The indestructible phone

If you piled up all the electronic products the average mouth-breathing Aussie household discards in a "good" year, I reckon you could fill a bathtub.

In a "bad" year you'd max out a sunroom, perhaps fill a single-car garage.

Printers, desktop computers, fax machines (remember them?), vacuum cleaners, juicers, big-screen TVs, DVD players ... and then you're into white goods and it gets really ugly.

Mostly, we do it because a seven cent part wears out and it's cheaper to buy a replacement appliance than repair it and we thus shunt the cost (i.e. the social and environmental expense of making shit really cheaply) down the food chain to some third-world country and the stinking rivers that feed it.

Other times it's because we just want the new, new thing 'cos it's heaps cool (which I'll admit I've done on more than one occasion, but I tend to pass my superseded technology onto my mum because she's old and can't tell the difference).

Frustratingly, however, when it comes to whiz-bang check-this-out-it's-so-small-I-can-fit-it-in-me-nostril consumer technology, stuff breaks because it's more fragile than a Waterhouse's moral code.

Small and thin, usually means if you drop it, it's rooted.

I got sent an awesome, bangin' new HT-i-Galaga touch phone last year, sat on it once and that was all she wrote. It looked like it'd been in a head-on on the Pacific Highway, and henceforth shot splinters of hot glass in my ear when I took a phone call.

(Here ya go, mum, we'll just tape it up).

Anyway, after that phone broke, I went back to my other phone, and then that packed it up, so I went back to my old iPhone 3, but I dropped that with similar results to the HT-i-Galaga.

So then I went to my Decomissioned Electronics Closet and retrieved my humble Nokia 1110, manufactured 2005, and it's still getting stronger signals than I did in the forecourt of the Opera House at Daily Life's All About Women feminist gabfest.

A lot of people like to nominate the Nokia 3210 or the 3310 as the Most Indestructible Mobile Phone EVA but I've always had a soft spot for the 1110.

More than anything, I'm just thankful something that was designed to do Task A still does it, compared to so many gadgets designed to do Tasks A, B, C through to M that won't even switch on anymore.

Nokia, your market share might look like a bucket of KFC after Nathan Tinkler's gotten home after a night on the sherbet, but I still love ya. 

What has been your best phone ... ever?

Most indestructible appliance?

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