When I got this phone I felt like I had been set free and unleashed into a whole new dimension of communications. However my delight was marred ever so slightly when faults started occurring, more on that later. Aesthetically the phone is fine, a little rounded for my liking but that is by and the by. It is a great size not so small that you loose it everywhere but not so big that it feels like you are carting around a breezeblock with. The phone menu’s and options are satisfactory they have pretty much everything you could ask for in a phone from this period. HOWEVER… This is the controversial bit where you guys hurl abuse at me etc. The phone really is of the poorest quality, and the service that you get with it from Siemens is an absolute disgrace. My problems began simply enough; about a month after I purchased it I took off the rather week back case to make sure it was dust free inside, lo and behold the rather frail clip snapped. Not a major problem one would think, but oh no here comes those crazy Siemens and Orange guys to complicate things. I thought to myself, oh deary me I shall have to order another back cover, e-mailed Siemens… “Sorry but we cant help you with that” they told me, they then continued, “you will have to send in the broken phone and we will promptly replace it”. Broken! It is only a tiny little clip; I agree and check how much of it I had to send back, they said “All of it including sim card”. By this point I was a little confused, and after much communication I decided to comply so I could have a phone that worked. Problem solved, two weeks later I pick up my new phone register it with Orange and ask if they could put back the £47 on the old sim card, big mistake. They were surprised that I even asked this and told me where I could shove it basically. Only after constant abuse (and I mean abuse) did they finally add my old credit. Now surely that is i
t I hear ye cry, but oh no there is still yet more. One of the main reasons for buying a wap phone is to go onto the Internet is it not? So imagine my surprise when I am at work attempting to find out what the Portsmouth score and I get told there is no network and I cannot connect. Oh dear, so I tried it again later with full reception still no joy, I am now a little concerned by this point. I use the good old Orange 450 service that didn’t help much, I was then recommended to send the phone back and get a new one. That was it I decided I would just cut my losses and keep the non-wap phone and just leave it at that. Then comes the final insult, a couple of months ago my screen told me there was a sim card error, not too bad happens frequently enough so I remove the back cover and…Snap! I sat in silent anger for about a minute holding what was once the back clip for my phone. My phone is now the sorriest sight; it has red tape to hold in place the back cover and an Internet option that is long deceased. That is my experience of the phone, but anyway lets not get stuck on the past. As I said at the beginning it does have some very good options and menu, so here is my rundown of items on the Siemens C35e. Internet Well as I have already said my Internet no longer works, but for the brief period that it was with me I found it quite an interesting resource. The wap net basically allows a user to view cut down Internet sites with bits of entertainment. In appearance it is very much like teletext, infact you browse through it very much at the same speed and with the same format. With wap you can do a lot of different things and visit a host of sites; you can see the latest weather reports, keep up to date with the news headlines, read e mails and my own personal favourite, read the latest sports results. I loved the days when I could sneak into the toilet at work in order to find out if Portsmouth have been defeated yet,
the fun we had. The downside to wap is most certainly the cost factor. Firstly you have to pay 5 – 10p a minute, that isn’t really going to bankrupt you but it is a nuisance having to constantly check your watch to see that you aren’t going over budget. This charge would be fine if the service was fast, but unfortunately with such a tiny modem it often takes some time to connect to the pages. Wap pages are also quite often divided into numerous pages, and when there is a poor navigation option, you can spend ages trying to get to the relevant information. Anyway if you know what you like you can always save it in the favourites section, which is somewhat more direct. OFFICE AND FUN This is the section where the bulk of important information is stored. You can gain access to a number of office utilities, and more importantly the games. -INTERNET See above report. -APPOINTMENTS This allows forgetful people like myself to store the relevant appointments for the day in an easy to access place. A very handy tool indeed. -CALCULATOR This pretty much explains itself, but just to clarify the situation this is a device that can perform many of the simple functions that any other calculator can do. Including +, -, divide. But this is a very simple package don’t go expecting this to work out Pythagoras’ theorem. -CURRENCY CONVERTER Once again a very self explanatory item, you enter the currency and it’s current trading price save it, and then you are free to convert Euros into yen, and pounds into American dollars. Another extremely useful tool, especially if you import items a lot. -GAMES Here is where you get your money’s worth. The Siemens phone comes with some great game titles, including Wayout (a maze game), Reversi (Othello), Quattropoli (connect 4) and Minesweeper. Wayout is quite dull after about ten attempts, but when you f
