Best Basic Canadian Phones 2018

Canadian models shown here are basic or classic phones ranked according to the ratings we collect around the web. The best regular Canadian phone and the runner up models shown down the list can have any shape, including bar-shaped, flip or slider form factors, but they limit their functions to the basic.

Or did you mean smartphones? This list shows the best basic Canadian phones, but this one lists the best smartphones offered in Canada.

#1. The Samsung Galaxy J7 2016


Armed with more RAM (3GB) and battery power (3300mAh) than the 2015 version, the 5.5-inch Full HD Galaxy J7 2016 is a slightly-more-advanced edition of the older model. It sports a 13-megapixel FHD-video rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie cam, the latter assisted by frontal LED lights. Inside the engine room, it operates on a 1.6GHz octa-core processor and is powered by a 3300mAh battery. Also part of its specs are NFC, VoLTE (for in-call audio enhancement), and a 16GB memory expandable by up to 12GB.

#2. The Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime


The Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime is an overall middle-class smartphone equipped with some preloaded Samsung apps, including the S Secure security toolkit paired up with fingerprint identification as well as S Power Planning (2400mAh power cap only) for battery management. Also among its specs are a 16GB memory that can be expanded by a colossal 256GB, a 13-megapixel f/1.9 rear-facing main camera, and a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. Right above its 5-inch 2.5D Gorilla Glass HD screen is a 5-megapixel f/2.2 selfie cam, with a full-metal housing holding everything together.

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#3. The LG G5 SE


A follow-up model of LG's G5 with some slight reductions on the hardware front, the G5 SE delivers a similar always-on 5.3-inch Quantum Touch IPS screen boasting a 554ppi pixel density and a whopping 800nit brightness. It touts a dual camera setup at the back, which is composed of a 16-megapixel f/1.8 primary cam and an 8-megapixel 135-degree wide angle secondary cam.

Its specs also include a modular battery tray design (it has a 2800mAh battery), an 8-megapixel selfie camera, and a 32GB memory that supports up to 2TB of expansion. As a sibling, it runs on a Snapdragon 652 split-eight-core CPU coupled with 3GB of RAM, whereas the original model operates on the Snapdragon 820 chip and boasts a 4GB RAM.

#4. The GreatCall Jitterbug Smart


The Alcatel-made, senior-friendly Jitterbug Smart is loaded with GreatCall's 5Star 24/7 emergency hotline as well as apps Med Coach and Urgent Care. Its 5.5-inch HD-720p screen features a simplified user interface, with relatively-large icons arranged in a single file, with a 2500mAh battery taking care of its power needs. Its specs also include an 8GB memory, a 4G LTE adapter, and a pair of 5- and 2-megapixel cameras.

#5. The Samsung Galaxy C7


Released alongside the smaller Galaxy C5, the Galaxy C7 introduces Samsung's Galaxy C-series on a high-end note, with a 4GB RAM and an eight-core CPU running at 2GHz leading its array of specifications. It touts a 16-megapixel f/1.9 FHD-video main camera at the back, while an 8-megapixel selfie cam, also with an f/1.9 aperture, sits above its 5.7-inch Full HD display.

The C7 also features fingerprint recognition and NFC (both mainly for mobile payments) alongside a 64GB/32GB internal memory expandable by up to 128GB and a 3300mAh battery. Several signature perks from Samsung, such as Samsung Knox (secured space app) and Samsung Mobile Manager get the ball rolling for this high-class Android.

#6. The Samsung Galaxy C5


This initial model of Samsung's Galaxy C-series joins other high-end Androids from the mobile powerhouse with a 5.2-inch FHD-1080p screen, a 16-megapixel f/1.9-aperture primary camera, and an enormous 4GB RAM. It comes with a fingerprint reader embedded into its home key, an 8-megapixel selfie camera, and a split-octa-core processor running at 1.5GHz + 1.2GHz. Also joining the Galaxy C5's specs are a 2600mAh battery and a 32GB internal memory with an up-to-128GB expansion support. It is available in colors like Rose Gold and Silver.

#7. The Cat B30

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Cat's B30 is a basic bar-type phone whose specs include a 2-inch 176 x 220 (QCIF) screen, a waterproof and dust-tight IP67 rugged casing that can also withstand falling from up to 1.8 meters, and a 1000mAh battery scoring up to 6 hours of talk time. It sports a 2-megapixel camera at the back and has a 1GB memory expandable by up to 16GB via its microSD socket. Also part of its low-cost offering are USB-OTG support, Bluetooth v2.1, and 3G-WCDMA network compatibility.

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