Commendation: Sharp 703SHfOctober 30, 2006
I just got MMS working on my phone, which means I can send directly to e-mail addresses instead of going through the weird SMS gateway thing, I can attach photos to messages (which’ll be nice when moblogging to Vox), and I can send messages in Japanese! Woop woop!
For years I’ve envied the cool phones I see every time I go to Japan, and wished I could get something remotely as nice in the USA. After a ton of research, I found that Vodafone’s tri-band phones, marketed to Japanese people who live or travel abroad, work just fine on the west coast. After going through hecks to actually get my hands on one, I ended up with a Sharp 703SHf. This is part of the “osaifu keitai” line, which has some RFID thingy inside that you are supposed to be able to use at shops and train stations. Of course, that feature is pretty useless to me here in a different country. :D
But there are a lot of cool things about this phone. Foremost, it’s got that elegant Japanese design that no Motorola or Nokia can match: straight lines and circular arcs, not just a mess of swoops and arbitrary shapes that look like they were designed by someone sitting on a lump of Play-Doh.
It’s got a bright QVGA screen, cameras on the inside and outside, a miniSD slot for transferring big files, Bluetooth for smaller files, and it supports a bunch of cool techy stuff like e-books, PDF, V-appli, and so on. It can do as much as and more than any PDA I’ve seen.
Thank goodness, it’s got pleasant tactility. The buttons, when you press them, go click and perform their functions, unlike my Motorola phone’s wobbly mushy buttons that didn’t know where the heck they were supposed to be. Best of all, it’s got the distinct ka-click of a Japanese phone when you open and close it. The hinge they use over there is just a pleasure to engage. Whenever I encountered bored people in Japan, especially at school, I’d hear the ka-click of phones being opened and closed repeatedly, just for the fun of it. Now every time I use my own phone, I get a nice reminder of my old au phone and my time in Tokyo.