Nokia made smartphones usable wealthy businessmen, Siemens made smart phones are cheap and popular among ordinary mortals.

People had barely got used to polyphony and color screens, and you access it with your smartphone…

It is difficult to sum up in 2003 under a common denominator- those 12 months everyone had their own. For people who followed politics, it was the year when Saakashvili pulled the “rose Revolution” in Georgia and took away the power from Shevardnadze, the Americans came to Iraq to bring Saddam Hussein democracy, caught him and executed in 2006, in Moscow, a counter-terrorist operation in the “Nord-OST” ended with the deaths of 130 hostages. Difficult were the times.

Those who are in politics are not ignorant, unable to recall how the films of those years were torn between the paintings about “clear the kid” (first part of the film “Boomer”, was released in 2003, not in the nineties, as many now believe) and is not outdated even today, a Comedy adventure (“pirates of the Caribbean” or “Taxi 3”). Speakers and car stereos play “Steam will pass directly into the border, My marmalade, I was wrong” and “And after death I will not find peace, my soul to the devil sell a night with you.”

Computers were the kings of single-core CPUs Pentium 4 and equal to their counterparts from AMD, the youth was molded onto the hard drives have a 60/80 GB (the richest bought 120 GB) “e-Ron-don-don” Need for Speed: Underground and “can’t stand by while others are working… I need to lie down” Warcraft 3. In place of the huge CRT monitors and TVs little come first lousy, but still LCD.

And the whole country suffered telefonomania — cell phones ceased to be a luxury for the “new Russians” back in 2001-2002, but only in 2003 it became the first inexpensive cell phones with a color screen, almost completely disappeared, the concept of “pipe” and the relevant mobile phones with a huge antenna sticking out, polyphony has become a familiar thing, and if you want you crawling from your phone in the “Internet” is slow, not particularly illustrated, and thus expensive, but even this looked like manna from heaven compared to those how much cost sending one SMS to “fashionable ringtone” or funny pictures.

Typical phone “simple worker” in 2003, the Nokia 3100, Siemens M55 and Motorola C350 for $150. Fans cool characteristics searched for Samsung C100, whose screen was not dull, the body was thinnest (at the time), and polyphony — the most vigorous, which could only be.

An accomplishment of an average user was mobile phones, which was the same normal screen, the polyphony, but the camera (not a good camera, and any camera) and an IR port to transfer ringtones/pictures. Cheap Siemens 65-series, vociferous Motorola E398 and “I would like to cool cell phones, but cheaper” Sony Ericsson K300/K500 had not been invented, so the Nokia 6230 or Sony Ericsson T630 for $350-400 was the main candidates “to boast”.

Why aren’t people buying smartphones?

Boring electronics for businessmen with a complex “soup” of Western Europe and the United States

Any fancy equipment passes through stages when you first use it a limited number of “elite”, “elite” people, and then all the spins to clear to everyone, cheap, convenient and popular among the people counterparts. By 2003, the way had already passed the computers in the nineties were able to use them only pimply “you programmers” with an arrogant face persons who are considered subhuman anyone who is not distinguished from ISA LPT. In two thousand, any interested student already knew how to collect the system unit and get Windows XP, and the pathos of the phrase computer (computing machine) finally died in the spoken language and was replaced by the word “comp”.

But smartphones were just in the same condition in which were the computers of the 1980s and 1990s- seems to have no ultra-large pieces of equipment, and to use it you have no textbooks, but there were very few. Because smartphones are too far from the people.

First, the main “incredible feature” of smartphones of that time presented a comfortable work with electronic mail (e-mail). Mere mortal this feature was like a dog the fifth leg of social networks did not yet exist, popular sites for job search — also, on forums people prefer to go with computers or not go at all, and the correspondence was either via SMS or ICQ, in General, there were no e-mails.

Secondly, the other key functions of a smartphone (calendar, advanced phonebook, working with Word documents and Excel) is also a special honor did not use simple alarm to a normal cheap phone enough to not sleep the way to work, the contacts in the phones called in the style of “Vasan (home)” and “Wasan (work)” — people believed that it’s more convenient than produce hundreds of details, and then poking the Down button to get through the biography Vasana his phone number and make a call. And Word and Excel were necessary either to students or accountants — two types of users prefer to work with documents on the computer, but not trimmed and slow counterparts in the mobile phone.

