All legendary mobile phones can be divided into the flagships of memories “I never had so much money, but always wanted to buy” and state employees “that was enough, and bought, and now all say that it was the best cell in the world!”. But here before you is the exception to the rule — not cheap, but not outrageous expensive cell phone, which was not only popular during his lifetime, but was able in 2003 to understand than the Samsung phones different from all its competitors.

A wonderful time when Samsung phones were a rarity for fans to show off

Remember what happened in 2003, now it will be difficult for all categories of readers. Some of them — because they were not born (like most “Internet fighters” in the comments to articles about Mobilochka), and other banal memory, because you guys aren’t getting younger and much better remember your blood pressure than the lyrics of “I flew” out of this 2003.

And even worse remember the phones of the era. And then they experienced adolescence when the show has been that, and everything right that was not all.

In other words, the phones at the turn of 2002 and 2003 has finally moved from the era of “if only the connection was normal and not discharged prematurely” to the idea that mobile need not only for calls, but should at any price be entertainment equipment and slowly acquire these your Internet. As soon as everyone stopped to talk about cellular on a serious soup and took these ideas, the world turned upside down. Almost all cheap phones came the colored screens and polyphonic, the world exploded with hysteria kartinochkami-tunes-GIF-animations and Java games.

But you do realize that all were equal but some are more equal than others — the global phone market was divided between producers, half of whom today are either dead or dying. And the remains of some of them pulled the Chinese owners and a little scoff at the corpse.

So, in 2003, the phones consisted of: — Nokia — iPhone of that era. For fans to pay, but in return receive a “premium user experience”, Finnish quality, tradition, ~~ the waltz of Schubert, crunch French bread…~~ — Sony Ericsson — then recently purchased by the Japanese and just starting the transformation from wildly expensive mobile for a glamorous businessmen in something popular. It’s funny that in the era of Android smartphones, the story went in a spiral and a good Sony smartphone again began to produce “for the understanding and well-off boys”. — Motorola — unkillable penny the public sector, buggy middle class and flagships, which are normally only worked with craftsmen to stitch and patch. Similar to the current Meizu for lovers of good-and cheap communication with equipment using “fuck” in an effort to make it work correctly. — Siemens — honored Saami (or ZTE Nubia if you know smartphones a bit better) to the early telefonstroy. Suggested functions are obviously more expensive of Nokias for the price of the Motorola. However, work all that stuff is not always reliable and predictable. Moreover, Xiaomi, a similar situation was before the “global” firmware and the release of the very Saami from sweatshops in China, and Siemens only because the German engineers were idiots and drank Weissbier with snaps instead of bring the phones to mind. In the end, because of the holes in the firmware only phones of this brand you can flash a cheap model to model of the middle class (!) (Siemens C55) and generally everything fun. But we digress.

But where in this list was the Samsung?

Nineties barely over, the prestige of Korean electronics was a relative — in TVs he was considered a “stand for those who could not save up for a Sony”. And the bad attitude was the same as it is now in the era of Android belong to Taiwanese brands. Saying that all these ASUS and HTC have something there punched for some of his “understanding” of the public, but do not quite understand why to buy it, especially at this price.

No, individual girls, of course, went with the Samsung A800 — clamshell with acid blue screen, antenna for picking your nose and heartbreaking (zadorozhnyaya, icedrama) loud polyphony. But the girls did so it’s not a good life, so at the first opportunity or passed on the business desktop Nokia 6xxx (if guided by reason) or the clamshell Motorola V150/V300/V500 if guided by the sense of beauty.

And so it was until until I got a Samsung C100 (or SGH-C100, if you will).

Wow-effect more important functions

Remember how clumsy a Heffalump was the first Samsung Galaxy S and its budget brother of the Galaxy Ace? It was in that era originated the dark things that Android lives bad (“slow”), but not for long (runs out quickly). But this is so cute! And how is it “space” colorful/svyatosti when you take the mobile phone after the official business of Nokias or hypstercom and inaccessible to ordinary working iPhone!

