What's your mobile phone history?

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I love playing this game, so I'll give my input.

I started in January of 2007 with a Sony Ericsson K610i. I think I was the last or second-to-last person in my elementary school class to get a cellphone, so getting this was kind of a big deal to me. I loved that phone to bits, took many pictures and videos with it, broke it first time by installing too many games, got it fixed, changed the case on it, learned how to tinker with Sony Ericsson software, and finally, in the process of tinkering with its firmware, broke it for the second time, after which it wasn't usable anymore.



Then at some point during the spring of 2008, I thought it'd be cool to get a second phone, mostly because that way it'd be easier to contact my uncle and his part of the family, since he was on a different carrier, so I got a Sony Ericsson W200i. Cheap and also fun. I mostly used it for storing my music, though. I think it went to the service once, but I can't remember why exactly. Must've been the microphone or something else like that.



In October (I believe) of 2008 I got the phone I used for the longest time: my Sony Ericsson K770i. I used it until the summer of 2014, so almost full six years. I bought it because of the camera and display, as both of those were huge improvements over the previous two phones I had. It was good, mostly because of the camera. That's what I used it for most of the time, as well as for watching videos. I remember buying accessories for it, such as external speakers and a 4 GB memory card (which was proprietary and used in Sony Ericsson phones until ca. 2010 only). The keyboard broke once, and by the end of its life, it was so worn-out the keys would work sloppily, the camera latch mechanism crapped out and it was all scratched up and dented.



In late May of 2009, I decided to replace my second phone with something better, so I got another Cybershot-series Sony Ericsson phone, the C702. I bought it because I was obsessed with Sony Ericsson themes and walpapers that used accelerometer, only to find out after I bought the phone that, uhm, it actually didn't have an accelerometer. Still, I passed the W200i onto my mum to use with her own SIM card and used the C702 as my second phone, but at some point during the high school I passed the C702 together with the SIM that was in it also to my mum, as she contacted my uncle more than I did. It was not that good of a phone, not because it didn't have an accelerometer, but because it the plastic around the camera shutter button broke three times (it was serviced twice), while the phone was rated as splash- and dust-proof.



Then at the beginning of September of 2014, I got my first smartphone. A Huawei G6 4G. It isn't much by today's standards, but as it was my first Android smartphone, it opened a whole new world to me. Facebook in your pocket, Instagram, Youtube wherever you want, and a huge screen compared to my previous Sony Ericsson feature phones. I used it until June of 2016. It was a great experience, and it never broke down while I was using it.



In June of 2016 I won a Sony Xperia M4 Aqua on a giveaway, after which I passed the Huawei onto my brother, who needed a smartphone. The first day of activating and using it, I wasn't blown away with it, mostly because it wasn't much of an improvement over my previous phone. But not much longer after that, I discovered that it was almost unusable due to the fact it only had 8 GB of internal storage, most of which was filled with bloatware apps, and you couldn't move the apps to external memory. It also broke down on me once, when the speakerphone crapped out. In my opinion, it was the worst experience any phone I used gave me. Oh, and it heated a lot, to the point that it was uncomfortable to hold it in the hand.



And finally, last year, in May, I decided that I wanted a phone that would last me for a long time. I wanted something that wouldn't become unusable in a year or two because of insufficient internal storage, or whichever other reason. So I settled down on a Samsung Galaxy S8. But after researching my options, I realised that on contract, and thanks to a discount for American Express, I realised I could get a Huawei P20 for much cheaper. So I did. It's an excellent phone so far, and my favourite feature about it is its camera. It made me rediscover mobile photography. I only have one real complaint on it: it doesn't have the 3,5 mm headphone jack! Other than that, it's near perfect, but the USB type-C port wore out a little bit... Not that much of a problem, I'll get it fixed at some point, but it makes me wonder if the USB-C port is really a good idea from a durability standpoint.



Okay, that's it. I left out the phones I bought solely for tinkering on or that were landed or given to me. These are the devices I actually put my SIM card in and used for calls and all the other wonderful things these phones can do.

What can I conclude from this? Well, apart from the fact that I only had experience with two brands, I can conclude that all the Sony (Ericsson) devices I had broke down at least once during the warranty period! (Well, expect that I'm unsure on the W200i, I just can't remember if it broke down or not.) Oh, also, that it's worth investing in a decent phone that will last you a long time. And don't skimp on memory!
 

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Time for a little update, I think:

9) [December 2010 - October 2011] Apple iPhone 3Gs. My first iPhone, I have to admit it was a revelation, a quantum leap forward. A hand down from my brother.



10) [October 2010 - December 2013] Apple iPhone 4. Had this for more than three years, and it didn't miss a beat, also one of very few not to get a smashed up backside or front. A hand-down from my brother as well.



