Kids nowadays have it easy when it come to electronic gadgets. They get to use smartphones and tablets even before they enter primary school. And primary school kids having their own mobile phones are becoming more and more of a common sight.
I bought my first mobile phone on the Chinese New Year eve after I completed high school.
I remember it costed RM 800-ish. I remember I paid half with my angpow money and my parents sponsored the remaining half as a reward for me doing well in SPM. Back then, the trendy phones to have were those with color screens, polyphonic ringtones and built in camera. This phone was awesome by that standard. It has a 300k pixel camera when the standard fare was 100k pixel. I loved it to bits.
I carried this phone for the entire duration of college. By the time I completed my Advanced Diploma, my phone has become a laughing stock among my friends. It was time to “upgrade” my phone before I leave for the UK. Because I loved Motorola so much, I bought another Motorola. This time a flip phone.
Again, this was a top notch model when I bought it. I think it was in the region of RM 1500 when I bought it, can’t really remember, but I do remember that I bought this phone with money I got from working. I had 3 months of free time before our summer semester in Liverpool, so I registered with a recruitment agency and did a few odd jobs.
- 2 weeks data entry boy/PA for a pretty consultant from McKinsey at MAS offices in KLIA – RM 1000
- 2 days office boy task with Fuji Xerox – don’t remember the pay, I think it was RM 200
- 1.5 months filing assistant SC Johnson (Mr Muscle, Glade distributor) – RM 3000.
Yeah, I’m giving you a small glimpse of a MAS office.
The V3x was, and still is, my favorite phone so far. I have a thing for flip phones, I think they are the coolest phones on Earth. And this guy’s casing is made of rubber material, so it was very rugged and scratch proof.
Unfortunately, I killed it one day after 2 years of usage when I dropped it to the ground from 2 floors up and the screen cracked. I tried about 10 different shops but all of them said the same thing: this phone is beyond repair.
I had no choice but to look for my 3rd phone. I had wanted to get a similar phone from Motorola, but at that time, they were bloody expensive and I was a cheapo. I settled for a RM 500 slide phone.
It was an okay phone, but I did not really connect with it. I kept comparing it with my V3x, and it came up short on all departments. So when it started showing symptoms of going bad after just 8 months in use, I secretly rejoiced while outwardly projecting an image of a dejected man. Time to hunt for my 4th phone.
It was a time when iPhones and Android phones were beginning to pick up market share. I wanted to jump on the bandwagon, but at that time I was still a cheapo. It was impossible for me to part with RM 2000 to buy an iPhone, so I bought the cheapest Android phone that I can find.
It was slightly below RM 1000. But it was Android powered, and I was happy. In fact, I was very happy for a few months as I downloaded free apps and games while my iPhone wielding mates had to pay for their apps and games.
My happiness only lasted for a few months. My phone was the lowest end of the Android 2.0 phones. After awhile, the newer apps and games that were developed on Android 3.x and 4.x platforms came into market. I could not use them because they require higher processing capability and using them would cause my phone to be very slow or even worse, crash.
By the 1 year mark, I was a very unhappy man. I decided to screw being a cheapo and go back to buying the latest cutting edge smartphone.
I think the full price was RM 2200 when it was launched in Malaysia. I was among the first batch of people to buy the Note. I signed up with Digi for the data plan and got this phone for a discounted price of RM 1300. I sold my HTC to a Malay lady through Mudah for RM 350.
I would say this is my 2nd favorite phone after the V3x. You know, I am a big guy, so it is only fitting that I carry a big phone. When I first flashed this 5.3 inch monster in the office, everyone was mesmerized and intimidated. I get asked the same question over and over again in the first month. How can this phone fit in the pocket? By the 2nd month however, a few of my peers started carrying the same phone. And then we started this saying: This is the perfect size for a phone, iPhone is a toy for kids!
If you look at the number of people using the Note series nowadays, it proves our saying to be prophetic. 😀
So, I’ve wasted your time going through my phone collection, but that’s not really why I make this blog post. Here I finally get to the main point.
I have been using the Note for almost 3 years now. I ran into a problem 2 months ago.
I couldn’t care less about scratches and dents, I have dropped the phone to the floor countless times that I am already immune to any cosmetic defects to the phone.
You see, on a day about 2 months ago, a tiny piece of thing fell out from this charging hole. I do not know what that part is, and could not figure out what it was for, but ever since this incident happened, my phone has been charging at most 40% over 8 hours. It means I have to keep it constantly plugged in, or else the battery will konk out within half a day. My patience lasted 3 days before I decided that I need a new phone. Yup, that’s the main point of this post.
Remember I claimed that I will not buy a certain brand of phone due to their terrible marketing trick and instead donated the money? Well, I was forced to eat my words fairly quickly. You see, somewhere along the 3 years of using my Note, my mindset changed again. I no longer want to spend RM 2000 for a phone. The mi3 is the only option for me if I wanted a cheap phone with good specs.
Since they launched the mi4 in China, they stopped the stupid marketing gimmick and allowed us to order the phone at all times. So I was able to order the phone with no troubles. That does not mean there was no trouble. they still make me wait 4 weeks before shipping my phone. I got the Fedex tracking number last week. Remember I kept refreshing the tracking site every 30 seconds on Saturday? Well, the status remained the same until yesterday evening. I called up Fedex to inquire about what the hold up was. This was the reply I got: Your package is under scheduled delivery, we are only authorized to deliver to you on the 9th of October, unless the customer advises us otherwise.
WTF?! Who the fuck does that?? Why would Xiaomi do this?! I immediately sent a strongly worded email to their customer service, telling them to stop fucking about with me. They did not reply to my email,
Right now, it is undergoing a process called Gunnerization, where I install all the wallpapers, apps and games that I need into it. The camera seems decent, which is to be expected of a 13 megapixel Sony camera. I have not used it nearly enough to say whether the phone is any good. Maybe I’ll write a review about it, in time. 😉