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Top 6 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.

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 flip phones, according to their average review score.

#1. The Alcatel 1030

Photo of the Alcatel 1030.

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Average Rating:
87%

Description :

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.

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#2. The Alcatel 2010

Description :

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).

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#3. The LG Exalt

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Average Rating:
60%

Description :

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:
  • Weight: 3.88 ounces
  • External screen: Monochrome LED
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#4. The Kyocera Kona

Kyocera Kona picture.

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Average Rating:
60%

Description :

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:
  • Weight: 3.7 ounces
  • External screen: TFT
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#5. The LG Envoy II

LG Envoy II picture.

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Average Rating:
50%

Description :

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 specs:
  • Weight: 3.66 ounces
  • External screen: 2 Monochrome MSTN (0.98-inch)
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#6. The Samsung Convoy 3

Description :

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, its relatively lightweight and pocket-friendly, but heavier than the previous Convoy 2.

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