I am amused when people see me with a budget smartphone. Their immediate reaction is to wonder what I am doing with such a lowly device. I find it amusing because my interest in mobile has nothing to do with a desire to own expensive or rich toys. My interest is based on a love for mobile and what they can do. For me, that means, all kinds of mobile – flagships, high-end, mid-range, and budget.
I have a had a rich history of using all types. For example, as far back as 2003/4, I owned a Sony Ericsson T230, pictured below:
Among others, I have also owned and used the following budget and mid-range phones:
- Nokia 3610
- LG KS360 (April 2009)
- Samsung B7320 (December 2009)
- LG GW550 (March 2010)
- Samsung Galaxy Pro B7510 (May 2011)
- Motorola EX115 Dual-SIM QWERTY (July 2011)
- Huawei U8180 IDEOS X1 (October 2011)
- Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660 (November 2011)
- LG C660 Optimus Pro (December 2011)
- BlackBerry Curve 9320 (July 2012)
- LG Optimus L3 E400 (August 2012)
- TECNO P3 (May 2013)
- TECNO Q1 (May 2013)
I believe that a holistic experience of the whole gamut of mobile devices gives one a good grasp of what is going on in the industry, as compared to having experience with only high-end devices. One is able to understand and identify with the issues that users face at every level – and they differ from category to category, and sometimes from brand to brand.
It may be fun driving a Nissan GT-R, but the driver who knows the workings of a Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Accent as well and can pull stunts with them within their own limits as he can commandeer a Nissan GT-R is the one who really loves driving – and the better equipped driver.
I continue my legacy of handling ALL kinds of mobile devices. They thrill me, challenge me, and open up different vistas to me. So when next you see me with say a budget Windows Phone or Android smartphone, smile and remember why I am called Mister Mobility by friends and foe alike.
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