In the third, the smartphones and was wildly expensive — Motorola Accompli 388 (without Russification, by the way) or the Nokia 9210 was worth like two good multimedia mobile phone that have and the sound was better and the game runs more cool, and the screen, even though he was smaller, but the quality is not really inferior. And for that we had to pay $800-1100?

In theory, these mobile phones were supposed to afford to buy the business employed people for whom “a thousand bucks” was not a large sum, but to carry a heavy and rapidly discharge the laptop on single core is not wanted.

But this did not happen because businessmen in Russia, then worked in the branding model, “hear that?”, so loved not by confusing menus in folding “shovels” to go, and to take mobile phones with human-friendly values. For example, the titanium of the Nokia 8910i is a harbinger of the same Nokia 8800, which now composes “smishno memasuki” youth. And even those who at the beginning of the two thousandth were in the money, but actively tried to build from a “non-cattle”, also chose not smartphones, and the beautiful rotators Motorola V70.

The first smartphone with a “human face” and close to people values (camera, games, music, communication, Internet) was the Nokia 7650 at the end of 2002. It was a cell phone, ahead of its time, and everything in it was perfect… except the price. Everyone knew that it was better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick, but even for a perfect phone to give $700 almost nobody wanted, and talented privately mobile phones at exorbitant prices from the manufacturers of mobile phones did not yet exist — before the arrival of Steve jobs all the Directors of the telephone companies was not particularly eloquent engineers, without the talent to drive to the head buyers of the idea “buy, because it is good.” So the idea came to buyers myself, but a year later.

The first really popular smartphone

Would be a lie to say that in 2003, something clicked, and then “hoba!” — people ran to buy smartphones instead of the usual “dialers”. This did not happen. And not because people were stupid, but rather just at the time, all very carefully studied the catalogs of mobile phones and know how many megabytes, pixels on the screen, voices in the polyphony and other goods to buy within a certain budget. So choose colorful vociferous cheap cell phones and were happy.

But smartphones started to get hooked young, but at the end of 2003 — as soon as smart phones became cheaper and of elite electronics “jackets” turned into a phone-computers with their cool features in comparison “simple dialer”.

Such smartphones was three:

Nokia 7650— as soon as the old flagship smartphone has just over a year, he lost in price from $700 to $400-450 and became a good processor, able to “digest” not only the usual Java games and apps, but also specialized apps for smart phones, moreover it was equipped with a camera and a clear screen. And finally, the ability to cut/copy the text here and there, like on the computer conquered young lovers send out “jokes on ICQ and SMS” to all my friends.

True, 4096 colors instead of standard for 2003, 65535 colors did the Nokia 7650 screen is dim, but the memory was only 3.5 MB and no you memory cards — on the background of the Nokia 6230 with a small screen, but more cool camera, better sound and an MMC slot old smartphone seemed to many a “bucket” is sad. A cheaper version of the same smartphone under the name Nokia 3650/3660 especially not in demand, partly due to design, partly because “dialers” rode on the functions forward.

Nokia 6600. The legendary “chicken” — big, puffy, slow but bug-free and feature-rich. Ranked in the TOP-6 the best selling mobile phones in history telefonomania. Great quality screen, support new games Java MIDP 2.0, the new system for smartphones Symbian 7.0, good processor, video recording with sound (my God!), Infrared + Bluetooth and slot for memory cards.

Expensive ($600 at the time), but we are accustomed to “cifcam” and the usual polyphony of people jaw fell on the floor when they saw how high-quality video with sound able to produce this “chicken”. And 3D game graphics, unattainable for Java, too many did not leave indifferent. In General, willing to pay for this miracle were at first, but after reduction in price of Nokia 6600 to $470 in early 2004 the crowd prichastitsya to smartphones becoming more.

And finally, “the candidate of the people”:

Siemens SX1. Came out as an experiment without much hope — just the Germans for a long time watched the Nokia and came to the conclusion that “Oh, look, a Nokia is starting to cut money on smart phones and sells smartphones, even those who were completely satisfied with the screen and polyphony of their old cell phones. And we ought to try to pull the same scheme!”.

No sooner said than done. Three months before the release of Nokia 6600 “in circulation” Siemens SX1 on sale at the same price of $600. Moreover, surpassed Nokia and clarity of the screen, and compactness, and the speed of the Internet, and the capacity of the battery. So he… failed to hell in sales. Let’s start with the flaws, to make you understand the reasons for such a fun start:

First studied not for purchase as “purely neighing”

When fans whine raise the issue “that had once been beautiful and unusual phone — it’s not that now!” they never supported his erotic fantasies sales figures. Because if you connect the lyrics to this boring statistics, it appears that the world is beautiful and unique in design phones record sales were still boring “square-cluster” models, and not those which we all admire.

