First phone, eventually given to my younger brother
This phone was purchased with my first taste of “internet money” during the dot com boom with gains from alladvantage.com (living in student halls with free internet really was a bonus when coupled with the affiliate scheme!!)
When the T10i broke my flatmate gave me his old Nokia as he had upgraded to a t28 that he held onto for many years and I believe still owns!
I had been convinced by mobile Java and this was my personal phone, as it ran the apps I was writing in glorious colour!
With a 1MP camera on a phone, a large screen and lots of memory to run the apps I was writing it was a fairly easy sell!
The Sony K700 and K750 were the darlings in the office as they had made our life so much more simple and were a pleasure to write apps for compared to others, so when it came time for me to upgrade this was an easy choice.
After meeting @elroid at the Moto dev conference where they demo’d multiple developer platforms, I had lost faith in them with this strategy as it felt blunder buss. I also had my barrier to the price reduced by drinking some beer with Elliot and Stuart. The first time I had purchased a full price brand new Apple product was in Euston station on the launch day after leaving the moto event and heading home.
Upgraded with 02s offer fairly close to launch.
Purchased on PAYG due to being an avid Google maps user and by this time the SDK was in the wild so the extra memory and speed was most appreciated
Still having a large soft spot for Java on mobile, I had followed Android for a while before there were phones and we were just playing with the beta SDKs. I got involved with the London Android meetup group after delivering the Future of Mobile workshop with Carl
Forcing myself to try and see what the fuss was about I purchased and used this device for about 3-4 months after concluding that for me it was as unpleasant to use as their developer tools. It was therefore swiftly put onto eBay. I am fairly sure the dev tools had just left too deep a scar for me to ever get on with it!
Google were kind enough to hand out this device and I have used it as a second phone ever since
Bit the bullet and upgraded the 3gs to this to truly experience the “retina display” which I had seen technically realised many years earlier on the Nokia N80. Praying for better battery life it has delivered and for the amount of use I give the iPhone it has been a worthwhile upgrade