16 bloggers with different backgrounds were selected to try out the phones for one month. We’re in the running to win three competitions based on :
1. our blog entries
2. the most number of people we’ve shown the phone to
3. the highest blog traffic
Those who don’t win will get to buy their phones at 50% discount (still an ouchy price considering that the phones are retailing at about RM1,500 each).
I decided to take part in this contest because I’ve been wanting to buy a new phone for some time now but haven’t gotten round to coughing up the cash for it. My hand is still stuck in my pocket and I have yet to bring out the wallet. As I don’t belong to that generation of people like my teenagers who drool over spiffy phones they can’t afford, the Nokia 3315 has been a loyal companion I was unwilling to ditch. Now thanks to Samsung and MW, maybe I’ll get a brand new super-cool Samsung SGH-i550 to call my own.
Okay, how super-cool is this i550? I’m bowled over with these three main features :
1. GPS navigation – that means it’ll help get me where I want to go! I can access maps with this phone. No more getting lost.
2. 3 megapixel camera – I don’t want to lug my clunky Olympus all around for photo ops, so this is ideal for snapping all those pix I wished I could but couldn’t as I didn’t have the camera around.
3. WIFI – Yohoo! I can get free internet access at all those hotspots in town. I have never been able to make use of this facility as I don’t own a laptop (What? A writer without a laptop? That’s me – but I’ll have you know I have notebooks aplenty – the paper variety.)
So this phone is multi-functional. It’s a phone, camera, notebook and map all rolled into one. For me, to graduate from a Nokia 3315 to a Samsung SGH-i550 is like upgrading from a bicycle to a Jaguar.
I think my fellow bloggers will be so much more adept at handling these trendy gadgets. I’m the oldest among the lot. Sure, a couple of them introduced themselves as “I may look young but I’m already 34 (another is 23)” but they’re young cikus compared to me. I wanted to say, “I may look young but I’m already 100″ but couldn’t because I’m still at a double-digit age.
Now, to learn how to steer the Jaguar. Stay tuned to this technophobe’s mobile adventures.
Anthony from Samsung teaching me and Jolene (right) how to use the GPS. (Photo nicked from Mobile World’s blogmob site as I haven’t figured out how to transfer the pix from the camera to the computer yet.) Readers, there’s a prize for you too. Head over there to make some comments and you may just win yourself a cool Samsung phone.