i have a set of pauls that i have abused for years with no problems. they are great hubs. i've replaced the bearings in the rear once (a new set of phil sealed bearings was like $15) and other than that i've done nothing to maintain them. they've seen dust storms, rain, snow, ice, etc while still running great.
also, while i agree that bling-y hubs can attract the wrong attention on a bike, i don't feel like my black pauls are flashy at all...
if pauls are still a little more than you want to spend (even though they are much cheaper than phils) you should also look at surly hubs. they use the same standard bearings as the pauls and phils, and the hub body and axles are very well built. i had a rear for years with no problems, once again having to replace the bearings once, but that's not a big deal with sealed. many single speed cyclocross racers use surly hubs, and if a hub can take 'cross, it can take commuting.