These were truly exciting times in mobile, I distinctly remember the T68 and T68i. It is such a pity that the Sony Ericsson partnership ended as they made some truly exciting devices from the beginning to the end, you could tell that the flare came from the Ericsson side, as soon as Sony bought Ericsson out the flare in their phones completely disappeared.
It was a good device. I had a T68i without the camera module, but it was fine. good colors, worked great.
Could play battle boats via infrared with my brother who also had one. Had to stay close enough for the infrared to work, but far apart so you don't see his positioning. Great times :))
I was working in a phone shop in early 2000. Great times, great phones. For what they were. Erickson, later Sony-erickson had some great devices at that time.
T68m was my second phone after T39m. Probably golden age of cell phone design. Both were reasons why I still use Sony phones no matter their market share.
Years passed surfing the wap on old 2G phones! Loved it!
I recall the T68 was among the beasts, one of the truly advanced phones back then. You just mentioned Bluetooth, which was a very uncommon feature back then.
One thing I wonder, never having used an Ericsson phone: what was the sofware like? Was it what was used as a base for the development of Sony Ericsson phones' OS (A100, A200 and so on)?
zodiacfml, 07 Jun 2020familiar face. this was quite popular in our country just behind the Nokia models. This also... moreAnd now pretty much every smartphone in the world is using an American OS and following the smartphone trends America set in place.
I bought an Ericsson T68 and it was great, for a few weeks until the joystick stopped going left. The network (Orange UK) swapped it for a new phone the next day, which was actually a refurbished model that lasted a week before it stopped working. Next day, another swap to a refurbished T68 whose keyboard backlight didn't work. Next day, another T68 which took a month to break (9 button stopped working). This time I got a T68 with the T68i software, whose joystick didn't go up the next day. Replacement was an actual Sony Ericsson T68i, which arrived broken. In total, I had twelve T68/T68i handsets over the course of 9 months before the network gave me a Nokia 7210 that lasted the rest of my contract without problems.
Loved the T68, just wished I could have actually got my hands on one that worked properly!
zodiacfml, 07 Jun 2020familiar face. this was quite popular in our country just behind the Nokia models. This also... moreThis was long before iPhones. And iPhones started absolutely new trend in smartphone market.
This reminds me of Michael Fisher's series, back when phones were fun. Every iteration looked different and brought something new to the table.
sr777, 07 Jun 2020Sony Ericsson lost mostly because chargers, headphones, memory cards all were proprietary and ... moreTo a point. But in those times everybody had proprietary chargers and Sony's memory stick was one among the many formats of flash card storage. However, it's slightly over a decade now since standard micro-USB (now USB C) and mSD have been standard and Sony has also been using them.
I have used six Sony Ericsson (dumb phones) and have enjoyed using each one of them. Did not use the T68, though. Was above my budget :-). Resisted using a smartphone as much as I could. In fact, it's only been six years since I switched. But in my opinion, the reasons for Sony or Sony Ericsson's present state is way beyond non-standard chargers or cards.
I hope the mobile division gets better and back to their better days. Good write-up.
Sony Ericsson lost mostly because chargers, headphones, memory cards all were proprietary and expensive.
familiar face. this was quite popular in our country just behind the Nokia models. This also
the time when America still using dumb phones and they thought the iPhone is the first smartphone. 🙄
This is one of many that its exterior design was influenced by Nokia at the time. I can see Nokia's design on this phone.