Best UK Basic Phones As Of June 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 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.






#2. 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.


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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 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.

#5. The TTfone Comet

Description

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 TTfone Jupiter 2

TTfone Jupiter 2 picture.
Average Star Rating:
80%

Description

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.

#7. The Alcatel 10.16G

Photo of the Alcatel 10.16G.
Average Star Rating:
66%

Description

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.

#8. The Wileyfox Storm

Wileyfox Storm picture.
Average Star Rating:
60%

Description

In essence, the Wileyfox Storm appears to bring just about enough specs to weather the high-end storm, rocking a 1.5GHz eight-core CPU and a 20-megapixel Sony Exmor IMX220 camera (Full HD, 90fps Slow-mo video), while an 8-megapixel LED-flash camera sits right above its 5.5inch FHD screen. Also, this Cyanogen 12.1 model comes with dual SIM card slots, 4G LTE connectivity, and 32 gigs of expandable (up to 128GB) storage. Housing those features is a matte Sandstone Black shell.

#9. The Cat B30

Cat B30 picture.
Average Star Rating:
36%

Description

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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