Top 10 Best Flip Phones 2014
Flip phones, also called clamshell phones, are convenient for people 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 Samsung Gusto 3
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-specific specifications:
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#2. The Alcatel 1030
The Alcatel 1030 is good for phone calls, text messages, music - and not much else. It is outfitted in a 1.8-inch 160 x 128 TFT display, it weighs 2.54 ounces, it is run by a 260MHz processor, and it comes with a 3MB memory that can be expanded up to 8GB. Its 500mAh battery has a listed talk time of 240 minutes or four hours and a standby time of 250 hours or ten days.Form-factor-related specs:
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#3. The Alcatel 2010
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).Form-factor-related specs:
#4. The Kyocera Coast
The Kyocera Coast is a low-end flip phone with basic features: A 2.4-inch display, an 1.44-inch external display for notifications, and a well-separated alphanumeric keypad. It is an eco-friendly device with the UL Environment certification for using low-impact materials. Its 870mAh battery is claimed to last up to 29 days on standby or up to six hours of calls.Form-factor-specific specifications:
#5. 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 specifications:
#6. The LG Revere 3
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:
#7. 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-specific features:
#8. 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:
#9. 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-specific specifications:
#10. 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:
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