Top 5 Best Flip Phones 2014

Flip phones, also called clamshell phones, are convenient for consumers 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 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 flip phones, according to their average review score.

#1. 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.

Form-factor-related specs:
  • Weight: 3.53 ounces
  • External screen: TFT
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#2. The Alcatel 2010

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Alcatel releases another 2-megapixel feature phone with a 2.4-inch 320 x 240 screen and gives it a splash of color (apple green and fresh turquoise, to name a few). The 2010 sports a 260MHz CPU, a 1.2MB end user memory (internal memory is 128MB) that is expandable to 32GB, and a 750mAh battery that is said to last 450 hours or almost 19 days on standby. It is also a bit thin for a flip phone (13.55 mm).

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#3. The Pantech Breeze IV

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Par of a family of basic phones designed with the older generation in mind, the Breeze IV has practical, senior-friendly tools like the screen Magnifier, the Slow Speech function (which can literally slow down live or recorded conversations), the usual dedicated emergency keys, easy and advanced user modes, and even a pill reminder! It also has a 3-megapixel camera (an improvement over the 1.3-megapixel one in the Breeze III) and a 3-inch screen to make things even more visible -- the older version had a 2.2-inch screen.

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#4. The LG Revere 3

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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.

Form-factor-specific specifications:
  • Weight: 3.46 ounces
  • External screen: 0.98-inch monochrome
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#5. The Samsung Convoy 3

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Robust feature phone designed to withstand most environmental conditions, with a feature designed to dilute background noise, push-to-talk (typical of these work-oriented phones), a 3.2-megapixel camera, and basic internet capability. It has a processor speed of 480 MHz, 256MB RAM, and 512MB internal memory. At 4.4 ounces, it´s relatively lightweight and pocket-friendly, but heavier than the previous Convoy 2.

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