Not so the one I bought to replace it. We've used Nokia off and on since we started using mobile phones. For the most part we've been happy; hence the brand loyalty. This phone was a shocker. From the moment I bought it it was a lemon. I've had it just over a year now and basically it sucks. You have no idea the number of times I had to restore factory settings on it. I'd gotten to the stage where I was doing that on a daily basis. Something needed to be done and quickly.
The criteria on Footprints are:
- Can it be bought secondhand?
- If not, can an ethical/eco-friendly version be purchased?
- If not, buy the best so it doesn't need to be replaced as often.
With that in mind:
- I had had enough trouble with new phones I wasn't even going to try second-hand.
- No. Sadly, there are no ethical/eco-friendly phones. It sucks.
- I had an internal battle over which brand to buy.
I happen to believe that the best is Apple. I also know that Apple's contractors in China have less than savoury practises when it comes to human rights; that was in the media not too long ago. In the end, however, I still went with Apple. My justification is that I don't want to replace this phone in a hurry. I want it to last; I believe it will. That being the case, I'm using fewer resources and fewer people are getting harmed. I don't know how the factories that the other companies are using are doing in their human rights records but probably not good either. Basically, it's a lose/lose situation. The only real solution would be to go mobile phone free and that is definitely food for thought.
Not sent from my iphone!