How we test
The overall score in the compare table incorporates an evaluation of features and aspects that are important to someone who wants a solid, affordable phone, without the bells and whistles. For this test, we score the phone on the quality of its display and menu system for making a call, the ease of creating, sending and reading an SMS, and the sound quality when talking to another person. We also score the durability, reception quality and battery life.
We don’t include a score on how good the sound is when playing music, or the quality of the photo it takes (if indeed it can take a photo). Some of these phones do have cameras and can play music, but we’d advise against replacing your iPod or compact digital camera with one.
Scores The overall score is made up of: Handling: 10%; Keypad: 10%;
Menus: 10%; Display: 10%; SMS: 10%; Sensitivity: 10%; Sound quality: 10%; Manual: 10%;
Durability: 10%; Battery 10%. Price Recommended retail, as of June 2010. You can get most of these phones cheaper by shopping around.
* Rounded to the nearest half-day.
** Measured in megapixels.
All phones on test can be operated in hands-free mode and have a vibration (silent) mode and an FM radio. None have a touchscreen.