I was digging through my desk at work when I found an old cell phone, complete with charger. I have no idea where it came from (well, 2006, but whatever) nor why I have it. Well, I know what I’m going to do with it: Abby’s going to be getting a phone at Christmas, and this might fix the bill for her very modest needs: making phone calls and sending text messages.
This got me to thinking – almost everything the carriers offer these days are “smart” phones. We have a family plan with 3 iPhones and one regular phone on it. I think that moving forward, the carriers want to do everything they can to make that an all smart phone bill, since they get more money…
What it also made me do is think about the phones that I’ve had along the way. I humbly present a history of my phones, along with some comments on each.
My first cell phone, on the Cingular network. Cingular had roll over minutes, and was a pretty decent carrier. The phone was pretty cool – I had a camera with me all the time, so that was fun. This was the start of my frustrations, however, with provider settings on cell phones. I also learned the T9 keyboard, and can still type pretty fast using that.
We switched to Verizon, and this was my choice. It had an MP3 player, so I got to experiment with making MP3′s that fit on a memory card and would play in the phone. It was a stable phone, a bit of a work horse. It also managed to stand up to more than a few drops and not so nice encounters with gravity.
By far, this was my favorite cell phone. It was a “bar” phone – genius name, right? They keyboard slide out, but you could still make/take calls with it when it was closed. I think I could even tap out text messages using the T9 keyboard. The problem with this phone was that the OS was Verizon-ified. I had freezes, and the phone would constantly tell me the battery was dying, and at one point, the screen inverted all the colors AND reversed itself – so I was looking in a negative through a mirror. Despite all this, I liked the phone.
This was the phone I switched to to get away from the Rival – I wanted to try a new manufacturer. Too bad I got stuck with the Verizon OS again. It was a good phone too – slide out keyboard, so you can use it for calls and stuff, or go all crazy with the typing. I got this phone literally the day we left to drive to Disney in 2008, so when I wasn’t driving, I was trying to figure out how to use it. This is also, probably, the start of when I stopped trying to use a different camera to take photos of things.
They say that the best camera is the one you have with you… as the phones have gotten better, so have the cameras. Now that I have the iPhone, I take most of my photos on that – it doesn’t help that the little digital SLR we have always complains that the battery needs to be charged. But that’s a story for another day…