irst get the handset you will probably believe that it is the single greatest game ever invented. Considering it is on a phone the graphics are surprisingly good, and not to mention fluent. Reversi is a godsend, if I am ever bored and all alone I am always playing this game, it is just so very addictive. Its interest is sustained due to its near impossibility to complete; I think I have probably one about 9 times in a whole year. However if you think that Reversi is hard just try Quattropoli, can a game get any harder? I have literally only ever one once, and that was on the easy level! Minesweeper is exactly the same as you would have on a home P.C, openly boasting its creator’s name (Microsoft), not much I can say about that one really. Overall there is a great selection of games, almost good enough to rival the Nokia’s selection including snake. It certainly passes the time when you are bored and trying to waste time (otherwise known as a lecture). -CHRONOMETER This includes a handy selection of timing devices including an alarm clock, stopwatch and a countdown. MESSAGES Well as the title suggests this is indeed the place where you can send and receive your messages. It comes with some odd little features such as business cards, pre set simple answers and some crazy pictures. These pictures are great, but there is one problem, I haven’t yet discovered how the people you send them to get to see the image. I always receive messages from very confused individuals wondering why I sent them a load of digits and numbers. RECORDS Here you can check up on all those calls that you have missed, which is about all I can say on the matter, PROFILES This is actually where you can set your phone up to a pre designed noise level. These include a quite environment, and loud environment. AUDIO If you wish set up your audio so that it is on silent or extremely loud this is the pla
ce to do it. You can also choose which of the Siemens ring tones you wish to grace your phone. Or alternatively you can type in your own codes and use those instead (highly recommended, and try www.mobile-melodies.com/siemens). I almost forgot the other quintessential feature of this phone; in this section you can decide whether or not to have vibrating alert on or off (like anyone is going to switch it off). TIME/CHARGE Discover how long your last call was, how long you have called altogether, the amount you were charged and all that type of information here. DIVERT Another self-explanatory option, it allows the user to choose if and where they wish to divert their calls. For example you are in a place where reception is poor, so you direct it to another landline, very helpful indeed. SETUP One of the more important menu options, it is here where you can choose all those fine details. The options include security settings and phone settings. If you have or are thinking of buying this phone, I am sure that you will end up using this utility on a number of occasions. PHONEBOOK This is actually a button on the handset (it is in the top left corner with a picture of a book on it). This is where you store all of your friends and associates numbers. However it does have a few quirky features, including V.I.P positions and faces. The faces are always fun, and done very simply by clicking on the person you wish to have an image of and you assign them a combination of the pre set images, a cheap gimmick but it keeps me amused when people phone me. That is about it concerning the Siemens C35e, it is undoubtedly a good phone but I believe Siemens and Orange really need to have a major re think. The quality of build is pretty poor, and the services they provide are quite honestly shocking. With the features this phone has it really is a shame about the packaging and the associated company’s.
If you want this phone make sure you get the guarantee and if possible buy it from a specialist retailer. Then if you do encounter problems like I did you won’t be affected quite so badly. Don’t be surprised if everything isn’t perfect though, and I would suggest you try a more popular phone with greater options and parts dealers like the good old Nokia’s.
Having owned this phone for about a year I discovered a good buy. The phone has its fair share of advantages and disadvantages. A very good point is that the menus and features are extremely easy to use and there are a lot of them. The phone has features such as Wap, Appointment reminders good fro business men, predictive texting and many others. The phone is small and light weight. As I said I also experienced some things that are not so great about this phone for example the back cover which keeps the battery from falling out is very flimsy. I dropped my phone once onto a soft carpet and the catch on the back cover broken off completely. So this phone is definately not for someone with an active lifestyle as it is not very resistant against water, shock or dust. If you are looking for a good value foe money phone with some basic features then this is your phone. Good value but with some flaws.
