I really miss the diversity of handsets.With a diverse OS.
i remember starting with a Motorola Startac or one of those first brick phones that came to India. Outgoing was Rs 32 a minute, incoming Rs 16.
Over the years, would excitedly look at new handsets, from Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola, Palm, Sony Ericsson etc.
i have owned Ericsson Flip Phones (forgot the model numbers, they were coloured, and the display was slim and only one line, but the smallest smartest flip phones of its time). Sony Ericsson had the W Walkman series which was cool.
The Nokia E72 was one of the best phones I had. It had 3G, Qwerty Keyboard, great build quality, gsm, wcdma, gps etc. Symbian S60 was cool. The App Store of its time was getjar. I used spreadsheets on it. And google maps too. It would support J2ME apps.
then I had the Sendo X. Another super phone. I used it as a Bluetooth modem with my old PowerBook G3.
The Moto Razr was perhaps the best and smartest looking phone ever. There was a candy bar version of Razr which I owned. It had Apple iTunes.
The Motorola A780 was a sexy Linux based smartphone with a touch screen as well as a clamshell. I loved it.
also had the palm based Kyocera 7135 too.
Then the blackberries were cool d the bold. Which had amazing email, the best even by today’s standards. And excellent tools for spreadsheets, word processors etc. loved it.
I loved the choice of various phone brands, OS, form factors.
i would use scheduleworld.com or zyb.com to synchronise contacts and calendar data between various phones.
Now there is only one form factor. A flat screen. And only two OS to choose from. Both very similar, and yet very different. Each comes with an ecosystem that you kind of get locked into. Not much choice.
i love the choice of older days.