The next phone I got was in 2001. It was a Kyocera but older than this model below. It featured a blue 1 inch screen! yay.. Calls, messages...who needs more? Plus, it was super small and super light weight, that it can be kept in the shoes during a spot check in class!In 2002, Nokia upgraded their 5210 series and wow. This lil baby comes in full rubber skin that could be changed. Was really useful cause i tend to drop my phone. I had a yellow LCD screen but the size was still the same. What set it apart was the fact that the antenna is now missing! and the it was one of the first phones to come with a vibrate mode! I remember there was a craze about making monotonic ringtones from the ringtone editor. Hours were also spent playing Snake! Note of caution: the phone despite its appearance, is NOT water proof. My bro found out the hard way.
For my 16th birthday, I requested from my parents a new phone and so i got this:Don't really know why Nokia phones followed a fattening trend but the 6600 was one of the first smart phones in the market. 32MB of space, bluetooth, infrared, 2G even.. with the best screen at the time, with really good camera and a 2 inch display. It also had a small joystick, with all the nifty features. Only issue was that the phone was quite heavy and bulky but smooth at the same time, so it tends to slip out of grip. I have not much memory of this phone as it was the only phone i lost. Lesson learnt: Never go out cycling with a really expensive phone and really cheap trousers.
Thats how i ended up with this phone in 2004. The Nokia 3200. I am still using it now and I guess when tough times call, compromise. This lil phone just refuses to die. After 6 years of torture, it is still functioning really well. It has been 6 years since i got a new phone, and I always wonder has the lesson been learnt? Featuring 1MB of memory, infrared, an economical camera, and a modest screen, I still keep it beside me. The buttons took some getting use to but after 6 years, no probs.