Best Basic American Phones 2017

This best basic phone list for U.S. networks is assembled from the best-ranked phones we identify using our review aggregator. This is for basic models only, but we have a specific list for the best smartphones U.S.A. 2017.

Expect the best basic phones shown here to include flip, slider and bar shaped models aimed at those who just want a good basic regular phone for... making calls. Just like 1999!

#1. 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.

#2. The Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe


Deluxe is apparently a fitting variant name for the 5.7-inch Zenfone 3 Deluxe, knowing that it boasts a 3000000:1 contrast ratio on its Gorilla Glass 4 screen as well as a 23-megapixel 4K-video camera with TriTech subject-tracking autofocus and a dual-LED flash.

Powering its premium specifications are an eight-core 14nm Snapdragon 820 CPU clocked at 2.15GHz, a colossal 6GB RAM, and an Adreno 530 graphics processor. It doubles up the usual 128GB memory offered by many flagship 2016 releases with its 256GB UFS 2.0 storage, while a 360-degree fingerprint scanner leads its security features. The Zenfone3 Deluxe also features the SonicMaster audio technology with dual 5-magnet speakers, a 3000mAh battery with ASUS BoostMaster charging, and an 8-megapixel f/2.0-aperture selfie camera.

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#3. The GreatCall Jitterbug Smart


The Alcatel-made, senior-friendly Jitterbug Smart is loaded with GreatCall's 5Star 24/7 emergency hotline as well as apps Med Coach and Urgent Care. Its 5.5-inch HD-720p screen features a simplified user interface, with relatively-large icons arranged in a single file, with a 2500mAh battery taking care of its power needs. Its specs also include an 8GB memory, a 4G LTE adapter, and a pair of 5- and 2-megapixel cameras.

#4. 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.

#5. The ZTE Z223


This basic ZTE flip phone, simply named the Z223, comes with a bevy of simple specifications, which include a 2-inch 220 x 176 TFT screen and a 900mAh battery claiming a 4-hour talk time (10-day standby time). It has an M3/T3 hearing aid certification, a VGA (0.3-megapixel) camera, and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR. It comes with a 128MB memory and a 64MB RAM, but disappointingly lacks a microSD card slot for external storage.

#6. The Kyocera Rally

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Running on the Qualcomm QSC 6270 processor and Brew MP, the Kyocera Rally is a low-key voice phone offering a 1.8-inch display, a classic alphanumeric keypad (separated keys) and basic mobile internet. Its main specs include a 256MB native memory, a 128MB RAM, and a 32GB microSD card slot. The Rally also features a 760mAh battery alongside a 0.3-megapixel or VGA camera. Alongside its SMS and calling functions, it supports text-to-speech as well as Bluetooth v2.1, and comes with M3/T3 hearing aid ratings.

#7. The BLU Diva Flex


Dressed with mostly low-tier specs, it seems quite unlikely for the BLU Diva Flex to steal the show. For its intro, it starts off with only 32MB of built-in memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card.

This flip phone carries on with only 24MB RAM and uses a 2.4-inch screen with a 240 x 320 display resolution. It also takes pictures with a VGA camera (yes, just VGA), coupled with an LED flash. For its encore, the Diva Flex houses a 600mAh battery, and is made available in gold, silver, gray, and black variants.

#8. The BLU Diva Flip


The Diva Flip's uncomplicated melody is composed of a modest 2.4-inch 240p screen, a VGA (0.3-megapixel) camera with an LED flash, and a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of external memory. Its is powered by an 850mAh-only battery and it lists gold, green, and pink among its color options. It also offers two SIM card slots, just like plenty of other low-key flip phones on the market. Its remaining specs include quad-band GSM connectivity, Bluetooth v3.0, and standard FM as well as MP3 players.

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