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This is a review very much based on nostalgia, as I had this phone for ages before it was stolen from me, and despite having moved onto a HTC Hero now, im fairly sure I would have kept this phone even now.
It's so unique in design, it stands out a mile off. Even the simple backlighting of the buttons in luminous blue made the phone beautiful to look at. It was also fairly slim for what it housed at the time, with a massive backlog of features for the era. This was before the rise of apps and the iPhone. But is the design helpful? To me, I never once had issue, and texting along the side of the screen became second nature. It really did work if you spent time with it. The phone was so ahead of it's time and I truly believe it suffered from this.
This phone ran off symbian, and I remember having a plethora of apps for it, including game boy color apps that run very smoothly, and so the phone obviously had some power behind it. Call quality was fantasic, and it took microsd cards.
The UI was fairly clinical but a bit dull, but the beauty of the phone for me meant that didnt really matter, and I was really proud to own this phone. Sure the design hasn't taken off, but to me it worked really well, and if you want to stand out with a phone that would still not be out of place in the modern phone era, heres the phone.
Just scouted eBay and it seems to be about £30 for the phone.
I also seem to remember there being a McLaren F1 version, so have a look out for that if interested!
My ratings are for the modern age down there so may be a little low, but at the time all would have been 5s :)
I bought this phone off a freind a few years ago and it didn't take me long to realise why he wanted rid of it. The buttons are along the sides of the screen, and fair play to Siemens for trying to do something new, but it really isn't practical. I thought I would get used to it, but I never did. Texting took ages and even dialling a number was difficult.
The phone has features like bluetooth, infrared and integrated camera, but then most phones do as well. The one standout feature of this phone was the internet and PC connectivity, as it is compatible with some microsoft programs.
Another major issue was the battery life. It started off pretty bad, lasting around 3-4 days, but it got worse and worse and eventually I had to charge it every night! I can safely say this is the worst phone I have ever owned, and would not recommend it to anyone, especially today. Buy a blackberry or IPhone instead.