Many, many years ago – I suspect it was about 1994, although I may be out by a couple of years – me ma got a mobile phone. This was before such things were common; the technology (or the stuff we were using) was still analogue; text messaging was a long way away, and you were still required to put up an aerial to get reception. The first phone that we had has a Nokia.
The next one, still analogue, was an NEC. But that did suck, so Nokia was swiftly returned to.
Fast forward to 1999. I’d moved away to uni, and didn’t much feel like queueing for the communal payphone. I’d also secured a job and had some money, so it was off to the mobile phone shop for me, where I became the proud owner of an nk702 (basically an Orange branded 6110). And I liked it.
Then two things happened: The Matrix and the old phone dying. This meant a new phone was needed, and seeing as how I was happy with Nokia and I wanted the cool phone effect of the Matrix, and I’m a geek, I got me a 7110. Which gave me a mobile net connection. And – for a time – it was good.
Soon, there came a 5510 music player, which had a whopping 64meg of storage. And I quite liked it, but lost it while inebriated on the Stagecoach X14.
The replacement was the first of the camera phones: the 7650. With which I took many embarrassing photos of drunkenness back before such things were considered normal. Trendsetter, that’s me… I got a year or more out of that before the power button failed and I was offered another free replacement. To some boring, common as muck Nokia whose name I can’t even remember.
Until I got me the N91 in June of ’06. And very happy I was with it; good music player, good camera, good interface.
It would appear, looking back on this history, that I’m a bit of a Nokia fanboy. Despite knocking Mac-heads for their slavish loyalty to the evils of Apple, I’d fallen victim to something not entirely dissimilar. But I could justify this to myself: Nokia’s products are much more varied than the Apple line-up, and I wasn’t just following the herd.
Except, it seems, that I’ve now joined the herd. Because upon the N91’s demise, I’ve moved to something different. Something from an entirely different company, but one which seemed to fit my needs a little bit more than the equivalent Nokia model.
So I’m now getting used to a nice, shiny, W960i. And I’m liking it…
Back to games, methinks…
For information, in all the time of changing phones every year or two, I’ve spent a total of about Â£100, the rest were upgrades. Which can’t make a lot of sense for the phone companies, since I’ve not exactly been on gouging contracts, but hey, I’ll not complain…