AFTER FONDLING SONY ERICSSON phones for an hour on top of Temple Bar, I realised how many of these well-engineered cameraphones are part of my extended family. Fact is, many of the SonyEricsson phones that I buy end up in the hands of grandparents where they continue hard work for at least three years beyond the hand-me-down date. Moreover, the screens on those SonyEricsson phones are the most common place where the grandparents and the aunts see Mia, the youngest member of the family tree. When we're together for a weekend, we beam shots and video clips to the grandparents' K800i phone at left. It's a totally invincible cameraphone, takes great shots, and it's outlived two different digital photo frames that I bought for grandad and granny. In another part of Ireland, a two-year-old P1i continues providing always-on mobile office service for an OpenCoffee enthusiast. I liked that phone too, mainly because of its complete mobile document management and its snappy web browsing. And here's the kicker--both of those phones have outlived their normal expected lifespans, meaning they have stayed out of landfill, provided a lower cost of ownership than the much-touted iPhone and normally operated for more than a day between recharging.