At some point, we have all commented that in terms of reliability and longtivity, our trusty ‘old’ Nokias were the best phones, ever. I don’t like throwing things away and have just pulled out my favourite Nokia phone, ever. So, I’ve decided to write about it.
The old Nokias that I refer to are the ones that only had a number for a model name; no ‘E’s or ‘N’s. It’s almost as if Nokia started to add vitamins to the phones, to give them some sort of health advantage.
Old Nokias (any Nokia that used the charger with the larger pin, basically), when fully charged, would last for DAYS- even if you made several phone calls and sent texts from them. I suppose this is primarily because back then, a phone was a phone, not an internet tablet, MP3 player and satellite navigation all rolled into one. Because of this, old Nokias didn’t need a super-duper processor to cope with all the tasks running at the same time. What a lot of people don’t realise is that generally, there’s dozens of background tasks running on modern phones, which start up automatically.
Another massive drain on the battery is the camera, especially if you use the flash a couple of times. I do use my phone camera to take a quick picture of things here and there, but only because I want to be able to remember something later or want to show someone something. A very simple camera is ideal for this sort of use, so what’s the point in looking for and buying a phone with an amazing camera? Although some phone cameras do take a nice picture, you’ll not be able to beat the quality of a ‘real’ camera. Not everyone will want to buy a proper camera so a mobile phone camera will suffice, but this isn’t the point of a mobile phone.
Everybody that I know has a Facebook application on their phone. This is connected to the internet all of the time in most circumstances, again draining the battery. Do you need to be made aware immediately if John has just ‘liked’ the fact that George went to McDonald’s for lunch? I doubt it. Just log on to Facebook when you get home, using a PC. While you’re at it, you can check your bank account balances and do some online shopping. If you’re desperate during the day, got to the Facebook mobile site on your mobile’s web browser. BBM (Blackberry Messenger) is another service that is running constantly if you use it on your Blackberry. Why not use SMS instead? Most of the applications on mobile phones now are for novelty value and don’t really have a genuine purpose. Remember the menus on old Nokias? They were simple and straightforward.
Old Nokias never had a load of chrome (with the exception of the 8800) or polished plastic surfaces. They were made from sturdy plastic and if you dropped one, it would barely be damaged. Even if it did receive a scratch, it would barely be noticeable.
My favourite ever Nokia phone is one that I’ve refused to throw away or recycle-a SIM card from most networks won’t even work in it because it’s not 3G. It’s the size of a house brick and probably weighs the same but the buttons were a good size and it was easy to use. It’s a Nokia 9500, which isn’t an average phone- it opened up and had a full QWERTY keyboard. I liked this phone because of the large, clear screen, the battery life and the built-in functions.
I know that I stated above that most of the applications on mobile phones now are for novelty value and don’t really have a genuine purpose but I stand by that. The Nokia 9500 had a very simple spreadsheet and writing program built in, which was useful for the job I was doing at the time. It was easy to use these applications because of the large keyboard and the large screen.
The Nokia 9500 was one of the first mobile phones to use WiFi. Bearing in mind that this was before 3G and that to connect to the internet would involve using a GPRS connection, which is the equivalent to dial-up. Nobody enjoyed that. WiFi meant that I could look up quick things on the internet using my WiFi at home and having the websites appear at a sensible speed- on a nice, large screen, might I add.
Whilst not one of the very first mobiles to allow you to set up your email on it, the Nokia 9500 was a fairly early contender. I had two email addresses and the phone would connect to these and pick up my emails every hour. There was no permanent internet connection and no background services constantly giving my location away to god-knows-who. Of course, this phone didn’t even have any form of GPS anyway!
The menus on the Nokia 9500 were straightforward and simple to use.The mobile had the usual features, such as calendar and contacts- these features were so easy to use. Who needs a touchscreen mobile?
Finally, the battery. Sometimes, this mobile would last for an entire WEEK before the battery died, despite phone calls, messages AND emails. How amazing is that? Consider nowadays that most people have an iPhone or a Blackberry and that these mobiles generally need to be charged on a daily basis, if the battery even lasts more than a couple of hours to start off with.
My Nokia 9500 was large, ugly and heavy but it was the most reliable phone I’ve ever used- not once did I have to pull the battery to reset it. how many of you can say that about your current phone? Apart from the iPhone owners, of course, as the battery doesn’t even come out of those!
You’ll see from the photos that a SIM card was in my Nokia 9500- this is a free, GiffGaff SIM card that I’ve stuck in there to make sure it still works and which can be used in older phones. If I was able to, I would gladly use my proper ‘3’ SIM card in this phone, but by doing so, I will be disconnected from the service. Apparently.