Best Flip Phones of 2016
Why I Think There's Still a Lot of Value in Flip Phones
As someone who is on the move a lot I put a ton of wear and tear on my phone. After breaking 3 smart phones a few years back, I decided to return to my roots and get a good flip phone that can handle my on-the-go lifestyle. It's amazing how good it is to be back with a phone built more for functionality than anything else.
I've handed down that functionality to my young kids who need a phone for communication but aren't ready for all the dangers that come with smartphones.
That functionality translates into additional ruggedness, a better battery life, and what I consider a better phone overall. In this post, I'll take you through a few of my favorites and give you the pros and cons of each.
Best Budget Flip Phones of 2016
Flip phones are rugged, have a great battery life, and are safe for kids. Here's a look at a few of my favorites.
Samsung Convoy - A Great Rugged Option
One of the best flip phones that I have ever owned is the Samsung Convoy. It's rugged and can handle just about anything. While it isn't 100 percent waterproof or guaranteed to be indestructible as some more expensive phones are, it can handle a whole lot of dropping, throwing, dripping, etc. and will have no problems.
Another key feature of this phone that can be both fun and useful is the push to talk feature. If you've ever used a walkie talkie, this is exactly like that but with phones. You can talk instantly to up to fifty people on a channel. I've only used this once, but if you do things that require walkie talkies this is a cheaper way of doing it.
A Good T-Mobile Flip Phone
If you're looking for a newer and more up-to-date option, check out the LG 450. It has a 2.2" display, 1.3MP camera with camcorder, and text to speech functionality.
It's simple, rugged, easy-to-use, and has a clear transmission. You can set it up with T-mobile's pay as you go plan for a senior or kids or just enjoy the simplicity for yourself.
In addition, it comes with a sim card so you won't have to pay the $10 to $20 that the T-mobile store wants to charge you.
Do You Still Use a Flip Phone?
Samsung GT-C3520BLK - Great for Battery Life and Features
For a flip phone that has a few more features, I highly recommend the Samsung GT-C3520BLK. It works with carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile and gives you access to social applications, SMS, MMS, e-mail, and instant messaging options.
This makes it a good middle ground between having a few smart phone options but still having the flip phone options you want. Battery life for this phone is around 9 hours talk with up to 610 hours standby.
After using this phone for a few weeks I really fell in love with it. The long battery life, ruggedness, and how well everyone can hear me on it make it the perfect solution for someone like me.
A Few Good Classic and New Flip Phones
Another classic that has been out for awhile, but it still a big hit is the Motorola RAZR. The main benefit for this phone is its size. The RAZR is one of the thinnest phones on the market, and still manages to feature quality and speed.
It also features a color screen on both the inside, and the outside, thus everything that is viewed on the inner screen can be viewed on the outer screen.
This is especially beneficial when trying to take pictures of yourself with the camera. You can face the camera towards you and see on the screen exactly what the picture will look like.
Samsung Gusto 2
One of the most basic phones on the market is the Samsung Gusto 2. This well-built small flip phone is made to perform just the basic functions you would expect from a cell phone.
If you are not a very technologically savvy person and are looking for an easy to use option, then this is the phone for you. It comes with basic talk and text features and is small, light, and easy to carry.
The Gusto also has a few add-ons that are both easy to use, and incredibly useful. One of these is Bluetooth capabilities which make it possible to drive and talk without having to look at or mess around with your phone. It can connect wirelessly to an earpiece, or through many car radios.
The Gusto also has a camera which is standard on most phones today. Everyone has had a time where they wish they had a camera and almost all flip phones today eliminate that problem.
Another phone I have seen being used by friends and colleagues is the Samsung Intensity. This phone is based much more on the social side and is great for anyone that loves to be in the loop. This phone can turn sideways and then be flipped open to reveal a long, sideways, keyboard for the user. Most people, upon getting used to QWERTY keyboards, find that they are easier to use, and also much faster than 9 key phones.
The Intensity also comes with Facebook and Twitter applications that make it easy to connect to friends through social networks. It also comes with a camera which has built in infrared, meaning you can take pictures at night and still have them be clear. This is not found on many phones.
Here's a more high-tech flip phone/smart Phone that comes with wireless internet. It is called the Blackberry Style, and it runs with boost mobile. This clever phone combines a few of the best features of a lot of different phones. One thing that many people enjoy and struggle to find on a flip phone is the QWERTY keyboard. The Style flips open and reveals the small, but perfect QWERTY keyboard that is super easy-to-use.
Great for Internet Browsing:
The Blackberry Style also has a more advanced internet browser than many smart phones. While a normal browser on a computer will allow you to have multiple tabs running at once, most smartphones don't come with this capability on their internet browser. The Style does this, and the internet can be accessed through Wi-Fi or through your 3G network.
The last thing that makes the Style a good phone to choose is the camera. We have already discussed cameras a little bit; however, the Style has a 6 megapixel digital camera that also has video capabilities. This is nearly as good as a lot of digital cameras you will pay for in the store. It can give you a quality image that can be blown up to a much larger size, and still maintain clarity. This combined with its video capabilities makes it one of the best cell phone cameras out there.
Many options for flip phones are still available. Remember the key is to decide what you want to do with it and how much your willing to spend each month and then to find a phone that falls in line with your criteria. While some cell phone salesman might put the pressure on you to purchase more than you need I highly suggest you go with what fits your budget and needs.
The Nokia 6350 brings me back to using my phone as a communication device. I get a better signal and battery life from it. It's easy enough for me to use my iPad Mini while I'm home or away and much simpler to read.
Flip phones are simply more capable and rugged in terms of a communication device. To me they still hold a lot of value in today's market. What's your experience with them?