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 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 Nokia 215 Dual SIM

A picture of the Nokia 215 Dual SIM.
Average Star Rating:
80%

Description

This color-screened candybar is the dual-SIM variant of Nokia's 2015 215 that comes with exactly the same specs as the single-SIM variant, including the preloaded social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), Opera Mini mobile web browser, and Bing search engine. The 215 Dual SIM sports a 2.4-inch screen with a classic alphanumeric rubber keypad below. It also offers a VGA camera, a built-in torch, and stereo-compatible Bluetooth v3.0. Its 1100mAh battery promises up to 20 hours of calling time and has an up-to-50-hour music playback capacity.

#4. 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.

#5. The Samsung Galaxy Note5 Duos

Samsung Galaxy Note5 Duos picture.
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.

#6. 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.

#7. The Nokia 105 2015 Dual SIM

Photo of the Nokia 105 2015 Dual SIM.
Average Star Rating:
77%

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 LG F4NR

Photo of the LG F4NR.
Average Star Rating:
85%

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.

#9. The BLU Z3

Photo of the BLU Z3.
Average Star Rating:
71%

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.

#10. The Jethro SC213

Photo of the Jethro SC213.
Average Star Rating:
70%

Description

Model SC213 is part of Jethro's family of basic flip phones for kids and seniors, sporting a 2-megapixel camera and an emergency SOS button on the outside, while meeting users with a 2.2-inch TFT (210 x 176) screen and a classic alphanumeric keypad when flipped open. Under the hood, it comes with an 800mAh battery (with a dock charger accessory) alongside a 16GB microSD card slot. Sadly, this basic phone only supports one SIM card at a time.



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