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The Best 8 Flip Phones on the Market

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 to be a better phone overall. In this article, I'll take you through a few of my favorites and give you the pros and cons of each.

Top Flip Phone Models

  • Samsung Convoy
  • LG 450
  • Samsung GT-C3520BLK
  • Motorola RAZR
  • Samsung Gusto
  • Samsung Intensity
  • Blackberry Style
  • Nokia 6350

Samsung Convoy

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One of the best flip phones that I have ever owned is the Samsung Convoy 3. It's rugged and can handle just about anything. While it isn't 100 percent waterproof or guaranteed to be indestructible like more expensive models, it can handle a whole lot of dropping, throwing, dripping, etc. It 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, it is basically the same function. You can talk instantly with 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.

It should be noted that an updated model, the Convoy 4, is also available. It is exclusive to Verizon.

Flip Phone Spec Comparisons

ModelDimensions & Weight (in. & oz.)Screen Resolution & SizeBattery Capacity (Talk Time)

Razer v3m

3.9 x 2.1 x 0.57, 3.49

176 x 220, 2.2 in.

780 mAh (3.3 hrs)

Gusto 2

3.82 x 1.93 x 0.75, 3.90

128 x 160, 2 in.

1000 mAh (7 hrs)

Gusto 3

3.82 x 1.92 x 0.71, 3.49

128 x 160, 2 in.

1000 mAh (8.19 hrs)

Samsung Intensity III

4.41 x 2.12 x 0.57, 4.06

240 x 320, 2.4 in.

1000 mAh (5 hrs)

Samsung GT-C3520BLK

4.02 x 2.05 x 0.66, 3.42

240 x 320, 2.4 in

800 mAh (9 hrs)

Convoy 4

4.26 x 2.18 x 0.93, 5.82

240 x 320, 2.4 in.

1300 mAh (8 hrs)

Convoy 3

4.07 x 2.04 x 0.82, 4.4

240 x 320, 2.4 in.

1300 mAh (6.5 hrs)

LG 450

3.86 x 2.01 x 0.73, 3.63

220 x 176, 2.2 in.

950 mAh (3.5 hrs)

Blackberry Style

3.78 x 2.36 x 0.73, 4.62

360 x 400, 2.7 in.

1150 mAh (4.5 hrs)

Nokia 6350

3.67 x 1.86 x 0.68, 3.61

240 x 320, 2 in.

1050 mAh (4 hrs)

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, 1.3 MP 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, your kids, or just enjoy the simplicity for yourself.

In addition, it comes with a sim card. You won't have to pay the $10 to $20 that the T-Mobile store wants to charge you.

Samsung GT-C3520BLK

For a flip phone that has a few more features, I highly recommend the Samsung GT-C3520. 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 smartphone features but still having the flip phone options you want. Battery life for this phone is around 9 hours while talking and up to 610 hours on 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.

Misc. Features on Flip Phones

ModelNotable Features

Razr V3m

Bluetooth connectivity, plays mp3 files, 1 megapixel camera, supports English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Gusto Series

Micro usb connection, bluetooth connectivity, 1.3 megapixel camera, compatible with M4 and T4 hearing aids.

Intensity III

2 megapixel camera, bluetooth connectivity, micro usb connector, rechargeable with usb, M4 hearing compatible, dust, shock, and temperature resistant.

GT-C3520BLK

1.3 megapixels, bluetooth and micro usb compatible, plays mp3 and mp4 files.

Convoy 3

Flashlight, shock, dust, and sand resistant, compatible with m4 and t4 hearing aids, supports English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean, bluetooth connectivity, 3 megapixel camera.

Convoy 4

Water resistant for up to one meter for 30 minutes, micro USB connectivity, compatible with M3 and T4 hearing aids, supports Vietnamese in addition to previous languages, 5 megapixel camera.

LG 450

Micro usb compatible, bluetooth compatible, plays mp3 files.

Blackberry Style

Full keyboard, 5 megapixel camera, compatible with M4 and T4 hearing aids, bluetooth and micro usb connectivity.

Nokia 6350

Compatible with M3 and T3 hearing aids, supports English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, bluetooth and micro usb connectivity, 2 megapixel camera.

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Motorola RAZR

Another classic that has been out for awhile, but it still a big hit, is the Motorola RAZR V3m. The main benefit for this phone is its size. It 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 outside. 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 how the picture will look like.

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Samsung Gusto 2

One of the most basic phones on the market is the Samsung Gusto 2. This well-built and small flip phone is made to perform just the basic functions you would expect.

If you are not a very tech-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.

It 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.

This model has seen an update with the Gusto 3. It is slightly smaller and features micro USB connectivity.

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 caters to more social needs 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. They are much faster than 9 key phones.

The Intensity also comes with Facebook and Twitter applications that make it easy to connect to friends. 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.

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Blackberry Style

Here's a more high-tech flip phone that comes with wireless internet. It is called the Blackberry Style, and it runs with Boost Mobile. This model 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 a QWERTY keyboard. The Style flips open and reveals the small, but perfect QWERTY keyboard that is super easy to use.

One 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 out there. 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.

Nokia 6350

The Nokia 6350 brings me back to using my phone as a communication device. I get a better signal and more 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.

Reasons to Use a Flip Phone

You may be asking yourself why someone would pick a flip phone over a smartphone. There are actually many benefits and advantages they can offer. Here are some things that make them appealing.

