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.

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#1. 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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#2. The LG F4NR

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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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#3. The ZTE Z432

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ZTE partners with AT&T over the Z432, a feature phone that sports a 2.4-inch TFT LCD screen, a full QWERTY keyboard (4 rows) and a 2-megapixel camera. Among its typical feature phone perks (Bluetooth, mobile web, MP3 player) are preloaded AT&T apps, such as their Navigator and Address Book. It also comes with AT&T's Device Help function, which provides a step-by-step tutorial for all the phone's functions via the preinstalled browser. The Z432 runs on a 900mAh battery and a single-core Qualcomm processor.

#4. The Alcatel A392A

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Alcatel seems to have reproduced the A392G, as this flip phone carried by Public Mobile or Telus sports a similar TFT 262K screen at 2.4 inches. It retains the 2-megapixel camera and the 1.1-inch OLED external display, which reads out the time and other notifications. It joins many other 2014 clamshells with mobile essentials such as Bluetooth v2.1, a built-in MP3 player, a video-recording mode and a microSD card for topping up its 64MB internal memory (32GB cap). This basic device comes with a 2-year carrier warranty, with the usual 12-month support from Alcatel.

#5. The LG Envoy

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A very basic clamshell phone, the LG Envoy is an exercise in modesty with specifications such as a 2.2-inch display and a VGA camera.

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