As motorcyclists, our needs differ from other people's. When buying a jacket, the unwashed masses just try to decide if it looks good on them... or if they look good in it... or if their mates have something similar and they're conformist consumer whores. But when WE buy a jacket, we weigh up how it will protect us when we have a head-on collision with a steam-roller driven by a homicidal ex-taxi driver travelling at 482km/hr. ... and then if it looks good on us. That said, having just bought a new phone because of bike-related matters, I figured I'd review all my past phones in a motorcycling context, for fun coz I'm bored, and for your own interest and decision making should you be weighing up options for a new phone. Obviously I'll try to make my reviews semi-entertaining and I encourage you to review your own phone as a motorcyclist also! Here we go... Siemens M55 First of all... "semens" lolllolololololo! sperm is funny. Secondly, the M55 was also known as "The Scorpion" - renowned amongst my friends for it's tiny buttons that refused to work after 6 months of ownership, and also it's short battery-life. Many an SMS was received from me with letters missing, or words incorrect with the follow up message "Stupid bloody scorpion". But as with old people, teenage girls, and stoners - I bought it because of the cool flashing lights on the side. Prepaid with Vodafone... I was a victim of marketting and a severe lack of mp3 ringtones The lugs also easily broke off the battery cover while changing the SIM so a friend could use the phone for a moment; resulting in the bare battery visible in the pic. I will grant, however, that the battery remained very secure even without the back cover. This phone lasted me over 18 months. I did not ride a motorcycle while I owned this phone. So this review is a little bit irrelavent... I hope you don't think I'm wasting your time right now. Trust me, there's bike stuff later on. I promise, just stick with it! Nokia 6230 It was with this very phone that I booked my motorcycle Stay Upright course to get my license AND get approved for my personal loan that allowed me to purchase my first motorcycle - the mighty Yamaha FZR250. The Nokia 6230 was (and still is) truly a friggin' excellent phone: customisable mp3 ringtones, customisable mp3 message tones [not available on all phones yet! ], take photos and video... oh, and you could make calls on it too. The speaker for the ringtone was also the loudest and clearest I have ever heard on any phone owned by myself or my friends. 'Twas brilliant. Now what really sets this phone apart is it's durability. I hit the deck with this phone in my pocket 3 times, and whilst you're all thinking "Wow, Ktulu must be a pretty shit rider" that is not the case... I was simply damage testing phones for the good of the motorcycling community [and learning how to ride the hard way]. Plus none of them were really my fault... it was all that biatch Gravity and her friend Physics' fault. ...Stupid physics. Anyway, the fact remains that I was able to do $2,000 worth of damage to an FZR250, require a new helmet and repairs to my jacket - and all the mighty-fighty Nokia did was lose a small piece of black plastic on the back [see 2nd photo above]. What a nugget! A few months after I woke up on the road, this very same phone whispered in my ear "You'll have to do better than that to get rid of me, homo-arseface-sausage-bottom-lemon-head" which I took as a very personal challenge, and so lowsided both the FZR and a friend's 400 dirt-bike [in entirely separate incidences that weren't my fault at all, mum] with this phone in my pocket to teach it a lesson. The phone responded by getting a small black mark on the back, and I was forced to buy it a new battery because it lived so bloody long and I loved it. They've updated this model... it's got an 'i' on the end of it's name and a little joystick button thing on the front, but it's still pretty-much the same. You wouldn't be stupid to buy one if you need a phone. This phone lasted me over 2.5 years. It's the only phone I've ever bought a 2nd battery for. Siemens U700 The very pretty looking and entirely heterosexual 'not-for-girls-at-all thank you very much' Samsung U700 was the best phone I could get on my plan when Optus bade me resign a charred contract for my soul over the next 24 months. I immediately liked it's mirror finish, and the hiding of unsightly buttons... but grew to hate it's sensitive touch-buttons, and smooth outer surface which prevented you being able to open the slide with one hand in the morning when your fingers are a little bit dry, to turn the bloody alarm off. ... but I can forgive those things as long as I can have my custom old-school Transformers transforming noise as my message alert. Samsung U700 does not allow you to customize the message alert sound. f*&$ers. The U700 was an ok phone for a while, but my patience with it wore as thin as the mirror finish on the casing [as you can see in the photo]. The 'Unlock' button combination [normally 2 different buttons in sequence on any NORMAL phone] was simply to hit the same button (on the front cover) twice in a row. Keep hitting that button, and you go sending blank text messages to the poor sap who most recently texted you. "Why do I have 20 blank text messages from you?!" "Sorry - gay phone." As far as durability goes, well - it's perfectly fine for this phone to get dropped on the concrete a couple of times; but the tiniest bit of water and it's speaker packs it's bags and leaves. Myself and Scrambles had a glorious Thurs afternoon run through the Gorge and up Old Pacific Hwy, last week. The sky was blue, and the birds were singing... but on the way back, Satan was placed in charge of the weather and we were nearly dodging lightning strikes instead of inattentive Camry drivers. The rain hit us like we were red-headed step-children; and whilst I will sing the praises of Dainese leather jackets in a stack, to the heavens: they stop you getting soaking wet for about ohhh... 8 seconds. My Shift jeans are too damn comfortable for me to be angry at for anything, and they did do a great job of keeping the water out of my boots... alas, the phone in my left-front pocket did get damp. I wouldn't say "wet", or "soaked" - just "damp"... on the outside. However, it seems that's enough for the Samsung to refuse to make a noise when you get a call or a message; and refuse to have a working alarm. Hell, it even decided to not let me hear anyone who I was calling, after that. This phone lasted me about 6 months. If I had to give it a score out of 10 I would say it gets about a: "Shit... but not as bad as a Siemens 5 years it's senior." To be honest, I'm happy to retire it. Whenever you cycled through the options for a word on predictive text, if you missed the word you were after, you had to go all the way back to the beginning and start again. I know with the number of posts I have on this forum, my time might not seem valuable - but dammit, I'll give Vic a bill one-day and he'll be so surprised his hair'll grow back. ... probably. Just yesterday I bought a... Sony Ericsson K800i So far, it looks really cool, has an excellent camera, and lets you customise the message tone [YES! Transformers: more than meets the eye.]. It's also a non-slide phone, which I believe to be of superior design to all the fashionable "Oh look at me! I'm like in the Matrix or something lolllolol" slide-phones. On top of that, it let's you scroll UP and DOWN through possible words while predictive texting + you just pop the lense-cover down to take photos whether key-lock is on or not. Even better though, is that the expansion memory cards for it, come with a Sony USB adaptor - so I don't have to load any stupid gay crappy phone software into my computer. It's simple drag-n-drop like a memory stick, to put whatever songs, pictures, etc I want onto the phone. Ace. But please. Share your own technology trials of mobile communications hardware with regard to the wonderful activity of biking. I am keen for knowledge outside my own scope of experience.