July 20th, 2013 / 09:26 AM / Karachi
Over the years the phone that kept me connected to the rest kept changing. From the first tiny blue Alcatel to the massive phablets of today, the phones have evolved each bringing with it experience, memories and lessons much like the scratches on the phone itself. They became the objects of sentimental value. A couple of years has brought technology to mainstream by lowering its price for example a 5 megapixel camera in 2006 cost way more than flagship smartphone of today. No phone was or ever will be perfect. Each lacked one thing or the other.
Out of many features on these phones a decent camera and a longer battery life are the ones that I have always welcomed. Using Nokia adjusted my mind to the ease of drag-and-drop when it came to moving pictures and music to and from the phone. That is why when I bought an iPod, I had to depend on iTunes for everything making my experience very bumpy. I had a Windows machine. My internet was not working due to some roadside construction which had cut the phone lines and I remember hunting for a CD of iTunes on the streets of Lahore just to put some music on my iPod. Even when the iPhone launched and the world went all crazy for it, I didn't join the bandwagon for two obvious reason - the dependency on iTunes and the staggering price in Pakistan -a country where Apple had decided not to launch. The tall wall of price didn't allow me to have an iPhone even as an experiment.
But the biggest reason for not liking it was the use of 5 megapixel Nokia phones that I had been using for more than a year. One of my Nokia's had a Xenon flash too which is why from a photography perspective I had no fantasies regarding the iPhone. I liked the screen of it though. This lasted for some years as I jumped from one Nokia to the other.
Then I got my first Android - the HTC Desire. It was the worst experience. I sold it in less than a week of buying it. It had a lot of good things but what made it worst for me was the battery percentage which dropped from a hundred to ninety six by the time I reached from home to university, a trip of fifteen minutes. That was the last HTC I ever bought.
Then came the day when I bought my first iPhone. It was an iPhone 4S. That phone still depended in the crappy iTunes but it had evolved form of the under-powered iPhone of Lahore days. Most importantly, the camera was impressive, at least for the life-logging and street photography. But even it had flaws. By this time copycats had arrived, the biggest being the innovative Samsung. Touch-screens and Android were the new rage which was slowly taking over. After two and a half years of being together like a good friend, the iPhone witnessed a lot of things from bitter lessons to breakups and kisses all in high definition. Then out of curiosity, I shifted to another android with a fear of previous experience.
The word android always reminds me of the droid from StarWars. When I first booted up the phone, I could see the lack of aesthetic beauty which the iPhone had. Androids looked a lot more like an unfinished and un-artistic product. They gave a look of a communication tool developed by a nerdy developer or an engineer for some beta testing and nothing like refined iPhone for an end-user or a consumer. The fonts were ugly, the apps were stretched to fill the screen. I was skeptical about its battery the most because of my experience with the HTC. But this time the Samsung S4 won my trust with a 4 days of battery from complete charge to mild usage. In fact it was something even my iPhone couldn't do. It reminded me of the last Nokia I used which coincidentally had the best battery life of any Nokia, the E72.