This probably is just for me, for future reference, when i will be old and have probably forgotten all this stuff. There are almost 10 years since i use mobile phones. I bought my first mobile phone in 2001 when mobile phones weren’t as mainstream as they are today.
My first phone was an Ericsson A2628. I had it almost for two years (from 2001 until 2003) before the keys started to broke down and especially the 5 key was no longer responding to any input i tried to do. The phone was under warranty so i took it back to the shop where i bought it. They kept it for two weeks and fixed it but after only 1 month it broke again. So i took it back one more time and after 1 more week they came to the conclusion that it cannot be fixed. So they offered to give me another phone. I liked this one so i asked for an identical phone. Unfortunately it was not on stock anymore and i had to choose a different one.
Status: taken back by shop as it broke under warranty period
So i choose the only phone i liked from their offer. It was a Motorola V2288. This phone lasted from around 2003 until 2005, almost 3 years. It was the only non Ericsson (or SonyEricsson) phone i owned. I liked it because it was a robust phone and it had a rough life with a lots of falls and other types of “punishment”. The only problems i had were with its charger, which broke and i had to buy another charger for it. It also had a headset and radio which i also liked to listen while i was commuting to school or work (my first year as employee).
Status: I still have it in some box somewhere.
In 2005 i bought another phone, the first SonyEricsson. It was the SonyEricsson T230, my first mobile with color display and WAP internet access!. But this phone was also the one i had for the shortest time, less then one year. I wanted a phone with Bluetooth and a bigger screen. And this one also had the disadvantage that sometime its software just froze and i had to restart it. But overall it was a nice phone.
Status: sold it to a friend
In 2006 came the SonyEricsson Z520i. This was my first clamshell/flip form factor phone. It was also the first with Bluetooth and Infrared support. To date this is my favorite SonyEricsson phone and i still use it as a backup phone when my other phone is not working. I like it because its robust, it is a flip phone , when closed is very small and when open you have a full size phone in your hands. Also the flip feature replaces the keypad lock feature (which is very annoying in my opinion). From this phone i started using the mobile internet and its true power, although the browser in this phone is very basic. One of the disadvantages of this phone is the fact that like its predecessor it often froze and i had to restart it by removing the battery. It was also the phone that lasted the longest. From 2006 to 2009 as main/regular use phone and since then its a backup phone.
Status: still in use as backup phone with its own SIM and phone number.
In fall 2009 i decided its time for a smarter phone. So after a long deciding process i bought the SonyEricsson G900. It was advertised as the smartphone for the masses. It had touchscreen, Symbian applications, a more advanced browser and a huge screen. Still it was the phone that disappointed me the most. The software froze frequently, the range of applications it could use was limited. In spring 2011 while skiing, i hit a cable car’s restraining bar with it and its screen cracked to an extent that it was no longer usable. For a few months while waiting for the launch of the Xperia Arc i went back to the SonyEricsson Z520i.
Status: in a box with broken screen. Still usable as a modem for the laptop (tested)
One week ago i had received my newest phone, the SonyEricsson Xperia Arc. I’m waiting for this phone for half a year, since it was announced back in January. It became available from the 1st of April but here in Romania it appeared only 10 days ago. I ordered it at once. Its my first Android phone and i’m still getting used to the system but i like it more and more. I have no conclusions yet but i’m planning to write a review when i think i have enough information.
Status: in daily use