Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Monday, 27 February 2017
Putting the genie back in the bottle
Without boring you too much (again) I can say that after spending all day in front of this iMac, I can now see all of my old photos which come up at the touch of a button. They take a while to come up the first time you look though, because there are over 5000, not the 2500 I thought there were. Digital cameras have a lot to answer for, but at least there are no selfies in the collection.
In a massively retrograde and possibly suicidal (again) move, the latest owners of Nokia have just announced the launch - or re-launch - of their old Nokia 3310 phone. It is true that everyone loved this phone for its size, shape and bomb-proof dependability, and every previous owner of one remembers them with affection. I had two, and only stopped using them when the numbers wore off the keypads. I gave the last one to a young friend who only wanted to recieve calls or, in the rare occasions she made them, was able to remember or guess the keypad format. I think she is still using it.
They are very useful for making and recieving calls and text messages, and that's it. Nokia think that the biggest market for them in the West will be old people like me, families going on a tech-rehab holiday and drug-dealers. Ok, I made the last category up, but I am sure this will be the case. They will cost £42, which is pretty much exactly what I paid for mine about 17 years ago.
Normally when designers hark back to the past, they make things bigger - Minis and Fiat 500s for instance - but in a cunning plan to save on tooling-up, Nokia will most likely use all the injection moulds left over from 17 years ago. Good job nobody threw them away! The improvements will be subtle. Slightly better sound quality, and... er... that's it. I wonder if it will have 'Snakes' on it?
If it were not for the fact that I have finally succumbed to the world of smartphones, I would get one. Not least because of the battery life, which is about a week even when it is used. I still haven't got over having to charge my old iPhone every 12 hours - as if I don't give the bloody thing too much attention already, but not as much attention as most.
Up until this iPhone, I would go into a shop and spend one minute looking for the cheapest unlocked phone they had (like every other old person), pay for it and walk out again. You can still buy phones which are considered obsolete (or stupid) but even a child of 6 would not be seen dead with one in the playground.