~Whats new pussycat?~
This little old school dual band mobile phone was one of the first that I recall buying and at the time I was really thrilled with it, as not only did it look really cool with its funky red slightly metallic looking outer case, it had an even cooler screen saver that had a cute cat displayed on it, which my 2 basic Nokias that I had around the same time had not been able to master displaying. This particular mobile phone really stays in my mind as it had such as nice feel and shape, along with a cherry red brightly finished casing that was easy to handle due to the slightly narrower lower part of the phone which made it easier to hold when making a call.
~Using the phone~
The outer cover of my My3020 was durable and well made with it remaining neat and relatively scratch free even after a good deal of use. It came in a few colour options but I feel that the red front panel was most certainly the most attractive option at the time. The buttons on the phone were positioned in such as way as to make them easy to access when I needed to use them and the small but very well formed display screen was clear and easy to view. The distinctive phone aerial was placed at the top of the phone but never got in the way when the phone was in use and I was making or receiving a call. Even though mobiles and mobile providers were in their infancy when this phone was new, the signal strength seemed to be quite good most of the time.
The cool blue back lit display this phone had could be viewed quite well even in the dark which was helpful if I wanted to use the phone when away from the home during the evenings, or for times when I wanted to check the time on the phone at night rather than checking my watch. Features such as the alarm clock worked well enough, as did the built in calculator. As I recall there was a currency convertor feature which I used a few times and found was of some help.
I found that the battery life on this phone was quite good as it could be left without having to be recharged for quite a few days at a time, especially if I had not used it to make many calls with, as it had a good standby time. There were a number of built in games that came with this phone and whilst they in no way can compare with their more up to date counterparts they were entertaining at the time. One thing I really liked with this phone was the fact that it had so called polyphonic ring tone capabilities which many other phones at the time lacked. There was a feature that allowed you to compose your own ring tones too which was fun to use, as if you were able to get your head round how to use it, you could compose all kinds of tones that no one else had.
You could have this phone set on a vibrate tone if wanted which was very helpful as it could be hard to hear sometimes if it was placed in a bag. I used to make sure I locked the screen after use as it could end up dialing someone and wasting my phone credit otherwise, so I can 100% say that when I used this screen lock feature it was something I found very helpful to have. The built in speaker phone option was very easy to use and was something that I also found helpful as it meant this could be used without having to use a hands free kit at the time. When making a call from this phone, conversations could most often be heard nice and clearly, meaning that I didn't have to shout in to the phone in order to be heard or to hear what a caller was saying.
Obviously times have changed, as have phones and their features and many of the simple features on this phone that I felt were amazing at the time are little things we all tend to expect, along with much, much more these days. When I bought this phone I wouldn't say that Sagem were a major brand that everyone wanted to buy from as the Nokias of the time were very popular indeed, but I found this phone to be reliable and easy to use in the main with it only freezing towards the end of its life after I had dropped it a few times (oops!). Over all I recall really enjoying owning and using this phone with its cute cat screen saver, which is why I feel that I want to give it a 4 star product rating.
This was the second mobile phone I purchased and at the time I was pleased with its simplicity and function. I was also excited about the polyphonic ringtones; hard to imagine now!
The shape is unique and makes the phone stand out whilst providing a good grip for texting. The overall size is small and it's not bulky front to back even by todays standards. It was also available in green and black.
The menu is basic and easy to use. Placing a call is straightforward. Texting is easier on this phone than on its predecessors due to the inclusion of T9 prdictive text. The phone was released around the time WAP was first coming into use and is WAP enabled allowing you to view very basic versions of some web pages. Some pretty nifty games were also built in including an entertaining golf game(!).
Battery life was always good, even after I'd had a year or so and I could go 48hrs before it needed charging. It also seemed relatively resilient as I'd take it to college bouncing around in the bottom of my bag and it never seemed to suffer too greatly.
The only annoying thing is a blinking light on the top right hand corner of the phone. Any time the phone is switched on the little LED blinks green every second or so. If you have an unread text message the light blinks green and then a double red blink. It really does drive you mad in the night. It's very bright and even turning the phone over doesn't prevent the light from illuminating the room practically! Throwing a towel/t-shirt/similar over it does a good job of masking this annoying feature.
In all the time I had this phone nothing ever went wrong; it never froze and nor did the buttons cease to work. Quite a feat for today's smart phones. If you've got an MY 3020 lying around still don't chuck it away but dust it off and keep it handy for the next day your iphone goes on the blink.
I have owned this phone for a good 2 years now and have moved on to the Nokia 3650. The Sagem MY3020 had given me a trouble free life, it is a reliable phone with a good sized screen. I have rather small hands and the phone was almost perfect fit for me, the keys were spaced out so you wont be putting in wrong numbers. Once you get used to keypad, you can put in text messages quickly with the T9 predictive text software that is on the phone and switching it to normal text input if the word is not recognised. The features on the phone isn't something to call home to, included is a clock, alarm, calculator, currency convertor, speaker phone, ringtone creator, Vibrate alert, 3 different games and WAP access. WAP can be easily turn on by a single press of a button located in the middle just underneath the screen. Although it is convienient, it does however mean you may accidentally push the button when it's in your pocket, thus losing you valuable money surfing WAP when you're not really using it, this is easily remedied if you put the keylock on. Because Sagem is kind of unknown, there aren't much things that are available to the phone to download you may find a few places that has ringtones for it. Sound quality is good as you can get for older generation phones, it can provide fairly loud tones even when set on the lowest setting, this is the same for calls so if you are hard at hearing, it is a good addition, though private calls may not be private ;). The vibrate alert when you have calls, text messages .etc is not very strong, I have had a few times where I couldn't feel it and missed a few important calls. Battery life is quite good for an old generation phone, it can provide about 5 days standby and around 2 hours talk time. If you are looking for an inexpensive phone, and not too fussy with features and having new things put into the phone, this phone is an excellent choice, you
will find that it will give you a headache-free time while you own it and also a happy wallet because it does not cost much. A nice budget phone, which looks attractive with few features which wont confuse you. An excellent purchase.