I recently bought a new phone. Although I thought at some point in time that I wouldn't buy a new phone until I have a job, I suddenly bought one on a whim. And now, part of me regrets it.
Motorola's W375 looks good, and its features sound good. It has a VGA camera, and an FM radio to boot, colored display, polyphonic ringtones, and most of the features of the lower-end mainstream cell phones these days. I don't care about the FM radio (though I think this is something for most people), but the camera is something that I would probably be inclined to use. However, the camera was disappointing. The images it produces are quite noisy and it has great difficulty catching pictures in low-light, even when you set it to night-mode. As if that isn't bad enough, 512KB of memory for images and all other files was really sad. When you set the phone's camera to it's highest resolution and quality mode, you'll probably have room for less than 20 pictures. That is IF you do not store anything else in the measly memory. It also seems that there is no option to expand the memory. Oh well, for me. I'm still going to find out if there is a way to access the phone memory for the prestored images and tones so I can put in more of what I want into it. This phone doesn't come with a USB cord for PC connectivity, so I'll still have to go and buy one later. It does use one of the standard ports for USB devices though, so looking for one shouldn't be a problem.
So if I don't get a decent camera, at least I get a decent phone in terms of its communication-related functions, right? Wrong. Here in the Philippines, people don't usually call, they send SMS messages aka text messages. Which is a pain if you use this unit because its keypad is quite hard to press, plus, the text input methods are very inconvenient, especially for punctuation and other symbols. Coming from a Nokia world, I find Motorola text input to be very inconvenient and hard to use. I guess I can text faster after a few weeks of using this phone, but I still long for the Nokia methods of text input. Only now do I appreciate how greatly convenient that system was. Some may say that it's just a matter of getting used to it, but I would have to say that for this particular case, that really does not apply.
So I'm going to suffer a bad camera, measly storage, and difficult keypad and text-input methods for the next few months. Couldn't get any worse? Wrong again. This phone is really, really slow and its navigation system is rather confusing and, once again, inconvenient. Once again, I miss the Nokia world. Though I've gotten quite used to the system and have customized the home screen navigation menus and shortcuts for my needs, it still doesn't compare to the convenience of the Nokia system. It's really not just a matter of user-friendliness, as I had once-believed. It's a matter of convenience and efficiency, which is actually very important when the device concerned is something you use everyday and bring with you everywhere.
I guess the only saving grace this phone has is its physical features (aside from the keypad, of course). It looks good, and is easy to grip and flip (since it's a clamshell phone). In fact, the only reason this phone gets a passing rating from me is because it's a clamshell phone that's easy to flip open and close. I have a really big thing for clamshell phones, so this is probably a bias on my part.
So what's the lesson learned here? Buy Nokia next time.