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I contain thousands of moving parts, perhaps more.
Yet a cousin of mine may be solid throughout.

Despite my relative's simplicity,
He often functions as well as I do.

Who am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ May be solid throughout? Does it mean that it might be solid throught? $\endgroup$ – Anonymous Apr 5 '16 at 4:47
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In the same vein as as Element118's answer,

If I were an hourglass,
my cousin would be a sundial.

I contain thousands of moving parts, perhaps more.

Thousands of grains of sand.

Yet a cousin of mine may be solid throughout.

A sundial is often a single piece of material.

Despite my relative's simplicity,

Simple as an hourglass is, a sundial doesn't even need to be turned over to work.

He often functions as well as I do.

As long as the sun shines.

See also:

Puzzling SE:Timepieces and Moving Parts
http://www.cartalk.com/content/pondering-two-inventions?question
http://www.cartalk.com/content/pondering-two-inventions?answer
http://community.cartalk.com/discussion/2250814/bogus-puzzler-answer-3-26

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I would guess (probably a bad guess):

Analog watch

I contain thousands of moving parts, perhaps more.

Analog watch has lots of moving parts.

Yet a cousin of mine may be solid throughout.

Cousin: Digital watch

Despite my relative's simplicity,

I think it is simpler to read the time directly on a digital watch.

He often functions as well as I do.

Both are watches so they do the same thing.

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  • $\begingroup$ A watch doesn't contain thousands of moving parts. $\endgroup$ – Loren Pechtel Apr 3 '16 at 4:26
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Sort of a stretch, but how about:

Hard disk drive (HDD) vs. Solid-state drive (SSD)? When SSD first came out they were more prone to failure than HDD, so it would make sense that SSD "often functions as well" as a HDD, but not all the time.

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You are

Thrackan Sal-Solo, first cousin to the better-known Han Solo.

I contain thousands of moving parts, perhaps more.

Most people do.

Yet a cousin of mine may be solid throughout

Han Popsicle

Despite my relative's simplicity,

In the original Star Wars screenplay, Han Solo was described as "simple, sentimental and cocksure of himself"

He often functions as well as I do

Both were criminals-turned-resistance-leaders of resistances which ultimately overthrew their oppressors.

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Might you be:

An electric shaver?

I contain thousands of moving parts, perhaps more.

They have internal motors and can have multiple cutting blades, swirly multi-head circular whisker-whackers, etc.

Yet a cousin of mine may be solid throughout.

Just a simple cut-throat razors although you can get fancier with safety-razors, etc.

Despite my relative's simplicity, He often functions as well as I do.

Often in the sense that most people go to a well-trusted barber to be shaved with a cut-throat razor and it often all goes nicely according to plan, but when it doesn't...

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