I've had this phone for 4 years and still use it quite regular, it cost about £80.00 at the time but now you can buy them for a tenner on Ebay.... and that's a proper bargain for such a cute little phone. The thing is it doesn't do everything the phones you can get now do but I use mine for when I go out, I've had some MAJOR bad luck with mega expensive phones so don't like taking them out when I'm off drinking. This one is perfect for keeping in touch but if I ever lost it I know it's not going to cost mega bucks to replace.
It's a clamshell phone and has got a gorgeous rounded design, it's a bit like a Pebble phone I had a couple of years ago only not so fat when you hold it. I love opening and closing this phone because it's got a little click to it that hasn't gone stiff or anything over the years.
This phone was a limited edition at the time, it doesn't look anything now but when I first got it the pink appealled big time because there wasn't all that many pink phones about. The flower of the poppy is on the front of the phone and when you look at the back the stem and a leaf are there, they are coloured in the same bright pink as the flower on the front so the phone looks mega sleek even now.
There are 2 screens on this phone, the main one on the inside of the phone is the one you can set your own wallpaper on and a small screen on the outside of the phone displays the time and date. The inside screen is clever because you can use it as a mirror and it gives a proper good reflection so you can use your phone for touching up your make up when you're out.
This is a pretty good phone to use. The reception on O2 isn't all that brilliant sometimes but over all I can usually hear what my mates are saying, one thing that has been happening lately is that sometimes calls will cut out for no reason. That's only been happening for a couple of months though so it might be the age of the phone by now because I never had trouble like that before.
Texting is easy but if you've got big fingers you might have trouble using the buttons because they are quite close to each other and not very big. It's ok for me but the other week I let a lad in the club use my phone and he kept dialling the wrong numbers because his fingers was sooooooo big..... it was a good ice breaker though because we both pissed ourselves laughing at him trying to ring a taxi and not being able to dial the number even though he wasn't madly out of it!
The camera is ok, it can't cope in low light but this is an old camera phone so you can't expect it to be as good as an iPhone. I don't use the camera all that often now but I remember I used to use it all the time when I first had the phone. The memory isn't very big on the Poppy phone and was full the other day after about 10 photo's and a 3 minute video.... don't know why I bothered with the video anyway because the quality on this phone is always bad and so blurry you can't hardly see anything!
There's no bluetooth on this phone and no MP3 player, that doesn't bother me because I've got my iPhone for everyday use and you've got to remember this is an old phone so don't expect it to be madly up to date! One thing I do miss about this phone is that you can't use real tones, even the polyphonic tones don't sound all that good because the speakers aren't brill but you can set the volume so that the ring and text tones sound half decent.
I'd deffo recommend this phone for anyone who is looking for something cheap. The fact that I've had mine for so long proves it's a well made phone and even though it's got a few scratches on it now it did stay in wicked condition for AGES after I brought it.
approxiamtely two years ago maybe a little more i was in love with this phone after seeing it in all the the glossy women's magazines.
the siemens poppy i own was bought by my husband as a gift from ebay and it was customized with tiny pink swarovski crystals for 100 pounds.
i was so delighted when it arrived as i had just given birth to my second child and needed cheering up as having a toddler in tow too was tiring so al in all it was a glamourous and definitely bling mobile phone.
the phone however is ever so delicate and i found a litlle satin pouch to keep it in and i always have to keep it away from tiny fingers.
it is definitely and eye opener and gets alot of attention by admiring females when ever im using it.
the features are limited, yes it features a camera to take pictures but to record a clip of the kids singing a song is dismal. my daughter sings the 1st line and the recording ends.
in summary it is a phone that cannnot take a bashing but has the main feature like mms ,sms .and of course voice calls.
there are many phones now in the market in the prety range and you can also buy the swarovski crystal kits to make your phone bling .
it serves my needs in making and receiving calls and sending text messages and the odd picture. not for someone who wants mre up to date features.
I wanted this phone for quite a while when I first saw it but after I got it was slightly dissapointed.
Yes it looks pretty so idealy only girls would want this phone sometimes maybe one or two guys maybe interested in this aswell but not many I dont think.
This phone is a bit oud dated now so many people will be wanting to go for newer ranges of mobile phones though this one does have a camera and can be brought extreamly cheap fom internet sites such as ebay which is where I got mine for a little over £10.
You can use this phone for most things like other phones you can send your text messages, make your phone calls and play games.
I got a little hooked on one of the games on here.
Overall I would not really buy this phone again but for the price you pay for this phone you are getting the main things you need the phone for so all in all it is worth it.
