Best Basic Canadian Phones 2017



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 Doro 6030

Doro 6030 picture.
Average Star Rating:
94%

Description

The Doro 6030 is a no-nonsense senior flip phone, offering nothing more than an M4/T4 hearing aid compliance, a dedicated physical assistance button, and a 0.3-megapixel camera. Its open-lid interface features a 2.4-inch 320 x 240 screen atop a classic alphanumeric keypad with separated keys, while under the hood, it houses specs like a 32GB microSD socket and an 800mAh battery.






#2. The Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe

Description

Deluxe is apparently a fitting variant name for the 5.7-inch Zenfone 3 Deluxe, knowing that it boasts a 3000000:1 contrast ratio on its Gorilla Glass 4 screen as well as a 23-megapixel 4K-video camera with TriTech subject-tracking autofocus and a dual-LED flash.

Powering its premium specifications are an eight-core 14nm Snapdragon 820 CPU clocked at 2.15GHz, a colossal 6GB RAM, and an Adreno 530 graphics processor. It doubles up the usual 128GB memory offered by many flagship 2016 releases with its 256GB UFS 2.0 storage, while a 360-degree fingerprint scanner leads its security features. The Zenfone3 Deluxe also features the SonicMaster audio technology with dual 5-magnet speakers, a 3000mAh battery with ASUS BoostMaster charging, and an 8-megapixel f/2.0-aperture selfie camera.


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#3. The GreatCall Jitterbug Smart

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.

#4. The Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

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.

#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 Samsung Galaxy Note5 Duos

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy Note5 Duos.
Average Star Rating:
78%

Description

Merely adding a second SIM card slot to the 2015 Galaxy Note5, this Duos edition brings back its sibling's 5.7-inch (Super AMOLED) Quad HD screen alongside the S Pen accessory as well as its eight-core (Exynos 7420) plus 4GB RAM processing setup. Also coming back are the Note5's pair of 16- and 5-megapixel cameras, the latter capturing videos in a 4K (3840 x 2160) maximum resolution.

Its remaining specs include a 3000mAh wireless-charging battery, a non-expandable 32GB internal memory, and fingerprint user identification. The Note5 Duos is available in colors like Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.

#7. The RugGear RG100

A picture of the RugGear RG100.
Average Star Rating:
91%

Description

This gritty basic phone from RugGear is powered by a robust (in this phone category) 2400mAh battery and is armed with a waterproof, dust-tight, and shock-resistant shell. The RG100 also sports a 2-inch 176 x 220 QCIF display, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and an LED torchlight. Joining its specs are an up-to-32GB microSD card support alongside Bluetooth v3.0 and a quad-band GSM network adapter. Thrown in the package are accessories like a cleaning towel and a screen protection foil.

#8. The TTfone Star

Photo of the TTfone Star.
Average Star Rating:
80%

Description

Not exactly the brightest star in TTfone's basic phone galaxy, the Star (TT300) opts for a bevy of old-fashioned, senior-driven specifications. These include a 2-inch TFT (176 x 220) screen, an emergency button, and a charging dock accessory for when it recharges its modest 600mAh battery. It comes with a 4GB microSD card slot and throws a headset in the package as well. It offers dual-band GSM connectivity and comes in Gray or Red.

#9. 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.

#10. The BLU Z3

A picture of the BLU Z3.
Average Star Rating:
83%

Description

The BLU Z3 phone stands as a Bluetooth-capable phone that offers mostly simple specs. It comes equipped with a 1.8-inch TFT screen that has a 128 x 160 display resolution, and it uses a 600mAh battery.

This phone only has 32MB of built-in memory, which is expandable to up to 32GB with a microSD card. The BLU Z3 relies on a VGA camera and an LED flash for taking photos.



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