When we speak about protected smartphone, we mean covered in decorative socket “kitayschinu” with unpredictable build quality. When we remember the sturdy push-button phones, we are talking about models “nothing, so nothing to break” like the Nokia 3310 or the false fabrications “I was attacked by the samurai with the katana, and I exposed your Samsung, broke their swords, and then beat them by the same cell phone and called his home to say that you will be late”. But today we will talk about reference phone, which combines the flagship bells and whistles with steep (even by the standards of push-button mobile phones) protection.

The first year when mobile phones become like modern

If you ever get into the game “Who wants to be a millionaire?” and they will ask you in what year came out more than just a cool push-button phone, you can safely choose year 2004. Because such a jump in the specifications of the handset has not been, either before or after.

Phones ceased to be squeaky bricks with black and white screen back in 2003, but the replacement computer they can be called a huge stretch. Because most of the models “two thousand third” without the camera (too expensive), the sound issued in the form of polyphony varying degrees of lousy, and were able to access small images on small screens. Even the GIF-animation was given to the phones of those years of torment, and listening to music, or at least of the passages seemed generally “space” because in the mass memory the phone was about 1.5-3 MB. Infrared and Bluetooth, too, was only for the rich guys willing to spend the typical $200-250, but $400-500 or more.

Before you scoff, saying, “well is it expensive?”, look at the statistics: in 2004, a typical monthly salary in Russia stood at $242. Yes, this “average temperature on hospital” — someone more, someone less. More importantly, in 2019, the same average salary in the country is $727, even after five years ago, the ruble has hit the bottom and we became 2 times poorer.

In General, $500 for people in 2004, meant approximately the same thing for 80-100 thousand rubles for us today — if you really strain the goal of “life for the IPhone!”, and you can buy, but for cash (with credits in 2004 things were so-so) and not willing enough to show off.

So guys and girls bought a “regular” cell phones for $100-150, the “good” phones for $150-250 and “cool” for $250-350. And although none of the young people now do not believe that Germany did cheap equipment, a king in terms of price and features mobile phones in 2004 was the Berlin and Munich Siemens.

Siemens is such Saami push-button era

In 2019, the mobile phone has become so “is not a luxury but a means of transportation” that draw Parallels with mobile phones 15 years ago difficult. People are now torn between the iPhone 8 Plus for 50 thousand rubles, and any mongrel stuff like Vertex Impress over 3 thousand rubles. While expensive Chinese smartphones too buy, and Samsung, which seems to be prestigious, rowing mostly in the form of Junior goofy models. In General, the “punchers smartphones” different qualities in the transcendental number, hence such a mess. And in 2004, it was much easier:

Nokiaсчиталась have something like the current Apple. That is, even cheap by the standards of the brand cell phones cost as competitors are a class above. Get at least the same Nokia 3310, which now so enthusiastically crack those who in eyes did not see. This phone was worth exactly 2 times more expensive than similar characteristics of Siemens.

And the Finns would continue in the same spirit to “weld” the price of the phone in order to buy a black jeep and no less than caviar, but in 2004 started to get up from his knees SonyEricsson. So dramatically that Nokia, to it “not being soaked in the toilet” (as says the President of the Russian Federation) dramatically retooled with the release of boring reliable dialer with a slightly reduced performance marketing for cheap smartphones. For it Nokia very fond of geeks (for Nokia 6600/3230/6670/7610/6630 fans smartphones so far pray to God), but by 2004, did not understand ordinary workers.

Because the smartphone in those years, it seemed a ridiculous thing, like the car crossover. In the eyes of the motorist-“Giper” crossover was masked SUV heavy clumsy cart, which will get stuck in any mud or sand, and asphalt strives “to lie down on the flank”, in contrast to thoroughbred cars.

In the eyes of the lover ringtones-pictures-videos-games smartphone was as underdeveloped creation — sound quality, awesome camera and speed in terms of ruble spent, it was worse “just phones” on the Internet nobody cared about it because the Internet worked sometimes and gradually, and was worth about 100 rubles per megabyte in the modern equivalent. Social networks ICQ and worked in ordinary phones, useful applications for Nokia (and other Symbian) began to appear only in 2005-2006.

Sony Ericsson. Was like a modern Samsung, that is “a pain in the fifth point” from Nokia. And by 2004 normally could not compete, and produced some inappropriately expensive cell phones for business “on a serious soup”. Not cool enough technically to compete with the older Nokias, not enough design to take their beautiful eyes, as did a Motorola, not enough fancy within your budget to impose struggle to Siemens.

