Best UK Basic Phones As Of April 2018

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Phones shown here are basic models as well as feature phones having obtained the best ratings in the reviews we monitor around the web. Therefore, the best basic phones listed here will not be smartphones and can be either basic bar shape classic phones, regular flip phones, or very basic models that operate like smartphones without a popular smartphone operating system.

#1. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini I9195I

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Roughly the same model as the 2013 Galaxy S4 mini, the I9195I (S4 mini 2015) offers a similar 4.3-inch qHD interface, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 1.5GB RAM. Its only key difference is the 1.2Ghz quad-core CPU, which is an update to the previous version's 1.7GHz dual-core system. The rest of its specs include a 1.9-megapixel selfie cam, a 1900mAh battery, and an 8GB internal memory expandable by up to 64GB.

#2. The TTfone Lunar


The TTfone Lunar, a basic flip phone for seniors, shines brightest with its SOS button, 16GB microSD card support, and 1.77-inch external display (for notifications) -- a facet it shares with many other clamshell-type models. Specs like a 0.3-megapixel camera and a dedicated charging stand are on board as well. The dark side of this moon consists of an 800mAh-only battery (tons of similar phones have 1000mAh in the tank) and a phone book restricted to up to 300 contacts only.

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#3. The Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

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Armed with more RAM (3GB) and battery power (3300mAh) than the 2015 version, the 5.5-inch Full HD Galaxy J7 2016 is a slightly-more-advanced edition of the older model. It sports a 13-megapixel FHD-video rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie cam, the latter assisted by frontal LED lights. Inside the engine room, it operates on a 1.6GHz octa-core processor and is powered by a 3300mAh battery. Also part of its specs are NFC, VoLTE (for in-call audio enhancement), and a 16GB memory expandable by up to 12GB.

#4. The Nokia 230 Dual SIM

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Microsoft takes a break from making Lumia smartphones with the 230 Dual SIM (along with its one-SIM brother), a basic candybar with two 2-megapixel cameras (front and back), a 2.8-inch Glance-Screen-enabled display, and a 1200mAh battery among its specs. Facebook and Twitter are also preinstalled in this phone, which additionally features a stereo FM radio, a music player, and the Opera Mini web browser.

#5. The TTfone Comet


The TTfone Comet, judging from its specifications, is a run-of-the-mill senior phone equipped with a charging cradle, voice-accompanied keys, and an SOS button sitting right under its 1.77-inch TFT (128 x 160) screen. This camera-less candybar also comes with an up-to-8GB microSD card support, a flashlight function, and a 600mAh battery scoring a 180-minute maximum talk time. An FM radio and emergency SMS templates finish off its modest profile.

#6. The Alcatel 10.16G

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Alcatel's 10.16G is a basic monoblock phone rigged with specs like a 1.8-inch screen, an FM radio, and a music player -- despite its lack of a memory card slot for multimedia files. It is powered by a 400mAh battery, which scores a 3-hour talk time and lasts up to 160 hours on standby. Sadly, it does not offer a camera nor Bluetooth, but does have a flashlight built into its 63g body.

#7. The Samsung Galaxy C7


Released alongside the smaller Galaxy C5, the Galaxy C7 introduces Samsung's Galaxy C-series on a high-end note, with a 4GB RAM and an eight-core CPU running at 2GHz leading its array of specifications. It touts a 16-megapixel f/1.9 FHD-video main camera at the back, while an 8-megapixel selfie cam, also with an f/1.9 aperture, sits above its 5.7-inch Full HD display.

The C7 also features fingerprint recognition and NFC (both mainly for mobile payments) alongside a 64GB/32GB internal memory expandable by up to 128GB and a 3300mAh battery. Several signature perks from Samsung, such as Samsung Knox (secured space app) and Samsung Mobile Manager get the ball rolling for this high-class Android.

#8. The TTfone Jupiter 2

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The call-and-text TTfone Jupiter 2 (TT850) is apparently tailored to senior users, knowing that its key specs include an SOS button for emergencies, SOS text templates, and a dedicated side unlock switch for avoiding accidental/pocket dials. It also comes with a dedicated charging stand, a 1.77-inch monochrome 128 x 64 display, and an up-to-4GB microSD card slot. Its 800mAh battery scores a 240-hour standby time and up to 300 minutes of calling time.

#9. The Coofone QT-CO1

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The Coofone QT-CO1, like many other card-type phones, comes with a rather short list of specs, but it also sports a familiar ultra-slim (5.9mm thinness), fits-in-your-wallet body. It comes with a bright blue OLED 0.96-inch display, Bluetooth 3.0 with a matching BT Dialer, and a 350mAh battery promising a 6-hour maximum calling time. Also inside its tiny frame are a memory card slot, a single micro SIM card tray, and a quad-band GSM adapter. Its color options include yellow, red, and blue.

#10. The RugGear RG100

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This gritty basic phone from RugGear is powered by a robust (in this phone category) 2400mAh battery and is armed with a waterproof, dust-tight, and shock-resistant shell. The RG100 also sports a 2-inch 176 x 220 QCIF display, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and an LED torchlight. Joining its specs are an up-to-32GB microSD card support alongside Bluetooth v3.0 and a quad-band GSM network adapter. Thrown in the package are accessories like a cleaning towel and a screen protection foil.

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