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Top 10 Best Flip Phones 2014



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.

Methodology
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.

#1. The Doro PhoneEasy 618

Doro PhoneEasy 618 picture.

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Average Rating:
70%

Description :

The Doro 618 is a slightly more advanced PhoneEasy model, with a 3.2-megapixel camera (which is a feat, considering some PhoneEasy models just don´t have one at all) and a 900mAh battery providing a stand-by time of up to 533 hours - more than 20 days! Its SAR rating is also reasonable, at only 0.671 w/Kg

Form-factor-related specs:



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#2. The Samsung Jitterbug Plus

Samsung Jitterbug Plus picture.

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Average Rating:
80%

Description :

Simple or uncomplicated could be used to describe the Jitterbug Plus. Its features seem to center on ease of use (e.g. a large keypad and an external screen for notifications), which can be great for the elderly or those who prefer a streamlined phone. Samsung also claims that its battery is long-lasting and can run up to 25 days on standby.

Form-factor-related specs:
  • Weight: 2.86 ounces
  • External screen: CSTN
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#3. The LG Exalt

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

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 Revere 2

Description :

This second incarnation of the LG Revere has a respectable weight of 3.42 ounces, and comes with a 1.3-megapixel camera, a TFT display with 176 x 220 pixels, and 108.5MB of storage memory. Its 1000mAh battery can last more than three weeks (26 days, or to be precise, 630 hours) in stand-by mode. Its SAR rating of .78 is quite lower than the legal limit (body rating is .58). It also has GPS capability, courtesy of the pre-installed Verizon´s VZ Navigator.

Form-factor-specific features:
  • Weight: 3.42 ounces
  • External screen: Monochrome STN
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#6. The Samsung Chrono 2

Samsung Chrono 2 picture.

Average Rating:
70%

Description :

The upgraded Samsung Chrono 2 includes improvements over the first Chrono with a slightly bigger 2.2-inch display and a higher-resolution camera. It also has a memory card slot (MicroSD up to 32GB), something the original Chrono lacked.

Form-factor-related specs:
  • Weight: 3.6 ounces
  • External screen: yes
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#7. The Kyocera DuraXT

A picture of the Kyocera DuraXT.

Gallery: 7 more pictures

Average Rating:
69.7%

Description :

Here is a clamshell phone boasting a Military Standard 810G rating for ruggedness against dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, etc. It is also water-proof and can be submerged a meter deep for up to half an hour. It includes a rubber body for easy grip and toughness, push-to-talk technology, and a preloaded 1GB MicroSD memory card (supports up to 32GB of memory expansion).

Form-factor-specific features:
  • Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • External screen: Monochrome
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#8. The LG Envoy II

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 features:
  • Weight: 3.66 ounces
  • External screen: 2 Monochrome MSTN (0.98-inch)
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#9. The Samsung T159

Photo of the Samsung T159.

Gallery: 6 more pictures

Average Rating:
60%

Description :

This seemingly basic clamshell phone includes advanced features, such as 3G data technology and an HTML browser. Its large buttons are designed to make texting and dialing easier.

Form-factor-specific specifications:
  • Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • External screen: yes
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#10. The Samsung Rugby III

Description :

Aside from its durability (Military Standard Rating against shock, dusts, and rain), the Samsung Rugby III also offers an aGPS feature with turn-by-turn directions, call restriction functionality that gives you control on how the phone is used, and Push-To-Talk technology.

Form-factor-related features:
  • Weight: 4.64 ounces
  • External screen: CTSN
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