Yes, yesterday was a very sad day for me. My Samsung S105 cell phones attenna broke off. For some of you this may not be a very surprising event, as most cell phones break so quickly these days. But for my phone this was a sad day because it has faithfully served me for the past 4 years. It’s sad that a cell phone lasting 4 years is a long time in my eyes but sadly it seems that most cell phones don’t live nearly that long. So last night I began my quest to replace my trusty old companion and what I found was mostly dissappointing. Of all the phones I looked at only 2 appealed to me: the Samsung a900 and the motorola pebl. It seems that manufactures have got it all wrong in my opinion. I don’t care about watching T’V on my phone or paying for their overpriced music, I don’t even really care if it has a camera or not, in fact I would preferr it didn’t! I just want a small phone with good voice quality and good battery life. Is that too much to ask for? Unfortunately that’s a tough bill to fill these days. It’s almost impossible to find a phone without a camera (the sales folks argue that they sell more phones with cameras than with out but if you look at their choices without cameras the options are pretty meager.)
Of all the phones I looked at I wasn’t ecstatic about any of them. The one I eventually ended up with was the Motorola PEBL. I liked it because it was small, had a nice look to it, and wasn’t so wizbang as some of the other phones. I haven’t gotten much of an opportunity to play with it yet but so far things seem OK. I like the way it looks and feels in my hand a lot. The keyboard is a little funky but nothing that bothers me too much, I’m sure I’ll get used to it anyway. Thus far my biggest complaint is probably the volume. What they call maximum volume is pitiful. At best what they are calling max should be on the lower end of medium. Anything less than max is just about impossible for me to hear, that’s quite annoying. The speaker phone volume isn’t great but it’s not terrible, in a quiet room it should be ok but a in a noisy environment I doubt I’d be able to hear anything.
After I’ve used the phone a bit more I will probably post a few more detailed comments.