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.
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.
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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.
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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