Ok, so I thought: Nokia saying it is tough, then it must be tough! Plus it looks like the phones I always had, and my last phone, after 11 years of service, finally died. Well, let's go! Basically, it must be a copy of my good old Nokia, with a rugged build, impressive battery life, Wi-Fi, 4G and Google services. No hesitation, it is the One, and I'm going to be satisfied for sure!
First surprise: it is HUGE. Like a smart phone, but thicker! Ok, military phone, must be big so that soldiers and workers alike might use it with thick gloves. I'll live — although… it might just be me, but didnt' the phone look more slender on most pictures I looked up online? Oh well. I'll live…
I'll live, and I'll get used to it. I'm easy to please like that when it comes to phones. Yay.
But you can't choose your message tone.
But you can't choose your alarm clock tone.
But you can't choose your schedule alarm tone.
But you can't choose the exact time it will ring.
But you can't set themes — totally silent, outdoor, etc. — no, you have to tweak around to get what you want. Like on a smartphone, actually, but clunky style.
But you can't configure shortcut keys for the directional buttons — no, they programmed a grand 3 shortcuts for you you can't change, even if you should think they suck.
But you can't lock and unlock the phone with a button or even an old school 2 buttons combo — no, you need a code now.
But you can't use the alphabetic buttons to look for a specific contact — no, you have to manually access the Search bar again, all the way to the top where you started. Sure, you can shut the app down and reopen it to access the search bar. Oh, how clever we have to be in Nokia's stead.
But you can't understand why the hell this phone is somehow less capable than an 11 years old 6303. Nor why it has input lag. Nor why the app in use sometimes freezes and needs resetting. Nor why the phone turned itself off all of a sudden. And it's a day 1 purchase. It's new!
All in all I spent 4 hours on this brick trying to make it work as I bloody want it to.
Take it from someone who has been using a regular Nokia 6303 (featuring NONE of the issues described above) for 11 years and can't believe what he just bought.
I can accept the 2MP camera, the micro SD power cord, the not-ever-in-your-pocket size of the phone or the overall poor performance in favor of a cheaper and more durable product. But if you're not going to invest decent time in building up the OS, why bother at all? How could you make it worse than a decade earlier?
So, if you have no love for simple phones… please just stop making them! This one might be rugged, but do I want such a piece of lazy work for the next 10 or 20 years?
PS: Snake was good just as it was in 1997. If it's not broken, don't fiix it.…mehr