I though my problem was solved when I discovered Tawn’s old Motorola Razr sitting in his dresser drawer. It looked like it was in okay shape and I thought that maybe it still worked.
After charging it up and slipping my SIM card in, I discovered why he had abandoned the phone: it no longer reads SIM cards. Pretty, but functionless.
With the LCD leak spreading, covering about half again as much of the screen as in the picture above, I realized it was time to act.
Finally, after a browse in the local Nokia store, I settled on a Nokia 1680, a classic candybar model (pictured left) that is, in their range of about 40 models, about three from the bottom.
The only models more basic than mine were a strictly black and white model (what I had before) and a color model without a camera.
My model has a color screen and a 3-megapixel camera, but not too much other than that. Most importantly it looks super-durable. the buttons are sort of “rubberized” and the case has a very solid feel to it.
Best of all, it was only $52, which for a phone here is quite a steal. Hopefully it will last me several years.
Whew! I feel so much better now that that decision has been made.