Written on: 31/07/2003 by armpit.
size and style
I paid 299 IEP for this back in 2001. What a steaming pile! I have had three replacement phones in less than two years, which tends to rule out the "Monday Morning Lemon" theory. Siemens programmers did an excellent job when it came to animating little "Please wait" coffee cups, but as for the basics of operation: well, why should it take over ten seconds from the "You have a new text message" notification to being able to read the damned thing? My old Nokia's delay for this was less than 2 seconds!! Spend any time in buildings? Don't count on even average reception. MP3 play -- you'll get about an hour from the battery (and with the 32MB MMC, you'll get four or five songs.)
Build quality is rock-bottom; mine is <12 months old and is falling apart, the CLEAR and CONFIRM keys (i.e., the ones that control the on-screen menus) work maybe one time out of 50 or 60. Sending a text message is, as you can imagine, even more frustrating given that you cannot easily correct mistakes, and then, when you've finally gotten everything right, you face a further half-minute of pressing the CONFIRM key to send the dratted thing.
I could go on, but won't. Suffice to say my next mobile won't be a Siemens.