Whether you are looking to save money, reduce distractions , or simply are indulging a bit of nostalgia, it seems that flip mobiles are catching back on in 2020.

And manufacturer’s have noticed as well…

This means that if you’re looking to sport a flip mobile, you’re no longer left looking for used mobiles on eBay or dealing with cheap-feeling, budget-friendly prepaids.

In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at the best flip mobiles of 2020.


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for 2020


Our Picks

1. Nokia 2720 Flip


Pros: Minimalist, sleek design, hidden until lit front panel, long standby time, durable design, 4G support
Cons: Weak camera

Combining a glossy outer shell, a hidden front display, and smooth curves, the Nokia 2720 Flip stands out from the crowd.

The 2.8-inch main display is bright and colourful. The low resolution panel features good viewing angles and makes text easy to read but might not be the best for viewing images or using the included mini mobile browser. There is also a 1.3-inch display on the front for checking the time and basic notifications.

There are 4GB of storage for your favorite media and the basic apps available for the phone. However, should you want to fit more albums or podcasts in your pocket, you can easily expand it by up to 32GB using a microSD card.

There are also dedicated emergency and Google Assistant buttons for added reassurance and flexibility.

Like most basic mobiles, the camera won't win any photography contests. But it's good enough for quick snapshots or reminders.

Bottom Line...
As one of the most attractive mobiles in this line up, the Nokia 2720 Flip offers great value if you're looking for basic features with a stylish, compact look.

Get It From: Amazon, Nokia
Learn More: Full Review


2. Easyfone Prime A1 3G


Pros: 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 mobile for kids or for older adults, the Easyfone Prime A1 3G 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 mobile. 

There's a programmable SOS button on the rear of the mobile and two quick dial buttons above the keypad for added peace of mind and ease of use.

For seniors, the mobile 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 it easy to charge as well.

Bottom Line...
The Easyfone Prime A1 3G features a wealth of usability options while providing you freedom to choose your own network... a rarity in the kids and seniors mobile market.

Get it From: Amazon 
Learn More: Full Review


3. TTsims Flip TT140  


Pros:  Minimalist design, FM radio, microSD support  
Cons:  Weak battery, so-so display, no 4G support

This little flip mobile is bare bones. The shell is lightweight plastic, the screen is small -- even for a flip -- and the VGA camera won't impress.

But it costs less than a night out with friends...

It covers all of the basic needs with a speakerphone, Bluetooth, torch, FM radio, alarms, and MP3 player -- though you'll need to take advantage of the microSD support to store more than a couple tracks.

On Amazon, a reviewer says, "... this is perfect for anyone who just wants a basic mobile for making calls or texting"

Bottom Line...
The TTsims Flip TT140 offers a ton of value for the price. Sure, its not a stunner in the design department and the screen is so-so, but at the price, it's nearly disposable.   

Get it From: Amazon 
Learn More: Full Review


Why Choose a Flip Mobile?

Sure, smartphones have changed the world forever.

But does that mean the classic designs and limited features of older mobile technologies are completely useless?

We don't think so.

In fact, we'd argue that flip mobiles (and their less bendy basic mobile siblings) have several unique benefits you won't find on a smartphone.

If you're on the fence about choosing a flip mobile, consider these 7 perks:

1. Battery Life

While your flip mobile might lack a few of the features of a smartphone, it also lacks a big HD display, a high-speed data connection constantly streaming in notifications and updates, and an endless array of internal sensors gathering information about your phone and how you use it.

This means that whether your mobile is on standby in your pocket or bag or you're talking all day with friends and family, there's a good chance that it will last days if not weeks on a single charge.

We'd like to see the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra pull that one off!

2. Price

While the flip mobile prices vary depending on the model you choose, nearly every option on the market today comes in well below the price of even the cheapest mid-tier smartphone.

Of course, as smart flip mobile start to come out, that will change a bit. But if you're looking for a basic mobile with a flip design, there's always an option out there for 1/10th of the price of the latest top-tier smartphones.

Better still, most won't require lengthy contracts or financing agreements since you can probably afford to pay for them upfront.

3. Tactile Convenience

While touchscreens are great for reading, watching video, or using your mobile like a computer, we'd argue that they're not that great for using your mobile to simply talk with friends and family.

Physical dial pads, the ability to flip your mobile open to answer a call, and flip it closed again to end a call, and other tactile ways of interacting with your mobile simplify the process of using the phone.

