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Last week we turned MakeUseOf over to you in order to gauge opinion on a relevant topic. We asked you a question, and you answered in your droves. We have read and replied, cogitated and compiled, and ended up with an understanding of what you, our loyal MakeUseOf readers, think of the subject at hand.

The subject at hand was mobile phones; which have gone from being the domain of the rich to the domain of the mainstream in the space of 30 years. While many of us have now made the switch to smartphones, that doesn’t lessen our love of the old feature phones we have owned over the years – as your comments over the past six days amply demonstrated.

What Is The Best Phone You Have Ever Owned, & Why?

We asked you, What Is The Best Phone You Have Ever Owned, & Why? The range of phones put forward as suggestions was vast.

Older phones mentioned include the Nokia 3310, Nokia 7610, Nokia 8110, Nokia 1100, Sony Ericsson W810i, LG VX7000, Samsung A800, Motorola StarTAC, and the Siemens M35i. Newer phones mentioned include the Apple iPhone (naturally), Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note, HTC Desire Z, HTC HD2, LG Optimus V, and the Palm Pre.

This shows just how much of a stranglehold over the market Nokia 9 Free Nokia Phone Apps You Need & Can't Live Without 9 Free Nokia Phone Apps You Need & Can't Live Without Read More had at one point in time. Achieved by producing tough phones that did what they were meant to do. The number of handsets mentioned, and the lack of any solid standout, shows that there are no hard and fast rules concerning phone ownership. You should purchase the one that is right for you and your needs, regardless of brand or reputation.


Comment Of The Week

Comment of the week goes to Dannywill7, who gets nothing but my admiration and respect (which is surely more than anyone needs) for this:

“Samsung SGH C225 plain and simple ‘candy bar’ phone. Have had 3 of them and continue to buy up from eBay. Its a TANK!! takes a drop and some water. Battery even after 2 yrs of use will keep phone working for over 3 DAYS. Basic features only like phoning, texting, and contact lists. Thats all I need. Because I can keep using them and just switching SIM cards, I have long ago run out of contract. Next one will cost me $15 and I am good for couple more years with no contract. With so few features, I have a life outside of my phone, email and Facebook. I can even talk face-to-face with real people.”

Which goes to show that smartphones aren’t wholly a force for good.

We’ll be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. ‘We Ask [You] Tell Us’ is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  1. Dan
    March 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    My Sony Ericsson T68i. It was my first "color display phone" and my first camera phone (camera wasn't built in, you had the attach it).

    Honorable mention is my Smart Amazing Phone (HTC Tanager). It's my first smart phone, and my first real "internet phone".

    The last Nokia I ever owned was the 6210, which I had more than a decade ago.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Is your main reason for loving that particular phone the fact it was first in two categories? You had to attach the camera, how did that work?

  2. Chris
    March 16, 2012 at 7:29 am

    My LG Vu (CU920). It can take any beating, had incredible texting, and was elegant for a feature phone. Best thing about it? IT HAD A FREAKING ANTENNA! Haha! For a 2008 phone, I'd say I would most likely use it now if I didn't have an iPhone 4.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      An antenna? That's positively old-skool :)