Siemens was not even the first who felt it on their skin. The first burned Nokia when Nokia released the 3650, and then watched as the buyers that ask “what is this crap?!” either chose the Nokia 6230, or pay extra for the Nokia 7650 in most cases.

The only lesson the Germans learned from the failure of his colleagues, the smartphone must not look like a “toy”. Therefore, Siemens SX1 looked solid and expensive, but was afraid to buy because:

Keyboard in hard to reach places. All 12 buttons in the mobile phone was usually placed, as in ATMs, there stretched on ribs of the front part of the housing. Therefore typing was only possible with two hands, and in the era of compact mobile phones (which have always been less than the current touch shovels) it infuriated many.

And generally learn typing on the Siemens SX1 had. Those who suffered a couple of weeks, have become such “experts” that were printed faster than the owners of smartphones with the usual design. But willing to risk it all wasn’t enough.

Glitches. A synonym for “Siemens” when we were talking about cell phones. No matter how “tired cow” nor was Nokia 6600, to cause it to hang or reboot was very difficult — any problems were resolved by long pressing red key. Everything else was solved with a call to a list of running applications and the “C” button, which closed the software and games force.

And Siemens worked… weird. Modern concepts seemed like he was chronically short of RAM (in reality it was not so, but the behavior matched): run app and switch between them with hesitation, but as soon as the application was run, it worked with the same speed as that of Nokias. But the stuttering music if you wanted to “play games” under MP3 was the offensive thing — the owners of Nokia and even Sony Ericsson K500i from this picture chuckled and advised “to slow down, and now your scrap die surge”.

Not obvious to others, but well known to the owner tragedy — Siemens SX1 periodically might hang or reboot. Because… God knows why. On newer versions of the firmware had no such problems, but the ” … ” in those years none of the firmware did not arrive (was not wifi but GPRS do not arrive too), but to flash the phone at home on the computer were decided by less than 10% of all buyers. Had to endure and to adapt, either with the cry of “never buy myself this buggy stuff!” sell Siemens some naive student/student, and to start saving for Sony Ericsson K700i/Nokia 7610.

Back cover dangling like a glove “Lada”. If not hanging, then the owner has planted between it and the battery paper. We still believe that the “Aryans” don’t make mistakes in design, but Siemens persistently argued the opposite.

The owners of SX1 usually “say” words, they say, dropped the smartphone on the floor, now that’s a problem. Only here Nokia 6600 after falling on the floor did not start to “breathe”, and Siemens didn’t even have to drop is 10 times to distort the battery (to replace the SIM card or just because a smartphone is frozen), and Hello.

The old version of the operating system (Symbian). It is, in fact, was only concerned with the most shell-shocked fans of smartphones. So shell-shocked that now their followers know the answer to the question “do you have LineageOS official, official “nightie” or Extended?”.

In General, this problem is not cared for almost none of the buyers of smartphones in 2003 and early 2004, he was rather Worried about its consequences, and only those young people who are “rooting” smartphones and turn your device into a “spaceship”, by downloading from the Internet of everything. What to do — Siemens was gouging, therefore, released in 2003, the mobile operating system 2002. Now you don’t care if you have a Android 7, Android not 9, because they are almost identical, but in the beginning of new century, mobile phones have evolved at breakneck speed, and the effect of the old system felt even the non-geeks.

The fact that Symbian 6.1 (this was Siemens SX1), in contrast to the later Symbian 7.0 (Nokia 6600) do not support installation of themes. As we all know, even in 2019, the minimalist “naked” Android, very few people excites, so prikolnenkie small icons to take home and romantic-thoughtful desktop Wallpaper in shells Xiaomi, Huawei and Samsung people dearer.

And in 2003-2004, when the main way was to show off the ringtones and design of the mobile phone, it broke the owners Siemens life twice. Of course, then came the custom firmware allows “zakljuciti” a custom theme, but nothing to do with the themes for Symbian 7/8/8.1 (which was darkness on any major website for mobile phones) this gun had.

The second source of incorrigible drama “schevago” (SX1 on the Russian keyboard layout — ЫЧ1. So owl, and had the reputation) — legacy support standard Java MIDP 1.0, not MIDP 2.0, as the Nokia in 2003, and just normal phones.