But the Swedish-Japanese pulled myself together and made a “Holy Trinity” of phones with support for MP3, normal color screen, fast processor and normal cameras (Sony Ericsson K300/K500/K700), and from that moment joined the League “only baddest flagship smartphones”. Would know society how Sony will give them to light a year later…

Motorola. Style icon and cult manufacturer from the normal (and not those of your “computer nerds with smartphones and patches-elves”) of youth.

Within a year, will slowly begin to die, but particularly in 2004, was at the pinnacle of success: — First released best audiophile phone Motorola E398 — Then he released the most beautiful “clamshell” of all time — the RAZR V3.

Glitches in these cell-phones were transcendental number, characteristics and inferior to the Nokias, and Canaricam and Siemens. But one of its main function (the E398 — to give the best sound from RAZR V3 to be the most beautiful) they were carried out in full, so Motorola was raking in money and grief do not know.

Samsung. Deserved “neither fish nor fowl” push-button era. In 2003, it seemed that here-here will break all the competitors as for the screen quality, sound and compact body. But instead samsonovsky engineers conferred, eating dogs, a beer, and released a strange.

For example, hundreds of different model number, but same face of the clamshells with polyphonic. Beautiful and loud, so the girls bought them, but with huge difficulties to upload them to a ringtone or get to work, “ICQ”, so the girls promise to buy it again and either passed on to Motorola, or saving up for the overrated but beautiful Nokia.

Was Samsung cool and expensive flagships-sliders, and the first of them, D500, came just in 2004. As for the screen quality and camera — the best Sony Ericsson and Nokia. The prestige — the level below. This is how to explain to others why the hell did you buy a Hyundai Executive model, if you have enough money for Mercedes and BMW.

Siemens. Oh, it was a really popular fancy cell phones. Stuffing something in the style of the new Xiaomi or Honor, that is, a very profitable acquisition. Budget Motorola was also good until 2004, but then Siemens somewhere got a huge size high-quality color screens and normal processors, and went into the lead with 65 series phones.

Marketing then mobile phones were not very well developed until the arrival of Steve jobs and sermons “is simply magical! Incredible!” from the stage is phones looked naive. But the Germans from Siemens still found a way to emphasize the origin of its technology borrowing from… Mercedes!

At the beginning of the two thousandth of “gelding” was the cars: — A-class. The economy version. — The C-class. Already not cheap, and a full, but relatively inexpensive Mercedes. — The M-class. SUVs. — S-class. Those “six-hundredth”. — SL-class. Luxury convertibles.

There were others (the same E-class that was a model of a business class car), but overall, these five kept the Mercedes in those years.

And you will not believe it, Siemens was phones: — A-class. In the public sector. — The C-class. Not cheap, with a normal set of features but nothing awesome yet. — The M-class. Armored phone protection from impact, sand or moisture.

The S-class. The flagships.

SL-class. Glamorous model for business.

In principle, even substitute for the Mercedes E-class from Siemens was, and it was called the CX class. But completely plagiarized fellow Aryans somehow decided not to.

And now we have this, as you now understand about the “SUV”.

The people demanded the “premium SUV”, and he sold only “agricultural aggregates”

To say that no one’s ever released a secure phone with cool features, it would be a lie and all these your fake news. Because back in 1999 came out like communicators Benefon ESC is the first mobile phone with built-in GPS navigation, by the way. Waterproof and protected from dust. In 2000 came out Lopatina Ericsson R310s (without Sony) “just a phone” to the defense.

To combine the characteristics of “above average” with the strength to drops and moisture resistance tried only Nokia in its “five-thousand” series. But because of the greed of the Finns instead of the mid-range models was sluggish tuning state employees for “diigolet” dollars.

Siemens first made its flagship “SUV” when pereobuli their best model S45, and added it to the ingress protection. It was in 2001, and a new mobile phone Siemens Messer ME45 was released with a black and white screen, but it was compact, fast, with “Internet” and even an infrared port! The success was sensational, people almost always prefer to buy a secure model instead of the usual flagship. Even though the standard phones of those years much better tolerated injured than modern smartphones with the glass housing.

