A New York City Mugger Declined to Steal a Flip Phone

There have been 13 robberies reported in Central Park so far in 2013. But in most of them the robber presumably takes stuff. That's how that works, right? » 12/29/13 6:01pm 12/29/13 6:01pm

Nokia's Asha 210 Is a Social QWERTY Phone Two Years Late

Just over two years after HTC released the Status—a QWERTY phone with Facebook integration that never even really mattered at the time—Nokia has decided to roll out its own version: the Asha 210. » 4/24/13 6:47am 4/24/13 6:47am

Dumbphones Are Not the Answer to Smartphone Addiction

We look at the constantly rising numbers for smartphone adoption and just sort of assume that sooner or later, everyone's going to get on board with this thing. But there are some people, young people, who are sticking to dumbphones, and cutting ties with their smartphones. And it's kind of dumb. » 3/26/12 3:20pm 3/26/12 3:20pm

You're Now More Likely to Find a Computer in Your Pocket Than on Your…

It's official. A study released by Google yesterday shows that mobile devices, and smart phones in particular, are now the dominant means of Internet connectivity in five key global markets. » 1/26/12 12:00am 1/26/12 12:00am

It's Official: Smartphones Are Winning

In the last three months of 2010, smartphone shipments doubled all the way up to 101.2 million handsets. Android shipped the most, sure. But the real winners are folks leaving their dumb old feature phones behind. » 1/31/11 1:40pm 1/31/11 1:40pm

The Most Popular Phone in the World

Nokia has problems. Smartphone problems. Software problems. American problems. But to fully understand what's wrong, we've got to understand what's been right, or to put in another way, what's distracted Nokia. Meet the most popular phone in the world. » 10/19/10 1:40pm 10/19/10 1:40pm

Would You Be Happy With a Phone That Just Calls and Texts?

Once upon a time, cellphones were used for making phone calls. Then text messaging became a thing. Cameras, maps, and multimedia playback followed, and eventually we got apps. But would you be satisfied going back to the bread and butter? » 9/16/10 6:00pm 9/16/10 6:00pm

Nokia Is the McDonald's of Phones

Didn't you notice? It was just Nokia World! The celebration of all things Finnish and phones. But with profits plummeting and executives fleeing—both at alarming rates—maybe it should have been a reckoning instead. » 9/16/10 11:00am 9/16/10 11:00am

Microsoft Kin Review: The Best Cellphones You'll Never Buy

The Kins have an audience, a sense of style, and—a rarity from Microsoft—a coherent philosophy. They're precocious feature phones, with the potential to make mainstream, phone-based social network not suck. So why are they priced like smartphones? » 5/05/10 12:01am 5/05/10 12:01am

LG Arena Max Is Awfully Brawny For a Feature Phone

As we become more aware of the various viscera inside our gadgets, otherwise unremarkable gadgets seem suddenly... strange. Take the LG Arena Max LU9400: It's almost definitely a feature phone, but it's got the spec sheet of a Nexus One. » 2/08/10 9:14am 2/08/10 9:14am

Sprint Clubs the Instinct HD Over the Head With a $250 Price

The first rule of dumbphones: They shouldn't cost more than smartphones. This shall not be broken. The second rule of dumbphones, or really all phones: An announcement should be accompanied by useful information about the product. So, Sprint—what the hell? UPDATED » 9/24/09 12:00pm 9/24/09 12:00pm

Sonim XP3 Review: Boiled Alive

You might not know it, but you've heard about the XP3: It's that phone that's always getting drenched, elephant-smooshed or shot, and surviving. Well, I finally got one, and the timing couldn't be better. XP3, I'm going to eat you. » 8/27/09 8:00pm 8/27/09 8:00pm

Sonim's Absurdly Tough XP3 Lands in the US: $400, Unlocked

After the beering, the hammering, the shooting, and the elephant stomping, it's fair to say that, on the toughness front, Sonim's gotten their point across. Now, after months of teases, you can actually buy the XP3, unlocked, for $400. [BestBuy] » 8/21/09 12:06pm 8/21/09 12:06pm

Samsung Reclaim Corn-Fed Ecophone Impressions and Gallery

Yes, it's a dumbphone, but it's a dumbphone with ideals. The Samsung Reclaim is as much an environmental statement as it is a slide-out QWERTY messaging phone. » 8/13/09 5:03pm 8/13/09 5:03pm

Sony Ericsson Conducts Rigorous Analysis of "Women," Presents Findings…

This here is the Jalou, Sony Ericsson's newest ladyphone. On the surface, it's a boldly-styled, reasonably-specced feature phone. But it she is so much more than that! » 8/12/09 12:40pm 8/12/09 12:40pm

Samsung Reclaim QWERTY Ecophone Is Ostentatiously Green, $50 On Sprint

Choosing which aspect of the Samsung Sprint Reclaim is most important will depend heavily on your worldview. Is it that the handset is made from environmentally-friendly bioplastics? That it's Sprint's first 3G QWERTY phone to touch $50 on contract? » 8/06/09 8:38am 8/06/09 8:38am

LG Chocolate BL40's Little Brother Outed As BL42 Slider

Sure enough, that mysterious baby brick sitting next to the stretched-out BL40 is a direct followup to the last generation of LG Chocolates, called the BL42. The 3G slider is rumored to have a 240x320 display and a 5-megapixel camera. » 7/16/09 7:50am 7/16/09 7:50am

Sprint Instinct S30 Now Available, Awkward $130 Price Confirmed

Samsung's updated Instinct S30 is now listed on Sprint's website for 130 whole American dollars. Never mind that the original Instinct—an almost identical product—was available for the same price nearly a year ago. » 4/20/09 5:40am 4/20/09 5:40am

Samsung U750's Dynamic Keypad Takes It Two Ways

The U750 is your standard free-on-contract feature phone—except for one thing: when the dual-flip-action display is rotated and folded into landscape mode, the keypad buttons switch assignments (and looks!) to create a QWERTY layout. Witchcraft! » 3/26/09 5:45am 3/26/09 5:45am

Qik Cellphone Video Streaming Now Available On Nokia and Sony Ericsson…

Qik, the service that turns a smartphone with a data plan into a live-streaming webcam, now works with over a dozen feature/non-smart/dumb phones with a new J2ME client currently in alpha. If you're a proud owner of one of the following 13 phones, you can start fiddling with the alpha today; and on top of that, Qik… » 10/20/08 11:50am 10/20/08 11:50am