I’ve stuck with my old Nokia 5110 for over 5 years, and finally decided to replace it. It was a very simple phone, did everything I needed (phone calls and SMS), but the screen started going out, and I had to recharge the battery after every 1 or 2 calls.
Did a bit of research, thought about what I’d like in a mobile, and decided to go for a special deal from Vodafone, my current provider. Ordered a Sagem My V-76, a mobile phone that incorporates the features I required (phone calls and SMS), features that I thought nice to have (MP3 player, Bluetooth enabled, expandable memory, a 32Mb MicroSD card included), plus features that I don’t really need (camera, Java) – but at $200 it seemed a good deal, plus no contract to sign.
So far, very happy with the phone which arrived within 3 days. Took a bit of getting used to the smaller buttons, and the phone is MUCH lighter than my old one; but I had some early frustrations with the supplied MicroSD card.
I tried copying some MP3s from my computer back and forth, and ended up with corrupted files and the card became unreadable. I tried reformatting using XP but it reported “unable to format” and the card was thereafter completely unusable. After a bit of Googling I found a small utility on http://www.microsd.org that I was able to use to reformat the card, it is all working very nicely now.
I’m going to have to get a few more accessories: a car charger, a USB cable and a larger capacity MicroSD card.