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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 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.

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#3. 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.

#4. The Samsung Galaxy Note5 Duos


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.

#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 LG Watch Urbane

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LG unveils the first LTE-capable smartwatch during the MWC 2015 in the form of the Watch Urbane, which sports a 1.3-inch circular P-OLED screen accompanied by three dedicated physical side buttons. Its specs, which are shielded by a waterproof body, include a 4GB eMMC memory, a 1GB LPDDR3 RAM, and LG's proprietary Android-based Wearable Platform.

The Watch Urbane also boasts relatively robust battery powers for both 3G (410mAh) and 4G LTE (700mAh) variants. It is available with either a leather or stainless steel strap and comes with a silver-based design.

#7. The Nokia 215 Dual SIM

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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.

#8. The BLU Z3


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.

#9. 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.

#10. 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.

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