Yes, it’s that time again: Les has a new mobile phone. I’ve had the Nokia N-70 for nearly two years, so I felt it was time for a change. Now my original plan was to wait until late November or early December, and get an upgrade from Orange in the usual way. But instead, I made a rapid decision to make a big switch and get a new contract with a shiny new (and free) phone. On Tuesday, I found just the deal I was after – the Sony Ericsson K800i free with a £20 per month contract from Virgin Mobile. I opted for an 18 month contract, as that seems to me to be a good life for a phone, and I get 50% more minutes and texts that way. And at the end of the contract, I can either get a new phone, or a reduction on my bill if I sign up again. Everything was done on the web, and the phone was delivered the following morning, which is the kind of service I like.
So far, I’m quite happy with my new toy. It does the phone thingy quite well – clear sound, buttons that are finger-friendly, usable user interface. But the main reason I got it was for the camera. It’s a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and a lot more manual settings than you’d normally expect on a phone. It responds a lot quicker than the Nokia, which tends to suffer from shutter lag, resulting in blurred or totally missed pictures.
I’ll be taking and displaying more pictures over the next few weeks, and probably going into more detail about the phone and its features.