What Is The Best Phone You Have Ever Owned, & Why? [We Ask You]

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The mobile, or cell, phone has had a meteoric rise from being an interesting and expensive concept to an essential and affordable necessity. The first commercially-available handset, the DynaTAC 8000x (not quite as catchy a name as ‘iPhone’) was released in 1983 and cost just a shade under $4,000. Bargain.

In the almost-30 years since then phones have changed by a massive amount, with bricks being replaced by slimline affairs (and then big being considered beautiful once again) and an age of simplicity being replaced by an age where your phone is smarter than you. Which prompts me to wonder which era of mobile phones did you enjoy the most…?

This Week’s Question…

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

We want to know what the best phone you have ever owned is, and why that phone captured your heart. It could be that your first mobile changed your life, giving you freedom to communicate on the go. Maybe you preferred the feature phones of decades past, which focused solely on making and receiving calls.

Or you can tell us why you have switched to a smartphone, why you made the choice that you did, and which operating system/handset manufacturer you went with. I’m already expecting a slew of “iPhone FTW!”-style comments, but please try adding a little meat to the bones and tell us why the iPhone is the best thing since sliced bread. Or why it blows compared to Android and/or Windows Phone.

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week.

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Comments (136)
  • Varun Jain

    I’ve been a Nokia fan throughout my life!

    My Phone History –

    2005 – Panasonic GD-92 ( I loved how it could record two phone calls. :P)
    2006 – Nokia 3120 ( I loved playing Snakes)
    2007 – Nokia N72 ( Oh how much I loved this phone, I felt like a superhero, amazing tech, much-much-much ahead of its time, Snakes again!)
    2010 – Nokia E63 ( I lost it in two weeks. :()
    2010 – Micromax Q5 (Basic Java phone, not worth mentioning)
    2011 – Nokia E5 ( And i love this even more than I loved my N72)

    Things I do with my E5-

    1) Whatsapp – The basic need these days.
    2) Hotspot – I can turn my phone into a hotspot, older Android phones couldn’t. I can then use any phone/laptop to connect to this hotspot (except Blackberry, they suck)
    3) GPS/Google Maps – Realtime location of your contacts. :D
    4) Networking – Use my phone as a computer connected on my home network. Access all the files on the network, plus access all my phone’s files via my laptop, no need of wires, no bluetooth, everything on high speed wifi, range- entire home, that means, i’ve unrestricted access to everything stored on my laptop all over my place. So as to say, I use my laptop’s 500gb HD as if it were my phone’s. :D
    5) Threaded Texting – Because some people complain Nokia doesn’t support this, :P
    6) Remote Control Laptop – I love this, remote control your laptop via wifi, resume/pause torrents and much much more.
    7) Record all my calls, outgoing as well as incoming WITHOUT THE BEEP SOUND.
    8) Dropbox sync, access to all my files anywhere, anytime.
    9) SKYPE! Free VOIP Calls! Although it doesn’t have a front-cam, but then also, voice is enough for me, :P
    10) I used to use my phone as an ip-cam, it works, but I don’t use it anymore.

    Basic Features like Office/PDF/Dictionary toh hai hi.

    Finally I’ve customized my screen to look like an HTC device, with live weather updates. Wish I could attach a screenshot of my homescreen here. :P

    Will use it till it wears off because I don’t like touchscreen devices, but my next update will be a Nokia Lumia with Windows Phone 8. :D

    I agree the number of apps on both symbian as well as windows phone is very limited, but it doesn’t bother me, the device should work for me.

  • Riya

    Android vs. iPhone vs. Windows Phone 7 – Polls & Voting – TechDiscussion http://www.techdiscussion.in/index.php?topic=613.0

  • Tez

    Well has to be my 3310 I still own and use it now just ordered a new battery for it as its starting to lose charge. Brought this phone way back in 2001 to replace my old Alcatel one touch (awful phone) and its been with me ever since. I don’t need a phone to check emails on I have a laptop for all those sorts of things. My friends used to tease me about sticking with the phone but it does what I ask of it, sure i’d love it to be able to hold more than 20sms’s but its no big deal I just delete them once its full. It amazes me of the looks I get when I go shopping when it beeps with its mono ringtones everybody looks and actually smiles when I get it out. The friends that used to tease me now call it retro and cool again. Dont get me wrong I think all the smartphones are brilliant and I love the Iphone 4s but its just not what I need from a phone plus its damned expensive to buy! I’ll stick with this phone untill it dies or when it no longer accepts my sim card.

    • Dave Parrack

      Good for you. I’d say there is definitely an element of retro cool there :)

      If it’s working for you then that’s all that matters. I miss the old ringtones!

    • james

      I still use my 3410 (only as back up), got a spare battery and charger cheaply of amazon it still works well.

  • ali

    my best phone ever is the HTC ONE X i used it today its super ultra fast in everything
    and it has got the best camera ever made it shot’s 5 photos in 1sec
    its the best phone in the world to day // alot beter than iphone 4s and galaxy s2 and all NOKIA phones .
    HTC roooooockssssssssssssss

    • Dave Parrack

      HTC has gone back to the drawing board and started over. And I must say I’m impressed with the One X and and One S.

  • Humza Aamir

    The best phone I’ve owned and still own is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, the design is lovely, not the usual square, etcher sketch of a thing. Its a single core affair but that doesn’t concern me as long as it keeps stuff rolling smoothly. The only fact that bothers me about it is the lack of attention it got. The recent brand name change to Sony is not going to improve matters either but put it in further oblivion.

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