After all these years my cellphones did a pretty good job, some more, some less.
LG Optimus G E 975
The LG Optimus appeared to be a semi-premium smartphone. Running with Android Jelly Bean it comes with 32 GB built in memory. You can use 25 gigs of it for apps and other files. The Camera was okay but the focus was a little blurry. There are some flaws that I do wanne point out: No memory expansion, a fixed battery and a micro sim port with a mounting system that is totally annoying. 4 of 5 stars for the overall quality though.
HTC Windows Phone 8s (color: atlantic blue)
I chose the Windows Phone 8s because I thought using Microsoft programs on the go would be a smart thing – especially my Outlook mail client. And actually it was. The HTC was my favorite in looks and the Beats Audio jack and a 5 mega pixels camera are nice gadgets. Also as a Win Phone newbie I realized that there are several free games and apps that are comparable to some retro gaming pearls. But on Android there a lot more programs and especially iOS takes it a step further with mobile hardware compatibility like audio recording. Calling myself a digital native, I use social media like Facebook and YouTube on a daily basis. The social media apps and the internet browser worked fine. At home I use WiFi and stream music from soundcloud and YouTube. The phone has got problems with displaying old-fashioned MMS though. The battery is also not replacable which is a minus in my opinion. This is the reason why I can’t use it anymore. 3 of 5 stars for this average quality.
LG Viewty KU990i (color: silver)
The Viewty looks more like a digi cam on the first sight. The package came with a headset adapter, the dc cable and a USB connector. The supreme version had a touch pen also. LG gave this small piece of electronic a lot of multimedia functions and a nice camera with a lense from the manufacturer Carl Zeiss. I think this phone must be one of the first smartphones ever: google, mailing, music, videos and other applications. But nowadays it has got a obsolete Android version and a messy touchscreen. That causes trouble sometimes, if you want to write SMS the fast way. The battery life was dead after 2 years but I bought a new one for a few bucks. 3 of 5 stars because this cellphone has many functions but is a little obsolete today.
Sony Ericsson K330 (color: green on black)
In 2009 I needed a solid cellphone for small money and found the Sony K330. The headset comes with a built-in radio. The camera makes pictures up to a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels – which is quite low. But I took a few and sent them to my computer via bluetooth. And this is actually a smart feature. If you are looking for a regular cellphone with classical knobs and high battery time, this might be the right choice. In the category of „regular cellphones“, I give this model 4 of 5 stars.
LG KE500 (color: bright silver)
This phone was probably the first real smartphone I owned and was obsolete and a total mess after a pretty short time. Nevertheless I had a lot of fun with this phone: It comes with those illuminated keys and a slide function, so writing SMS was quite amusing. The camera was amazing, too! With ‘only’ 2 MP but the pictures looked awesome. Well… maybe this was the first generation of smart phones with this baby illness. 2 of 5 stars,
Samsung SGH E700 (color: blue / silver)
I liked this shell because it reminded me on the classic Motorola. And it had two displays. The display on the front shows you the time / date and who’s calling. The main display is for your calls, organizer, phone book and SMS. One day I was walking down the street and it started raining so bad, it destroyed the display unfortunately. 3 of 5 stars.
Motorola StarTAC (color: black)
The StarTAC was a revolution on the mobile phone market. It was light, small and had great keys. The display looked plain like a GameBoy (remember the green / grey look). It came with a lot of cases and bags. I had two different batteries because the battery time was quite low. This was the new era of modern and lightweight cellphones: 4 of 5 stars.
Motorola MicroTAC (color: black)
First of all… the MicroTAC wasn’t micro at all. It felt in my hands like a almanach. It came with a secondary battery, which was heavier than the phone itself. I guess, the first mobile phones were made for fancy coupé cars and this was made for a backpack. I always felt like a taxi driver with this phone. 3 of 5 stars for true innovation but low battery time and heavy weight.