A Cell Phone Buyers Journey
A few days ago i decided to get myself a new CellPhone. The requirements were quite simple - the cell phone should preferably have:
- Camera (Picture/Video)
- Less than Rs 10K
- Reputed Brand, for easy access to after sales service.
Pretty basic stuff you would say. But it took me a few days to figure out what was best available within budget.
So, here are the phones which came close to satisfying the requirements:
- Motorola V3 - VGA Camera (Costs less than v3i)
- Motorola V3i - 1.23 MegaPixel Camera
- Nokia N Series - Much more costlier than Motorola V3i, and not as Sleek.
- Samsung Slim - Could not find a sample model to check it out, but costlier than v3i.
Finally zeroed in on Motorola V3i, as it met most of the stated requirements. In my opinion it was the best available phone with the desired features, within that budget.
- Sleek, classy look. Available in two colors a Black and Reddish (for lack of a better name).
- Flat, easily fits into your pocket. Big buttons - ease of use. A Nice Flap.
- Transfer pictures etc. from phone to your computer using a simple USB cable that comes along with it (no need to install any software!).
- Highest Voice Volume is quite low. If you want to put it on speaker and do a conference call or listen to songs - forget it.
- Voice Recording feature is not good. Again same problem, feeble voice playback.
- The video files are in .3gp format - which is understood by Apple QuickTime. Windows Media Player cannot play this format. (anyone knows how to convert?).
- Quite a broad phone (width/area). Wonder why it had to be so broad. I guess when you make things that flat, it becomes broad!
Overall a good Phone for the price. It has other features like BlueTooth etc., which i do not use. And i can send MMS emails, but perhaps for that i need some sort of internet connection or i need to contact my connection service provider to figure out how that can be done (gadget experts welcome to throw in your advice). So you see - this is a pretty ordinary phone user's journey - no expert - but a willing student!Random Thought: Wonder what would be the state of Cell Phones in India, if govt. created a PSU to manufacture and give connections, and not allow private players. The number of cell phones added in less than a year in India now is more than it added in its entire history since independence.