11) [December 2013 - September 2014] Apple iPhone 5s. Really liked this, in retrospect I regret that I din't keep it for longer, such a nice size. Also regret I din't get an SE



12) [September 2014 - September 2016] Apple iPhone 6. Bought one because my brother's job had bought a few too many and I was offered one for a nice price.



13) [September 2016 - November 2017] Apple iPhone 6s. This was also a hand-down from my brother.


14) [November 2017 - September 2019] Apple iPhone 7. Also a hand down from my brother, I still like this very much, although I could be intrigued by something smaller if that is introduced.

15) [September 2019 -->] Apple iPhone X. I got this free of charge, also from my brother who updated to a Pro. The main difference is the huge screen and the fact we are back to a glass back, so case is required. Not only do I fear breakage, but it gets smudged up with fingerprints very fast, not only the glass back, but also the polished stainless steel frame. It is also slightly bigger than my old iPhone 7. However, on the pluss side, it has much better battery than my old iPhone 7, I'm also digging Face-ID and wireless charging. The whole thing just looks great with iOS 13.

 

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Apparently I haven't posted here since 2009 and that was short so I may as well start from scratch. I got the changeover dates for the smartphones from my big folder of photos from Dropbox, where the device is recorded in EXIF.

Nokia 3510i



My first dumbphone, high tech at the time with its polyphonic ringtones and colour screen. I think it's still around somewhere, I'll never forget the Sky Diver ringtone.

Samsung U600



Next was my second and final dumbphone, the Samsung U600. A very nice phone to hold and use, sometimes I miss having something this compact. Sold this to my uncle.

HTC Touch HD (December 2008 - November 2010)



Once smartphones became a thing and IT colleagues started getting them I knew I wanted in and started my long-term love affair with HTC and its flagship phones. Starting with the Touch HD, the upfront cost of which was a Christmas gift with me paying a cheaper contract. Despite Windows Mobile now looking shit, this was a great phone at the time and while modern capacitive touch screens are far superior to resistive types I still miss the ability to use a very accurate pointy stylus. The front bezel on this was actually metal and made for quite a heavy phone. The battery was removable and I had a dock that could store and charge a spare battery.

At the time I listened to Chris Moyles on Radio 1 on the train in the morning, using RealPlayer to stream over HSDPA, or more like Edge if I was lucky. The phone signal between my town and the city I work in was (and still is, unbelievably) very poor so the steam would sometimes become a garbled mess, cut out or I'd have to restart RealPlayer. Before getting this I would listen to music on the train with my PSP, which seems ridiculous now.

I traded this in and would like to get another just because.

HTC Desire HD (November 2010 - November 2012)



I skipped the HTC HD2 and my next phone was the Desire HD. Android was new and fancy and this phone was slimmer with a newfangled capacitive touch screen. Probably my first phone to be graced or otherwise with Angry Birds because it didn't work on Windows Mobile. This also still had a removable battery.

I tried radio streams but for some reason they didn't work out as well, so I got my first Sony Bluetooth headset, the MW600. More about that, along with my other Bluetooth headsets, at the end.

Great phone that just kept going, sold it to a friend who ran it for a year or two afterwards.

HTC OneX+ (November 2012- October 2014)



By now HTC had moved on to the One series of phones and had dropped the option of MicroSD cards for some reason. Due to this I wanted the phone with the most on-board storage, the OneX+. 64GB was a lot back then. This was an improvement over the Desire HD in every way, was a very thin phone for its time and the rubberised case was very tough and grippy.

I really liked the red accents of the + model over the regular one. It also had contacts on the side for docking, don't think I ever used this.

I still have this one, somewhere, in bits. It met a sad end when a metal keyring I was given at a Land Rover show damaged the digitiser of the touch screen, leaving a section of it dead. I bought a new digitiser but it wasn't OEM quality and wouldn't stick down correctly. I was actually planning to keep this after my contract expired because it was so good.

HTC One M8 (October 2014 - June 2016)



Still happy with HTC phones at this point, I upgraded to their next new model. It finally supported SD card storage again, which was nice for storing the photos from the new Ultrapixel camera. Initially it seemed good but I was never happy with the photos it produced (having compared them, I would seriously say that the photos from the Touch HD are better) and it very quickly became sluggish, driving me up the wall.

It had a very slippery metal case too, which meant that this was the first phone I felt the need to put in a rubber case. Strange considering the previous three didn't have cases and none suffered damage (that a case would've prevented for the OneX+).

I still have it right here, got it out to see if I can trade it for some cash but it appears to be dead, Dave.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium (June 2016 - April 2018)



I was so fed up with the One M8 that I actually purchased this phone outright while still paying the contract on the HTC, completely ending my run of their phones with little chance that I'll ever own one again.

