Considering How to Refresh My Phone Library

Table of Mobiles - Share on OviSome months ago, when I was actively switching between the N97 and X6, I wondered how long it would be before I’d needed to refresh my phone library. Then my X6 caught some salty water and that pretty much ended that thought for a time.  As I prepare for a few outings and a literal change in my living spaces, I’m again looking at my phone library and what route to go about changing things up a bit.

The Primary

My mobile use is always defined by a primary device, and for about the last year and a half, it has been the Nokia N97. A very capable device, I’ve seen little reason to go to any other device – as I’d be compromising one or several features that I use regularly. That said, it is not a device without its flaws, and the recent issues with my music library only highlight that I might need to look at moving on to another device sooner rather than later.

There are only two devices that sit as potential updates for me here, and both are Nokia devices. The E7 – which should be available sometime in December – and the N9 – which might not be here until February or March of next year.  The E7 would be a lateral move (and slight downgrade in terms of internal memory), but keeps most of my current usage behaviors intact. The N9 would change up a number of things, and I’d essentially have to learn another platform again – one that I’d be willing to learn a bit more about.

The Fashion/Sports Backup

One of the reasons I was so miffed about the X6 catching waves was that I was ready to finally decommission my solid but aged N95. The point of a backup was for me to have a device that’s rugged, able to handle a few drops, and didn’t carry the bulk of the important information that I keep on/around a mobile. The X6 was nearly perfect in this respect – and had a great camera and solid battery life to boot.

I’m looking for something to essentially replace both the X6 and N95 now. Nokia’s C6-01 seems like a solid model if I stay on the Symbian side of things as I value the touchscreen and battery. And there’d be little in terms of syncing between it and my primary device (or its prospective replacements). If it were a penta-band device (meaning that it did 3G on AT&T and T-Mobile like the N8 does), I’d be even more sold on it.

I could go the route of the Nokia N900 – here I’d essentially be taking what I’m using for a primary device (it is similar in hardware to my N97), but gaining the ability to use it for more than just backup affairs. Mobile web server, battery life and bulk would be an issue here. But my Truphone SIM would rock in it just fine.

I could go the Android route; but as many in mobile find out regularly, if you don’t choose the device wisely, you end up with something that endears itself to being hacked for value over just working simply.

An iPhone is mostly out of the question as a backup device; it needs a PC and I already keep harping on that with my iPad. Same with Windows Phone devices – at this point I’d be more apt to play than keep one of them.

The HP-Palm Pre 2 is one that I could see as a solid backup device – if battery life and camera quality holds up. I don’t get the web server, and probably not the friendliness to T-Mobile bands with my other SIM, but I would get the social and (nearly) rugged device that I’d be looking for. I like WebOS and could see myself learning a bit more about it from a development standpoint. Plus, it seems that the mobile platform for the N9 (MeeGo) and WebOS might end up playing very nicely together.

Reduced Use, Then Recycle to Others Use

One of the other reasons that I know its time to refresh my phone library is that it has been a long time since giving my mobiles away to someone else. I usually don’t like to keep a phone around very long before giving it to someone else in reasonable condition for them to use and explore. Certainly with smartphones, there’s a lot of education that happens when you can just gift someone a phone and teach them on how to use a smartphone economically.

Generally speaking, I don’t keep phones that aren’t usable. My X6, despite its blacked out screen, is actually usable. I’m sending that though to a Nokia Recycle center as its base tech can be reused for new phones. Maybe even there’s someone there who’d simply fix the screen and then give it to someone else in need. That is how it should be at least.

Why More Than One Phone Anyways

Most of my family and friends would ask me this question often, and then I point to shoes. You’d have more than one pair of those for different occasions, why not phones? Being able to swap a SIM card in and out of a phone as I choose means that I also have the ability to pick phones that best suit my needs and moods.

If I chose my stable of phones wrong, it could be a hassle. Making sure that contacts and calendar items are synced has been an issue from time to time – but Nokia’s Phone Switch application and Ovi services usually keep things intact (yes, Google can also work). These days, there are very few apps that I need (Evernote and Sports Tracker immediately come to mind), as most of everything else that’s not music is stored online.

I’ve also got the other issue of managing MMM. Between email, a separate address book, Twitter, and WordPress, I need the primary to keep me on task, and the backup to not let me get too far behind. Any new mobile has to start from there, and then the backup needs to continue to juice so to speak.

In a sense, the stable of mobiles that I keep tends to be this malleable wardrobe of technology. It will be grea

It Will Be a While

I never have done a refresh all at one time. There’s always a slow change that happens. And I’m fine with that. I’ve got to figure out where my old devices will go, and how to best teach folks how to use them. After that, its about getting the funds for new(er) devices. The N9 might cost up to $600, and the Palm Pre 2 is already out at $470. There’s no incentive to getting them on-contract either since I’ve got an unlimited data plan that I don’t want to give up (without a fight).

Thing is, I’m thinking and planning about it. And this is a good thing. How I go forward with mobile changes when I do this refreshing. It should be interesting to see what happens.

5 thoughts on “Considering How to Refresh My Phone Library

  1. I’ve been liking what I see of the Nokia C6-01. Seems to me to be a good way of getting one’s feet wet checking out the new Symbian OS. At the same time, though, if you’re really wanting to pushing the limits of what can be done with a mobile (and I’m thinking you may be the one to be able to do that) you might as well wait for the N9 🙂

  2. Hehehe, well, the primary device is always meant to push – and so the N9 speaks very well for me there. The backup device is something that usually needs to just work simply – and tends to be the device that helps others around me understand mobile in their lives a bit better.

    Don’t know what will happen yet, but am totally thinking towards what’s next. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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