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.
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.
LG's prepaid 237C is a basic flip phone packing a pretty short spec sheet. This includes a small screen adorned with a Menu Readout feature as well as a 1.3-megapixel camera. Its compact design also houses a Hearing Assist Mode (with hearing aid compatibility), a 1000-entry phone book, and a voice/sound-recording function. Mobile essentials like Bluetooth (v2.1), external caller ID, and basic mobile internet are in the mix as well. The 237C offers downloadable games, too.
This LTE-capable flip phone from Kyocera, the DuraXE, is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core processor (1GB RAM) and is armed with a shock- and water-resistant shell. It sports a 2.6 TFT QVGA main screen and a secondary 1.08-inch one-color LCD on the outside (for quick alerts and caller ID). In addition to those specs, the DuraXE is home to a 5-megapixel AF LED-flash camera, an expandable 8GB memory, and noise cancellation via a dual microphone setup. Its 1500mAh battery scores a 9.4-hour talk time and a 16-day maximum standby time.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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