In short, Siemens SX1 “pulled” only the apps and games of the era of the first mobile phones with built-in Java. All these “bring-pilik”, lousy graphics, and the potential level of “Tetris” or game console “Elektronika” (where the wolf catches eggs).

Much joy to the owners, ICA was added by the fact that all games and applications MIDP 1.0 was not made for 176×220 pixels, and for smaller screens. In the end of the game with lousy graphics and even display a small rectangle in the center of the screen.

It could be spit with high mountains and use only mobile apps for smartphones, but in 2003 for Symbian almost nothing is produced — happiness came only in 2004-2005, when Nokia have produced dozens of smartphone and for them was all in abundance.

Almost all — go online still had Opera Mini, which was established in Java (native smartphone format came much later). And Siemens SX1 was satisfied with only ancient versions that worked with MIDP 1.0. And the most popular and cool software for ICQ, Jimm, did not work on the Siemens.

Even when the first generations of smartphones Nokia has reached maturity, the owners of “Seeds” and the old Nokia 7650/3650/N-Gage Symbian 6.1 with the old still went to the forest, when I wanted to download a new program for “ICQ”, like Nimbuzz or Smaper, new browsers UCWeb 8 and fresh, music player LCG Jukebox or TTPod… in General, after 2004 something compatible with the old Symbian was the exception rather than the rule.

But fans Siemens SX1 is not stopped, and they became more, here’s why:

## The cheapest smartphone from the steep, with the “universal values”

Due to a disastrous start, the flagship of Siemens fell sharply. In September 2003, was worth $600 in January 2004 to $250. The difference in price with the Nokia 6600 buyers “owl 1” bought a memory card of 1 GB, washed the purchase and happy.

Happy because…

Good stereo sound in the headphones. Not super-duper as the Motorola E398, and even a little worse than the Sony Ericsson K700i, but it was his mother’s leg, a stereo, which was nice to listen to with headphones. Compared to a lousy to middling (ever hear rattling ringing the hold music when I call the operator? That’s about the same slightly better) sound Nokia 6600 and even more new 3230/6670/7610 Nokia, Siemens was the music smartphone. Guys have installed PowerMP3 programmulina and received 10 band EQ to tighten the bass, clarity and intensity of screaming into the ear of the vocalist according to your taste. Fans of Nokias for a similar sound you have to wait until Nov 2004 to buy a good stuffing, but externally terrible “pear” Nokia 6630, but still pay for her $600 instead of $200, which at that time was worth SX1. The same age as Siemens, Nokia 6600, MP3 General initially was not supported (only.wav), it had, kolhozah via “remote places”. The choice is obvious.

Hot swap of memory cards. Not that everyone walked around with a pack of cards and shuffling them like playing cards. Just Bluetooth 1.1 was very slow (one song in crappy quality, had to pass 5-7 minutes), and the infrared port. So it was faster to take the other memory card, slapped in your smartphone, to copy the song to get the memory card, slapped his back, and then move the song from phone memory to MMC. In the same way was “humanitarian aid” owners “retarded.” who didn’t accept Bluetooth games and programs “to copyright”. But easy installed what was on the inserted memory card.

You are now reading this and laughing/freaking me out, but such were the times — those who were generous and shared, love was in the company of the owners of clever phones. Came in handy in life.

**Airplay video to unattainable for the usual “dialers” quality. While regular phones had to be satisfied with mongrel rollers.3gp codec H. 263 with the crumbling of point image and “unitasker” sound quality, buyers Siemens SX1 spinning on their smartphones movies.I. divx xvid. Of course, not in DVD quality, and reduced under 176×220 pixels, but in the era of polyphonic rattles and it seemed the space.

Was tricked initially. In comparison with the same Nokia 6600, offered an FM radio (useful in cities, where there was a good reception level), faster Internet (GPRS Class 10 vs Class 6 Nokia), more thin and lightweight body, the same autonomy, a separate button on the case to quickly launch the camera or voice recorder. The camera was located more convenient than the Nokia 6600 (not in the center, and in the corner of the body — the hand does not accidentally overlap), and the recorder, at the old simensovskih traditions, and even allowed to record calls.

On the Nokias for phone records was necessary to find the program, install it and take place at a measly 6 MB built-in memory (on the memory card these penetrating in the program was not intended), and then another, and swearing, because “for security of private life” Nokia squeaked during a conversation, if you recorded the call. Late in the program overcame this disease, but the owners of Siemens was not such a problem in principle.

