Best UK Basic Phones As Of May 2016

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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 Wileyfox Swift


Released alongside the high-end Storm model, the budget-class Wileyfox Swift runs on Cyanogen 12.1, with a 64-bit quad-core CPU, a 2GB RAM, and an Adreno 306 GPU working together in the engine room. Among its key specs is a 13-megapixel camera with a BSI-sensor and a dual LED flash setup as well as a 5-inch HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It also comes with 16GB of native memory, which can be expanded by up to 32GB. Lastly, this dual-SIM, LTE-enabled model is powered by a 2500mAh battery.

#2. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini I9195I


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.

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#3. The SpareOne Emergency Phone


The world's only AA-battery-powered mobile phone (as of its release), the SpareOne Emergency Phone's crisis-ready specs include a Locate and Alert button that alerts up to five guardians, a panic siren, and a flashing LED light function that signals for help in Morse code. It also comes with a glow-in-the-dark keypad as well as M3/T4 hearing aid compliance, with a White-Red dual-color shell tying everything together.

#4. The Alcatel Pop 3-5

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#5. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE touts its six cores (four run at 1.3GHz and two at 1.7GHz) and three key features: the leather-like top-stitched back cover in mint, black, and white, the S Pen stylus (for writing memos, among others), and Galaxy Gear compatibility (receive notifications, etc. on the smartwatch). It also sports a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 sAMOLED display, an 8-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel front-facer, and a 2GB RAM. Its 3100mAh battery can last 490 hours or 20 days on standby (LTE) and its 16GB memory can be expanded to 64GB. It has 3G and dual-SIM models.

#6. The Doro Liberto 650

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Doro takes their traditional basic flip phone equation, but plugs in a few fresh features. The Liberto 650 is certified for HD Voice, a technology intended to enhance in-call audio quality and reduce background noise. Doro also equipped it with 3G bands this time around, with email support, a web-based device manager and a web browser built around it. Just like most Doro flip phones, the 650 sports a backlit numeric keypad with separated keys and a customizable display, clearly gearing it towards elder or visually-impaired users. It also comes with a 2-megapixel camera.

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#7. The Jolla

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The Sailfish OS makes its maiden voyage in the Jolla, and packs with it some seemingly nifty features: The ability to work with Android applications and hardware, a gesture-based user interface that uses - you guessed it - gestures to navigate the screen, and the use of interactive back covers called The Other Half that personalize the phone when snapped on. On the other hand, the Jolla is also powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor and it comes with an 8-megapixel camera, a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display, 1GB RAM, 16GB of onboard memory, and a 2100mAh battery - so it has some ordinary elements mixed in too.

#8. The LG G2 Mini

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The LG G2 Mini smartphone, the smaller version of LG's G2, is equipped with a smaller main display (4.7 instead of 5.2), a weaker processor (1.2Ghz compared to 2.26Ghz) and an 8-megapixel camera (compared to 13-megapixels). But, the G2 Mini's battery has a surprisingly longer stand-by time of 900 hours, while the G2 only has 696 hours and it is installed with Android's newer operating system (KitKat).

The G2 Mini, like its bigger version, also includes the Knock Code software (assign a knocking pattern to unlock your phone without picking it up or pressing the power key) and the Guest Mode (a mode for guests or children, allowing the owner to protect personal information).

#9. The Doro Secure 580

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Doro's Secure 580 is clearly lower-specked compared to most basic phones, but might be just as convenient (possibly more) especially for housebound users. It comes with only four keys on its keypad, each of which is a speed dial button that you set personally. Instead of a camera, it sports an assistance button at the back. A safety timer that automatically sends an SMS alarm to or dials preset numbers also adds to its features, with GPS localization that tells your trusted contact where you are as well. The Secure 580 comes with its own charging cradle, holding it upright as it powers up from its 800mAh battery.

#10. The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual

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The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra dual (the dual-sim version of the Xperia T2 Ultra) is a 6-inch high-end phablet that utilizes Sony's typical display and image-capturing technologies. It is outfitted with a 13-megapixel main camera that features the Exmor RS (for mobile) image sensor and HDR for photos and videos. It runs on a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor and has a surprisingly low 1GB RAM (other high-end phones have higher RAM sizes). It also boasts an up-to-30-hour talk time because of its 3000mAh battery and offers what Sony calls seamless and simple connection with other Sony NFC-enabled devices.

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