jamie goode's wine blog: NWR: mobile phones

Saturday, August 01, 2009

NWR: mobile phones

Both our kids have much better phones that Fiona and I do.

Younger son has an LG Cookie KP500 touch phone. He's pretty good with his possessions, but a few weeks ago fell onto his phone and killed the LCD screen. I was a soft Dad and, after finding out the cost of repair (c 45) bought him a new one, and then sold his old phone on Ebay. It raised 31, which I thought was remarkable because the new phone was just 80. [For what the cookie offers, this makes it brilliant value.]

Older son has today bought an LG Viewty with his birthday money. Like the cookie, it's a touch screen phone, but it has a better camera and some more features, and cost him a shade under 100. Again, a lot of technology for the money.

My phone is an LG KC550, which isn't as good as either of theirs. It has a decent camera (5 MP), but mobile phone cameras are always going to be pretty rubbish because of the problem of small sensor size and pixel crowding, so I only use it in emergencies. But, as a phone, it works fine.

I guess the issue I will need to face at some stage is picking up emails on my phone, which might necessitate a plunge to a blackberry. I'm not really enthusiastic about the iPhone. People whose technical knowledge I respect are getting very excited about the Palm Pre, which hasn't yet hit the UK. Unfortunately, it will be exclusive to O2 in the UK, which will make it expensive to use, I suspect.


At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamie, I think you should stick to wine - far more engaging.

At 11:03 PM, Anonymous Steve said...

Whatever web connected phone you get, expect to charge the battery every 48 hours or less. According to my bruv-in-law. who works in the field and has to put up with me moaning, all 3G phones expend power because they're continually transmitting their whereabouts to satellite HQ or something (this made sense to me, but we were on our fourth bottle at the time).
Currently drinking Mountain Pass Pinot Noir, 5.49 at Wine Rack/Threshers and made by Yering Station- surely an 85 point wine...

At 6:37 AM, Blogger Olivia said...

I must admit I find mobile phone pricing hard to understand. The Motorola W156, for example, can be had for less than 20 on its own, or 5 if you get a PAYG SIM with it (I suspect this one's locked to T-Mobile, so there's some logic there).

No wonder recent reports suggest that Blackberry and Apple between them are making the lion's share of profits in the mobile handset market. The iPhone 3GS has a manufactured cost of about 100 + 50 licenses (roughly) and sells unlocked for about 700 (Expansys). Until there's some serious competition, Apple can get away with this.

At 7:37 AM, Anonymous keith prothero said...

do not know how you can manage without a Blackberry Jamie.
I resisted buying one for years but now cannot live without it!!

At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Iris said...

I still manage with a Nokia 6210... must be a dino for your kids...but I use it only when I'm far from home (where we don't have any connection - it's in a valley in the countryside...) and I can tell you that it attracts attention, when I'm travelling:-).

At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm perfectly happy with my ancient 1999 model and see no need to get a new one.

At 5:00 AM, Blogger britney said...

stick to wine oops..

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At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Replica Vertu said...

Agree with Keith Prothero right down the line. Today Blackberry is quiet an indispensable thing. Don't miss a chance to buy it.


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