Untilled field for experimentation with the firmware. If Nokia was pierced only in cases when you ditched her to the virus (if it even was possible, Yes), then in Siemens was available absolutely wild stunts — not only old, but at the present time. For example: **CPU Overclocking. Unhappy that the new Nokia 3230/6670/7610 with 123 MHz processor work faster? Take and crank your Siemens Prots from 120 to 156 MHz. And nothing it does not burn, does not overheat, do not “fail” (fail only if you try to take 160+ MHz), and faster than the old Siemens were only three times more expensive Nokia at the end of 2004. Autonomy, of course, worsened from 3 days normal usage to 2 days, but fans of “mo-Ni-u-but-the-spine-and-and-!” it did not stop. *Acceleration controller to operate the memory card*. So files are copied and read from the internal memory to the card faster.

**Acceleration display. More specifically, LCD controller. To games (especially in 3D, stolen from Nokia N-Gage, or games, Sega/Dendy in emulators) the picture was moving briskly, like a good LCD TV and not a standard “half-drunk” and the screen of your mobile phone. However, to display text to the acceleration needed to avoid “ladders” and floating images when rewinding. *Higher volume of the speaker. So much so that if you have long listened to at maximum volume “going to go hot” smartphone, I had a chance this speaker to ruin. But enthusiasts understand that a freelance mode, so used the super-volume-only ringtone. *Maximum internal memory and “RAM” for applications*. The owners of the computers this is called a “RePack”, the owners of Android-smartphones is “custom”. The point is that the firmware removes all the extra unused stuff, due to which more space to install apps and RAM to run fancy games.

Miraculous monument to the dead Siemens

As you can see, Siemens SX1 was not a champion all round performance among smartphones 2003-2004, But he was his cool, and even after leaving late and stopped jammed (like Apple today) at the price of Nokia in many disciplines. Therefore, all the community of fans of smartphones rustled and whispered that “here comes a Siemens SX2, and then again we will get a flagship smartphone with the possibility of tuning the acceleration for half the price Nokia!”.

But the reality was grimmer, as you remember. Siemens, in the best traditions of the Russian state companies, was looted from the inside and left with nothing. After that it was bought by the Chinese from BenQ and tried to sculpt from what it was. good phone, but drowned in the losses of the German company and “finished off” completely, so as not to bankrupt themselves. All this passed within just 1.5 years since the release of the SX1. And, as it happens, the only Symbian smartphone remains posthumously the best model ever released by German concern Siemens.

To the credit of Nokia when it is the most sensible competitor as part of the smartphone is dead, the Finns did not cheat on smartphone profits according to the principle “where you guys go from a submarine!” (patented method Intel and NVIDIA, by the way), but rather made the model on Symbian 9. x for every taste and budget (from cheap Nokia 3250 N92 to wildly expensive and 9500i). And dignity jumped above its head until the arrival of the iPhone and Android.

And Siemens remained in our memory the last “tough” phones, push-button era, poorly suited for use out of the box, but is able to repay you with tricked-level phones twice as expensive, if you loved and spent time on computer literacy. And a huge number of programmers, IT managers and other “all computers on the head of the mainframe, commander,” came to their work after youth nights twisted configuration of the firmware on their phones Siemens and Nokia. Is there anything like that?

On any modern smart phone like the Siemens SX1?

No matter how blasphemous it sounds in relation to the “old Siemens”, analogs in the modern world, the ideology of his models are. As we remember the Siemens SX1 is:

Good sound in the headphones

Processor is better than the competition

Good camera

Openness to firmware and experimentation

The price is lower than the “wise” leaders

Characteristics are not “above the roof”, but certainly never budget

In the current situation, guys, all this we give only the Chinese/Taiwanese “model” smartphone. For real “combat” smartphones for computer geeks-minimalists are rare. The best of them — last year Xiaomi Pocophone F1, which is made on the principle of “the most powerful processor, large battery, normal camera, everything else is to surrender” and produced a masterpiece. Fast, durable, universal, “proximally” — all as expected. Soon he will be replaced by the same ideology, but even more cool Redmi K20. However, it will be more expensive.

If you think that the Siemens SX1 was more universal, and not “driving” smartphone, the ideological followers of the good ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2, in which is punched all the characteristics of middle-end smartphone at a budget price, and flavored with 5,000 mAh Yes, “pure”, ready for flashing Android. The rare case when ASUS released a smartphone in the genre of “show-off for visitors”, and something really versatile and useful.

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