Why am I not changing my phone????
I am carrying a Nokia E72 and today marks its one year in custody with me.
There’s a story we all know, ”Crying Wolf”! It’s when a shepherd always teases his village mates by crying wolf, wolf and they would all scurry only to find him laughing and telling them, he was just kidding! One day a wolf actually came, he shouted but no one came doubting it to be one of the sheperd’s many hoax calls! In the end, the shepherd found himself comfortable in the stomach of the wolf!
Why am I reminding you all of this old story? That’s because, it has been twice now. What? I have started a tweet series about my next phone purchase, my twitter buddies discussed each and every choice’s pros and cons in detail with me..
I did not buy anything the first time. I am NOT buying anything the second time around too. Sorry guys, I know it would be difficult for you all to believe me when I would actually go ahead and buy a phone!! Ha ha!
But this article is just to emphasize my resolve of not buying a new phone in 2011. It’s new year just around the corner, people are making plans for new itmes, new gadgets [more so my geek buddies in my twitter timeline ;-)].
Ok, so why am I not changing my phone right now?
Why should I?
(a) Small Screen
(b) Non Touch
(c) An *almost* legacy OS (S60 V3)
(d) Lack of applications
(e) Less RAM
Nokia E72 has served me well. I consider myself a *little* bit more aware than an average consumer and I am firmly entrenched in the field only. My usage are just a little bit more exhaustive, more detailed and require my phone to strech just a little bit more.
Nokia E72 falls sort on some of the required parameters required by me to extract just a little bit more. Less RAM is one of those hardware failures my phone possesses.
So, why wouldn’t I?
Well, this phone supports me in multiple ways.
(a) The physical qwerty with those soft keys are just too awesome. You wouldn’t believe, just how fast I am breezing through this article! (ok, part of this breezing has to be credited to my brain also, which has got the thoughts assimilated and clear!)
(b) I have heard a lot of E71’s build quality being far superior than E72’s. Well, to be honest, I have never spent enough time with an E71 to make a comparative judgement but I know for sure that my phone is built like a tank. Don’t ask me, how and where its built quality has been tested in my house, but believe me when I say this, this phone has seen and endured A LOT!
(c) The battery is awesome and keeps me sane with a long life in all those train journeys that I undertake (part of my job) which probably, a phone from a particular OS platform may not even dream about!
Now, some non geek reasons for staying put:
(a) It lets me do three of the most important things in my work day! Calls, SMSes and Emails! Ok, I rely on a thrid party client for Email to render default HTMLs.
(b) Phones in India do not come operator subsidized. You get them, locked (in case of BBs or iPhones) or unlocked but always unsunsidized at a premium.
(c) The camera is not brilliant and ofcourse, not a camera flagship but an amazing cam for a business phone. I will go on to say, it has got the best camera in its segment.
(d) I work very hard to earn my money and it becomes imperative for me to give a thought to my phone buying purchase. An HTC Desire Z or a Nokia N8 or a Blackberry Bold 9780 will cost somewhere between INR 24,000 to INR 28,000.
Let me tell you, that’s hell lot of a money! Lol!!!
I do not want to part with my money for a phone until my E72 pushes me to the wall and I am happy, that forget about being pushed to the wall, it is keeping me very comfortably in the centre with just a slight wobble here and there!
That money can buy a 2 day holiday for me and my family in a near by country or backwaters of Kerala!
At this stage of my life, with a wife and a daughter, a monthly income and future to look for, I would really need to define precisely, what’s a genuine need and what’s a superficial want.
Honestly though, I do waver sometimes, but I have twitter friends like Saurabh (@arbit on twitter) to pull me back, bring my sanity back!
I will surely buy a new smartphone but for the time being, my trusted and proven companion is E72!! I love you and I accept you with all your strenghts and weaknesses!
And to my twitter buddies, wait for the next *wolf* call!!! 🙂