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      05.12.2012 10:27


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      Not bad for a first camera phone, but times have moved on.

      Back in 2003, I got one of these from my Dad, who upgraded his contract but couldn't use this phone as it was incompatible with his car. Being the first of my friends to have a camera phone was pretty cool, and at 13 that was all that mattered.
      The UI was pretty simple really, even my nan could use it without too much prompting, but compared to Android and iOS, it was pretty useless. Everything just seemed strewn about wherever it would fit, rather than having any sense of order. Then again, I was used to the trusty old 3310, which was even simpler, and perhaps it is a little unfair to compare it to Android/iOS, as they are light years ahead in technology terms.
      The main feature here was the camera. It had a VGA resolution, which seemed fabulous at the time, but quickly became terrible. But I loved messing around with it; there was just one, small problem. It was impossible to get the photos off the phone onto a computer, without spending a lot of money on software. So, we didn't bother, and I got bored of the camera phone until, once again, Dad upgraded to something he couldn't use in his car, a Sharp GX30, which he gave to me and was better in every way.
      I suppose for the other features, it wasn't too bad. It made calls and texts, like any other phone, although this was back when we just switched over to GPRS (2G) and the phone often struggled to get a 2G signal; however unlike more modern phones, you couldn't make it only look for a 1G signal (these days, the iPhone allows you to turn off 3G and go down to 2G if you're in an area which has poor 3G coverage; saving battery life). If you could have done this then I believe the call quality would have been better (a full signal on an older technology gives better call quality than a poor signal on newer) in areas where signal wasn't so good.
      At the time, games on it were pretty epic, simply because they had a colour screen. But they weren't as good as Snake on the old Nokia phones.
      Another thing that was new to me back then was the polyphonic ringtones, they sounded much more musical than the old monotone beeping of the Nokia. However, I quickly got bored as it was very difficult to find new ring tones for it, and the standard factory installed ones were pretty awful.

      All in all then, a reasonable effort back when camera phones were new technology. It would have benefitted from being able to transfer the pictures more easily though, and these days times have moved on (very quickly)


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