Camphone, Phonecam, Walkman?!
Posted September 14, 2005on:
My cellphone, a trusty Nokia 7650 has been with me since its heydey in 2003. Back when camphones were the newest rage to hit the tech market, when colored screens upped the prices of cell units by notches, the camphone was a vanity and a technomaniac’s must-have item.
The Nokia 7650 allowed the user to take images of almost anything he fancied, and allowed him to brandish the same to envious others who thought the cellphones were just miniscule electronic boxes for communicating. At best, it produced grainy thumb-sized images on the screen and yet, people still ogled at its novelty.
Though the choppy video clips with sound left one with more to be desired, it tickled the user’s fancy to the point that the cellphone’s video capability even became the bane of un/willing victims of voyeurs. But I digress…
Soon enough, the cellphone users then were not anymore content with a cellphone/FM radio bundled in one. They pined for the 7650 just like I did. Regardless of its use, it was THE phone at that time.
Since then, the succeeding slew of diminutive cellphones have morphed into a megapixel camphone, a fully functional PDA, or an mp3 player with gigabytes of external memory capacity. I was quite convinced that soon there will be a cellphone with a Swiss knife bundled as well. Of course Im just exaggerating.
It is the 2-megapixel camera and the mp3 player capability that drew me to a particular brand. For a while I was drawn to the Sony Ericsson K750i. I would walk over any cellphone display that had this unit. And everytime I did, I hopefully checked if its price has already gone down or if it was on promo.
As luck would have it, Globe ran THE promo that would eventually seal the deal for me – 18 months installment interest free on the latest models. I hurriedly looked at the brochure to see if my preferred model was there. Nope. It wasn’t part of the promo BUT, there was a better one! The Sony Ericsson W800i more popularly known as the Walkman phone was on the promo list and I couldn’t be happier.
It’s a long story but the short of it is – I bought the SE W800i.
What I like about the SE W800i:
o You can select to listen to music only, instead of use the phone with full functionality. Very useful when in an airplane or in a hospital where equipment may be sensitive to cellular transmitters.
o Listen to MP3 music with OR without the ear buds or connect it to any standard speaker system
o 2 megapixel camphone. Why go low if there’s a better one, right?
o High-resolution video capability that plays on Quicktime.
o free 512MB memory stick pro duo expandable to 1 GB storage capacity (the same as an iPod shuffle)
o Small size, lightweight,
o AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST >>> 18 months to pay at 0% interest