Top 10 Best Flip Phones 2017



Even in 2017, manufacturers still make new flip phones and consumers still want them. They are mostly basic models (dumb phones), but a bunch of Android flip smartphones even appeared around 2015. Their convenience relies in their small size and the possibility to take or finish calls by opening or closing the flip cover. Rumor has it that flip phones were inspired by the Star Trek original series' Communicator.

Methodology
To select the best Flip phones, we make a list of flip phones that weigh less than 4 ounces and include an external display. Then, we keep only the best ones, according to their average review score. New phones are given a slight advantage over older models, as part of our unique ranking system.

#1. The Doro 6030

A picture of the Doro 6030.
Average Rating:
94%


Description:

Doro's 6030 is one of the brand's elder-oriented 2015 flip phones, coming with hearing aid compliance and an assistance button.

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#2. The LG B470

LG B470 picture.
Average Rating:
85%


Description:

The B470 is a senior-oriented clamshell phone that offers hearing aid compatibility, text-to-speech, and a Senior Mode that automatically enhances audio for elder users.

Form-factor-related specs:

    External screen: 0.98-inch

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#3. The TTfone Lunar

TTfone Lunar picture.
Average Rating:
80%


Description:

No more than a basic flip phone for aging users, the TTfone Lunar lugs an SOS button, an up-to-16GB microSD card slot, and a 1.77-inch external screen opposite its 2.4-inch TFT main display.

Form-factor-related features:

    External screen: 1.77-inch

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#4. The GreatCall Jitterbug Flip

GreatCall Jitterbug Flip picture.
Average Rating:
76%


Description:

Equipped with a 5Star button for emergencies and Yes/No keys for simplified navigation, GreatCall's Jitterbug Flip targets a senior clientele. It is loaded with 1780mAh's worth of power, which supports a 3.2-inch HVGA (320 x 480) TFT main screen and a 1.44-inch external display. Also among its specs are a 2-megapixel flash-equipped camera, a 1GB memory, and an M4/T4 hearing aid classification. This Jitterbug edition is available in Red and Graphite.

Form-factor-related features:

    External screen: 1.44-inch (colored)

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#5. The ZTE Z223

ZTE Z223 picture.
Average Rating:
74%


Description:

The Z223 is no more than an old-fashioned clamshell phone equipped with a 2-inch screen, an M3/T3 haring aid rating, and a 0.3-megapixel camera.

Form-factor-related specs:

    External screen: Yes

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#6. The Kyocera DuraXE

Photo of the Kyocera DuraXE.
Average Rating:
85%


Description:

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.

Form-factor-specific features:

    External screen: 1.08 mono-color Transflective LCD

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#7. The ZTE Cymbal-T

Photo of the ZTE Cymbal-T.
Average Rating:
67%


Description:

The ZTE Cymbal-T is a smart flip phone sporting a 3.5-inch 320p touchscreen, with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop at the helm.

Its specs include full-blown 4G LTE connectivity, a 5-megapixel primary camera, and a 0.96-inch 128 x 64 external display for notifications. It is powered by a low-caliber Snapdragon 210 1.1GHz quad-core processor aided by 1GB of RAM and it relies on a 1800mAh battery. An 8GB memory, an M4/T4 hearing aid rating, and a 2-megapixel secondary camera are also on board.

Form-factor-specific features:

    External screen: 0.96-inch

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#8. The Plum Polka

A picture of the Plum Polka.
Average Rating:
68%


Description:

Plum's Polka, with its polka dot design, is a typical flip phone equipped with a 32GB microSD card slot, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and a preloaded Facebook app.

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#9. The Kyocera DuraXV Plus

Kyocera DuraXV Plus picture.
Average Rating:
74%


Description:

Kyocera's DuraXV+ is a massive clamshell phone (25.1mm depth, 160g weight) equipped with several trademark specs from the brand, among which are an IP68- and MIL-810G-certified casing (for shock- and waterproofing), a Push-to-Talk Plus feature with a dedicated button, and the Smart Sonic Receiver in-call audio technology. It sports a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, though a variant with no cam is available as well. The DuraXV+ is fitted with two screens, the main one being a 2.4-inch QVGA TFT interface, and the other a 1.08-inch monochrome LCD.

Form-factor-related specs:

    External screen: 1.08-inch, Black-and-white, Semi-transmissive LCD

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#10. The BLU Diva Flex

Photo of the BLU Diva Flex.
Average Rating:
57%


Description:

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.

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