The Nokia N8 Mobile with a Carl Zeiss Lens
A Bright Yellow Siemens C10 Mobile Phone
Mobile phone technology had certainly moved on a pace, without me.
My first phone was a bright yellow Siemens C10 which I bought brand new in 1999. It was one of the least desirable phones at the time! Why, because it was bright yellow! In the same range were two slightly more popular color choices, a bright blue and a Barbie doll pink one. Color at the time seemed irrelevant to me. the phone functioned perfectly and the price was right, On a positive note, I knew I would find mine quickly on a dark night.
The Nokia 6600 mobile phone
My next phone would be a Nokia Smartphone, the Nokia 6600 NHL-10 which I purchased used from a relative. It needs to be said here that this gent only buys the best and the latest in phones and gadgets.
I loved my Nokia 6600 phone! It fitted so perfectly into my hand. It felt just like the quality phone it was.
It was for this reason that I clung onto it for so many years. I refused to upgrade for years. As time went on, the phone battery would die after just a few days.
I can’t tell you how many times my partner and I would find ourselves listening to the sound of a phone battery going down - mine! We would just groan and say, oh no, not again and yet I still keep on insisting that I did not need another phone.. Mine I said, was just perfect as it was. Not!
The Nokia 6600 Mobile Phone
No Longer Fit for Purpose!
Then my car broke down. Low on phone credit and low on battery life I found myself sitting in a dangerous situation of a major road with traffic all about me. I managed to get help but it left me feeling a little shaken.
My refusal to upgrade my phone had put me into a very vulnerable situation. The day which I had so dreaded had arrived. I could no longer ignore the fact the fact that my phone was no longer fit for purpose. I began researching the latest mobile technology.
Those Newfangled Black Shiny Black Mobile Phones
There, I admit it, I had begun to look sideways at some of the newfangled black shiny phones which everyone except me were holding in their hands. Still I resisted the pull of actually owning one. Secretly, I understood that the day would come when I might be forced to move with the times. Quite frankly, the thought of owning a new phone terrified me.
Buy the best you can afford!
My parent had always instilled in me, the idea that I should always buy only the best I could afford. They also taught me never to buy anything on credit. If I was unable to pay for something outright, then I should wait until I was in a position to do so they would say.
Old habits die hard. I could not bring myself to buy a mobile phone on credit so what was I going to do!
Nokia X Dual Sim , 3MP, 4GB, 3G, Jelly Bean Factory Unlocked World Mobile Phone - White
I could not afford to buy one of those black glossy phones which I had admired from a distance. I loved the Nokia X Dual Sim , 3MP, 4GB, 3G, Jelly Bean. I loved the large screen which would make it so easy to read the keys! Alas, even a used one on E-bay was more than I wanted to pay.
A phone - Not a Camera!
Before the mishap with my car, I had started to put money aside to buy a new SLR camera
I felt that my money would be much better spent buying a camera than a phone. True, a camera would give me untold pleasure, so much more than a mobile phone. It was a phone I needed and not a camera!
Nokia 8 with a 12 MP camera
After some careful research I discovered the Nokia 8 with its 12 MP, 4000x3000 pixels camera. It had Carl Zeiss optics and autofocus. This phone held the ultimate in power of persuasion! Realistically I knew it could never replace the SLR camera I wanted with a mobile phone but it did have a great satellite navigation system. This justified my having it. I knew I would have a lot of fun with it.
The Nokia N8 Mobile PhoneClick thumbnail to view full-size
Doing Things at my Own Pace!
- Sometimes my partner would look over at me as I researched mobile phones on the internet. He never volunteered any help. Perhaps, he believed that I would be unlikely to commit to buying a new mobile phone, since I had thus far not succumbed to the idea of actually buying one..
I gave nothing away, for when it comes to me parting with my hard earned cash; I like to do it my in my own time and in my own way.
This leap into modern phone technology would be done in exactly the same way!
Nokia N8 on e-Bay
That day finally arrived. I bid for and won my Nokia 8 on an e-bay auction and it was not long before I was holding it in my hands.
My first impression of it, was that it was beautifully built but but I did wonder how on earth I would ever learn to use it.
My partner and I visited our local Vodaphone shop for some advice on how to set up our phones.
I handed the shop attendant my Nokia 8 phone. Nice, nice! he said holding it admiringly in his hands. I had one of those once he said! What I understood from the way he said it, was, that he thought this was much more than just a little bit nice. I could see my partner glance over at him in surprise - what did he mean? Was he joking?
Having partly set up the phone the shop assistant then suggested we go to a neighboring store to purchase a memory card for my camera. Here again the reaction from the shop assistant was interesting! With some deference he held up the Nokia 8 phone and said, great phone! I had one of these once.
I then brought out my old Smartphone Nokia 6600 NHL-10 out in order to remove the memory card. He exclaimed in delight at seeing it. I had one of those too he said. I had my name on a waiting list and it was ages before I could get my hands on one. They were very popular with people who liked gaming on their phones!
The Waiting List
Everything made sense now. My relative, the previous owner of this phone was a complete games freak and of course he too, would have been one of those people whose names would have been on that long waiting list
The Galaxy Ace
It was in that moment that my partner realized that his new contract galaxy ace phone was not quite in the same league as my new Nokia 8 phone.
I had paid a paltry £100 for my phone and he was already regretting his decision to buy the Galaxy Ace so quickly. Ultimately he ended up paying a lot more for his phone than did I. I also believe that I have a much better phone and so does he, unfortunately.
The Stuff of Which Dreams are Made of!
The Nokia 8 still has some impressive features. It has everything I need in a phone. It works as it should. Learning how to use it has been a big learning curve for me, because I allowed myself to fall behind with mobile phone technology. The camera is just as described. It produces excellent images. The video facility is amazing. The sound quality is excellent. The phone smacks of quality and best of all, it fits so snugly into the palm of my hand!
© 2013 Sally Gulbrandsen