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My Phone History Part 6

Sony Ericsson K700i (2005)

My Experience

I believe that the “K” referred to “Kamera” since Ericsson was a Swedish company. Sony had their “Walkman” brand so phones that specialised in music were labelled “W”.

By now Sony had a range of cameras called Cybershot and with a good reputation for consumer cameras I was interested to have a phone with a Sony camera built in.

The EXIF standard, the extra details about your photo which are stored in the image file, were still not in common use yet so I can’t distinguish which pictures from my albums were taken with this phone but it was now starting to become more normal to have a camera built into a phone.

While this wasn’t the “Walkman” branded phone you could now listen to MP3 files and the phone had a built in FM radio.

The shape of this phone was a little strange. More chamfered edges on the front and quite a bulbous back made it feel dumpy even though the dimensions are not much different from it’s sleeker predecessor.

Phone Death

Replaced by something with better specs’ while on contract.

Specs

Display: Colour 176 x 220 pixels

Camera: 640 x 480 pixels

Sound: Polyphonic ringtone, MP3, FM Radio

Connection: GSM, Bluetooth v1.1

Internet: Email, WAP 2.0/xHTML (via “dial up”), Java “Apps”

Memory: 41MB

Memory expansion: None

Battery: Removable Li-Po battery, 360h standby, 7h talk time

Dimensions: 99 x 46 x 19 mm , 95g

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My Phone History Part 5

Sony Ericcson T610 (2003)

My Experience

Back in the day information like “storage space” and “CPU” were just not listed in the specifications for the phones. Looking around the web I’ve found sites that do have these specifications and it’s quite enlightening. To think that we used to read email, send text messages and have rudimentary access to the Internet at a useable speed when phones like this had just 2Mb of memory.

The camera is now built in and takes pictures up to a resolution of 288x352. That appears to be a step down from the addon camera for the T68i perhaps my research has failed somewhere. Regardless, we’re still talking tiny pictures! The display was 128x160 so it couldn’t show the pictures that the camera took at full resolution. Modern phones have screens with ten times higher density than this!

When I got my first phone with Cellnet the contract included a phone upgrade each year. Still at a sensible price for the time to get a new phone. Reasonable monthly charges were offset by very high call, text and data charges.

Phone Death

Replaced by something with better specs’ while on contract.

Specs

Display: Colour 128 x 160 pixels

Camera: 288 x 352 pixels 0.1megapixel

Sound: Polyphonic ringtone

Connection: GSM, Bluetooth v1.0b

Internet: Email, WAP 2.0/xHTML (via “dial up”)

Memory: 2MB

Memory expansion: None

Battery: Removable Li-Ion 770mAh battery, 310h standby, 14h talk time

Dimensions: 102 x 44 x 19 mm , 95g

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My Phone History Part 4

Ericsson T68i (2001)

My Experience

Now things started to get interesting. Ericsson were bought by Sony and we see my first phone with a colour screen. Still the sounds are beeps and warbles but the phone is now capable of WAP2.0 web browsing and email. My first phone with Bluetooth I had a Jabra earpiece and felt like the future had finally arrived!

There was no camera on this phone but you could buy and additional camera which plugged into the phone. The camera took pictures that were up to 640x480 resolution and the pictures were stored in the camera plug in. The phone was essentially used just for the battery and the screen. You could use the pictures for contacts or send them to your computer and other phones via Bluetooth.

Phone Death

Replaced by something with better specs’ while on contract.

Specs

Display: Colour 101 x 80 pixels

Camera: No (optional plug in extra)

Sound: Monophonic ringtone

Connection: GSM, Bluetooth v1.0b

Internet: Email, WAP 1.2.1 (via “dial up”)

Memory: 500 phonebook entries

Memory expansion: None

Battery: Removable Li-Ion battery, 300h standby, 11h talk time

Dimensions: 101 x 48 x 19.5 mm , 84g

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My Third Mobile Phone

Sony Ericsson T28 (2000)

My Experience

Now this was one of my favourite mobile phones! The T28 had little difference in features to the previous phones I’d owned but it had style. The body of the phone was metal and the battery clipped smoothly into it. On the side of the phone was a button that released the spring loaded cover that contained the microphone. A real nice phone, again used mainly for talking and the odd game of “Tetris”.

This phone was accidentally dropped from the upper floor at Blue Water shopping center to the unforgiving hard floor below and it was only the flip that came off. The phone still worked if you used the hands free headset. There wasn’t even a mark on the main body of the phone.

I believe it was the T39 that was the first Ericsson phone to have BlueTooth and I wanted to have one. I wanted to be able to wear an earpiece without a cable and possibly use the phone as a modem with my laptop. I never got the T39.

Phone Death

Replaced by something with better specs’ while on contract.

Specs

Display: 3 x 12 Characters monochrome 101 x 33 pixels

Camera: No

Sound: Monophonic ringtone

Connection: GSM

Internet: No

Memory: 250 phonebook entries

Memory expansion: None

Battery: Removable Li-Po 500 mAh battery, 65h standby, 270 minutes talk time

Dimensions: 97 x 50 x 15 mm , 83g

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Where Have All The Pictures Gone?

Many of the pictures that I had linked to posts on LiveJournal were linked back to Flickr. Flickr have changed their allowances on free accounts and as such many of the pictures that I linked to are no longer available. I'll look into how to make this better but for the moment it's likely that pictures will show as broken links.

And there's me thinking that stuff saved on the Internet was impossible to delete! I guess that only applies to things that your rather WERE deleted?

Tumble Drier Danger!

So there's been a lot in the press (if you know where to look) about the dangers of certain tumble dryers, ours it would seem, is one of the affected models. We're told that as long as you clear the lint trap after every dry and don't leave the drier unattended then all should be OK. We do clean out the lint trap after every use. The lint trap however does not fit perfectly into the door frame so some fluff builds up around it. As the fluff builds up it stops the trap working properly. Getting into the machine to clean out the fluff from around the trap is not a simple task! I've just cleared all this [pictured] including coins, hair clips, elastic bands, sticks and a small sheep worth of fluff out of the machine. I had to use a stick wound with tape to get some items out, the vacuum nozzle doesn't fit inside the machine so didn't help.

All this fluff builds up around hot parts of the drier and can potential cause a fire! We've registered our drier and are in the long (est 4 million) queue to get the drier fixed. Attempting to clean this out any further would require taking apart which may void the warranty.

Please make sure you clean out the fluff trap in your drier, make sure all your household appliances are registered so that you are notified by the manufacturer of any faults or recalls.

Make sure you know where to turn the power and water off in your house!
Be safe people as the machines are out to get us!

My Second Mobile Phone

Nokia 5110 (?)(replaceable front and back cover) Cellnet (1999?)

My Experience

I’m pretty sure that my next phone was not a Nokia 5110 but it was very similar. All I really remember was getting a pair of these phones and being able to change the colour by using different covers.



Still the phone was just a phone and it was mainly used for making and receiving phone calls. No music, no video, no camera.

A Place For Everything...

As it's Friday I had full intention of getting some manual labour done in the office. I have equipment that I need to inventory and chuck around so I left the DMs at home today. Kneeling can put a lot of scuffs and wear on the toes of shoes so I'm avoiding where possible.
The home for the shoes is in a great new drawer system that we've recently had fitted under the stairs. Until now there was just a small door to the space under the stairs and the only way to utilise the space was to pile the shoes high. Now there are three drawers, two with shoe racks and one deep drawer for bags. Not only is it now easier to find shoes but also I don't have to get down on hands and knees to reach them.
Two consecutive blog post aboue shoes, don't worry this won't be a trend.