So — it started not with Android and not Galaxy S, and in 2003, Samsung C100. On several fronts:

Best screen even before the arrival of any AMOLED

Polyphony in mobiles brought in 2002, but even the expensive business phone was released in black-and-white (monochrome) screen. The examples are not far to seek:Nokia 8910, Sony Ericsson T600 etc.

In late 2002 and early 2003, the phones began to stamp with color screens. We now jammed their IPS and OLED in mobile phones romantisism old model and leaky memory argue that the screens was good, just small. But it was not so:

Almost all of the first color screens were made by technology CSTN — the cheapest way to slapped in the wearable equipment color screen. You probably do not care, from which she there is, therefore, explain on the fingers. It was a dim, flickering screens, poor response time, this meant that at fast change of picture, it did not disappear immediately, but if slowly dissolved. The feeling was, if you stare at the GIF after a liter of vodka. But there was no alternative, so people are used to. More cool screens (TFT) in 2003, I put them in the flagship phones (Motorola MPx200, Nokia 6800, Siemens SX1) for $500-700. The public sector and the middle class that luxury was not supposed to.

CSTN little that was dull and slow, and was not particularly colored. For us today this is going to sound crazy, but in those glorious years, the steepness of the screen was measured by the number of displayed colors — most “shameful” screens display 256 colors and the image quality was similar to daub colored clay, than something that you can look at the pictures. In 2003, these phones, no one even looked, but the old-timers with the Sony Ericsson T68i (great phone 2002, but with a bad screen by the standards of 2003) went Yes, shouted that “color is not important”. State employees and the middle class phones in 2003 offered 4096 colors (Siemens A60/M55, Nokia 3510i, Sony Ericsson T230, etc.). Except that the Motorola E365 was a happy exception with a TFT screen, although the screen itself, as you know, did not reach the level of the flagships.

Samsung offered the same “grandmother” display, note: — On the technology of UFB. This is such a deep tuning CSTN interface extension technology with improved performance — better response time, higher brightness and contrast, better color reproduction. 65535 colors! 128×128 pixels!

So when in 2003 you picked up a Siemens M55 ($200 at the time) with 101×80 pixels at 4096 colors and compared them with 128×128 pixels with 65535 colors in a bright Samsung screen ($150 at the time), even when a more feature-rich firmware Siemens to look at him no longer wanted. And Nokia this you could not get even in more expensive models of Nokia 6610.

It is today, when everyone has a shovel with a minimum of HD resolution and a huge stock of brightness (around 400 CD/m2 even in models for 6 thousand roubles), it is possible to argue that “but who cares now, what’s the screen on mobile). In 2003 Samsung C100 was given 150 CD/m2. Other cheap phones were worse and brightness, and chroma. Coupled with an animated menu that turned the smartphone into one of the best inexpensive multimediya until the C65 Siemens and other mobile phones the next generation.

How can you not remember that in the smartphone era, Samsung is known for their AMOLED displays — so much so that now, OLED/AMOLED mold in all flagships and Apple, and Chinese.

Fusion polyphony

With 2003, the phones were no longer a primitive beeper (like musical postcards happy New year/birthday), so a new measurement object slope was polyphony and the number of “voices” (instruments are available, as in the orchestra). The more voices in the polyphony, the more the music changes from the similarity of African drums + horns to something more similar to what everyone was listening to on cassettes.

In the coolest Siemens 2003 was 16-voice polyphonic, in Nokia 7210 for the fucking $ 400 it was 8-voice (slightly better than monaural tweeters), Sony Ericsson T630 for $350-370 — 32-voice. And Samsung offered a 40-voice polyphony for $150!

For those who hated the tweeters instead of the ringtones in the phones in any form, was able to download “real tones” — some bastard of a quality recording in AMR format is approximately 10 times less quality than a MP3 track from your Vkontakte. But foodies still were.

And Samsung used a special MMF format (which is scientifically called SMAF) is the development of Japanese from Yamaha. Its essence is a special way to glue the scraps together (for example, the immortal “we’ll take the world of MUV e Badi”) top polyphonic ringtones. So special that it required a separate audio chip to sophisticated encoding not bent thin then still phone CPU.