Do you remember my old opinion, 'I'M THE SAD COW THAT CAN'T AFFORD A PHONE!'? I wrote an opinion on a Philips C4, well now I'M STILL A SAD COW BUT A SAD COW THAT OWNS HER OWN PHONE! Last week I finally decided that I really needed a phone so that I could be contacted at all times by friends and family, whether it was a casual call or an emergency of some kind. So far I have been really impressed with my new phone, I decided to go for something a little different, originally I wanted a Nokia 3310, they looked smart and casual and many people had them, but I opted for something a little different in the end, a Siemens C35e was the phone I ended up with. I wanted the phone to be on 'Orange Just Talk' as many of my mates are on Orange and with Just Talk I can top up as and when I need to. The best place for an Orange Just Talk phone at a reasonable price in my local town is believe it or not, Woolworths! So off I marched to Woolies and after much 'ahhring' and 'oohing', I chose this phone for £80 which was pretty good value. I didn't think my new phone would be as good as any other Nokia that I had seen before but surprisingly when I got it out of its box, it looked so smart, sexy and cool, it was better than any other Nokia I'd EVER seen! My first impression was a very positive one! The appearance of the phone was really cool, the phone was very light in weight and also very dinky, it looked really hip and the blue and black contrasting cover looked really smart. The phones weight is really light so don't think that just because it isn't a Nokia, its a brick! There are many phones on the market nowadays! This phone also fits into all pockets! ~ Which I find really handy! The buttons on the phone were all really close together too which I liked as then the phone is easier to use! Overall I give the appearance of this phone 10/10. The phone itself seemed really compli
cated to begin with, being used to a Philips C4 handset and all Nokias, this did seem very weird to me! But I remained positive as I usually do and within a day I had the phone wrapped up in my hands quite nicely! Now I know just about every function that each button does! The function of the phone has to have a 9/10, it is really easy but needs getting used to! Onto the features of the phone itself though, this phone comes with many gadgets! Here is a (Quite!) simple layout of the structure of the phone itself: The main MENU Internet Office and fun Messages Records Profiles Audio Time/charge Divert Set up Usage Hints INTERNET I haven't actually used this yet and I don't think I ever will! Not many people that I know of use the internet on their phones, although this handset does come complete with WAP! (YEY! NOT!) So, obviously I haven't a clue about what goes on here! (Sorry!) I give the WAP services 5/10 because they are so unappealing to me, I haven't even bothered to try them! If anyone is specifically interested in the WAP facilities, let me know and I will look up some info for you... OFFICE AND FUN Here again you have an option to go on the internet, you can also save appointments that remind you of things, you also have the available calculator function as well as a handy currency conversion and a chronemeter which includes a stopwatch, an alarm clock and a countdown function. You also have a selection of games which are nothing comapred to the famous Nokia Snake and Snake 2, you have available to you Wayout, which is a game in which you have to find your way out of a maze. Reversi, which is something to do with black and white counters and Quattropoli which is like Connect 4. You also have Minesweeper in which I'm sure you all know of if you own your own PC with Microsoft! These games are alright but I didn't buy my phone for the game
s so I'm not that fissed voer them! You also get an overall usage hints function which helps you navigate this part of the phone system, overall I give the Office and Games section 9/10. MESSAGES (SMS) This function on my phone is however used somewhat more often! I can explain in great detail that here you can recieve incoming messages, send SMS, setup your message system, set up your voice message (Voice mail) and again you have a handy 'Usage Hints' button which helps you incase you get stuck. On my SIM card I have 10 available spaces for incoming and outgoing messages, so sometimes I have delete some when my inbox and outbox are both full. When you are writing a text message on this phone, it comes with Predictive Text input, which is when your phone predicts what word you are writing and finishes it off for you, however being the 14 yr old that I am, I have no need for this, slang suits me just fine! To get rid of this function, at the start of each message press the * button and hold it for a few seconds. I give the messaging system 10/10 because this is mainly what I use and this phone works well with me! RECORDS This part of the phone contains the useful info of all your phone calls, there are all your missed calls, recieved calls, alarms missed and again your usage hints incase you get either lost or confused! That is basically it for this section, I find this section rather helpful sometimes so I give this 10/10. Profiles This section is still getting used to by me, it seems a little confusing and I haven't looked it up in my hand book yet, but at the moment I have 3 options here, the first one is quiet environment, the second is Noisy Environment and the third is Normal. This is all to do with how loud or quiet you want your phone to be, I just leave mine on normal all the time. This section gets 5/10 from me because I don't think it has much of a use and is quite com
