Brand loyalty ends… for now

It’s time to move on.

Galaxy in my hands—Samsung Galaxy Ace

Galaxy in my hands

A short review of the new toy, first:
The main reason behind the switch is the OS (apps!) AND Gorilla Glass. It’s scratch-resistant glass, look it up on Youtube and check out videos that slice devices with a knife just to prove that Gorilla Glass is the bomb. I cannot say anything about the build of the Galaxy but its design makes it look fragile. At least the scratch part’s covered!

Cons I have observed: Battery life is awful—you have to charge daily. There is no comprehensive manual for Android OS. Most importantly, not exactly user-friendly for newbies. I had to explore for hours just to get my account synced. It’s hard to remember where particular settings are.

To be honest, I had second thoughts changing mobile brands. I was doing my research on Samsung and Nokia phones and stumbled upon a link that shared in full detail the email that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop sent to an internal Nokia employee system stating that the “platform is burning.” I guess brand loyalty can make you emotional over products.

Nokia was such a hit in the Philippines, starting with the Nokia 5110, my first phone. It was a big change from all the phones back then in terms of size and features. It was quickly followed by the Nokia 3210 which came with an internal antenna. Since that phone, all mobiles with external antennas have become uncool. We have seen the country turn into a texting populace with the majority of users using Nokia phones. Who could forget about the Xpress-On covers? The composer ringing tones? Snake? The naming conventions? Putting an “i” after the name of a similar phone to distinguish one model from another?

They used to have weird designs that still clicked, surprisingly. The Nokia 3650 came with a round keypad layout that was extremely difficult to use. The Nokia 6260 came with a pivotal swivel that allowed it to be used in three ways. There were also bottom pivots, such as the Nokia 3250 which was highly marketed for music lovers. Dual-display, dual keypad communicators (9xxx) series were also popular back then for people in the corporate world. Some bordered on outrageous, such as the N-Gage and the fashion phones (remember the lipstick phone, Nokia 7280?).

Nokia Fashion Phones

Nokia Fashion Phones

I ultimately decided on getting a phone that runs Android because all the adjectives that come associated with the fresh releases Symbian Anna and Belle were “dated” and “antiquated.” They say that support for Symbian will continue, but until when? Soon, they will be releasing Nokia phones that run Microsoft. So I guess all we can do is sit and wait.

I love the brand but I need a break. I look forward to the day that I will switch back to the phone brand I once loved. Quality is top-notch—all my Nokia phones suffered insane drops but most of them struggled to survive) but the company must catch up with the competitors in terms of software and application development. Samsung, I’m sorry if this post turned out to be a Nokia post. Emotions (and Fruit Ninja Free) get the best of me.

Photo credit: GSM Arena (Nokia phones)



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  • Aja

    I don’t think you would have to charge daily, if you’re not playing Fruit Ninja as much. :P

    Welcome to the Galaxy. ;)

    • MM

      Battery life has improved upon upgrading to Gingerbread. :)

  • Red

    Wow! What Galaxy phone is that? :)

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