* Also exists for all brands.
Flip phones, also called clamshell phones, are convenient for users who don't want to have to lock their keypad to prevent unwanted keypresses. They are also usually not as tall as candy bar phones and fit easily in your pockets. Rumor has it that clamshell phones were inspired by the Star Trek original series' Communicator.
To select the best LG Flip phones, we make a list of flip phones that weigh less than four ounces and include an external display. Then, we keep only the best flip phones, according to their average review score.
This basic flip phone from LG seems to target users who may have some problems with hearing or vision. Its 2.2-inch display features a text-to-speech technology (also found on comparable devices) that reads your texts out loud. On the contrary, it comes with M3/T4 hearing aid ratings for those who have slightly impaired hearing. A 1.3-megapixel camera sits on its back side, with a camcorder feature for taking quick videos. Its battery is rated at 950mAh, with a reported talk time of over three hours. Other features include WEA, an MP3 player, Bluetooth and a 230MHz single-core engine.
LG comes up with a new conventional flip-phone to add to its roster with the A380. Built for those casual users who only need a simple phone, it retains features from its ancestor (the A340) such as 3G capability, an enhanced audio mode (for users who have hearing problems) and a text-to-speech function. It is also outfitted with small upgrades such as a larger storage memory that was increased from 87.6MB to 256MB, an improved head and body SAR rating of 0.41 and 0.64 from 0.44 and 0.84 respectively, and a battery that now lasts up to 205 minutes of talk time (previously 180 minutes).
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As a classic flip phone, the LG Wine III offers specs that will probably not make you flip out with techie glee. Aside from new features like a dedicated voice command key and the Voice Clarity mode designed to adjust voice depending on the surrounding noise level, it comes with a 2-megapixel camera and a 3-inch 400 x 240 TFT screen. Its 900mAh battery has a talk time of 330 minutes or 5 and a half hours. It also has a native memory of 260MB that is expandable up to 32GB.
Practically offering what most similarly-priced sliders and candybars do, this colored flip phone from LG sports a 1.3-megapixel camera and an M4 hearing aid rating. Its small external display reads out the time and notifications (including external caller IDs) - obviously not found on different phone types. Its battery power is pretty standard, offering roughly six hours of talk time and up to 18 days of stand-by time. It is likely to be promoted as a low-cost compact device from prepaid carriers.
This second incarnation of the LG Revere has a respectable weight of 3.42 ounces, and comes with a 1.3-megapixel camera, a TFT display with 176 x 220 pixels, and 108.5MB of storage memory. Its 1000mAh battery can last more than three weeks (26 days, or to be precise, 630 hours) in stand-by mode. Its SAR rating of .78 is quite lower than the legal limit (body rating is .58). It also has GPS capability, courtesy of the pre-installed Verizon's VZ Navigator.
LG's flipper series continues with the Revere 3, this time coming with a menu readout function that plays audio prompts as you select items. It still sports a 1.3-megapixel camera (with Night Mode) and the classic monochrome readout external display. Opening it up, you will find a 2.2-inch TFT 262K screen. Its memory caps off at 256MB, while RAM is at 128MB - both pretty typical for clamshell models. It slightly reduces the battery power to 950mAh (Revere 2: 1000mAh), but still promises roughly the same usage time with six hours of calling and up to 15 days on standby.
The LG F4N is just like any other flip phone out there; 2.4-inch LCD display, Bluetooth v2.1, 256MB memory and 128MB RAM. Its 1.3-megapixel camera snaps low-res pictures or records QCIF videos at 15fps maximum. It also comes with a Text to Speech technology, which older models lacked, that allows you to listen to text messages as they are read aloud. With a 0.98-inch sub-LCD on the cover to top it off, we might easily find this device within the rock bottom price range.
This basic clamshell, equipped with a 1.3-megapixel video-recording camera and an external caller ID display, is an expansion to LG's basic flip phone family. Its rather archetypal specs include an M3/T3 hearing aid rating, Bluetooth wireless technology, a preloaded MP3 player, as well as speakerphone and voice recorder functions. The 440G supports many widely-used mobile 2G/3G networks, and will likely be available through most prepaid carriers.
The LG 221C flip phone, which will likely come out of major prepaid carriers, offers a set of pretty low-key specs. These include its basic Bluetooth and Mobile Web access, as well as an M4 hearing aid compatibility rating. Its LCD Color main display has a smaller external partner, which allows you to see the caller ID before flipping the phone open. The 221C's battery promises up to 180 minutes of calling and roughly 12 days on standby. Unlike some other basic flip phones, it does not sport any basic camera.
LG sticks to the basics with the LG Exalt (stylish and simple, as they put it). The Exalt is outfitted with an LCD screen that LG touts as one of the largest for flip phones (measures 3 inches diagonally). It features a Voice Clarity Mode designed to improve audio quality for the hearing impaired. It has a LED external display, a 2-megapixel camera, 260MB storage memory, and a 900 mAh battery that can service up to 430 minutes of phone conversations.
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