a reply to: Nechash
Here is my experience with cell phones.
I started out with my first one when I was in my mid teens. It was a Nokia 3210, and it had two really great features that I was aware of. Besides
the fact you could make a phone call with it, and send a text message, it was also dense, and compact, which meant you could use it as a paperweight,
and as a bludgeon. It had a black on greed LCD display, a game called Snake, and some other utterly irrelevant tosh on it. It was easily the most
hardcore bit of communications gear I have ever owned. It got dropped, it got kicked, it got used as a defensive weapon, and it never had a problem
once that I could not fix by taking the cover off and reseating the keypad. It served me bloody well, and I used it until it gave up on me completely.
The battery connection died, that is to say that even a new battery would not have been any use. It was just buggered.
I had that phone until I was about eighteen years of age, at which point I got a Nokia 7210, which was lighter, and smaller, and had a colour screen
as well! However, it was also relatively weak, and could not deal with certain elements of my lifestyle. That is why the screen cracked, which lead to
several failures which seemed to cascade away from that initial breakage. I did not like it at all.
Next, was some other Nokia phone, but it felt like it was made of that thin plastic that only the cheapest toy in the store is made from, you know
the stuff? I did not have that one long enough to worry about it breaking however, since it fell out of my pocket while I was at work one day, and
that was the last I saw of it!
Since then, I have always used the oldest style of phone I could lay my hands on. I have no idea what the model number of the one I am using now is,
but it takes a BL-5CB battery (3.7v) and is dirt simple. As far as I know I cannot even listen to the radio on it, let alone hit the web, and if I can
I never have. I have no interest in doing so.
However, because of the nature of my work, I may soon be forced to acquire one of the thousand times cursed smartphones that people have been ranting
about for a while now, and I can tell you without a shadow of doubt, that I am not looking forward to that at all, not in the least. I know how bloody
fragile they are, have friends whose phones have encountered little more than a stiff breeze, and managed to conspire to fail their owners as a
result! They are uniformly pathetic, weak, and utterly incapable of standing up to what I would consider a real life. I would imagine they are perfect
for an office professional, but when it comes to carrying them around while about some real honest days labour, I suspect that the rigours of such
will render any smartphone I could get my hands on, into nothing but broken glass and failed software inside of 72 hours.