I’ve written about my little Samsung phone before, and I’ve also written about testing the V3. I returned the V3 mostly because:
1. The call history features were pathetic (10 dialed/received/missed compared to the Samsung’s 30)
2. The lack of a status light was turning me into a paranoid nutcase
3. Panther’s iSync wouldn’t recognize the model and Motorola PhoneTools doesn’t run on OSX
And also, I suspected Cingular would lower the price once Christmas got closer.
But as a result of trying out the V3, I have to confess that what I’m looking for in a phone has changed substantially. The list is pretty much this:
2. A decent still camera feature
3. Decent stock ringtones
4. A STATUS LIGHT (seriously, is Samsung the only company that utilizes these anymore?)
5. An alarm clock with a snooze feature
6. A one-touch "silent mode" button
7. Clamshell design
8. External color LCD
9. Call lists: 30 all calls, AT LEAST 10 missed/dialed/received
10. Speakerphone is nice
11. Internal antenna designs are nice, too
12. And so is world-band capability
I used to hate camera phones. HatehateHATE camera phones. And now, it’s a requisite. Goddammit.
Anyway. Last week, the Samsung was getting all spotty with functioning properly, so before it kicked out on me and took all my phone contacts with it (in order to transfer the numbers from the phone to the SIM, every single number had to be option-copied, one by one, so I never did it), I stopped by a Cingular store to investigate a new phone that was available on the website, a Samsung which I just this moment have discovered is, um, no longer available on the site.
Which makes sense, because when I got to the store, one of the CSRs told me they didn’t carry it because it got pulled due to poor sales.
An hour later, I ended up leaving with a Sony Ericsson Z250a. Because it had lights! It had lights which, according to the manual, "notify you of an event such as an incoming call or a new message"! SOUNDS LIKE A STATUS LIGHT TO ME.
But then I discovered, after a couple of test calls and text messages and voicemails, that, lo and behold– upon receipt of a new voicemail, the phone lights up ONCE to "notify" you, and that’s it.
1. There is no one-touch dialing. Speed dial consists of entering the number, then hitting the "call" button. THAT’S TWO TOUCHES.
2. One contact can’t have more than one location number. One home, one work, one cell phone– that’s all that’s allowed.
3. It actually requires conscious effort to flip open the phone, especially with only one finger.
Suffice to say, I’m a little annoyed.
But, I’ve got a month to see if I can live with it– I like SE phones because they’re quirky in design and their animations are always charming. The OS, however, is flaky– the screen indicator for new VMs tends to not turn off, even after I’ve checked my messages and deleted them– and the camera is VGA… so I don’t know. I might return it.
Especially now that I’ve been researching the V3i, which is supposed to be out in December. The Motorola logo on the front lights up, and I know there have been Moto phones in the past that have a status light option, so– could it be? Could it really, truly BE? I DON’T KNOW! But my toes start to curl in excited anticipation whenever I think about it (though I have read that the call history feature remains unchanged).
The phone’s design is the same (as opposed to the V3c, which is significantly thicker), but the camera’s been bumped up to a 1.3 mpx (and it now has video *capture,* as opposed to the V3’s limitation to video playback), and there’s AIRPLANE MODE! The Mpx200 had that and I didn’t think I’d ever appreciate it, but boy howdy did I. And no other phone of mine since the Mpx200 has had that feature.
There’s also a big to-do over the fact that the V3i is the second iTunes-equipped phone. Again, I couldn’t care less about music capabilities on a phone– but then, that was my exact opinion of camera capabilities before I owned a camera-phone, so… yeah.
I’m a bit of a phone whore, I admit it. But what’s a girl supposed to do when they keep making phones cuter and more appealing?
(And I know the NEC e949 is thinner and all and NEC phones are supposed to be super reliable, but I just don’t feel anything when I look at it. We could only be friends and never lovers; it just wouldn’t work out.)