Best UK Basic Phones As Of August 2017



Did you mean UK smartphones? This list shows the best basic phones, but this one lists the best UK smartphones.

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 Doro 6030

Photo of the Doro 6030.
Average Star Rating:
94%

Description

The Doro 6030 is a no-nonsense senior flip phone, offering nothing more than an M4/T4 hearing aid compliance, a dedicated physical assistance button, and a 0.3-megapixel camera. Its open-lid interface features a 2.4-inch 320 x 240 screen atop a classic alphanumeric keypad with separated keys, while under the hood, it houses specs like a 32GB microSD socket and an 800mAh battery.






#2. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini I9195I

A picture of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini I9195I.
Average Star Rating:
81%

Description

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 Wileyfox Swift

Wileyfox Swift picture.
Average Star Rating:
80%

Description

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.

#4. The TTfone Lunar

Description

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 Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

Description

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.

#6. The Alcatel 2012

A picture of the Alcatel 2012.
Average Star Rating:
88%

Description

Alcatel's 2012 is a basic flip phone that offers somewhat-redundant basic phone specs, such as a 2.8-inch QVGA TN screen, a 3-megapixel camera, and a less-than-desirable 750mAh battery capacity. It comes with a mere 16MB memory, but does support up to 8GB of external storage via microSD. Also on board is an FM radio transmitter, Bluetooth v3.0, and an array of pre-installed games that include Brain Challenge 3 and Asphalt 6. It is available in White, Gold, and Dark Chocolate.

#7. The Nokia 215 Dual SIM

A picture of the Nokia 215 Dual SIM.
Average Star Rating:
80%

Description

This color-screened candybar is the dual-SIM variant of Nokia's 2015 215 that comes with exactly the same specs as the single-SIM variant, including the preloaded social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), Opera Mini mobile web browser, and Bing search engine. The 215 Dual SIM sports a 2.4-inch screen with a classic alphanumeric rubber keypad below. It also offers a VGA camera, a built-in torch, and stereo-compatible Bluetooth v3.0. Its 1100mAh battery promises up to 20 hours of calling time and has an up-to-50-hour music playback capacity.

#8. The LG K3

Description

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.

#9. The TTfone Star

TTfone Star picture.
Average Star Rating:
80%

Description

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.

#10. The Nokia 230 Dual SIM

Photo of the Nokia 230 Dual SIM.
Average Star Rating:
74%

Description

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.



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