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GoWireless Holiday Buyer’s Guide 2012 – Basic Phones

Though the smartphone inevitably carries more value than the average Basic Phone, there is a time where all you need is an extra line for calls and maybe a few texts. In this category it can feel like the pickings are fairly slim, but in actuality there are some very feature rich models to choose from, which can make the idea of a basic phone, a little easier to swallow.

Samsung Brightside:

This model is the pinnacle of the basic phone. With a full 3.1 inch touch screen, and a QWERTY keyboard, it checks all the boxes for a “cool” basic phone.  Featuring probably the best touchscreen I’ve ever seen on a basic phone it is easy to navigate around menus and dial a number. Also with the Mobile Web available on the handset, you can find yourself on a great introduction to what smartphones are all about. Basic phones are not necessarily ideal for taking professional style camera shots, but if you need something for just a quick point and shoot the Brightside may do it for you with its 3.2 megapixel rear facing camera. Lastly, for the text fiend, this phone features a full QWERTY keyboard that has good response for a keyboard of this size.

Samsung Intensity 3:

The Intensity line has been available since 2009 and has been highly regarded as the best in QWERTY phones. The Intensity 2 improved this line by adjusting some of the complaints and the phone stayed on the shelves for two years!  Recently, Samsung has refreshed this phone again as the Intensity 3. Featuring arguable one of the best build qualities for a basic phone available. The slide mechanism is solid and feels similar to a luxury car door opening and closing. Slim and efficient, the Intensity 3 is easy for someone looking to learn texting. With the largest keyboard available on basic phones and a great 2 megapixel camera this is a perfect holiday gift for that first cell phone or for the parent learning to text for the first time.

LG Gusto 2:

Are you comfortable in the Stone Age? If so, there is no phone better than the Samsung Gusto 2. This basic flip phone has the same capabilities of the flip phone you had about 10 years ago. The great thing about that is, if you are comfortable with that 10 year old phone, you can pick this one up and start taking advantage of its full potential right away! The flip design is sturdy, and it won’t give in to any cracks or damage for a long time. The screen is fairly poor with a low resolution and small size, but it gets the job done well enough. With a 1.3 megapixel camera, you won’t be able to capture any brilliant shots, but again, if all you are looking for is something to capture small moments, than this will suffice.

Overall the selection of basic phones has become fairly limited. With the rise of all things smartphones, the Manufacturers like Samsung and LG have all but forgotten this niche in the market. For those in the market for a basic phone, these three choices are the best that you can find on Verizon Wireless, and to be honest, they are all great phones! Signal strength, call quality, call reliability, and durability all rank fairly high with these options and for that special person on your list, they may be the perfect option. Come by your local GoWireless store today to get your hands on these phones and see how we can fit them onto your plan today!

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