In 2002 and 2003 the initiative was blown away — Nokia continued to produce inadequately expensive smartphones-“sneakers” with weak performance, but Siemens decided that the color screens and plays people important protective properties, therefore, the Siemens M55 has already reached a normal phone — so-called “Deputy leader” with glamorous bias, as today’s colorful iPhone Xr. And, of course, bought (Siemens was a relatively inexpensive cell phones), but without enthusiasm.

And then in 2004 M65 returned the series to the commandments “Messer”, and then the Germans again realized how much people love armored phones with good features.

Why Siemens M65 loved not only extreme, but all in a row

A good tuning beloved model. All the main characteristics of the “SUV” was borrowed from middle-class models — Siemens CX65. And it was not just a phone-level “we’ve thrown a boast in excess of budgetary models”, as the Finns did with Nokia 6020, and, as they say, a “flagship killer”. With a huge color screen, good polyphony, a camera that was able to take pictures, and record video (don’t laugh, in 2004, it was an achievement), normal memory, the ability to turn real tones (music, not mp3, and wav) and an infrared port. Given the fact that Bluetooth was then the same weird stuff as it is now 5G and Nokia smartphones with memory cards and MP3 in the people did not go, Siemens was on horseback.

Of course, 128×160 pixels on the display, even then, almost nobody was excited in comparison with 176×208 pixels in smartphones, but smartphones protected with the screen just not there, and in comparison with the old flagships smartphones (Nokia 7650, for example) from Siemens was noticeably brighter screen.

Compared to the Sony Ericsson K500i/K700i Siemens, of course, looked slow and buggy, but they did not break the joystick on any sneeze.

A durable case that could allow the “in combat state”. Or not to lead, and then the phone became more compact. Metal frame, rubber buttons, seals, the key in order to get the “armor” when needed, two options for protection (end cap or ring-rim) for the camera, and the seals under the battery cover…

In short, the very readiness of the design, when the phone drop or to bathe (not swim deep, but with a short-term dip for sure) without consequences. People who write under the videos from the competition on the road “Yes I’m here on their Zhiguli-nine will travel!”, now getting ready to give me that in those years, any phone could carry and downs, but it’s not. As soon as the cellphone has evolved from “bricks” with a black-and-white screen into colorful polyphonic creation with the Internet and other gadgets, they are much less durable. After a fall or immersion in water phone 2004 model years could come to life, but could not come to life — not as a modern smartphone. But Siemens gave a guarantee of protection in the phone with a large colour screen, camera and a powerful (relatively) processor, and no extra charge for this very protection (as compared to the Nokia or Sony Ericsson with the same characteristics). And the people appreciated it.

And not only people — special model Siemens M65 Rescue Edition used the German rescuers. I don’t think they needed 3D games or ringtones, but a large screen to view the floor plans and the Internet to communicate with the base in a rugged phone comes in handy.

Firmware fair, honest iron.

If the Java MIDP 2.0 (most modern standard, with normal support of Opera Mini for the full lasagna on the Internet, with support for the latest 3D games). In order for Java to work properly Motorola or Nokia, it was necessary to engage in hot sex with injection-signed security certificate using application brand buggy PC program for Windows. And Samsung you slave, just walked to the forest, because the files need to buy on the official Samsung website and download them using official browser at a price of $1-2 per megabyte, and not be manufactured with economy and all sorts of WAP sites.

If GPRS (this is guys a way to get online in the 2G era), the Class 10, but not obscenely slow Class 6, as in the smartphone Nokia kotleta 6600.

Lots of nice touches in the menus and settings. For example, when an incoming did you see not only caller name, but the icon to know the home or cell phone you have a call. It was not every mobile phone model year 2004, among other things. As the alarm clock, which is tuned not to “live in the coming days”, and with the option of choosing the days of the week when he will call.

In the list of missed calls, there was even statistics on how long a person, who did not reach to you, listening to the beeps on the line. On the case was led for indicating calls or missed calls/SMS. I will remind you that the possibility of a blinking flash when you call, appeared only in iPhone 5 after 10 years after Siemens. And badges Android smartphones so far put not in all models. Worked copying, cutting and pasting text. Now it seems self-evident, but in those years, such functions were only for smartphones.

Cool features for sports fans. For example, Bike-O-Meter — mount for a smartphone on the steering wheel + the sensor on the fork wheels. In the end, long before the taxi drivers with their Navigator on the dashboard of you got a fancy onboard computer to your big. However, this kit cost $120, why the hell someone bought in our area.

