The Sagem My X5-2 or My X5 as it was called, is one of the earliest camera phones to go mainstream on the Nigerian. Even though recent technology makes it look like an embarrassment to what a phone can do, having it in 2004 when it was released is the equivalent of having a Samsung Galaxy S7 or other high end phones today.
If you had it as a guy, automatic boyfriend material. No jokes!!
Let’s take a trip down memory lane to remember why we loved the Sagem MYX-5 so much.
Camera Quality: The My X5 had a camera quality of 0.3 megapixels. Yes we know this is technically snapping blind when compared to the camera quality these days, but back then snapping the blurry and barely visible pictures with it gave us so much joy. We felt like futuristic kings in our own right.
Memory Space: 4mb might not be enough to contain a single Mp3 file today, but back then it was sufficient to store games like “lord of the rings, soccer etc”. These did not take up to 1mb per file. It was also sufficient to store our messages and low quality pictures. Durr!!
Battery: It’s removable Li-Ion battery had a stand-by time of up to 300 amps per hour and talk time of up to 5 amps per hour. Someone remind us again why a phone battery of 3000 Mah doesn’t last up to 24 hours like the MyX-5 did? Oh we know, social media and excessive browsing was not invented then.
Colour Display: It had a display of CSTN, 65K colors, and 128 times 160 pixels but who cared for such tech jargon, as long as we could browse with its GSM network, no one cared for what a 4G LTE could do since we didn’t know it would exist.
Even though the Sagem MyX-5 did not have Bluetooth, WIFI, radio or GPS, all of which is constant in phones today, its Infrared made us physically get close to people with whom we wanted to share pictures and music with. There was no escaping human relationship.
Yes, we cannot pretend we would want to use the Sagem MYX-5-2 today with all the tech advancement and super upgraded features, but we cannot deny either, that it brought us some of the best memories we had while using a phone.