Best UK Basic Phones As Of October 2017

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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 Wileyfox Swift

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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.

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#3. The Nokia 222

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Nokia's 2015 222 has the specs of a handset that barely passes the feature phone classification, such as the Opera Mini (IPv6) web browser, a 2.4-inch 65K-color LCD screen, and a 1100mAh battery promising a 1200-minute maximum talk time (696 standby period). It also features a lone 2-megapixel camera, a 32GB microSD card slot, as well as preloaded apps like GroupMe and Facebook.

#4. 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.

#5. The LG K3


While LG's K-series has produced a few decent mid-level models, the LTE-ready K3 steps down to an entry-level shelf, with a 0.3-megapixel frontal camera with gesture shooting and Selfie Light leading its specifications. It is fitted with a low-end 4.5-inch FWVGA screen, a 1.1GHz quad-core CPU (1GB RAM), and a 5-megapixel rear-facing primary camera. Signature LG perks like Knock Code and QuickMemo+ are met by an 8GB memory expandable by up to 32GB and an unimpressive 1940mAh battery.

#6. The TTfone Star

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Not exactly the brightest star in TTfone's basic phone galaxy, the Star (TT300) opts for a bevy of old-fashioned, senior-driven specifications. These include a 2-inch TFT (176 x 220) screen, an emergency button, and a charging dock accessory for when it recharges its modest 600mAh battery. It comes with a 4GB microSD card slot and throws a headset in the package as well. It offers dual-band GSM connectivity and comes in Gray or Red.

#7. The Nokia 105 2015 Dual SIM

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This basic phone is the dual-SIM version of Nokia's 2015 revival of the basic 105. Just like its sibling, it offers a phone book of up to 2000 entries, a 1.45-inch LCD Transmissive screen, and an 800mAh battery that scores a 15-hour maximum talk time. It also comes with two preloaded games: Snake Xenzia and Bubble Bash 2. Unlike the single-SIM version, however, this variant only supports two GSM bands (instead of four). The Nokia 105 2015 Dual SIM will be available in Cyan, Black, and White, and will cost around $20.

#8. 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.

#9. 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.

#10. 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.

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