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This was my first colour phone as a kid and I remember buying the handset new for £90 which was a lot for a 13 year old to save up for!
I loved its sci-fi-esque look as the two-toned x-shaped key pad made the phone look like it was something out of Star Trek and in a geeky way I was proud of it but its technology was not so futuristic...
I remember recording my own ringtones by my radio speaker with the recording feature as ringtones on it were gimmicky and silly and the sound quality was crackly and poor at best.
Using the phone was not user friendly, and I had to peruse the user manual quite frequently to find out how to change wallpapers, ringtones and alarms.
The camera even for its time was poor as it was less than 1MP and incredibly slow- there was no zoom and no flash. Also retrieving the photos for use on computers and manipulating would be a lengthy process with its usb cable and not very user friendly instructions.
Also, a common problem I had was that the phone would turn on in my bag a lot with its starting up theme and in a silent classroom where mobile phones are prohibited I had it confiscated off me quite a lot at school, even when on silent mode, if the phone was switched off, the silly starting theme would embarrass me.
The only other up point from the way it looks is that the brick still will work to this day! Older and wiser I guess. There are a lot less applications to get confused in or receive viruses.
I was clearing out my room the other day, when I came across this, one of my first phones, apart from my brick of a Nokia!
It is the Siemens MC60 and not having used it for a good three or four years I decieded to plug it in and see whether it still works and guess what it did! I guess this means it is reliable at the very least!
The reason I originally bought this was because it was the cheapest camera phone on the market, at just £35 in Asda, though I am sure you can pick it up for one or two pounds now on the likes of Amazon and Ebay, and is will probably only be sold here.
To look at, it isn't an ugly phone, the buttons are laid out nicely to make an 'X' though they also go round in a circle, to add more design. There is a large button at the top, so it is easy to navigate up, down, side to side and all the other buttons are quite large so easy to hit the right one, however are quite closely compacted so if you have quite large fingers you may find that you are missing the button or hitting the wrong one!
The screen is quite small and despite it being in colour, the only colours you can really make out are the pinks, blues and whites, however this is ok for the price you pay. The screen isn't necessarily blurry, but does seem out of focus and looks quite dull and nowhere near as sharp as what phones do today.
Then you get to the camera! An hour after pressing 'capture' you may just end up with one rather out of focus camera! Ok, maybe not quite an hour, but a good few minutes you have to wait before you hear the camera sound and even then most of the photos come out very shadowy, with the majority of them being black, grey and white.
If you want a reliable phone to ring and text though, that is not going to break the bank, then I guess this is it. It is a nice size too, it is not big or bulky like the old Nokia's though is big enough so that you can easily find it in the bottom of your bag!
Overall it is a pretty decent phone if you are not after anything special and don't intend to use the camera!
Please please please DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE, i have this phone and basically bought it because it was the cheapest camera phone i could find, however the camera only worked for about a month and the pictures were of such poor quality that there wasn't any point in saving them. I have only had it for a few months and it is already broken, the screen plays up. this is the worst phone that i have ever owned.
Siemens has often been a bit behind in this color-depth race, and as such we see the MC60 shipping with a 4k color display. Unfortunately the 4k color display on the MC60 is quite poor when compared to those from Nokia and others. Even when compared to the SL55. It appears to be caused by a poor choice of backlighting, which causes the display to have a dirty look to it. Whites just are never white. While it is quite easy to read, which is important, it looks no better than an early Sony Ericsson T68 256 color display - and it should look quite a bit better. But unlike both the Sl55 and the T68, the MC60 comes with a built-in CIF camera. This means it can take photos with a maximum resolution of 352x288. Additionally, it supports other sizes such as 176x144, 320x240, and 160x120. The auto white balance setting for the camera does an admirable job of adjusting to different lighting sources. In fact, it did a better job than the manual Daylight/Indoor settings in my tests. The overall quality of the image, though, was still somewhat lacking. Focus was poor, contrast was a bit low. Acceptable for the random snapshot, I suppose, but not something you would want to MMS over to a friend who uses a phone with a big and bright display. As I mentioned, the photos you take with the MC60 can be sent to others using MMS. In fact, this is the primary way to get photos off of the phone, since it has no infrared port. If you have a compatible Siemens serial cable, you can use that instead. There is a reasonable amount of storage available, bearing in mind that the camera is fairly low resolution. There appears to be just under 2MB total storage on the device, with about 650K available to the user by default. It is worth noting that most everything that comes pre-installed on the MC60 can be deleted by the user, freeing up more storage. The MC60 has a 16 voice polyphonic system in it, which can create reasonably attractive music. Like earlier polyphonic
Siemens phones, you can record your own ringtones directly onto the handset and then use them for alarms, call rigners, or whatever you like. While the MC60 is a reasonably small and light phone, it is not quite so small and light as Siemens claims. Siemens claims a weight of 86g for the MC60. Our scales report something quite a bit heavier, though: 95g. 9g is not a lot of weight, of course, but in this case it does represent a full 10% increase over the claimed weight. Most handsets that we review are usually within a single gram of the claimed weight, or in some cases actually lighter. But even at 95g, the MC60 is still light enough. In terms of size, the MC60 is a bit larger than a T68i or 6610. Part of that bulk comes from the replaceable cover system, which does not fit the phone body particularly tightly. In fact, the buttons on the keypad tend to rattle, and the cover never quite seemed to fully close. The buttons were a bit difficult to press at times, and the design of the keypad, while perhaps good for games, is very poor for normal phone use. There are no buttons on the sides of the phone at all. No dedicated camera or volume controls, for example. The 5 keypad button has been preprogrammed for use as the camera button, which is acceptable. The buttons are all well backlit, and while the MC60 is missing a true 4-way directional controller, the up/down scroll button has a nice design and feel. Although the scroll controller does look like a 4-way deal, the left and right directions are actually the two main softkeys and can not be used for normal left/right movement. Overall: worth buying if you dont expect a lot for a reasonable price.