The 3.5-incher SIMFree Xperia Advance can be grabbed [with no-contract] for a scant $250 price tag through various online retailers, including Amazon and NewEgg.
This 1GHz dual-core chip-equipped Gingerbread handset has 8GB of internal memory and a 5MP shooter. Phone’s IP67 dust and water resistant-certified screen brings the resolution of 480x320p. Coupled by 512MB of RAM, the new Advance also has DLNA and USB host connectivity.
So anyone interested in this entry-level, but a decent, affordable unlocked device with a fair bit of ruggedness to boot?