Top 10 Best Flip Phones 2014
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 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.
#1. The LG Exalt
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.Form-factor-related features:
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#2. The Kyocera Kona
A very simple flip phone, the Kyocera Kona (also known as Kyocera Coast) limits itself to simple features like large keys, an external display for notifications, a basic camera, and an ergonomic design with round edges and that is about it. But perhaps it is all you need, is it?Form-factor-related features:
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#3. The LG Revere 2
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.Form-factor-specific features:
#4. The LG Envoy II
The LG Envoy II seems to wear its simplicity like a badge of honor. It does not feature a camera (although a 1.3-megapixel variant is available) and its 2.2-inch TFT screen has a pixel resolution of 220 x 176 and a pixel density of 128ppi. It has a native memory of 129MB and its 950mAh battery has a talk time and standby time of 300 minutes (5 hours) and 300 hours (12 and a half days), respectively.Form-factor-related features:
#5. The Samsung Convoy 3
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.Form-factor-related features:
#6. The Alcatel 768
A classic flip phone, this Alcatel model is capable of 6 hours of talk time, with a focus on music. There is a built-in RDS FM radio, a music player, stereo Bluetooth 2.1 and the MicroSD card slot can accept up to 32GB of extra memory. There is also a 1.1-inch external display for notifications.Form-factor-specific features:
#7. The Samsung Galaxy Golden
The Samsung Galaxy Golden is a flip phone that you don't have to flip. It has the same 800 x 480 sAMOLED touchscreen on its exterior that it has inside (although the external display measures 0.2 inches less than the 3.7-inch internal one). The Android 4.2 flip phone also features a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, a 16GB internal memory, a 1.5GB RAM, and a 1820mAh battery with a 3G talk time of up to 11 hours or 660 minutes.Form-factor-related specs:
#8. The Pantech Breeze IV
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.Form-factor-specific features:
#9. The LG Wine III
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.Form-factor-specific specifications:
#10. The Samsung C3590
Samsung shows that the flip phone is considered a classic for a reason - by coming up with yet another one even in this day and age. The C3590 (which has a 3G and a dual-SIM version) runs on a 416MHz processor and is powered by an 800mAh battery with 720 minutes or 12 hours of talk time. It also comes with a 2.4-inch 320 x 240 TFT display and a 2-megapixel camera.Form-factor-specific specifications:
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