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Help Crap mobile phone wanted

My never trusty old and crap Nokia C1 is heading for the bin after a week and a bit of unreliable nastiness (on top of it being a functional wasteland at the best of times).


So, I have the task of replacing it. I have some very simple requirements, and I seek the sage advice of my excellent colleagues here.

My requirements as follows:
  1. Must be cheap to purchase - I demand PAYG
  2. I would like a reasonable camera on it - 3mp or similar would do
  3. I wouldn't mind picking up emails every now and then
  4. I have developed a hatred for predictive texting thru the C1 - so Qwerty is essential
  5. It must not be the size of a Corsa
  6. Decent battery life would be handy.

I had previously only considered physical qwerty keyboards but I have been looking at the huawei ascend y201 which is entry level smart phone territory, and uses a touch screen qwerty.

I've not been able to try one out yet - does anyone have any thoughts. I know it's not the same, but I tried my bairns new nexus 7 touchscreen keypad the other day and it was nothing short of brilliant.

Would the phone cope with fat fingers and vice versa? I can pick one of these up for £59 on tesco mobile (in white only ):

mp3/radio
internet
bluetooth
email
android 2.3.5 but upgradeable to 4
3.2MP camera


Any alternatives that people might mention?
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Smart phones these days aren't known for great battery life unfortunately but if I was in your shoes I would buy a 2nd hand smart phone over on avforums and you will have what you want and more.
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You can extend battery life considerably by turning off 3G until you need it.

The amplification kills the battery.

I live where there is no 3G and I have WiFi in my house so data requirements are really low.

My iPhone 4 lasts a couple of days despite being 3 years out of date.
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I have an ancient Sony CD5E from about 2001 If I could work out how to switch it on it would make a really excellent crap phone No camera, no internet, just phone and text
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I have a six month old Blackberry 8520, perfect condition, unlocked, 2g, great for emails, still has box and charger, has a qwerty keypad, £45 posted...
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2nd hand blackberry 8900, battery life on BBs is immense, even using 3G
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