This is my old phone, which I got in 2003:
The problem is, that dispite getting a new battery, it simply runs out of power too quickly. My main reason for having it is in case I break down somewhere. Unfortunately, there's a good chance that the call for help would get cut off before I could tell them where I was.
So, I've replaced it with a new one:
It's almost exactly the same size and thickness as the old one. That's because it's not one of these slimline girly ones that'd probably fall through a hole in your pocket, or your handbag. Nor is it some cute shade of pink, or scarlet.
No, this is a man's phone.
It's called the "Samsung Solid", and like me it is rugged and dependable. It's water resistant, dust resistant and shock resistant (it will survive being dropped onto concrete). It even has a flashlight. Yes the "Solid" can work hard and play hard. It's the phone that Sir Edmund Hillary would have used to call the Queen from the top of Everest. Except that the reception is probably rubbish up there.
Can't see many mobile phone masts... [License]
When it comes to playing hard, the "Solid" has everything: A colour screen, FM radio, a camera, WAP, bluetooth, lets you send picture messages to your friends. And a manly "bell" (as in Alexander Graham) ring tone.
I've worked out how to unlock the keys. This took me about 15 minutes. Of course, if I'd asked my 9-year old Gadget Tech Support, she'd probably have done it in about 15 seconds.
In a few more years, I might have worked out how to send emails, or even blog from it (I've no idea if that's possible). Then all I'll need is the rugged lifestyle to go with it. Maybe I should follow Dan's example and become a cowboy...