And manufacturer’s have noticed as well…
In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at the best flip phones of 2020.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for 2020
1. Alcatel Go Flip 3
Best Overall Flip Phone
Compact design, convenient front screen, microSD support, 4G LTE support , Wi-Fi calling
Cons: Weak cameras, limited internal storage
The GoFlip 3 takes the classic clamshell, flip design and adds in just enough modern perks to make it useful in 2020.
You won't find Android apps or a touchscreen keyboard, but there is Google Assistant support for quick voice searches, reminders, timers, and more.
Otherwise, it's a basic affair with a large, easy to use keypad, a basic camera, and a pair of small but readable screens for checking notifications, emails, and texts.
The phone only includes 4GB of internal storage, so if you’d like to listen to music or podcasts, you’ll probably need a microSD card. However, support for cards up to 32GB provides more than enough room for a few albums or seasons.
There’s also a 5MP rear camera for quick snapshots or pictures of the kids for grandma and grandpa.
The most confusing aspect of the phone is that each carrier seems to have a slightly different model of the phone. AT&T has the SmartFlip, T-Mobile has the GoFlip 3, and Verizon has the GoFlip V.
However, each are very similar in features. The most distinct difference between them all lies in the GoFlip V which sacrifices rear camera quality (2MP) for expanded storage (8GB).
If you’re looking for a flip phone that doesn’t look like it’s from a museum -- and you don’t mind dealing with carrier-specific models -- the GoFlip 3 is the phone to beat.
2. Easyfone Prime A1
Best Flip Phone for Kids and Seniors
SOS button, microSD support, extra loud speaker, quick dial buttons, charging dock
Cons: Weak flashlight, weak camera, no 4G support
If you're looking for a simple phone flip for kids or for older adults, the Easyfone Prime A1 offers some ideal features.
The large keypad makes it easy to dial numbers while the 2.4-inch display and adjustable font sizes make it easy to see notifications and read text messages. There's even a 1.4-inch notification display so you can see what alerts are coming in without having to open the phone.
There's a programmable SOS button on the rear of the phone and two quick dial buttons above the keypad for added peace of mind and ease of use.
For seniors, the phone is hearing aid compatible and reviews indicate that the speakerphone is also very loud.
The 2MP rear camera won't win any photography contests, but it's there for quick snapshots or reminders.
If you're worried about losing cords or damaging ports, the charging cradle makes the phone easy to charge as well.
The Easyfone Prime A1 features a wealth of usability options while providing you freedom to choose your own cell phone service provider... a rarity in the kids and seniors phone market.
NOTE: If you're looking for a flip phone with features that cater more toward seniors -- such as emergency assitance and monitoring -- the GreatCall Jitterbug Flip is also an excellent choice.
3. Kyocera DuraXV LTE
Best Rugged Flip Phone
Rugged, Long battery life, 4G support, microSD support, Push-to-talk support, Wi-Fi calling
Cons: Price, cameras, limited carrier support
While a bit pricier than other “basic” phones, the Kyocera DuraXV LTE is a great value.
Ideal for those with active lifestyles or who need something that can take a few drops and dings, it features a grippy, rubberized shell and a durable flip phone design.
It is Military Standard 810G rated, IPX5/IPX8 rated for waterproofing, and IPX6 rated for dustproofing.
The 2.6-inch color display makes it easy to read texts while the chunky buttons make sure you dial accurately -- even with gloves on.
Reviewers particularly liked the volume pumped out by the speaker on the phone. Whether you’re taking calls or jamming out to your favorite tracks, you’ll have no trouble hearing.
Lastly the phone offers 16GB of internal storage and supports microSD cards up to 64GB. In combination with the included media player, you can store a nice collection of podcasts or music.
If you’re looking for all of the media flexibility, connectivity, and communications options of a smartphone without the actual “smarts” this one is a great pick.
If durability is a concern, the Kyocera DuraXV LTE is up the challenge and includes all the communications essentials.
Related Guide: The Best Rugged Phones
The Wisdom of a “Dumb” Phone
There’s no doubt that smartphones have changed the world forever.
However, there’s more debate lately on whether many of those changes were for the better.
From blue light interfering with sleep to notifications keeping us constantly distracted, there’s mounting evidence that smartphones might be causing increased stress and decreased productivity.
That’s not to mention the impact of constant social media streams on mood, the possibility that any number of companies could be watching your every move, and the fact that smartphones essentially place a never ending source of advertising in your pocket.
If you’re curious to see why many people are choosing to ditch their smartphones for simpler models, check out our smartphone ditching guide.
It includes links to additional reading and resources to help you make an informed decision about the right tech for you or your family.
How We Picked
The picks in this buyer's guide are what we think are the best flip phones for most people.
We selected these models based on analysis of expert reviews from around the web, user feedback on sites like Amazon, forum comments on our site, social media discussions, and more.
We compared the things most people consider when purchasing a basic phone.
In short, we did the research — so you don’t have to.
When answering the question, “What’s the best flip phone for the average user?”, we considered the following primary criteria:
A Strong Battery
A phone is only useful if it has a charge. While standby battery life is often better on basic phones, we wanted to make sure that you could get through a day or two without hunting for a charge.
Calling, texting, and picture messages felt like a great baseline for standard phone use. This also means that unless noted in the description, these picks won’t sit and vibrate or chime all day and distract you.
Easy to Find
While you can buy a smartphone just about anywhere these days, basic phones are getting harder to come by. For that reason, we chose picks that you can easily pick up online or that you might find at a local carrier store.
Let’s face it, most basic phones sit at the bottom end of the price scale. And when prices get that low, quality can get sketchy. We scoured online reviews for each of our picks to be sure that you won’t find weak hinges, dim screens, tinny speakers, or other surprises.
- Best Overall Flip Phone: Alcatel Go Flip 3 & SmartFlip, GoFlip V
- Best Flip Phone for Kids & Seniors: Easyfone Prime A1, Greatcall Jitterbug
- Best Rugged Flip Phone: Kyocera DuraXV LTE
Still Not Sure?
While we feel our picks offer a great experience to a wide range of people, there’s not a single pick that will be perfect for everyone.
How you like to keep in touch, your budget, and even personal design preferences will change what you consider ideal.
This is why we make multiple recommendations and suggestions based on phone features, prices, and unique characteristics.
If you’ve got a favorite flip phone, or you’ve made the switch from smartphones to a more simple flip phone option, let us know how it went in the comments below!
We want more people to live a bit more and worry a little less -- and this seems like a great way to calm the chaos.
P.S. If you're looking for additional options, be sure to check the Best Basic Phones of 2020 roundup. It includes some great candy bar phone options as well as some great retro reboots that are sure to scratch that nostalgic itch.
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