When the phone is not just twang of instruments, and even something “tryndel” in the era before the birth of the MP3 and even WAV from the speakers, it made a lasting impression.

In fairness it should be noted that popular format MMF did not become — first of all, few of the “send SMS and get the ringtone” then stamped ringtones specifically for the Samsung, and the MIDI did for everyone. And secondly, are the owners of the C100 and other “gnusmas” bypassed the party ringtones — memory phones was about 1.5 MB, and MMF-ringtones took 100-250 KB memory vs 8-25 KB in MIDI.

Slim body

Now fans of smartphones will together to sneer and to write witty comments. Because under a thin case in 2003, the producers knew… 17 mm thick. Yes, the cell phone battery 720 mAh. Now even smartphones 5,000 mAh two times thinner.

But everything is relative: — Siemens M55 battery capacity of 700 mAh were somehow 21 mm thickness — Siemens SL55 — 21.9 mm at 500 mAh. — Motorola E365 — 20 mm at 740 mAh battery — Motorola C350 — 24 mm (!) at 650 mAh — Sony Ericsson T310 — 19 mm at 700 mAh In General. You know.


From the paragraphs above it may seem that Samsung C100 was uncontested coolest purchase at the time. Of course, it was not so — the drawbacks of this phone was full. For example: — Infrared port was, but it was no use. More precisely, it was possible, but not for transmit and receive ringtones/pictures, like all competitors, but only for connection with computer in modem mode. Samsung was generally very mean to the manufacturer with your concern about copyright — even in the future of cool models to share games or some “protected” tunes was very problematic.

To connect your phone to your computer in modem mode, it was too difficult. In the era of very lousy and wildly expensive Internet phone is not out, the network simply by typing AT+CGDCONT=l, “IP”, “APN”, as competitors — they want of firmware Samsung for connection with a computer. Very buggy (Easy GPRS) the program still had somewhere to download because the disk was not complete.

Internet Samsung C100 comes out only through an access point WAP. You may remember that in those days shaggy sneaky mobile operators are charged a price for the Internet depending on the access point — if in your device’s settings access point was “easy GPRS”, the price was the same as if you went to the Internet connection via the mobile phone to the computer. And access point WAP figured those who go with a mobile phone, and fought for the Internet subscribers.

The standard of the game was lousy, nothing similar in steepness to the fact that you can set to close at the price of Siemens and the slightly more expensive Nokia.

Text input was inconvenient (the layout of the symbols with a comma, etc. were “not like people”, and not like phones-competitors), T9 compared to nokievskoy was one of those who loved to replace “Julia” with “Fuck”.

And still loved him

For what looked like was shown on the screen the beauty and poured into the ears so steep that at this price could not offer one. With this model, Samsung has ceased to be “neither fish, nor meat” among manufacturers of mobile phones sharply and flooded up in sales and prestige with their cool sliders, monstrous smartphones on Symbian and Windows Mobile, and in the latest time — Android smartphones and the first place on the market. But that’s another story…

For someone like Samsung C100 from modern smartphones

Key features C100: — Unusually cool screen for its price range — Portability — Total multimedia superiority over competitors — the Price at the intersection of the budget and middle classes

Given the fact that the quality of sound in mobile phones nobody cares (it is more or less normal everywhere else), and record of cool screens with Quad HD for a song no one else offers, to find something “the same but not the same” is very difficult.

You can poke a finger in depreciating flagships like Xiaomi Mi 8/Meizu 16, and say — “this is it!” But this is true only partly because Samsung, though, and wasn’t prestigious but did not sell a flagship at the price of the middle class. And the C100 was not a flagship.

But ASUS ZenFone 5 (not 5Z, and the simple “five”), which was originally built on the formula “the flagship camera in the smartphone with the processor and the price of the middle class”, and now is at the level of state, quite perfect. Or if you mil the potential of the smartphone middle class is not in the cameras, a good analogy would be the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) — the last and almost the only one (there’s only one less popular LG of the same class) mid-end smartphone in a compact body with water resistance.

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