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Best Flip Phones of 2017

Updated on June 7, 2017
The rugged feel, long battery life, and better signal have kept me hooked on flip phones for many years. As a communication device, the Samsung Convoy (shown above) is simply better than many of the Smartphones out there right now.
The rugged feel, long battery life, and better signal have kept me hooked on flip phones for many years. As a communication device, the Samsung Convoy (shown above) is simply better than many of the Smartphones out there right now.

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 smartphones 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 2017

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

LG 450

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.

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The Samsung A157V Flip Phone comes in black and pink. With a standby time of up to 610 hours and a talk time of 9 hours it's much more reliable than today's smart phones.
The Samsung A157V Flip Phone comes in black and pink. With a standby time of up to 610 hours and a talk time of 9 hours it's much more reliable than today's smart phones.

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.

Final Thoughts:

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

Motorola RAZR

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.

If you'd prefer to have a traditional keyboard, then the Samsung Intensity might just be the phone for you.
If you'd prefer to have a traditional keyboard, then the Samsung Intensity might just be the phone for you.

Samsung Intensity

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.

Blackberry Style

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.

Nokia 6350:

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.

Final Thoughts:

Flip phones are simply more capable and rugged in terms of a communication device than current smart phones. Durability, simplicity, and ease-of use are all a plus. So, to me they still hold a lot of value in today's market. What's your experience with them?

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      Kathleen 2 years ago

      I still have a flip phone and dread having to give it up for many reasons. I don't WANT instant access to a computer on my phone: I want a phone to be able to (a) call someone (b) text someone--which is as technically advanced as I get or (c) take a photo of something. I don't care if people laugh at me. Let 'em. I've always been a turncoat against following the herd. So if it amuses others to laugh, go ahead. I like not having to charge my phone continuously; I don't care if I don't have access to a computer; also, I am careless and clumsy and drop my flip phone a lot anyway.

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      Chris 7 months ago

      I have an Alcatel 665 flip phone that has become a part of my family. It's small, rugged and takes my abuse. Unfortunately, I now have trouble accessing the T-Mobile network because this phone will not accept the upgrades recently completed on the cell tower nearest my home. It is my understanding that this phone functions on a 2g system and I am now in need of an upgrade. I don't want to re-invent the wheel if I can avoid it and am looking for either a solution or a suggestion for an upgrade.

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      Matthew 6 months ago

      I use the Casio G'Zone Ravine 2. You can buy them new for about 90 unlocked on amazon and they are great. They are incredibly sturdy, I drop mine nearly daily. The only problem I've had was that the rubber port covers do break off. I've had mine 2.5 years and the battery still lasts 3 days on a full charge. Doubt you'd need the compass, pedometer, moon phase charts, themometers or any of the other cool features, but they're fun to mess with. Also, and I can't stress this enough, the GUI (graphical user interface) is the best I've had on a flip phone. Companies have been cheaping out on making the menus and buttons intuitive on flip-phones since smart phones came out. You can assign individual text tones for each person which I haven't been able to do since my LG Chocolate back in 2009. Camera quality isn't anything to write home about, and the memory is lacking, but it does have SD upgrade capability (beat that iPhone). You can save sound files directly as ringtones (which is a huge perk for me). I pay 31$ a month non-contract post-pay on verizon, and I couldn't be happier. I don't need or want internet and games on my hip every second of the day. It would occasionally be nice to look stuff up, but I pay for internet at home and get it free at work, so I don't need to dish out the extra dollars (which go a lot better into my student loans) for it everywhere I am.

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      James 6 months ago

      I was a flip phone person and liked it very much but when can someone combine the smart with flip.That would be awesome.

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      Iris 5 months ago

      This smartphone generation gall is looking for a flip phone which can work whatsapp and browsing. Anybody tips? does this excist?

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      Derek 5 months ago

      I went from my iphone 7 to the LG flip phone.

      1. Signal better I can sit on my couch and talk to people my iphone had to use wifi calling from my house.

      2. Battery better. Charge every Sunday.

      3. I paid $140 a month for two iphones and an ipad. Now I pay $16.13 per month with Verizon. 300 minutes. Saving money.

      So happy now. I use my Mac for everything.

      4. Call quality is better.

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      Melissa Bassi 4 months ago

      I need a flip phone with a very loud ring.Which 4g phone do you suggest? This is for a 77 year old man.I can barely hear the one he has standing next to him and my hearing is perfect and yes,we have the volume turned all the way up!!!

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      FurryGnat111084 4 months ago

      I love to play with them although I'm getting one tomorrow to use as an everyday phone.

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      vishnu 4 months ago

      which flip phone has a built in play store ...or atleast support whatsapp??????//

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      Jim Britt 3 months ago

      They still put lousy 2 or 3 MP cameras on these phones.

      Put a camera as good as what I have on my Galaxy S7 on a flip phone and I would GLADLY go back to using them.

      Cameras are cheap so why not offer a good one.

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      Rachel 3 months ago

      I'm currently looking for a flip phone for my husband. He has a flip phone currently but the texting sucks big time. Is there a reg. flip phone out there anyone would suggested with easy texting.....? rjaffeux@hotmail.com

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      lollipop 2 months ago

      I so want to go back to a flip. sooooooo ova having a computer in my pocket, a tab is good enough for me if i want the apps.

      the only thing i want tho is to be able to record phone calls. I do story writing and usually get them out best when i tell them to a friend, i want to be able to record so i can than replay and type them out. Does any one know of a good flippy that records calls?

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      Paul Kamau 2 months ago

      I think my flip phone is still pretty good. Besides the awesome battery life It has an outer display which shows the number of the caller so I can decide if I want to take the call our not. Then there's the snap sound when ending a call by closing the flip.

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      Lee B. 2 months ago

      As I understand, Verizon will discontinue 3G service soon and my current phone will no longer work. Will there be a version of the venerable flip phone, with buttons and no touch screen, available that will work on the new 4G lte systems?

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      Ding 7 weeks ago

      What Rachel said: is there a flip phone that's good for texting? Like, full keyboard but no data-plan required by Verizon?

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      ANon 6 weeks ago

      Tottally agree with Kathleen

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      Regina 6 weeks ago

      I'm still missing my pink Razr , :(

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      Anonymous 5 weeks ago

      AT&T regularly forces updates on smart phones. Eventually, the phone gets bricked by them, INTENTIONALLY. Then they just say it's no loner supported and you need a new one. This is really bad if you OWN your phone.

      Imagine if you got a new car, then every few months the manufacturer of the car showed up and "upgraded" it without your permission or knowledge. You like the old radio? too bad. You like the old seats? too bad.

      One day, one of the upgrades makes it so the vehicle will not even start any more, but the manufacturer won't fix it, and they won't replace it; instead they just tel you you need to get a new one.

      That is EXACTLY what phone carriers do.

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      BlogBlather 4 weeks ago

      I have had 5 LG Octane flip phones. Best basic phone! When I can't find any more on eBay I will be so sad!

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      Gregory 4 weeks ago

      I still have a flip phone, but I want a smart flip phone. I've seen a few models on the net but they are not available in the states. I got a response from AT&T , they claim they have already tried to sell smart flip phones in the USA, but I don't believe them. If they are selling in China and Korea why wouldn't they sell here? Get with it AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon.

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