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1 year of Motofone F3

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Unlike the rest of the internet which prefers ‘reviews’ of items based on their flash factor and the impression ‘journalists’ got of them by playing with them for a week, I am a bit old-fashioned and appreciate comments which stem from continues usage of things. And thus comes a second look at my Motorola Motofone F3 after having used it for a year.

Points that come to mind are:

In total I think the phone is holding up well. The interaction is tolerable but could be better in a few places, the durability seems quite amazing.

It may be interesting to add two more remarks. The first is that pretty much every single person who saw the phone really liked it at first sight. It’s simple, it’s sleek, it’s no-nonsense. Of course I enjoy pointing out the lack of features to them and some people turn out to be quite feature addicted once they hear that. But still, from the looks people are generally impressed.

And then there’s the obligatory iPhone comparison. As I pointed out the iPhone is not for me. The technology may be interesting but the toy is expensive, bound to break in my hands (as all other Apple products do), and I don’t actually need a mobile phone, so its price along with the hefty subscription fees completely rule it out: I computed my mobile telephony expenses and in the past year I spent around €50. That’s for the whole year, including the cost of the phone and calls in South Africa. With an iPhone people would have to spend that yearly total every month just for the phone contract. And they’d probably not use the phone at all in South Africa because they couldn’t just put in a local SIM card for €2 and would be submitted to the rip-off known as roaming fees instead.

In addition, with a cheap phone like that, I could just leave it in my bag at the beach while going for a swim. Even if it had been stolen it wouldn’t have been a big deal…

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May 13, 2008, 1:12

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