Let’s face it, not all of us are willing to drop over a month’s rent on the cost of a shiningly new smartphone that promises to do just about everything but take the bins out. Many of the newest generation of smartphones are a bit superfluous to our needs and are really getting above and beyond what we need in our everyday lives. For the vast majority of us, we only need the most very basic of smartphone functions in our lives such as the ability to make and take calls, send and receive texts and emails, open a web browser, do some online banking, take pictures and videos and stay up to date with our social media accounts. As for wireless headphones, wireless charging and all singing and all dancing phones, these can often be a liability rather than a luxury and we are still waiting on bigger leaps forward in the phone world. If you are in the market for a new phone but just want something that gets the job done, then read on to find out our favourites.
Alcatel Pixi 4
This phone has been around for a couple of years now and the whole Pixi range has in fact been lauded as the perfect smartphone for beginners. So whether it is a tween desperate for their first smartphone but you don’t want to go crazy, or your grandparents that have finally decided that it is time to get a bit more connected with the world, or even you who can’t be bothered with something majorly expensive, then the Pixi 4 could be the phone for you! It is an Android phone that means that you can easily install all of your favourite apps from the Google Play store so it is not even as though you have to miss out on anything major. It features a camera as usual and is a robust yet compact black phone that holds it charge. It only costs around £25 and is a great solution against overly pricy smartphones whilst still being 4G.
Doro is a brand of phone that has been specifically designed for people that are simple not up to date with the latest technologies and is the perfect way to get somebody connected and into using phones, or even for yourself if you want a basic phone that will still let you get online. A flip phone, it is really sturdy and perfect even for the most active of jobs, and features a large and clear screen and loud sound effects if needed. It costs around £40.
New Generation Nokia 3310
And finally we turn to an old favourite, the most basic of classic phones around, and that is the well-loved Nokia 3310 which is getting re-released as a new generation. As a reasonably priced, long-lasting and durable phone you simply cannot beat one of these models, and despite Microsoft’s poor management of Nokia smartphones, people are already pre-registering to get their mitts on a practical Nokia that is perfect as a basic phone.