02.What to buy
80% Nokia 6303 Classic
The 6303 Classic is a good all-round option for users wanting a bar-type phone, with a simple keypad layout and excellent display. SMS performance is good and it provides a pleasing combination of a short charging time with one of the longest talk and standby times on test. However, while this phone works on all networks, you won’t get 3G performance or Next G coverage as it is a GSM-only phone.
76% Nokia 3720 Classic
The 3720 GSM phone has an IP54 rating, meaning it’s designed to be shock-, dust- and water-resistant, with panels to keep out water and dust. An LED flashlight, together with a long talk and standby time, makes it a good choice for tradesmen.
It also has the lowest SAR (specific absorption rate, a measure of radiation energy absorbed into the body) figure of the phones on test.
73% Samsung GT-B3210
If you like using a QWERTY-style keyboard, the GT-B3210 is a much more affordable option than a BlackBerry, and its excellent SMS score makes it a good option for users who text as much as they talk. However, the small keys make it more difficult when dialling numbers for standard phone calls. Quad-band GSM support also means you’re more likely to get reception when travelling overseas.