My wife and I both had Nokias for ages, I eventually switched to a Samsung.
Neither of us experienced any trouble with any of these handsets.
None of them were Smartphones, my one and only criteria in opting for one phone over another was size and weight, if I could have got one the size of a matchbox, weighing one gram, and which worked, I would have had it.
Eventually we were both seduced by my younger son's Apple iPhone.
I bought one outright from the Apple store, and transferred to Giff-Gaff from O2.
My wife got hers from 3 and took out a £36.00 p.m. contract.
We both think that they are great, but keep them out of sight if we're in Tooley St!
Iphone or android phone I don't think you can go wrong. It is worth considering the Google Nexus 4 - purchasing the handset on its own could likely save you paying for a needlessly high monthly contract.
I have a Sony Xperia which I bought direct from Sony for around £140. Pretty much ticks all the boxes and is half the price of an IPhone. Only downside is that the screen is smaller, however, this makes it easier to carry in a pocket. I agree with James B, always buy a smart phone rather than getting it "free" on a contract
Thanks Zcars. I have read about the Sony Xperia - I think it was rated #1 on a 'league table' of phones I saw somewhere.
Sorry, I know I'm a complete dunce, but you say it's better to buy the phone outright (and then presumably just pay for calls/data etc that you use)? Is that because the monthly contract + phone is more expensive than just paying for a calls/data plan? What is the benefit of getting a plan (why do people do it)? The fact that you can upgrade?
I prefer not to be tied into a phone deal for 24 months, and as I'm a heavy user of data and minutes I have a SIM free phone with a 12 month SIM contract that includes unlimited data and minutes for £21/month. So the phone cost £140, the SIM will cost £252 for a years worth of unlimited (so £644 for 2 years) use as opposed to a 24 month phone with SIM contract at £35/month (limited data and calls), total £840 for 2 years. And I'm free to change the phone whenever I want