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Friday Poll: Were old phones better?

Do old phones have a magic new smartphones just can't capture? Let's wallow in some nostalgia and wrangle over whether old phones were simply better.

Our counterparts across the pond at CNET UK raised an interesting question this week. Were old phones better? Gather around the geek watercooler and let's discuss.

A poll by found that 24 percent of respondents preferred their old phones to sparkling new smartphones with whiz-bang features. That's not an overwhelming number, but it's enough to get us to take notice.

LG Chocolate
LG Chocolate, how sweet you were. Verizon Wireless

We've gotten used to wave after wave of spec-monster smartphones like the Motorola Droid Razr with its 4.3-inch display, 8MP camera, and 1.2GHz dual-core processor. But is fancier really better?

There is something comforting about a phone that's just a phone. It doesn't distract you with Internet access, pester you with new e-mails, or tell you which way to turn while you're driving.

The era before the iPhone and Android launched can sure seem rosy now. Batteries lasted for days. Call quality was king. Crocs were still in fashion.

I have fond memories of my LG Chocolate with its satisfying slider "click." I still have it tucked away on a shelf somewhere. Maybe I thought that some day it would rise up from the pile of deceased cell phones and once again become my mobile companion, like a friendly little zombie.

Were old phones better? Vote in our poll and tell us in the comments if you secretly still use a non-smartphone or if you'd rather wade through a flower bed full of real-life Piranha Plants than give up your iPhone 4S.