Best Basic Canadian Phones 2016



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 S4 mini I9195I

Description

Roughly the same model as the 2013 Galaxy S4 mini, the I9195I (S4 mini 2015) offers a similar 4.3-inch qHD interface, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 1.5GB RAM. Its only key difference is the 1.2Ghz quad-core CPU, which is an update to the previous version's 1.7GHz dual-core system. The rest of its specs include a 1.9-megapixel selfie cam, a 1900mAh battery, and an 8GB internal memory expandable by up to 64GB.




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#2. The Samsung Gusto 3

Photo of the Samsung Gusto 3.
Average Star Rating:
84.7%

Description

The Gusto 3 succeeds the previous Gusto models from Samsung, retaining the convenience of a large and simple UI and a one-touch speakerphone button. The new version runs a Qualcomm QSC6055 192Mhz processor and a 1000mAh battery deemed able to yield 771 hours of stand-by time (roughly a month) Its flip lid sports a 1-inch external display (showing the time and notifications) and a 1.3-megapixel camera for snapping quick pictures on the go. The M3/T3 hearing aid ratings and its expanded array of fonts also add to the convenience of Samsung's third attempt in the Gusto series.


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#3. The Alcatel Pop 3-5

A picture of the Alcatel Pop 3-5.
Average Star Rating:
83%

Description

#4. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE.
Average Star Rating:
100%

Description

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE touts its six cores (four run at 1.3GHz and two at 1.7GHz) and three key features: the leather-like top-stitched back cover in mint, black, and white, the S Pen stylus (for writing memos, among others), and Galaxy Gear compatibility (receive notifications, etc. on the smartwatch). It also sports a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 sAMOLED display, an 8-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel front-facer, and a 2GB RAM. Its 3100mAh battery can last 490 hours or 20 days on standby (LTE) and its 16GB memory can be expanded to 64GB. It has 3G and dual-SIM models.

#5. The Wileyfox Storm

Description

In essence, the Wileyfox Storm appears to bring just about enough specs to weather the high-end storm, rocking a 1.5GHz eight-core CPU and a 20-megapixel Sony Exmor IMX220 camera (Full HD, 90fps Slow-mo video), while an 8-megapixel LED-flash camera sits right above its 5.5inch FHD screen. Also, this Cyanogen 12.1 model comes with dual SIM card slots, 4G LTE connectivity, and 32 gigs of expandable (up to 128GB) storage. Housing those features is a matte Sandstone Black shell.

#6. The Kyocera DuraXV

Kyocera DuraXV picture.
Average Star Rating:
90%

Description

Continuing Kyocera's Dura flip phone series is this late 2014 pitch, offering a 5-megapixel autofocus camera, but coming with a non-camera version for workplaces that prohibit such a feature as well. Its gritty specs include an IPX68- and MS810G-certified casing, a non-incendive protection classification, and a large tactile numeric keypad. It also brings the brand's signature Smart Sonic Receiver technology to their basic phone family. The DuraXV offers a 1500mAh battery, a 256MB RAM, an a 512MB native storage with a complementary 4GB microSD card.

#7. The LG A380

Photo of the LG A380.
Average Star Rating:
82%

Description

LG comes up with a new conventional flip-phone to add to its roster with the A380. Built for those casual users who only need a simple phone, it retains features from its ancestor (the A340) such as 3G capability, an enhanced audio mode (for users who have hearing problems) and a text-to-speech function. It is also outfitted with small upgrades such as a larger storage memory that was increased from 87.6MB to 256MB, an improved head and body SAR rating of 0.41 and 0.64 from 0.44 and 0.84 respectively, and a battery that now lasts up to 205 minutes of talk time (previously 180 minutes).

#8. The LG G2 Mini

LG G2 Mini picture.
Average Star Rating:
70.5%

Description

The LG G2 Mini smartphone, the smaller version of LG's G2, is equipped with a smaller main display (4.7 instead of 5.2), a weaker processor (1.2Ghz compared to 2.26Ghz) and an 8-megapixel camera (compared to 13-megapixels). But, the G2 Mini's battery has a surprisingly longer stand-by time of 900 hours, while the G2 only has 696 hours and it is installed with Android's newer operating system (KitKat).

The G2 Mini, like its bigger version, also includes the Knock Code software (assign a knocking pattern to unlock your phone without picking it up or pressing the power key) and the Guest Mode (a mode for guests or children, allowing the owner to protect personal information).

#9. The LG 236C

LG 236C picture.
Average Star Rating:
85%

Description

Practically offering what most similarly-priced sliders and candybars do, this colored flip phone from LG sports a 1.3-megapixel camera and an M4 hearing aid rating. Its small external display reads out the time and notifications (including external caller IDs) - obviously not found on different phone types. Its battery power is pretty standard, offering roughly six hours of talk time and up to 18 days of stand-by time. It is likely to be promoted as a low-cost compact device from prepaid carriers.

#10. The LG F4NR

Photo of the LG F4NR.
Average Star Rating:
100%

Description

Despite wearing a different model number, the 2014 LG F4NR (C441) offers a nearly identical set of specs as the 2013 F4N (C440). These include a 2.2-inch QCIF (220 x 176) 262K main screen, a 0.98-inch monochrome external display, and an LG-proprietary operating system. The F4NR offers a 1.3-megapixel camera, a 230MHz Qualcomm QSC6270 chipset, and a text-to-speech feature as well. Its memory and RAM capacities are among the lowest you will find in this phone class, standing at 256MB and 128MB respectively. A 950mAh battery is in charge of its power supply.



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