Correct work with memory. Not needed for beginners in mobile phones before, not really needed today. Nevertheless, the gist of it is this:

No artificial division of memory. It now looks silly, but in many smartphones it was. Most often, the Samsung (can’t resist not to remember them anti-human attitude to customers). When you have 10 megabytes of memory in the phone, but the developers decided that the games you will have 5 megabytes, for images of 2 megabytes, and for video 3 MB. If you don’t play games, so you, goat, need — 5 MB you’ll always have to empty and fill them with pictures or music you will not be able.

Permissiveness in working with files. This means that you could upload or make on the phone all you want. For example, out of the box the phone didn’t understand the Word and Excel files. But Siemens was able to upload файлы.docx и.xlsx in memory, and all sorts of Samsung, LG, Panasonic and many Nokia — no. And this was important because in the case of Siemens, you can put the software to work with Microsoft Office and open books/papers/schedules, and other mobile phones — “fuck you, you fucking hacker, computer use!”. The same neutrality from Siemens was in relation to the sent/accepted a file via the IR port. You could receive and transmit everything — even files hacking Windows or WarCraft 3, and then to send them home on a computer. Cell phone in these questions did not intervene. Furthermore, Siemens M65 (and other 65th Siemens) connected to the computer as a media device and not through remote places strictly from a special proprietary program.

No restrictions on the size of the apps or games. Competing phone-the”armored car” Nokia 5140 maximum size of game or application had to be equal to 140 KB. This meant that all the new versions of “ICQ” or Opera Mini you have is simply not working. Not to mention the games.

Absolute openness and friendliness to enthusiasts. This is partly why the owners of the Siemens brand is not complexed because of the fact that I bought a smartphone, “but just dialer”. After all, they had a lot of opportunities:

Multitasking. The ability to turn the music or ICQ and use the phone on. So in 2004 were only the latest Sony Ericsson or smartphones.

Overclocking. 20% — from 84 to 104 MHz. Even in Android smartphones such a style existed only from 2011 to 2013 — now all processors have been produced for maximum androidphone going to go hot, no capacity of them will not squeeze out. Side effects from this procedure was not, with the exception of impaired autonomy. But if the flashing process you have moved the cable, or you were smart enough to put the acceleration of 105 MHz and above, after a restart under heavy load (games etc) the phone died completely.

Shoveling the menu to your taste. If other phones set of 9-12 icons were “nailed nailed”, then here you could put everything as you comfortably. Just as you now pull the badges and widgets on their smartphones, only 15 years ago.

The ability to tie support for MP3, which Siemens CX65/M65/S65 initially had. The procedure was tricky — you had to press the MP3-file, phone it quietly converted to wav and played. Switch to the next — cleansed from the memory of old “converted” file and did the conversion with the new file. It wasn’t super fast, but not too long — after all, in the era M65, people listened not full songs, only excerpts, and convert them back to me without much straining.

To remove unnecessary input languages. It’s on smartphones switching is only between Russian and English layout. But in the good old days you clicked to select the language, and you fell out a list of Russian, German, Polish, and some other Hungarian or Bulgarian and English. And nothing to do with it without access to the firmware was not — poke yourself with the joystick to the desired item and don’t complain. And the owners of Siemens such access to settings was.

The password to access the files and folders. Lovers go to the left were thrilled. And all the others too — in the era of “give me your phone for a minute, I ringtones give” any dirt on the phone flowed even faster than the current hacking of social networks.

Vibration at the time of withdrawal of the tube. Yes, it is in the phones of those years too, initially was not!

Regular reminders about missed calls and messages. Suddenly you felt a vibration in his pocket, and there’s something important.

Black/white lists for calls and SMS. Also a rare feature, which was not in the numbers of competitors for any money (except Nokia).

Every circus with the ability to change the design— from the Windows to face the faces of the characters of the series “Brigada” and everything else that was fashionable in those years.

Why is it consciously averse to buying aesthetes and lovers of other brands

Features good, functions fully, but it works through the ass. In the best traditions of Siemens! If the German programmers less leaned on Weissbier and schnapps, sausages, and more time is given to work, we would not have seen it all in the not particularly cheap subtegumental cell phone:

Artificial limits on the duration of video recording in 30 seconds. Yes, memory was not enough to record the full length album, and the processor is not really allowed. But for some reason with the patch from enthusiasts of the duration can be increased to a minute and it all worked fine.