I bought this purely due to the 4K UHD screen and how good that would look when combined with a Google Glass VR viewer. It did look good but it soon became apparent that phone-based VR was just a gimmick and this thing actually got quite hot when displaying UHD content. It was fine and the photo quality was a big improvement over the HTC. The side-mounted fingerprint reader on the power button was a nice feature, I always preferred that to front or rear mounted ones and it was pretty reliable.

I still have this and have just finished finding the original accessories and putting them back in the box, should be able to get a decent amount for it.

I forget why I replaced this one, maybe I just became frustrated with or bored of Android and realised that I no longer required the extra freedom that it provided over that other OS (no, not Windows Phone). In 2018, I waved goodbye to it and jumped on the good ship iPhone.

iPhone X (April 2018 - Present)



Picture shamelessly stolen from the post above but you know what one looks like anyway. Wireless charging, faceID, a supposedly great camera and an OS that peformed well due to the limited devices it has to support were some of the things that sold me on the iPhone. I also had my mind on Apple Carplay, which I preferred to Android Auto after seeing the two in use. Twin cameras are nice and I use them all of the time, it's great to be able to 'zoom' and have a full-resolution image.

So far it's been great. FaceID works well for me, it handles my navigation apps without crashing or slowing down and the pictures are great. In my opinion, iCloud is superior to the offerings from Dropbox or Google despite having to jump through silly hoops for some features.

Next year I will probably upgrade to the 11 Pro. I may be forced to stick with this, however, if my money is going elsewhere...

Bluetooth Heasets

Worth mentioning these as they've been important to me and I've been loyal to Sony throughout. Always earbuds because I don't like full headphones for use on the train.

Sony Ericsson MW-600 (January 2011 - September 2016)



My first Bluetooth headset. This had a built-in FM tuner, using the headphones as an antenna like most little radios. It still lost signal because the normal FM signal was also poor along the route of the railway due to there being fuck all along the route.

Chris Moyles left Radio 1 in 2012 and it wasn't as good after that. I listened to it for an amount of time but then stopped, just using the MW600 for music over BT. Its best feature was the ability to use any 3.5mm headphones or speakers and it just kept going, I still have it and I'm damn sure it still works just fine. I didn't realise how long I had used it for.

Sony SBH-80 (September 2016 - March 2018)

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In 2016 I became tired of the long cable dangling around me and upgrade to a proper headband headset. For such small drivers, they sounded incredibly good. Having individual buttons for play/pause, skipping tracks and controlling volume is something I now miss but I don't miss the weight of the battery being right at the back, along with having to reach behind my neck for the power button.

One channel died because the connections from the headband to the earbud leads wasn't very robust, the one year warranty was up.

Sony WI-C400 (March 2018 - November 2018)



The SBH80 was quite expensive and not wanting to spend that much again for 18 months of use, I deliberately went for a cheaper set with built-in cable strain relief. I may have gone to far, however, as these look, feel and sound quite cheap. Generally unimpressive and with strange controls for skipping tracks that used the volume controls, sometimes resulting in the volume being changed instead of the track.

Used it for a while until I was nosing around the Sony shop in Keflavik airport before flying home and spotted...

Sony WI-1000X (November 2018 - Present)

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I don't recommend looking up the price of these. I didn't actually buy these at the airport despite them being about 25% cheaper than they are here, as I didn't want to be stuck with them if there was a problem. They're my first pair of noise cancelling earphones, useful on the train and they proved useful when flying earlier this year. The sound quality is also fantastic, due to the size of the drivers they're better than the SBH80 and far better than the WI-C400. Padding on the back is very comfortable. Hopefully they will last a long time.

The connection is rock solid, I don't remember which but one of the old headsets had issues with the Bluetooth connection when the phone was in my pocket. It also has a 3.5mm connection, good for connecting to my PC at work without dealing with multiple BT devices.

My only gripe is the track skipping is combined with the play/pause button, press twice for next and three times for previous. It's far more reliable than the method on the WI-C400 but I'd still rather have a couple more buttons.

I probably would've bought Apple Airpods instead of these as they're actually cheaper, if only the damn things fitted in my ears...
 
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I've posted in this thread before, but i'm currently on the iPhone XR with no plans to upgrade. I also can't really upgrade easily because my employer paid for the phone and it's up to them to be generous and give me a new one.

Usually with Apple products, I sell them to help fund the new purchase. Android and PC users like to point out that Apple users are "overpaying" for their devices, but the resale value helps recoup a lot if not all of the investment.

Right now I'm waiting for the refreshed 11" iPad Pro, then I'll sell my 10.5".
 

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I started with Nokia 1611 in 1996 and went with different Nokia models until iPhone 4 came. Since then I've been with iPhone's. Next one could well be Nokia again while those pure Android versions seem quite nicely specced compared to price at least
 
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