Best UK Basic Phones As Of January 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 J7 2016


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.

#2. 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.

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#3. 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.

#4. The Nokia 222 Dual SIM

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The Nokia 222 Dual SIM finishes slightly ahead of most basic handsets, offering basic internet via its Opera Mini browser, as well as having Facebook, Twitter, and GroupMe (by Skype) preinstalled. Also among its highlight specs is a 1100mAh battery rated with a 1200-minute talk time and a 504-hour standby time -- both significantly greater than the averages as of its August 2015 announcement. A 2.4-inch screen, Bluetooth v3.0, and a 32GB memory card slot wrap up its feature list.

#5. 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.

#6. The Emporia Euphoria

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This basic Emporia phone is geared towards a senior clientele, with specs like a 2.3-inch TFT screen with an adjustable font size as well as an emergency call function (up to 5 emergency contacts) in tow. It also has a substantial 1350mAh battery capacity, considering that a ton of other basic bar phones have below-1000mAh power caps. In addition, the Euphoria features a 2-megapixel camera, a microSD card slot, and its own charging cradle.

#7. 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.

#8. The Cat B30

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Cat's B30 is a basic bar-type phone whose specs include a 2-inch 176 x 220 (QCIF) screen, a waterproof and dust-tight IP67 rugged casing that can also withstand falling from up to 1.8 meters, and a 1000mAh battery scoring up to 6 hours of talk time. It sports a 2-megapixel camera at the back and has a 1GB memory expandable by up to 16GB via its microSD socket. Also part of its low-cost offering are USB-OTG support, Bluetooth v2.1, and 3G-WCDMA network compatibility.

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