Stupid transfer. If “October” instead of “October” from the Germans haven’t particularly annoying — after all, a long travel for knowledge of the Russian language they have not had since 1945 in the currency Converter “liter — weight” instead of liters (eng. Volume), the word translated as “Volume” (the second value of this Volume). Such firmware was very high.

In earlier firmware, the phone just did not let you go to many of the menu items, if you had selected when typing. Switch to English — go. Buggy receiving contacts via infrared port (and transfer them from the SIM card with its limitations on file name length and restrictions on occupancy was also hurt). Camera when trying to record more than 30 seconds of video turned off the phone without warning. Video, respectively, also were not saved.

Yes, almost all of these problems have been fixed in the new firmware. But: — the firmware has not appeared in the first days after the release of the phone, and after a couple of months — No “firmware over the air” did not exist. Only their hands put the program on your computer, download the firmware and install — If you have no computer or cheap Internet to make it all swing, so you should be — suffer the buggy Siemens and more.

But many chose the option “not to suffer” and or sold M65 thinking that it is faulty, or do not contact the Siemens principle.

Bad camera. If more cheapest Siemens CX65 is forgiven, because “the most affordable mobile phone with a huge screen”, the M65 was more expensive and for the money the Sony Ericsson K500i or Nokia 6230 was done outright.

The workmanship is not up to Nokia. Yes, armored with good features Nokia never offered, but there were other nuances:

Through the gap between the joystick and the housing could be clogged with dust. And then to get under the screen.

No protective glass on the screen did not exist then, the screen was covered with plastic, which is very quickly scratched. In the end, the smartphone was unsinkable and indestructible, but through the scratched plastic on the screen very soon it was nothing to be seen.

Especially “pleased” this feature of the girls that scratched the screen of my cell phone in the trash… earrings!

Speaker was very loud, but were on the limit values. Nokia played quieter, but the rattle never came. Those who wanted from phone sound normal, furious from having to remember “how to nedodajut to the maximum, so he’s not wheezing”.

The back cover is loose, if you were a big fan of to change SIM card.

Slot SIM cards are constantly scratching these SIM cards. After several times of “Sims” out of service. And in 2004, to replace them you should not 5 minutes in the cell compartment, as now, but up to two weeks.

No firmware for the authorship of DIY to start the game for the music or to minimize ICQ to use the phone then it was impossible. And Sony Ericsson and Nokia it was possible! Fans to flash the mobile phones have always been few, so the choice was obvious.

And Siemens 65-series ill suited for listening to music. Not only because memory was scarce, and because the concept of the music player in phones was not: included the song — listening, hands switched to the next. Owners of the Motorola E398 was looking at “the seed”, as losers.

The most feature-rich of armor, the most armored of fancy

Anything sane other manufacturers didn’t offer. Nokia 5140, is the only peer-armored car for a few months, was a lousy little dim screen, worse sound, less memory, cheap “full-rubber” design, miserable and limited functionality the firmware (in comparison with Siemens or Sony Ericsson), the processor is 2 times slower. And the same price at launch.

But Nokia is almost never cheaper (because it was a cult like iPhone or Toyota in Russia), and Siemens was cheaper, and how! With a starting $350, he rolled up $250 less than a year. And even in 2005, Siemens was competing among protected phones with himself when he released the “armored” M75, with the memory cards, a faster processor and a better camera. And Nokia has labored well protected by mobile phone only two years after the release Siemens M65. It was a smartphone (!) Nokia 5500 Sport Symbian 9.1. Good in itself, but with peeling and body peeling from moisture keyboard.

But to correct the mistakes Nokia did not want and, after the bankruptcy of Siemens, generally ignored the issue of security of mobile phones. Therefore, we can say that the good old Siemens ME45/M65 remained undefeated in their toughness and at the time, and years later (when they were worth pennies and were still stronger than new employees).

What modern smart phones like Siemens M65
Normal “thoroughbred” secure today’s mobile phones have been lost — until recently you could buy the Motorola Force Z2 or the Samsung Galaxy S8 is Active, and now they are no longer produced, the new smartphone is also the same one is not created. Chinese junk from lesser-known producers that are not responsible for their words and do not give real guarantees of protection, do not take into account.

Is that shock-proof and water resistant Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s can hardly be called sensible modern “Bronevichok”. But it is more like sluggish protected the public sector than in the “Deputy leader” with good performance, who offered us cell phones Siemens M-series. Good times gone and, it seems, will not return.

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