shop that quality of sound was my absolute priority, if this is as good as it gets for a reasonably priced phone then I think the technology should stop working on bigger and better bells and whistles and concentrate on improving the usability of the primary function for a bit.
I'm not ever going to text "please help me am being hassled by horrible man on deserted rural road and I can't run in these heels" I want to yell "HELP ME Get to X road NOW" down the phone and understand that my husband has understood, is on his way and bringing policemen to boot.
If I wanted to text I'd get one of those mini laptops and have a proper , usable keyboard at my disposal.
But I don't, that is why I bought a phone, you know, those thing you speak into and hope to hear back.
I'm not sure who this phone would appeal to, or suit.
It is fairly old fashioned looking (according to my high school students) and doesn't have the sort of features that cool, young kids drool after (again according to my students, who laughed themselves silly when I actually showed them the brand new, "flashy" phone I was banging on about).
For people who couldn't care less about fashion or features (me), it doesn't hit the spot in terms of clarity when used to make calls. If this is a phone issue rather than a signal issue (that follows me doggedly around the country) then to be honest it is not much use unless you really like repeating yourself, or yelling "SPEAK UP AND TALK SLOWLY" at your loved ones.
I'll keep this till I drop down the loo, or something by accident rather than go without. But I won't buy it again. Problem is I don't know what I could get to replace it.
Is there a nice, solid, little phone with great clarity for voice calls that is fairly cheap because it isn't stuffed to the brim with expensive features I'll never use ?
Or are they all so focused on the whizz bang extras that people, with a strange fascination for being able to actually hear what is being said to them, are just going to be left in the cold ?
I don't hate this phone, I charge it every night and take it everywhere just in case I need it. Because no phone is worse than one that disappoints. But it does irritate me that, for what I consider to be a lot of money (I paid around the 80 mark), it doesn't make it easy for me to use it as I intended.
Because of my financial situation, I've had to look for a reliable phone without spending too much money. Granted, there aren't a lot of bells and whistles with this phone, it's basic enough for my needs. The menu system is easy to navigate and calls are generally quite clear most of the time.
The phone is light in weight, but the outer casing feels a bit too plasticky and cheap. Having said that, I have dropped the phone several times and it is still functional and has held together quite well.
I would've liked a greater variety of ring-tones and wallpaper. What they have are nice, but a bit too common.
The camera is very basic. The pictures are grainy but good enough for casual and general use. When you are taking pictures, you do have to make sure there is good, natural lighting. Don't expect too much from the camera.
For what you pay for, it's basic enough for general calls and text messaging.
At a time when mobile phones are becoming increasingly elaborate in the variety of functions they possess, this particular model forms a kind of middle ground between a budget mobile phone and those at the higher end of the market. This phone has all the features that have become somewhat standard within the marketplace - video camera, bluetooth, FM radio, games etc but at a moderate price.
The design of the phone itself is good. It would be unfair to call it large, however it is certainly not as small as some other available mobile phones. For its size it is lightweight - at 80 grams it is at the lighter end of the market - and feels sturdy. The keys are sized adequately enough to suit the needs of even the widest fingertips.
Using this phone is easy. The classic nokia-menu is in place, making navigation recognisable if you have owned a Nokia mobile phone previously, and simple and straightforward to newcomers. If I had one slight criticism here though, it would be that menus (particularly regarding text messages) can occasionally take slightly longer than expected to load.
On the whole this is a good, sturdy, no-nonsense, modern mobile phone with everything one would expect from such a device and without any nasty surprises. I have owned mine for over six months and have yet to experience any problem.