Saturday, October 07, 2006
I finally got a new cellphone. My old handset, the Sony-Erisson, the battery life was down to less than a minute when I was talking and no one sells replacement batteries for it. I paid quite a bit of money for the Sony-Erisson one and the extra cost didn't do much for me, so heading to the store to pick up a new phone I was planning to get one of the cheaper models....
Well, so much for that idea.
I ended up getting this one:
It's a really nice phone. It's a pretty small phone, large colour LCD display, digital camera, bluetooth, and a slot for a miniSD flash card. The display is very impressive. it's only a 240x320 display, but images look really good on it. The digital camera is pretty good too. At 2 megapixels, the images are about the same as my real camera. The flash isn't something to write home about, but the images it takes are a lot better than I expected. The MP3 playback comes in handy from time to time. The tiny loudspeaker in the phone doesn't make music sound great, but what can you expect from something that small? I got a bluetooth adaptor and a 1GB miniSD card. The bluetooth functionality is nice. It's not too quick for transferring huge amounts of data, but for general use it nice. Questionable security aside, I'd like to get a bluetooth headset in the future (better audio and the ability to go hands-free). Biggest beef, Telus crippled the phone so you can't make or load your own ringtones. Of course, the manual doesn't mention that; I spent a few days figuring that out. Telus forces you to buy their ringtones and the ringtones included on the phone are pretty. . . blah.
Overall, I like the phone. The ringtone issue really pisses me off, but I might just hack the phone later to correct the problem (plenty of resources online for doing that). Oh, and the fact I can go a few days without recharging, definitely good.