Functional Phones

You're more about substance than flash. Chances are you have a schedule to keep and you don't need hassles in your way. Not one for excessive risk, you prefer the tried and true -- and there's something nice about predictability.

To you, people are the most important, and you'd rather talk to friends and family than play with bells and whistles. So whether you drive home from work, pick up a friend for dinner or make plans to save the world, look for a device like you -- a reliable phone that you can depend on to get the job done.

If you want a phone with a state-of-the-art camera, music player, organizer and kitchen sink, you'd have them by now. But you want a good value. It doesn't have to be the best, or the cheapest, but your perfect phone gives you the best features at an affordable price -- a great bang for the buck.

Nokia Lumia 521: Far From Luxury, But Cheap

Rating: 3 Out of 5
It's a contract-free device with an okay set of features.
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Samsung Rugby 3: Tough, Simple and Waterproof

Rating: 2 Out of 5
The rugged shell and walkie-talkie service make it ideal for outdoorsy types and fleet workers.
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T-Mobile Concord: Low Price, Low Quality

Rating: 1 Out of 5
Despite no contracts, avoid its awful camera and outdated software. You can do better.
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Samsung Intensity 3: For No-Frills Calls and Texts

Rating: 2 Out of 5
A decent basic phone, but consider low-end Android devices too.
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