top The 10 Best Flip Phones (June 2016)

Top 10 Best Flip Phones 2016



Even in 2016, manufacturers still make new flip phones and consumers still want them. They are mostly basic models (dumb phones), but a bunch of Android flip smartphones even appeared around 2015. Their convenience relies in their small size and the possibility to take or finish calls by opening or closing the flip cover. Rumor has it that flip phones were inspired by the Star Trek original series' Communicator.

Methodology
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 ones, according to their average review score. New phones are given a slight advantage over older models, as part of our unique ranking system.

#1. The Kyocera DuraXE

Kyocera DuraXE picture.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

The 1st best flip phone apparently packs the processing potential of a full-blown smartphone, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8909 1.1GHz quad-core CPU and a 1GB RAM on board.

Form-factor-specific features:

    Weight: 6.0 ounces
    External screen: 1.08 mono-color Transflective LCD

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#2. The GreatCall Jitterbug Flip

GreatCall Jitterbug Flip picture.
Average Rating:
84%


Description:

Equipped with a 5Star button for emergencies and Yes/No keys for simplified navigation, GreatCall's Jitterbug Flip targets a senior clientele. It is loaded with 1780mAh's worth of power, which supports a 3.2-inch HVGA (320 x 480) TFT main screen and a 1.44-inch external display. Also among its specs are a 2-megapixel flash-equipped camera, a 1GB memory, and an M4/T4 hearing aid classification. This Jitterbug edition is available in Red and Graphite.

Form-factor-related features:

    Weight: 4.7 ounces
    External screen: 1.44-inch (colored)

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#3. The Plum Polka

A picture of the Plum Polka.
Average Rating:
96%


Description:

Plum's Polka, with its polka dot design, is a typical flip phone equipped with a 32GB microSD card slot, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and a preloaded Facebook app.

Form-factor-specific specifications:

    Weight: 2.6 ounces

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#4. The BLU Diva Flex

Photo of the BLU Diva Flex.
Average Rating:
68%


Description:

Dressed with mostly low-tier specs, it seems quite unlikely for the BLU Diva Flex to steal the show. For its intro, it starts off with only 32MB of built-in memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card.

This flip phone carries on with only 24MB RAM and uses a 2.4-inch screen with a 240 x 320 display resolution. It also takes pictures with a VGA camera (yes, just VGA), coupled with an LED flash. For its encore, the Diva Flex houses a 600mAh battery, and is made available in gold, silver, gray, and black variants.

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#5. The LG 237C

LG 237C picture.
Average Rating:
85%


Description:

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LG's 237C is a prepaid flip phone with a 1.3-megapixel camera and a Hearing Assist Mode.

Form-factor-related features:

    Weight: 3.43 ounces
    External screen: Yes (with caller ID)

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#6. The LG Terra

Photo of the LG Terra.
Average Rating:
92%


Description:

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The LG Terra lands on a moderate flip phone shelf with a 2.4-inch (320 x 240) TFT 262K color display, a 1.77-inch external QQVGA (160 x 120) caller ID screen, and a 1.3-megapixel camera. It comes with 512MB of memory and 256MB of RAM, as well as a 950mAh battery that scores an up to 360-minute talk time. Other specs include Bluetooth v3.0, S-GPS location assistance, and preintegrated voice commands.

Form-factor-related specs:

    Weight: 3.88 ounces
    External screen: 1.77-inch 262K Color TFT

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#7. The LG Gentle

LG Gentle picture.
Average Rating:
65%


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LG tinkers with the classic flip form factor for the LG Gentle (also known as the Wine Smart), a clamshell smartphone whose main specs include the Android Lollipop platform, an LTE adapter, and a 1.1GHz four-core processor. It offers a 3-megapixel main camera at the back and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) one just above its 3.2-inch screen. It comes with a 4GB internal memory and 1GB of RAM.

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#8. The LG F4NR

Photo of the LG F4NR.
Average Rating:
100%


Description:

Despite wearing a different model number, the 2014 LG F4NR (C441) offers a nearly identical set of specs as the 2013 F4N (C440). These include a 2.2-inch QCIF (220 x 176) 262K main screen, a 0.98-inch monochrome external display, and an LG-proprietary operating system. The F4NR offers a 1.3-megapixel camera, a 230MHz Qualcomm QSC6270 chipset, and a text-to-speech feature as well. Its memory and RAM capacities are among the lowest you will find in this phone class, standing at 256MB and 128MB respectively. A 950mAh battery is in charge of its power supply.

Form-factor-related features:

    External screen: 0.98-inch Monochrome MSTN

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#9. The LG 441G

A picture of the LG 441G.
Average Rating:
63%


Description:

LG's 2015 441G basic clamshell joins many others in offering a 2.2-inch main screen and a 0.98-inch one-color external caller ID display. Its specs also include a 1.3-megapixel camera, text-to-speech, and Bluetooth v2.1. Underneath its robust shell (3.85 x 2.00 x 0.73 inches) is a 950mAh battery. Basic mobile web, an MP3 player, and an M3/T4 hearing aid rating is in this package, too.

Form-factor-specific features:

    Weight: 3.63 ounces
    External screen: 0.98-inch Monochrome LCD

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#10. The Jethro SC213

Photo of the Jethro SC213.
Average Rating:
66%


Description:

The SC213 is a somewhat run-of-the-mill senior flip phone, listing an 800mAh battery with a charging dock, a 2-megapixel camera, and an SOS key among its features.

Form-factor-specific features:

    Weight: 4 ounces

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