MOBstory!!! – Part 2 – veendum chila veetukaaryangal
This is how the first part ended:
Now, before I get into the actual post, please allow me to use the same ‘controversial’ disclaimer that I used in the first part :
Disclaimer : This isn’t a technical post in any angle. It’s very much my usual non-sense. Expecting a technical post from me would be like expecting Salman Khan to do a good film !!
Sony Ericsson W595 (June 2009 – Dec 2010)
Honestly, I never wished to write a sequel to MOBstory this soon. I really loved my W595. It was neat, with the usual Sony Ericsson (S.E.) interface and applications. And I was in love with its walkman; a user friendly software with crystal clear sound output. Too bad the phone didn’t last long. But, you know what, this time the monkey isn’t to be blamed. Promise; God Promise!! The monkey was very happy with the garland and he was taking good care of it until his parents got him married. Yup; as the tagline of this post says – veendum chila veetukaryangal which means ‘some more stories (sad, in my case) from my home’.
Allow me to narrate two incidents now :
21st Aug 2009 : two months after I purchased the phone and just two days before my engagement. It was 3 am. I was on my way from my office to the railway station to travel all the way to my native and get handcuffed. I had an hour to reach the station and since the roads in Chennai during those wee hours are normally empty, I rode at around 50. As usual, I was listening to some song and the ride was pretty normal until a ditch came up from nowhere. (Imagine the following sequences in slow motion) I had my phone in the shirt pocket and in the sudden jerk, it got out of pocket and flew in the air. During my efforts to slow down the bike, I could see my phone crashing on the ground and rolling a few times. What more; the front wheel went over the phone too!!! I parked my bike and ran towards the phone. (Slow motion stops) To my surprise, except for a few scratches here and there, the phone had no other issues. It didn’t even shut down ! I considered the whole incident to be a warning for what was going to happen in another two days and continued my journey !!
Nov 2010 – It was around 11 pm. She heard some noise and also happened to see a shadow like figure near the window. The house was as it is scary and so, I never bothered to move from my position. She went and closed the windows. Next morning, I picked my phone, which usually lies on the floor near my bedside, and left it for charging. As soon as I inserted the plug, I noticed something strange on the phone– a huge crack right in the middle of its display. All through my morning rituals I kept wondering to myself about the phone and what could’ve caused the damage to its display. The only issue with the phone until then was its charging IC which in no way is related to the display. It hadn’t even fallen from my hand to deserve that kinda crack. While getting ready to office, I told the missus about the phone and that’s when the truth finally came out! She said she remembered stepping on something the previous night, when she went to close the windows. And that something was…no prizes for guessing folks….my good old phone !!!
Thaaaat’s right; a phone that managed to survive a major accident, with just a few scratches, couldn’t withstand the power of her foot!!
The crack left a few black lines on the screen making it difficult to even figure out who was calling me and this blackening of the screen spread over the days. But inspite of all these issues, I still used the phone and at the same time, I began my research for the latest touch phones.
After almost a month of googling, I decided to go ahead with Sony Ericsson’s Xperia 8. The phone was well within my budget and the reviews were good.
But I still wanted to see the mobile before purchasing and I kept visiting all the mobile shops here to get a glimpse of it. Unfortunately, since it’s a new release, the phone wasn’t available anywhere in Trivandrum. It was at this time that the missus reminded me about a year old promise of mine –a mobile as a gift for her birthday. There was one more month for her bday, but she wanted one ASAP. Women, I tell you !
Great, now I need to get two mobiles !!!! But then, she came up with a wonderful idea. She said, since was responsible for my mobile’s ‘condition’, she could ask her dad, who was supposed to come from the ‘gelf’ in another two months, to get one for me. I initially turned down the idea showing off my stupid useless male ego. But I really thought about her plan and realized that it was not a bad deal at all. She stepped on my phone; it broke; her dad gets a replacement!!! So what if people think I am cheap, I would still own a S.E. touch phone – Xperia 8 !! Yeyyy !
She has always been a Nokia Fan and so during my extensive phone research, there was this Nokia X6 that caught my attention. According to the reviews, it’s a nice compatible budget touch phone with a 5 megapixel camera; the only issue being the Symbian operating system/ platform. Since she wasn’t too informed on stuffs like OS/platform, and would easily fall for the 5 megapixel, Nokia’s X6 was the only phone that came into my mind.
She finally got her bday gift well in advance and I fulfilled my promise by promising myself that I would never ever promise on anything to anybody anymore. It doesn’t matter who was in urgent need of a mobile, somebody got one! 😀 😀
Nokia X6 (Dec 2010 – Jan 2011)
While she was enjoying her new phone, I was still carrying that embarrassment of a phone to office and to all the public places. After a few days, don’t know what happened, she got a spare mobile from her mom (Her mom has three phones. Don’t ask me why, nobody knows that answer) and asked me to use her Nokia X6. As usual, I turned down her idea initially, though deep down, I was waiting to hear that from her. But yeah, that same stupid useless male ego didnt let me accept it that easily. After putting in a lot of drama, I ‘finally succumbed to her pressure’ 😉 😉
It’s a sturdy mobile if you ask me and is a little heavy. I don’t normally take pictures from my mobile, so those megapixels didn’t excite me either. Moreover, there isn’t any separate software for walkman or media, something which I had been used to until then. The Nokia fans would love it, but certainly, not my kinda phone.
During my ‘courtship’ with Nokia’s X6, I finally had a chance to check out S.E.’s Xperia 8 at a store that too when I went to get a washing machine. Yeah, Trivandrum still manages to surprise me! Anyway, I didn’t like the phone on seeing it; though the features and the reviews were great from what I read, the mobile seemed too small for my hands and it was pure white in color which made it look so feminine!!!
But there was another phone that caught my attention in the same store– Sony Ericsson Vivaz. During my now famous The-Great-Mobile-Research, I had read about this phone too. The reviews were, once again, great and even the phone looked stylish and I had rejected it only because it was not popular. Again, surprisingly, this phone was available in Trivandrum. Well, I immediately asked the missus to update her dad on the recent development and in a month time, I finally got my new mobile !
Sony Ericsson Vivaz (Feb 2011 – )
Everything about the phone is so-far so-good (this is how I ended the first part too :P). It’s even got an awesome 8 megapixel camera and a powerful HD video recording which, frankly, is of no use to me!! But then, I guess, its time I made use of these features. The phone is a big let-down in terms of the Symbian operating system. The whole OS/platform stuff didn’t go to my notice during my research and that, I know, was a big mistake. When it comes to touch phones, the OS/platform should be Android and I am going to be careful with my next phone 😉 😉 😉 Until then, its going to be only Vivaz for me.
And, the best part of Vivaz is that, the phone came with a brilliant idea – an idea that could change my life 😛 —–
The moment I hear about her dad’s next trip to India, I am going to leave my laptop, TV and all other electronic devices under her foot 😀 😀 😀