Not sure if you've already tried them, but whenever anything asks for roughly those same three things, I always point them at Nokia's lower end handsets, especially those around the 5400 / 3720 ranges - rugged, cheap, ridiculously long battery life, great build quality, and I still maintain the greatest/simplest alarm clock functionality. As long as you avoid the newer Nokia software/firmware, they make great, sturdy, reliable phones.
(If you tried / dislike them, is there a specific reason why?)
The first phone I had was a 5400 and I liked it a lot. Until I switched to AT&T, I was on Sprint, and they never sold any Nokia phones, though.
“I love my iPhone, but the funny thing is, I didn’t set out two weeks ago wanting to buy one. The sheer crappiness of my options made the iPhone the only logical choice. I wanted a phone that could do the following: Phone calls
Why isn’t there a phone that performs this small set of functions really, really well? Give it a nice big screen, a solid, responsive keypad, and a simple but well-designed operating system. Make it slim, fashionable, and surprisingly sturdy, just like Madonna. Skip all this rebate nonsense and just slap a low price tag on it. I would have gladly bought this phone two weeks ago, if it had existed. I can’t possibly be the only person who feels this way.”—
Before the iPhone, these were the only features I wanted in a phone, but nobody mad a phone like that. Stephanie used the same shitty phone for about 5 years because all phones created since hers was released made it harder to do the only thing she did on her phone:make calls.
So, there’s at least three people on earth who wanted a simple device that excels at being a phone.
Item #1 (cars stopping to allow a pedestrian to jaywalk) gets a “hell yeah” from me. It’s even worse when there are no cars behind the stopped car. If they has just kept moving at a constant 30 mph both car and pedestrian would have gotten to their destinations quicker. It’s for this reason alone that whenever I’m attempting to cross the street in the middle of a block I practice a nonchalant indifference about it, as if I don’t really want to cross the street, then as soon as I see an opening, I dash across.
“And this is their response to the election of an extremely moderate half-African American candidate, who speaks better English than most and who has a model family. Revolted by this development, huge numbers of white people choose to demonstrate their independence and superiority by putting themselves eagerly at the disposal of a tear-stained semi-literate shock jock, and by repeating his list of lies and defamations. But, of course, there’s nothing racial in their attitude …”—Christopher Hitchens on the national embarrassment that is the tea party. (via jimray)