I needed a really sturdy cell phone to take the abuses my cell phones seem to always endure. This phone, so far, has stood up to dogs chewing on it...son throwing it out the window of a moving vehicle...and my constant dropping. I've had it over a year now and though it looks kind of rough, it still works. My only sadness is I've been told it is no longer available from my cellular service provider. I want to find more of them somewhere so I can have a replacement when my phone finally does die.