Then a fan and now
This week one of my friend asked which mobile he can buy in the range of 13 to 15K. Even though I am a mobile freak once I am able to say any suggestions to him. Lets rewind back a 6 years before.
I am one of a crazy mobile lover once upon a time. It always fascinated me and I still now consider this as a major invention which changed the lives of many. People connected from everywhere, businesses improved, distances extinct and what more… boon of lovers. Forgot to say… sparrows has been thrown away.. but still it’s one of the wonderful invention.
The first mobile I have seen was my cousin’s and I always interested in playing games than asking the mobile model or how to operate it which was way back by 2000 at that time mobile is too costly and call rates are costlier than that. So at that point of time I had no love for that. The next mobile I have seen was Nokia 3310 in college, which was used by my senior; literally we can call it as brick. That’s how it looked and nothing would happen even it falls down any no. of times. It weighed so heavy and also had very less storage for messages. I think only 14 messages it can have at a time and also its ringtone is so loud. I didn’t like that phone much. But my senior always praise that mobile much even though he changed to others later.
The next mobile which I have seen was the one which revolutionized the whole India, the small and compact, Nokia 1100. It was priced Rs.4500 then. One of my seniors got that at that time, maybe by later part of 2003, I guess. It has a vast storage for messages and ringtones which was a huge hit in Chennai. It’s easy to use features still makes one to search for this mobile. At this point only mobile rates started to reduce and charge for incoming calls were completely taken off. So the no. of mobile buyers started to increase and their first choice was Nokia 1100. I have thought that when I buy a first mobile it must be 1100.
FMs and Colour Mobiles:
Then many a models came but none was attractive as Nokia. They have released colour mobiles and also FM ones and everything was success. Of the colour mobiles I liked Nokia 3120 which one of my friends used for almost 3 years. It’s compact and looked great. It also had a good amount of space for messages and ringtones. And I also had that Bounce game which I liked.
The next advanced feature is the FM. The senior who first had the 3310 has bought this one(forgot the model name L ) and there will be a huge fight between us for whom can hear with it as we have to travel for about 5 hours a day(up and down). At that there are only 2 private FM channels and me and Mr.SN will be fighting to get the channels properly. We both will be having each bud to one of our ears.
Then came the high end mobile Nokia 6600. I am really excited to watch a video in mobile and it was a huge hit. But somehow I felt that its another brick in the mould of Nokia 3310 and also didn’t liked it much. And the one which caught the imagination was the high end models of sony ericsson. I can’t remember the model name correctly but it is the one which came with no memory card support.. only 40MB internal memory. I am amazed by the clarity in sound but then its joystick also one of the drawbacks.
Sony Ericssonand My choices:
From this point, I loved only the sony ericsson mobiles only and my friends also loved that only. Sony’s K750 is a huge hit and I made it a point to buy it(but I bought W810i only). Then came the walkman series again the emphasis on sound which I loved. The camera was better and everything looked good in sony. And I always waited eagerly for the release next mobiles and also dreamt about what are the features it may have.
After seeing all this, the first mobile I have bought was Sony ericsson J230i, which is the only low end mobile available at that time in Sony. Its FM clarity is on par with other high end sony ericsson mobile and that is the only mobile which has given stereo effect for that price. At first, I hated the W810i model as I didn’t liked the combination of black and orange. But as the days went I am attracted towards it. And that is the second mobile I have bought which I am using till now.
Now a days I am not finding any models amusing and they have become run-of-the-mill. No new features, designs and nothing. The differences now are big screens and some graphic changes. Nokia has considerably improved their high end mobiles with their Music Xpress series rocked. But they too were stagnating again. Only mobile which I am finding amusing is Apple iPhone which is not at an affordable price. But I am decided that if at all there is a change in mobile, I will buy that one.