plicated too! Audio I used this section of my phone to begin with, I set up all my volumes and tones here. You have 7 sections to 'Audio'. The first one is the Volume which can either be on, off or on 'beep'. The second option is the Melodies which are the tones, you have a selection of 21 which are all quite good. The third option is the Vibrating alert which I love because you can use this instead of a tone which saves embarassment sometimes! You can either set this on or off. The fourth is call screening which you can choose from on or off. The next option is the service tones which I haven't really explored into yet, the sixth option is recording your own melody which can be fun but also stupid! Lastly, the seventh option is the 'Usage Hints' section. I give the Audio section 10/10 because it has the silent option, the vibrating option and some good tones too. Time/charge This section is quite simple with two options, the cost of your last incoming and outgoing call and charge setup which can be useful to some who care how much money they use and save. I haven't really used this yet so I give this 7/10. Divert I haven't used this part of my phone at all! Here you can Divert all Fax Calls or data calls, you can have a status check and you have the option to clear all diverts, I guess this comes in handy if your not using you're handset for personal use, if you're using this phone for business etc however I assume this could be very handy, I haven't a clue what it's all about though! I give this section 5/10 because I don't need it! Set up Here you can choose whether your menu mode is complete, the langauge your phone is using and whether you want your keys on your phone to click, make a tone sound or be quiet. You can also decide upon your battery care and your display status. You can also choose some security options such as PIN codes o
n your phone, you can also recieve advice on your network, FAX/DATA mode and car use advice. You can also decide upon a minute beep for incoming and outcoming phone calls, you can set the date and time on your phone and get information on using the headset and you also get the normal 'Usage Hints' option. Although I don't use this part of my phone much after setting it up it is quite usrful so I give this part 9/10. You may have wondered why I haven't talked about the Address book at all, this isn't in the MENU facility, this is a different button, the 'book' button on the left of the phone, here you can add up to 100 names and numbers (Thats on my SIM card) and also add smiley faces or symbols to them, so when they call you may recognise the caller via the picture! (This is quite fun! ~ But then I'm sad like that!!!) I've recieved a few calls already but today I recieved my first call which lasted over quarter of an hour, I found the reception pretty good and the quality of speech pretty good too, it isn't that clear reception but it is as good as all mobiles! The battery life is very good with this set too, the charger is like most others and when I bought the phone although I was told to charge it for 16hrs, it was up and running, fully charged with 3hrs, I left it to carry on charging throughout the night though too! On my old Philips C4, whenever I made a call or recieved one, my battery would go straight down a bar or two, after some phone calls today my battery is still full! Other handy tips about this phone are: 1. Hold down the Hash key in the bottom right hand corner to lock your keypad, which prevents any unwanted outgoing phone calls! ~ Do the same to unlock your keypad. 2. Always hold down the 'End Of phone call' button to turn the phone on and off and also to go back a page in the MENU section. 3. Always delete unwanted or unimportant message
s straight away so then you have more room for incomibng messages. 4. Set up your voice message straight away so it is up and running, try to get the first try right, because it costs you to ring your answer machine. (Thats on Orange, on some other tariffs it is FREE) So those are all the main parts and functions to my new Siemens C35e, I'm so impressed with it, I'm glad I saved my money and bought something a little cheaper instead of a Nokia. I'm used to the set now and find it very easy to control and I've only had it a few days now! I totally 100% recommend this phone to people who are interested, if you have the patience of sitting down and getting to know your phone well, you will get along with this phone! I hope I've helped you all, any more Q's? ~ Just ask me, thanks for reading all! Cheers ~M~ :0) P.S WATCH OUT FOR MY SOON TO COME OPINION ON MY ORANGE JUST TALK TARIFF