top The 10 Best Basic Phones 2016 In Canada

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 Jethro SC628


Jethro's SC628 is a senior- and kid-friendly basic phone whose specs consist of a 2.3-inch 240p screen, a basic camera, and a 1GB memory accompanied by a 16GB microSD card slot. It is hearing aid compatible, though Jethro does not specify its HAC rating, and has a dedicated SOS button for emergencies (up to four emergency contacts). Also on board are an MP3 player, Bluetooth, and its own charging cradle.

#2. The Kyocera DuraXE


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.

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#3. 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.

#4. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini I9195I

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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.

#5. The BLU Diva Flex


Dressed with mostly low-tier specs, it seems quite unlikely for the BLU Diva Flex to steal the show. For its intro, it starts off with only 32MB of built-in memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card.

This flip phone carries on with only 24MB RAM and uses a 2.4-inch screen with a 240 x 320 display resolution. It also takes pictures with a VGA camera (yes, just VGA), coupled with an LED flash. For its encore, the Diva Flex houses a 600mAh battery, and is made available in gold, silver, gray, and black variants.

#6. The Samsung Gusto 3

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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.

#7. The Wileyfox Storm


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.

#8. The Kyocera DuraXV

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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.

#9. The KEVENZ KM300

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The KEVENZ KM300, much like its KM100 sibling, is an SOS-button-equipped senior cellphone, whose rather short list of specs includes large buttons/display font, a simplified interface, and an LED flashlight. It also rocks a basic camera right above its emergency key, with a 1500mAh battery (600-minute maximum talk time) under the hood. The KM300 differs from the KM100 in that it sports a rubber-plus-plastic shell, making it tougher, but more robust.

#10. The TTfone Venus 2

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The Venus 2 is a simple flip phone that is equipped with TTfone's traditional senior-oriented features such as a large keypad, a talking buttons feature, and an SOS button. It sports a standard 3-megapixel camera, a 2.4-inch QVGA main display, a dual screen feature, and an 800-mAh battery that offers up to 10 days of stand by and 210 minutes of talk time. It is also sprinkled with a few classic features such as Bluetooth, an mp3/mp4 player, a hands-free speakerphone, and an audio and video recorder.

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