Wednesday, October 24, 2007

What S60 has become

I tend to personally use two phones at any one time - one for work and one I carry around if I say, go out for the evening. Why do I have two phones? Well, to be honest, I haven’t been that impressed with the size, weight and bulk of smartphones - whatever the OS or brand - and can’t be bothered carrying them around if I don’t have to.

For a long time I have used a humble old Nokia 6100 (S40) as my ’social’ phone - probably Nokia’s smallest phone at only (102 x 44 x 17 mm).
This week I purchased Nokia 6120 classic for development testing. First of all I was amazed at the low cost (only £169.99 at The size (105 x 46 x 15 mm) compares well with the 6100. You also get HSDPA (T-Mobile HSDPA in the UK seems faster than my broadband!). OK, the camera is only 2M pixel but it’s OK for snapshots.

The phone is single CPU which has brought down the cost. Surprisingly, performance doesn’t seem to have suffered. This is the type of mid-range phone that Symbian and Nokia hopes will help ramp up sales volumes. Forget the N95 or S60 iPhone lookalike which are really niche products. The 6120c is the type of phone that can make S60 (and Symbian) in the short term - S60 really has to start achieving higher sales volumes and break into the mass-market. It’s strange there hasn’t been much advertising or PR for this phone.
From now on, I think I’ll be using just one phone for work and play.

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