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TCL Lively Flip
TCL Lively Flip
TCL Lively Flip
TCL Lively Flip
TCL Lively Flip
TCL Lively Flip

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The TCL Lively Flip currently has an Informr score of 3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 1 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review


With excellent call quality and large buttons, it ticks off all of the right boxes for someone who is hard of hearing or sight-impaired. If you have an older loved one or someone with disabilities in your life that you want to be in contact with and know they’re safe, this phone is a solid choice.

What's good

  • A phone specifically for those with accessibility needs
  • Simplified menu
  • Bright, easy-to-view screen
  • Backlit keypad
  • Dedicated 5Star Urgent response button
  • Great battery life

What's bad

  • No family plans
  • No internet access

Everyone remembers the Jitterbug. It’s simplicity and accessibility features have made it the standard for older generations who grew up without cell phones. The Lively Flip aims to be its successor. Does it hit the mark?


The TCL Lively Flip comes in two different colors: graphite and red. Much like the Razer phones of decades past, it flips open like a clamshell. When closed, it's compact enough to shove in your pocket or purse. There is also a small 1.44-inch screen on the front (when closed) for alerts, whether or not your urgent button is enabled, and the date and time. It’s a bit heavier and larger than some other flip phones for seniors, but that’s because of its larger, easier-to-read display and keypad.


The Lively Flips display measures 3.2-inches and it is bright and sharp with larger text for those with ageing sight. It’s colorful and easy to see from a variety of angles as well as bright enough for outdoor use. Reviewers found the display pleasant, with some calling it a definite plus.


The phone performed well with all the basic features covered, including calling, texting, basic photography, and even a bit of web browsing. Reviewers also noted it includes services ideal for someone with disabilities or an older adult, such as the 5Star urgent button, which allows the person to press a button and immediately contact support for what they might need.

It also has Urgent Care features available for a fee if you’re ill and need to speak to a doctor or nurse. Finally, a remote location and status app can help provide peace of mind for caregivers and other family members.

Software & Storage

The simple operating system of the TCL Go Lively is easy to operate, making use of yes and no buttons to access apps and features. Reviewers wished it had a few additional features, such as voice dialling and icons for battery life or signal strength, but found the features included to work well. The phone has 16GB of onboard storage if you’d like to keep music, audiobooks, or podcasts on the phone.


The camera is surprisingly good. It won’t keep up with the smartphone cameras, but it holds up well enough for basic use and quick snapshots for social sharing. Just keep the lighting bright. Reviewers stated blotchiness and pixelated outer edges plagued photos in low-light conditions.

Battery Life

The battery is small on this phone. However, since it doesn’t stay connected to the internet 24/7 and have to deal with an unending barrage of app notifications and updates, it’s easy for the battery to last a crazy long time. We’re talking days on a single charge in most cases.


The speaker is located down at the bottom of the handset, and according to reviewers, it is loud, clear and crisp. No doubt that’s to help those who may be hard of hearing.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 3.2-inch color display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 Quad-core 1.1 GHz processor
  • Undisclosed amount of RAM
  • Custom software
  • 16GB of storage
  • 8MP main camera
  • 1780mAh battery

Bottom Line

This is a simple phone for folks that want to keep in touch with family and friends while enjoying instant access to help when they need it. A lot of the features that come with the TCL Lively Flip are things that would be useful for anyone with disabilities. With excellent call quality and large buttons, it ticks off all of the right boxes for someone who is hard of hearing or sight-impaired. If you have an older loved one or someone with disabilities in your life that you want to be in contact with and know they’re safe, this phone is a solid choice.

PC Magazine says, “The Jitterbug Flip for GreatCall is a fantastic phone for seniors or anyone who needs a super-simple device, thanks to its easy-to-navigate menu, highly visible display, and dedicated 5Star Urgent Response button.” states, “In today’s modern world, many elderly adults want a convenient way to stay in touch with their loved ones without sacrificing their independence. The Jitterbug Flip phone helps elderly adults age at home by providing peace of mind that help is just one button press away.”

Operating system
Operating system
1.1 GHz
1.1 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
8+ MP
8+ MP
1780 mAh

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The Lively Flip price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare TCL Lively Flip prices from around the web here on The Informr.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the TCL Lively Flip user manual here.

TCL backs up the Lively Flip with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Lively Flip has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact TCL support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find TCL's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The TCL Lively Flip's screen size is 3.2 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

1.1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 Quad-core 1.1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Custom operating system (OS).

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1780 mAh battery. TCL's performance ratings are 720 minutes.

Lively Flip Specs

Release Date October 9, 2020
Regions Available USA
Operating System Custom

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 Quad-core 1.1 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM Unknown
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.87 W/kg
Body: 1.11 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Data Cable
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs No
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
Pixel Density 180 pixels
Size 3.2 inches
Secondary Display Grayscale LCD (TFT), 128 x 128 pixels, 1.44 inches
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1780 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 720 minutes
Standby Time Up to 12.5 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Flip
Material Plastic
Colors Red, Graphite
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.9 x 5.6 x 1.9 cm (4.3 x 2.2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 4.7 ounces
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Other Names (AKA): GreatCall Lively Flip, 4053S, Jitterbug Flip2
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