First of all, I would like to give props to CravingTech for this photo. I used to have a Nokia 3310. It was given to me as a present in 2002. I lost it circa 2007. I still miss that phone because as far as I am concerned, it had the longest battery life and it just, well, worked. But looks like it’s here again! According to Craving Tech:
It’s 2017 and Nokia has a surprise for all of us. It’s Nokia 3310 re-modernised, re-designed, re-launched.
The new Nokia 3310 (2017) borrows the success from the original Nokia 3310 and comes with a month of battery life!
Its design may not be as rugged as the original 3310, but it has definitely come with a new, fresh, redesign with a few colourful choices: Red, Yellow, Gray, and Dark Blue.
It has a 2.4″ screen (with colours), micro USB charging port, 2MP camera with LED flash, headphone jack, FM radio and MP3 player, 16MB Internal Storage (with a MicroSD card supporting up to 32GB), and.. a Snake game for the nostalgia!
Sadly, it doesn’t run on Android and most importantly, it only runs on 2G (what?). Running on 2G is a deal breaker to most as many telecommunication networks around the globe (such as here in Australia) have turn their 2G off for good.
Yes…it is bad news indeed because Singapore will stop access to 2G services from April 2017 onwards so it looks like that this may be a pipe dream for many. It will be pretty pointless buying this phone if the networks in your country don’t support it right? Oh well…
This was yet another Malay wedding with my Yamaha Stagepas providing sound reinforcement. This was the setup. They gave me a table, covered with a very thin piece of plastic. It was the same kind of plastic those plastic bags from the grocers are made of. I had to be very careful with it as it was so thin, it tended to tear if anything scratched it. That included the rubberised feet of the Stagepas mixer too! So I hooked it up, together with my Line 6 wireless microphone. You can also see my trusty Nokia 101 phone there too, providing test music while I did basic equalisation of the sound. The speakers had been setup and I had to throw speaker wire over the sewage pipes that are prevalent at the ceiling of most void decks in Singapore. This is so that I would not have to waste my cloth tape taping it to the floor. The only issue I faced was that the power supply was some distance away, near the wedding dias. So I had to use two of my power extension cords to reach it
Was the wedding a success? I will have to say it was. I had great food to eat, nice company to work with and an all in all great experience, as always, with Malay weddings. The bride’s parents were really nice and very accommodating. That is why I love doing Malay weddings. I always have a great time!
Two days back, I bought this Xiaomi Redmi 4A for my aunt. She was using or rather is still using, as I type this, an old Nokia 2G phone. 2G services in Singapore are numbered. They are going to expire on the 1st of April 2017, which is only a couple of months away. So all have to upgrade to at least a 3G phone. And this is the phone I bought for her.
One thing I love about this phone is that it weighs only 131 grams. That is very light indeed. It is relatively inexpensive but it looks like a premium phone because it has a smooth metal texture. It has a 64-bit processor, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 and comes with MIUI 8 OS. The OS takes some getting used to but since I already am used to it, it made navigating a lot easier.
It has 2Gb of RAM and 16Gb of memory. This phone can take two SIM cards but one of the SIM cards must be a nano SIM. It can take a memory card up to 256Gb in size but unfortunately, the second SIM card needs to be sacrificed for that. It is one of those “either or” phones….either the second SIM card or the SD-card but not both. Power-wise, it comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 3120 mAh battery. Doesn’t matter much to me nowadays to be honest.
So did I get what I paid for? I certainly did, and more. I mean, for my aunt, who is not tech-savvy in the least, this phone will help, after I set it to Lite Mode. This is something that Xiaomi excels in. Their lite mode is a boon for folks having their first phone. So all I have to do now is get her SIM card, install it in the phone and I am done.
I have had this charger for about 10 years now…no…make it 9 years. I found it in 2007 and have been using it ever since to charge a couple of the two Nokia mobile phones that I have left. Just the other day, I wanted to find out the reason why it could not charge my phones well. I found out that age had taken its toll on this charger. It was now putting out 6 volts instead of the stipulated 5.3 volts that it was supposed to give out. Not good, I thought, as I wistfully threw it away. It has been with me for quite a while and that is why I felt that way but I cannot risk any damage to my Nokia phones, especially my Nokia 101. Luckily I still have some NOS (new old stock) Nokia chargers so I may have to use those to charge up my mobile phones.
A couple of days back, I was doing a roadshow and my trusty StagePas 500 was providing the audio. I used my Line 6 wireless microphone for vocals and hooked up my good old Nokia phone as the sound source. Needless to say, the show went well, except for one brief moment when the Stagepas went into thermal shutdown mode because of the hot weather. Just switching it off and on brought it back to life and all was well after that. The sound was clear and concise, as was expected of the StagePas 500 and people were commenting about the great sound of the system. This StagePas 500 is in its fourth year of use and is still going strong. Thanks Yamaha for making such a great product!
A couple of weeks back, I decided to try to breathe some life into my old Nokia e51. So I loaded a SIM card into it and powered it up. I noticed while trying to load a SIM card into it, the battery was pretty bloated. I had a hard time trying to close the case of the e51. While charging it, the phone became VERY hot. I got a bit worried because I had read and heard stores about exploding batteries. But I was using an original Nokia battery and an original Nokia charger. The explosions I read about in the news were mostly due to cheap, knockoff battery chargers. Anyway, I did not wait for it to be fully charged but took it off charge after a couple of hours. The phone kept its charge for a few more days and then I proceeded to charge it again. This time, it charged without what I presume was the battery getting hot
I suppose it was getting got because this is the first time in a long time that I have charged the battery. The phone was lying unused in my drawer for a long time. But I still like this phone even though most of the rubber buttons at the side have worn out. This phone brings back lots of memories. So I might go to Aliexpress and find a battery for it. It should be pretty inexpensive.
These are the kind of chargers that come with Nokia phones nowadays. I cannot remember when but at one time, many of the phone manufacturers agreed to have one type of charger to prevent charger wastage. They were right. I have so many of the old type of Nokia charger and I seldom use all of them. At least with this one I can charge my Samsung, my Motorola, and my Nokia 130, which the charger came with. The only grievance I have against this charger is the cable. Its mighty flimsy and I do not think that it will stand up much to harsh handling. But its a darn sight better than the old Nokia chargers!