What phone should I buy?

Forget Black Friday shopping. My Q died and I need to switch. Point me in the right direction

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Usually family and friends come to me to ask what to buy when they're looking at anything digital. I like to think they respect my judgment, but actually I'm just the biggest geek most of them know.

Fortunately I know a lot of people more geeky (and better informed) than me.

So, when I finally have to replace the Verizon Motorola Q I've been using so long it still has an option for a font in Cuneiform, I come to you.

There are too many devices out there and they change too fast for me to track them all and match them with my personal use case.

Fortunately, I think my requirements are fairly common, though probably unambitious among the geeknoscenti, so I'm hoping your recommendations will help other people as well.

I want a good phone on a good network. Preferably Android, because it's more open than most of the rest of them and some of the services on it are comparatively cheaper, such as the built-in GPS-enabled Google mapping.

I don't need it for anything too extraordinary -- connecting securely to multiple corporate email systems or legacy line-of-business applications, supporting multiple operating systems or work and personal environments that are quarantined from each other.

I do need it to do a solid, balanced job of a lot of things, though.

I do a lot of email and txt, moderate amount of mobile web browsing, but little to no photography.

Both the device and the network have to be fast enough that I don't get frustrated and quit trying to use the browser or apps when I really need them. Tablets are too big; flip phones (with some exceptions) don't do enough. I don't like how big most advanced phones are, but I'm willing to put up with them.

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