4. Durability

Ask anyone you know old enough to have used the classic Nokia candybar mobiles of the 90s and 00s about how much they abused their phones.

Now think about how many smartphones you've replaced due to a shattered screen or had to gingerly handle due to a cracked backplate with sharp edges.

By design, flip mobiles and basic mobiles are simply more durable than smartphones because there is less to break, fewer delicate materials, and less weight when they come crashing down to the concrete.

Of course, if you're looking for something to withstand the elements, a dunk in the pool, or more rigorous abuse, you'll still want to look at ruggedized options. But for the typical perils of life on the go, a flip mobile will survive things a smartphone won't.

5. Fewer Distractions

Think about the number of people you see walking down the street mindless staring at their mobiles. There's even a good chance you've committed some embarrassing blunder in public because you were peeking at your mobile.

I know I have...

Flip mobiles reduce the potential of this happening by getting rid of that endless stream of notifications, social media posts, and attention-grabbing content. You can still keep up with all those things on your tablet or laptop. But when you're out and about, your mobile allows you to stay more in the moment and less in the digital world.

6. Portability

Even the smaller smartphones today tend to sport 4.5+ inch displays. Some of the larger mobiles could be described as small tablets without much argument.

This means that slipping your mobile in your pocket, holding it in your hand, and otherwise interacting with it is often something you always have to be very mindful of unless you want a smashed paperweight you paid hundreds of dollars for.

Flip mobiles, on the other hand, will fit in the pocket of about any pair of jeans, hide easily in the palm of your hand, a weigh next to nothing while you're using it. Even better, they're designed for one-handed use.

7. Privacy & Security

This benefit has a few facets. At the most basic level, if you're hammering out a text you don't want others seeing, the smaller display on a flip mobile makes it much harder for people to snoop over your shoulder.

But at a software level, flip mobiles are much simpler than their smartphone counterparts. This means that they're inherently less prone to security concerns. There are also fewer sensors, apps, and services reporting in on your every move and how you use your mobiles.

This means that your phone is a communications tool again instead of a spy feeding marketers a bunch of information about you. It also provides malicious people fewer opportunities to compromise your mobile or steal your information.


Common Questions

1. Are There Flip Smartphones?

Yes! With the creation of bendable displays, flip smartphones are now seeing their debut in earnest from major manufacturers. While the number of devices currently on the market are limited, but they're all from reputable manufacturers.

Options include:

But at the time of writing, we're not sure we'd recommend any of them for most users. Being the on the bleeding edge of mobile technology, they're not only very expensive, but the design just hasn't proven to stand the test of time yet.

In fact, many early foldable mobile options saw screen issues and longevity concerns before this generation released. So, unless it's just a must have feature for you, we recommend keeping your smartphones flat for now.

2. Can You Still Buy Flip Mobiles?

Definitely! In fact, you can probably find a handful at your favorite petrol station or high street electronics retailer. You've just likely never noticed them because they're not the latest and greatest option. As such, they tend to be tucked off away from the shinier -- and more expensive -- models or relegated over to the prepaid mobiles section.

Prefer to shop online? Our round up features several best-in-class options, but with flip mobiles rising in popularity, more models are hitting online retailers such as Amazon every day. A quick search might find you something you'd love even more.

The most important thing to consider in most cases is network support. Many older flip mobiles only supported 2G and 3G networks -- both of which are either phased out or being phased out by many networks in 2020. So, if you want to use your phone a while, try to find an option with 4G or 5G connectivity.


How We Picked

The picks in this buyer's guide are what we think are the best flip mobiles 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 mobile.

In short,  we did the research — so you don’t have to  .

When answering the question, “What’s the best flip mobile for the average user?”  , we considered the following primary criteria:

 

A Strong Battery
A mobile is only useful if it has a charge. While standby battery life is often better on basic mobiles, we wanted to make sure that you could get through a day or two without hunting for a charge.

 

Basic Features
Calling, texting, and picture messages felt like a great baseline for standard mobile 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 mobiles 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.

 

Solid Reviews
Let’s face it, most basic mobiles 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.


Recap


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 mobile features, prices, and unique characteristics.

If you’ve got a favourite flip phone, or you’ve made the switch from smartphones to a more simple flip 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 Mobiles of 2020 roundup. It includes some great candy bar mobile options as well as some great retro reboots that are sure to scratch that nostalgic itch.

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