For reasons I'll not get into I'm seriously considering dropping my smart phone and purchasing a feature phone for use for at least a few years.
I'm looking for a simple phone but I'm not completely ready to just give up all features that come standard with all current smart devices. Specifically, I have a wife and a couple of kids and their is something to be appreciated about having the ability to pull your phone out of your pocket and take a good (enough) photo for family history.
However, I'm not interested in having a devices that REQUIRES a data plan, has an app store, has a built in GPS, etc. I'd like just a simple phone with the basics (voice & texting) and a rather decent camera, that can be used with most carriers in the US.
Does such a device exist? From my own personal research, you have two options. You can get a sophisticated, capable smartphone with more-than-you-need functionality, or you can get a really, really basic phone that does nothing more than offer voice and text and MAYBE an MP3 player baked in.
I'll also say that cost doesn't matter. I'd rather not spend $600 on a feature phone but if one exists that's a bit rugged (e.g. can realistically work for 3+ years), has an exceptional camera and has a responsive UI... I could probably convince myself into buying said device.
EDIT - October 2018
Well, I never got that feature phone years ago but that's partly because I never found the one I was looking for. I am still interested in such a phone, if it even exists.
I changed the title to reflect that it needs to work in "North America" since Canada largely uses the same general technology specifications (as well as I'm aware.) That said, I'm not opposed to importing a good phone from, say, Japan. It's my understanding that the Japanese culture generally has an appreciation for feature phones more than western cultures. If they have phones available that are basically a really good, high quality phone+text+camera setup, I'd gladly import it to the US, assuming it should work with most carriers.