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.
Samsung slaps on a Push-to-Talk function and Wi-Fi connectivity to the fourth member of their Rugby basic flip phone series. The Samsung Rugby 4 also comes with an IP67-certified waterproof and dust-tight casing, making it potentially more durable than older basic models. Other features include Bluetooth (v3.0), A-GPS navigation, and M3/T3 hearing aid ratings. The Rugby 4 comes with a 3-megapixel camera that records QVGA (320 x 240) videos, the same resolution as that of its 2.4 TFT main display. It is powered by a 1300mAh battery.
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.
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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.
Typical basic phone attributes merge with an array of health and security services in the Samsung Jitterbug 5. For emergencies or accidents, it lets you connect to on-call assistance using the special 5Star key. It also has a 24/7 line with registered nurses or board-certified doctors, in case you need medical advise. To complement its customer service, it relies on a battery that lasts for up to 25 days of mixed usage on a single charge. Like most clamshells, it comes with separated and backlit keys to make texting and phone navigation easier.
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).
A flip phone with nearly identical specs as the relatively stouter 382G bar model. It derives it Big Easy name from its large backlit numeric keypad, which suggests its convenience for elder users. It has an M3/T4 hearing rating and a special my number function as well. The Big Easy Flip's lid sports a 2-megapixel camera and a small read-out screen, while the main display is a 2.4-inch TFT panel. It appears to have a pretty typical battery life, promising roughly three hours of talk time and up to 10 days on standby.
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 Otium Mini W2014 is a dual-screen flip phone perhaps modeled after Samsung's premium-class Android of the same name. It mixes its smartphone profile with the classic flip form factor, as its back-to-back 3-inch IPS screens (both with 800 x 480 resolutions) are assisted by a physical alpha-numeric keypad. Other features include a 4GB memory with 512GB worth of RAM, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a 2-megapixel camera. This dual-SIM model is powered by a 1300mAh battery that promises up to 70 hours of mixed usage.
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