Best Basic Canadian Phones 2017 or 2018

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.

#2. The LG G5 SE


A follow-up model of LG's G5 with some slight reductions on the hardware front, the G5 SE delivers a similar always-on 5.3-inch Quantum Touch IPS screen boasting a 554ppi pixel density and a whopping 800nit brightness. It touts a dual camera setup at the back, which is composed of a 16-megapixel f/1.8 primary cam and an 8-megapixel 135-degree wide angle secondary cam.

Its specs also include a modular battery tray design (it has a 2800mAh battery), an 8-megapixel selfie camera, and a 32GB memory that supports up to 2TB of expansion. As a sibling, it runs on a Snapdragon 652 split-eight-core CPU coupled with 3GB of RAM, whereas the original model operates on the Snapdragon 820 chip and boasts a 4GB RAM.

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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 Kyocera DuraXE

Kyocera DuraXE picture.
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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.

#6. The Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime


The Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime is an overall middle-class smartphone equipped with some preloaded Samsung apps, including the S Secure security toolkit paired up with fingerprint identification as well as S Power Planning (2400mAh power cap only) for battery management. Also among its specs are a 16GB memory that can be expanded by a colossal 256GB, a 13-megapixel f/1.9 rear-facing main camera, and a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. Right above its 5-inch 2.5D Gorilla Glass HD screen is a 5-megapixel f/2.2 selfie cam, with a full-metal housing holding everything together.

#7. The Samsung Galaxy C7


Released alongside the smaller Galaxy C5, the Galaxy C7 introduces Samsung's Galaxy C-series on a high-end note, with a 4GB RAM and an eight-core CPU running at 2GHz leading its array of specifications. It touts a 16-megapixel f/1.9 FHD-video main camera at the back, while an 8-megapixel selfie cam, also with an f/1.9 aperture, sits above its 5.7-inch Full HD display.

The C7 also features fingerprint recognition and NFC (both mainly for mobile payments) alongside a 64GB/32GB internal memory expandable by up to 128GB and a 3300mAh battery. Several signature perks from Samsung, such as Samsung Knox (secured space app) and Samsung Mobile Manager get the ball rolling for this high-class Android.

#8. The Samsung Galaxy C5


This initial model of Samsung's Galaxy C-series joins other high-end Androids from the mobile powerhouse with a 5.2-inch FHD-1080p screen, a 16-megapixel f/1.9-aperture primary camera, and an enormous 4GB RAM. It comes with a fingerprint reader embedded into its home key, an 8-megapixel selfie camera, and a split-octa-core processor running at 1.5GHz + 1.2GHz. Also joining the Galaxy C5's specs are a 2600mAh battery and a 32GB internal memory with an up-to-128GB expansion support. It is available in colors like Rose Gold and Silver.

#10. The RugGear RG100

Photo of the RugGear RG100.
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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.

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