I am a long time 'Dumbphone' user for want of durability and eschewing of fluff. I finally adopted bluetooth around 2006 and have recently moved up to having GPS and 3G data. I shopped for about six months for this latest upgrade, and finally settled on the Nokia E73
from my existing carrier T-Mobile. With he credit I had saved up it cost me about $70 but you can get one with a contract for just $30.
Though it's running the ancient Symbian S60v3, it is truly a feature-complete 3G phone. They only thing I've found it doesn't do is read FLAC files, but I'd rather not eat 50mb a song anyway.
It's got some old silicon in there (but running a decent clock speed), so it does get caught up a little when you throw it's built-in browser at really heavy pages, but just for example I can jump on Alla to lurk and post, and it can play Youtube over Wifi or
I believe, however, that the greatest feature of this phone for clods like me is this amazing tactile feedback system it has in it's keyboard. It's a thing called buttons
. It has a full f*cking keyboard of them! It doesn't take three taps to make a f*cking apostrophe and seven taps for an ampersand!
I'll just motor off some features:
3G data, GPS that you can use the onboard maps or google maps with, Bluetooth with an 'off' button right on the keyboard, 3.5mm headphone plug!!, FM Radio, 5 megapixel camera that takes decent video too, LED flash that also works as an insane flashlight (f*ck 'flashlight' apps). It does Skype if you don't wanna burn minutes, you can plug it into your laptop and use it as a 3G modem (tethering), and it's on a network that will give you a useful amount of uncapped-rate data (nothing is unlimited) for <$50 a month, and about 50 even with unlimited text thrown in.
Speaking of 'apps', I f*cking hate the concept. All the useful **** you can get for this phone is drop-dead free. There aren't a bazillion games, and most are written for smaller resolutions running the same platform, but it runs flash in or out of browser.
It does everything a non-********* could tolerate doing on a 3.5" screen.