Some time ago I attempted a review of this phone on the 'other side' I would be the first to admit my attempt was truely atrocious and was the reason I largely avoided writing technology reviews for a long time. But the time has come that I feel upto the task of trying again.
It has to be said that currently I have been using this handset for near enough2 years, although for much of the time it has been a back up for reasons to be explained later.
Starting with the looks of the phone, yes it does look vrey pretty and feminine, and at the time I bought it I was finally growing out of my overly tomboyish stage (a period of my life which had lasted almost my entire 20 years). So it was somewhat shocking to me when I opened a magazine and found an advert for a pink flowery phone appealing!
I ordered the handset sim free because my network at the time didnt have it as an option and though I was due an upgrade they had nothing I wanted as there was nothing in the looks or function of the options which could replace my old Nokia 6130i.
I paid just short of £150 for the cl75 prerelease, and it was delivered on the first day it was avaliable. Opening the box out fell the usual bits and pieces, charger, battery, handset and instructions along with the silver and pink swarovski crystal phone charm. Size wise it was bigger that the advert had made it appear but it is a comfortable size for holding and carrying in pockets while big enough to find in all but the largest of handbags.
Assembling the handset is as simple as these things usually are, the sim slot is under the battery, so in that goes followed by the battery and cover. Charging took around 6 hours (at least thats how long I had to leave it for), originally I only had to charge it once every two or three days depending on the level of use. These days I have to charge it every day but it does get alot more use and the battery capacity will have diminished over the two year period.
The built in themes were quite adequate for my needs, after all I dont really care too much about how the menus look. It had on it three games all of which I played and found bored me fairly quickly, one was a sims style game where you play a character travelling around a virtual world, the other two I cant remember anymore (shows how much of an impact they made).
The ring and message tones were quite step back from the older nokia as the phone doesnt have polyphonics or mp3 capabilities, reverting to simple beeps and jingles.
The phones camera is also at best adequate, not as good as more modern ones it was at the time quite good but was very soon rendered laughable, with no flash photos can only be taken in light conditions. It has video but the clips are of low quality and dont seem to retain the sound (despite it being recorded according to the literature), again the clips are only worth while in light conditions.
One of the things that was new to the market on this phone was that the screen can be switched off independantly to make it in to a mirror, but as everyone knows if you use it for calls the screen ends up smudged and greasy from your ears, and it you wear earrings there will be a multitude of small scratches on it making any reflection a scary thing to see.
Sound quality on calls is pretty average, certainly nothing special and recently has begun to deteriorate most likely due to the age of the handset. Text messages are easy to read as the screen is a decent size.
So far it all sounds quite good really doesnt it?
Well the problems started early, the software in the handset regularly freezes, and occasionally loses anything saved in the phones memory, lucky really that I never use it to save anything important!
Not longer after first bought it my dear mates worked out how to change the language setting, and being slightly tipsy in my attempts to change it back managed to manually wipe the contents of the phone, literally everything, from the preinstalled images and tones to my phone numbers, photos and calendar. Now I managed this by clicking reset, and rather than then having a check option to ensure you hit the right button it simply reset, something which on otherphones I havent come across before.
Then theres the phones habit of switching itself off usually mid call for no reason even when the battery is fully charged, and that it can take up to 5 minutes to refind the network connection, in areas that other handsets can find the network in seconds.
Not so little niggles when you rely on your mobile for day to day life as I do. Those are the reasons that the phone spent a good 18 months as a back up to the nokia, which finally went to good phone heaven earlier this year, leaving me with the choice of buying another handset or sticking it out with this one until December when I can get an upgrade.
Other things this phone fails on is that it doesnt have bluetooth, relying on the old infrared technology, pity really that from around the same time as the cl75 was released infrared was becoming obsolete on new handsets. Also its menu though well laid out is hard to navigate due to the awkward buttons either skipping forward to far or not registering your attempts to move. The calendar and memos section is so hard to use that I have barely bothered with it.
All in all this was marketed as a phone for 'modern stylish young women' but in all honesty had I actually looked at its functions I would have avoided it, in my opinion it is a phone for a child who doesnt want or need bluetooth or mp3 or even decent photos from a phone. Generally I dont fall for the marketing ploys of companies with things like phones and I sincerely wish I hadnt with this one, its only redeeming feature is that the size is as close to perfect for me as you are likely to find.
Oh and the silver and pink charm? Its a pain in the backside, always catching on things in your bag or pockets, and with its sharp pointy bit painful to sit down with in a pocket, not to mention the number of times it pulled off the phone with a loud snapping noise, needless to say I took it off within days of starting to use the handset.