Re: Phones! phones! phones!
Reply #65 –
I have used a good number of phones over the decade, and those two (the P800 and my current Z3 Compact) are the two I have been genuinely happy with, and the Z3C the point at where I've accepted the passing of the feature phones, and decided I could live with AndroidI personally never was too happy with P800. It was big and bulky. I tried to use it as my main phone for a while, but it just wasn't portable enough. To put it another way, I didn't have appropriate pockets for it at the time. But I liked the software inside and how it worked. It had wonderful potential and some ingenious details (such as resistive screen and multi-directional scrollwheel) that have gone lost in further evolution of smartphones.
My happiest phones throughout the years have been Nokia 5110, Ericsson w200, and LG Optimus P500. The current Galaxy Note 4 is a more ambivalent case again. You have to love the ability to do multiple windows that approaches true multitasking. It's a formidable photography tool. But it has no pretensions to shock-proofness and resistance to liquids like Xperias have, so it suffers as an actual mobile phone when you cannot answer it in rain or snow.
Good battery life and a phone that isn't ugly (like iPhone, say no more) are bonuses. As it was when I accidentally dropped the phone in boiling water (countryside farm, say no more) and the phone worked fine when cooled down and dried (one of the flaps had opened so it wasn't watertight).Durability is an important aspect that deserves special attention. Almost as important as fixability (exchangeability of components). Of course everybody would prefer a product that never breaks and never drowns, but it's more realistic to find a product that is fixable in case it breaks.
This test shows that Galaxy Note 7 is actually quite good, apart from occasional explosions.