This was the first phone that I ever had (I'm on my third now-- and first smartphone) I absolutely loved it, and it does everything that you could want from a standard phone. It provides quick and easy texting as well as calling. The size is definitely the greatest part of the phone, it allows it to be easily carried around in small pockets and is very easy to conceal. This is a definitely a great starter phone, or for anyone who wants a phone for especially those two main functions. Performance Quick and efficient Voice Quality Generally had no problems hearing the person I was talking to or having my voice heard. Battery Life I found that I could go a few days at a time without charging it -- Going off of using it for texting throughout the entire day-- at the beginning of its phone life. But around the one year mark it started to go down. By the end of the second year (when my contract was up) I was having to charge it at least once a day. Durability It remained strong over the duration of its use, even though I'm clumsy and dropped it multiple times. (And had it thrown two or three times) Ease of Use Simple and straightforward layout Design Sleek and all around good looking phone.