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College students tend to break their phones often
As teens and young adults head back to high school and college, they may be looking for a new smartphone to stay in touch with family and friends. Results from a recent SquareTrade survey show that about 50 percent of college students break their phones. My daughter recently dropped and broke her iPhone display, so I am seeing a 100 percent college student failure rate in my home.
Nokia and Motorola provide full-featured low-cost smartphones. Kyocera, Samsung, and others, provide rugged waterproof phones, while some manufacturers have repair and replacement options that provide peace of mind for a reasonable price. You can also add an independent protection plan, such as SquareTrade.
Since price is usually the first priority when looking for a new phone, let's take a look at the lower-priced options and work up to the more expensive options.
Nokia Lumia 635
Nokia offers fantastic low-cost Lumia phones. They are responsive, easy to use, have some great enhancements such as HERE Maps, and they are durable. Like Nokia devices from years ago, most Lumia devices can survive a drop or two. If they do break, they cost less than most warranty programs and a whole lot less than an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
One of the latest low-cost devices is the Nokia Lumia 635. It's available for as low as $99. These low-cost Lumias are usually for GSM carriers, like AT&T and T-Mobile, and come with no contracts in most cases as well.
The Lumia 635 has a 4.5-inch Gorilla Glass 3 display, quad-core processor, 5-megapixel camera, microSD expansion card slot, and Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana. Students can stream music for free and pick up various color shells to protect the Lumia and add a bit of flare.
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