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 Kyocera DuraXE

Photo of the Kyocera DuraXE.
Average Star Rating:
84%

Description

This LTE-capable flip phone from Kyocera, the DuraXE, is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core processor (1GB RAM) and is armed with a shock- and water-resistant shell. It sports a 2.6 TFT QVGA main screen and a secondary 1.08-inch one-color LCD on the outside (for quick alerts and caller ID). In addition to those specs, the DuraXE is home to a 5-megapixel AF LED-flash camera, an expandable 8GB memory, and noise cancellation via a dual microphone setup. Its 1500mAh battery scores a 9.4-hour talk time and a 16-day maximum standby time.






#2. The TTfone Lunar

Description

The TTfone Lunar, a basic flip phone for seniors, shines brightest with its SOS button, 16GB microSD card support, and 1.77-inch external display (for notifications) -- a facet it shares with many other clamshell-type models. Specs like a 0.3-megapixel camera and a dedicated charging stand are on board as well. The dark side of this moon consists of an 800mAh-only battery (tons of similar phones have 1000mAh in the tank) and a phone book restricted to up to 300 contacts only.


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#3. The Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy J7 2016.
Average Star Rating:
78%

Description

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.

#4. The Alcatel A206G

Alcatel A206G picture.
Average Star Rating:
72%

Description

This quintessential basic flip phone, which is simply called the Alcatel A206G, sports a colored screen, an M3/T4 hearing aid rating, and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) camera. It is powered by a modest 850mAh battery that scores a 300-minute talk time and lasts up to 408 hours on standby. An MP3 player, an FM radio, and Bluetooth v2.1 join its specs as well. Topping it off are 3G network connectivity and a phone book of up to 1000 entries.

#5. The ZTE Z223

Description

This basic ZTE flip phone, simply named the Z223, comes with a bevy of simple specifications, which include a 2-inch 220 x 176 TFT screen and a 900mAh battery claiming a 4-hour talk time (10-day standby time). It has an M3/T3 hearing aid certification, a VGA (0.3-megapixel) camera, and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR. It comes with a 128MB memory and a 64MB RAM, but disappointingly lacks a microSD card slot for external storage.

#6. The GreatCall Jitterbug Flip

GreatCall Jitterbug Flip picture.
Average Star Rating:
70%

Description

Equipped with a 5Star button for emergencies and Yes/No keys for simplified navigation, GreatCall's Jitterbug Flip targets a senior clientele. It is loaded with 1780mAh's worth of power, which supports a 3.2-inch HVGA (320 x 480) TFT main screen and a 1.44-inch external display. Also among its specs are a 2-megapixel flash-equipped camera, a 1GB memory, and an M4/T4 hearing aid classification. This Jitterbug edition is available in Red and Graphite.

#7. The Nokia 105 2015 Dual SIM

A picture of the Nokia 105 2015 Dual SIM.
Average Star Rating:
70%

Description

This basic phone is the dual-SIM version of Nokia's 2015 revival of the basic 105. Just like its sibling, it offers a phone book of up to 2000 entries, a 1.45-inch LCD Transmissive screen, and an 800mAh battery that scores a 15-hour maximum talk time. It also comes with two preloaded games: Snake Xenzia and Bubble Bash 2. Unlike the single-SIM version, however, this variant only supports two GSM bands (instead of four). The Nokia 105 2015 Dual SIM will be available in Cyan, Black, and White, and will cost around $20.

#8. The GreatCall Jitterbug Smart

Photo of the GreatCall Jitterbug Smart.
Average Star Rating:
66%

Description

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.

#9. The LG B470

LG B470 picture.
Average Star Rating:
67%

Description

Crafted by LG for AT&T's prepaid GoPhone catalog, the B470 is a basic flip phone rigged with a Senior Audio mode, text-to-speech, and hearing aid compatibility (M3/T4). It has a 2.2-inch internal display, with a 0.98-inch external secondary screen for quick notification access. The B470 sports a 1.3-megapixel camera, a 950mAh battery, and a 230MHz QSC6270E chipset. Sadly, its specs do no include microSD storage, but it does work with 3G UMTS bands.

#10. The Polaroid A1

Photo of the Polaroid A1.
Average Star Rating:
64%

Description

The Polaroid A1 is a humble basic bar phone whose specs include a 1.8-inch color display, an 800mAh battery, and a VGA (0.3-megapixel) camera. It is preloaded with a basic music player, an FM radio, and a microSD card slot for external storage. This dual-SIM device also offers Bluetooth v2.1 and is only compatible with GSM networks.



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