Your Smartphone History

Background:

Until 2010 I was a dumbphone user. Internet on pre 2010 devices was slow and screens were too small for web browsing and I didn't do that much email. I had mostly cheap Nokias and some more "advanced" devices like Sony Ericsson K610 (2006) which could do 3G Internet, but with 1,9" screen there was nothing to celebrate. The phones were almost always used to the point where they broke. And I hated typing with T9-keyboard, it was clumsy and slow, even though some of my friends made speedtyping on a T9 an art.

But everything changed in January 2010. I decided to buy:

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iPhone 3Gs

It was a bit of a impulse buy. Didn't really do enough background work to know what I really was buying, but the big screen and full qwerty -keyboard (even if it was virtual) impressed me. This literally changed everything for me, or at least started my smartphone addiction. It was good device, but the real drawback was 3G-support only on 2100 MHz band. Here in Finland cities have 2100 MHz and out of city 900 MHz which the 3Gs didn't have. Batterylife was very good for a smart device, but iOS back then was quite limited compared to what it is today and web was not so mobile friendly. After about six months I wanted something more customizable.

So in August of 2010 I got myself a:

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Nokia N900

I had a rough start with this device (coming from a simple iPhone), but I learned to love it. Reception was stellar compared to the iPhone. Browser could render full websites accurately and that was big thing back then for me. Integrated facebook-chat etc. Facebook messenger today works well, but in 2010 you were lucky if you're message got delivered (iOS Facebook-app chat). Battery life wasn't so good, but this device had almost everything (Mozilla-based browser, instant messaging that integrates with everything, fm-transmitter, real multitasking, expandable storage, flash, did I mention qwerty with Finnish-layout(?), infrared, everything). I mean almost every technology available to mobile phones was in this phone ultra mobile computer, multitasking was very good etc. I'm still missing the hardware qwerty-keyboard and my time with this phone. It had some drawbacks, too little ram for example.

The N900 lacked polish, but it made it up with (almost) non-compromising spirit.

I held it for a year, longer than any other device since 2010. In the end it started feeling a bit dated, the phone was announced in late 2009. I still dream someone would produce a thoroughly modern version of this phone. But it was time to move on. Nokia had announced the spiritual successor of N900, the N9 (disappointingly without hardware qwerty) in late 2011 and I was planning to get it.

Needing to get my smartphone fix, came the:

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Samsung Galaxy SII

My first step in to the world of Android. I got tired of waiting for the N9, so I bought this and kept it for about six months. I was blown away by the super amoled display. The N900 had ok, but somewhat dim lcd. Galaxy SII had ample ram and it's dual core processor was very speedy. This was a very solid device, still it was a bit soulless. Touchwiz looked amateurish in my eyes from day one, so did the N900, but with the N900, the ultimate power you had in your device made me forgive it. When I rooted it and installed Cyanogenmod 9, started my lust for pure Google experience. However Galaxy Nexus was not the device after this, instead I got:

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Samsung Galaxy Note

Much like with the Galaxy SII, the display was the thing. First HD display (1280 by 800 to be precise) I had ever seen. And I could not look at my GS2's display any longer, even if the display in the Note was Pentile. With big display I thought the experience would be stellar. Once again, the Note was an ok device, but TouchWiz really started to bugger me and the pen did not work as well with capacitive as it worked with N900's resistive display. Also, Samsung's industrial design was nothing to write home about. After reading about Android 4.0 and Samsung's sluggishness about delivering it, after a couple of months I traded Note for:

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM)

Spring 2012 it was time for pure Google-experience. After using this phone for some time. My thoughts were: "How could Samsung so badly f**k up Android visually?". With vanilla Android 4.0 I think the OS reached maturity. It was much more speedy and it looked liked it was not designed by someone not living in their mother's basement (no pun intended) or kids in Korea. It looked more adult. Signal reception on GNexus was pretty mediocre, but I forgave it because of the stock Android. Still, the Galaxy Nexus was a pretty good all-arounder. The next Nexus is still in my "possible" list for my next smartphone. Really loved the Tron-like UI on this device and liked the buttonless front, but as happened before and probably is going to happen in the future, I got bored. Couple of weeks ago I traded this for:

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Nokia N9

Now, my friend who sells phones and who is a big Android fan would call me stupid for getting this. And maybe I am. The specs are low in this day and even the manufacturer has announced the OS dead. Much like the N900, it shows a lot of promise. It's ironic that the phone that was clearly meant as an iPhone competitor, is now a niché device for nerds like me. It has real Linux and the loved N900 DNA is clearly visible, just more polished. Performance is pretty good for a phone with this old hardware. My GNexus had dual core, but it wasn't twice as fast. Only thing that is bugging me is the low 854x480 resolution, after couple of HD-displays it is a bit of disappointment. Industrial design is beautiful and this thing causes emotion more than anything. I love it (for now). Why do I always have to choose between beauty, functionality and specs? Why?

My next

New iPhone is coming out very soon, but with iOS I feel too limited, although the device itself is going to be proven Apple industrial design. Lumia 920 is due in couple of months and it is gorgeous and I think WP8 is reaching to maturity. There's also rumours of multiple Nexus-devices coming with the versatility of Android. Too many compromises everywhere. Maybe Jolla is the wild card, but I'm not buying their promises until I see something actual.

Summary

This is a tale of smartphone addiction. Sorry about possible grammatical errors, as English is not my native language.