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Friday, September 17, 2004

The Passing of an Era

Nokia 3210

I find myself in a familiar situation. Once again my phone approaches venerability. That would be fine in itself given my strong biases towards non-conformity, fiscal discipline (now a buzzword), and resource maximization.

However, since surveys show that 7/10 of my most recent calls have been cut due to battery failure, my phone sadly but bravely suggested that he be replaced. But such is life. Hard decisions have to be made every day. In this instance, my phone chose lonely retirement over mobile impotence. Either way, I salute you buddy.

The Choices

So here I am now left with a big decision: which model will replace my dear 3210. I chose the 3210 then because of its boxy look and of course the Composer feature. The next one, I would presume would be in the same mold.

I narrowed the selection into two models based on aesthetics: the Nokia 6230 and the Nokia 6610.

Nokia 6230Nokia 6610

As you can see, both of them have that clean, squarish appeal.

The Nokia 6230 model features: Video recorder and player, Digital VGA camera, Active TFT color display, Bluetooth wireless technology, Streaming video and audio, Music player for MP3 and AAC files.

The Nokia 6610 model feautres : Tri-band world phone - works in three networks on five continents, Downloadable personal applications via Java™ technology, MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service), GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), HSCSD (High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data), WAP 1.2.1 Browser (via GRPS or CSD), Integrated FM radio, Handsfree speaker, Customizable and timed profiles, Polyphonic ringing tones, Wallpaper: Full-screen color image Screen saver: Digital clock, Clock, alarm clock, Calculator, currency converter, Stopwatch, countdown timer, Connectivity options: IR and cable.

Selection Criteria

I can appreciate a good-looking phone. In this regard, I find that the 6610 tops this category. All other phones seem to be too design-heavy. Call me old fashioned, but I want it to look like a phone and neither like a stun gun nor a rubix cube.

I don't really care for the whole smorgasbord of features like MMS, GPRS, Bluetooth or even WAP. Anything with good sound management features like a recorder or an mp3 player will do. The camera and video functions are welcome, but I suspect these will fuel my already strong voyeuristic tendencies. Hello womens' locker room! ;-)

From what I gather, however, neither phone has a storage device functionality. Too bad, I've been meaning to get one of those external drives.

Hold on, I'm gonna find out how much these models retail here in Manila...abangan

10 comments:

  1. taga-smart or globe ka ba :-)

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  2. Just want to share with you a first-hand observation on 6610. I don't like the keypad. It's not as soft as the other models, therefore, you have to press with more effort. Even after many months' use, ganun pa rin.

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  3. i fully agree with mamajojogirl.

    a former owner of a 6610, i am always pissed when the "0/space" key won't work. it malfunctions (common sickness of the model) minimum of once a week, depending on the volume of your typing/texting.

    i finally decided to dish it and go for (a FREE) one with a camera! :D

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  4. The 6230 is around P19K in the black market. The 6610 is around P9K in the black market, too.

    You might want to check 6220. Although the keypads takes a lot of getting use to. It's about P13K in the black market. Or the old 7250 model which should be around P8K now.

    Try exploring the new Ericcson series to. They have nice models as well.

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  5. Oh dang, and I really liked the 6610 too. Tapos mahal pala yung isa. Teka Anne, bakit black market prices ang alam mo? Snatcher ba ang binibilihan mo ng phones?

    I didn't really look at the other models since my 7-year relationship with Nokia has proven very stable.

    Maybe I should just buy a battery.

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  6. Oh. I should have used "gray market" --- those are the ones you get from Greenhills. As oppose to those you buy from the business centers.

    And,I don't think you can buy a 3210 battery anymore. Chances are second hand din.

    Why don't you take a look at the 3120. It looks like a 6230. Mas low-tech though --- no camera, video cam, etc. Syempre, mas mura around P7K lang sa gray market.

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  7. Hindi ako taga Globe at Smart. Ang mga hayop na yan hindi ako tinanggap ;-)

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  8. True enough, Semicon said that they don't carry the battery anymore. Sigh.

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