  • They are smaller and lighter while smartphones seem to get bigger and heavier. Some people don't like the idea of carrying a brick in their pocket. That is, if you even have pockets big enough to fit them.
  • Smartphone design has become pretty boring. They all look fairly similar with their appearance as mini tablets. Flip models have more diversity in their design, giving them more character.
  • They allow you to disconnect from the internet and social media. Many people hate being glued to their phones and getting bombarded with information. Flip phones create a separation that can feel refreshing.
  • They are much cheaper as the most expensive models typically go for around the $100 range. They are a great deal considering you probably won't use all of the features on a smartphone.
  • They offer more simplicity with their use. Some people struggle with the interface of a smartphone, such as unlocking the screen or accidentally swiping when they didn't intend to. Flip phones are more manageable. Answering and ending calls is done by merely opening and closing the phone. You can easily handle a flip phone with just one hand.
  • These phones are way more durable. They can take much more punishment than smartphones, which are more prone to physical damage and the elements.
  • More resistance to hackers. The perk of less advanced hardware is that they don't save your sensitive information like smartphones do.
  • They make a great statement against the overeliance of technology in society. A flip phone will turn heads and get more attention these days. You will certainly be seen as unique.
  • Don't you hate it when you get accidentally dialed or when your smartphone calls somebody because something in your bag hit the dial? This pretty much never happens with flip phones.
  • The battery life on these things last much longer since they have less features to power. Internet and gaming can take up a lot of juice. You can also easily remove and replace a battery on a flip model.

Final Thoughts

Many options for flip phones are still available. Remember that the key is to decide what you want to do with it and how much your willing to spend each month. You then have to find a phone that falls in line with your criteria. While some 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.

As a communication device, flip phones are simply more capable and rugged than their smart counterparts. Durability, simplicity, and ease-of use are all a plus. They still hold a lot of value in the market. What's your experience with them?

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Flip Phone Open Discussion Area

cmoo on October 03, 2019:

This antiquated article will cause folks to buy phones that don't work on 4G or higher. Verizon and other carriers are shutting down the 3G CDMA network on 12-31-19. So the Samsung Intensity , for example, will not work. In fact, Verizon will not even activate it so go back to work and find a damn fone for these folks.

We need a basic/flip phone that's rugged/durable with, "Talk-to-Text", navigation, an adequate tools menus, speakerphone, Camera (at least 5MP), flashlight, long battery life/extended battery capable, not so big it's impractical to carry and last, but not least GREAT SIGNAL STRENGTH!

The company that builds this phone will be more famous than the person that builds the perfect mousetrap (that ain't out yet). And, it will leave the smartphone companies crying in their beer.

They'll find out just how many people hate Smartphones and their prices, contracts, enormous monthly bills, poor coverage, poor battery life, being tethered and the worst customer service seen to date.

Yes we're leaving our basic phones "Kicking and Screaming", but we'll be back and, with a phone that's a utility item not a life suck that requires our face be stuck to it "every waking moment".

These companies know exactly what they're doing, cause the basic phones they offer are more neanderthal than when basic phones first came out. Designed with bland, inadequate features destined to set one back a couple of decades. For example, be forced to text on a 10 digit number keypad, PAALEEZZEEE!

To add insult to injury they advertise them for children "that aren't ready for a smartphone" or slow people or the elderly who they portray as too dumb to operate a smartphone. Well their day is coming. Nuf said!

Ann on June 18, 2019:

I use Alcatel quick flip phone and I do like it very much compared to an iPhone. I’m not a senior. I noticed that the ads think that flip phones are for seniors only and make them with big buttons. Yet I see more young people wearing glasses than I see in the elder. The iPhone is designed like the iPod and iPad, to blow up the picture on screen to make everything larger. Plus it’s touch screen. That seems more convenient for an elderly person than a flip phone.

I think that more styles of cell phones should be available on the market because not everyone wants to hold a big Willy Wonka chocolate bar up to their face. Very awkward.

I love my Apple iPad for all the entertaining stuff but I think a cellphone should feel like a real phone held comfortably in the hand and curved to rest comfortably on the cheek while using. I think a cellphone should be basic so that people aren’t tempted to text while driving. And I think that the traditional cellphones should be brought back with updated technology so that they can still be synchronized with a vehicle in case you need to make a phone call while driving, GPS and all that stuff, but made as a regular cellphone.

This was one reason I loved Nokia in the late 90’s. Plus, Nokia allowed you to change the casings of your cellphone to match your own taste and style. Lit up click buttons. Really miss those days. Too bad these tech companies all want to copy cat Apple.

Yasir on March 05, 2019:

i love the flip phone

Andy on January 09, 2019:

I don't have a phone, but now I read this I am going to buy the Blackberry Style

fahd on December 23, 2018:

i dont have flip phone but after your suggestion I'm excited to buy one.

nameless on December 14, 2018:

this is super hot thread. Gonna take a while to cool down :D

Pat Brown on December 10, 2018:

I am searching for a basic flip phone with a loud ring. I don't need all the who ha, just a basic flip that I can hear ring loud

Mary M Super on November 17, 2018:

looking for feedback if any of these flip phones from Brandon Hart's recommendations are compatible with Tracfone useage. There are many minutes left on current Tracfone, but the phone is dying and I would like to get a sturdier model than what is offered on Tracfone site.

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steve mack on November 04, 2018:

what aboutthe samsung rugby? I've owned these for over ten years after trying a 'smart' but breakable phone.

Larry Swan on October 14, 2018:

Can I put an app on a flip phone?

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joiceann on August 24, 2018:

Which flip phone models have talk to text?

Carolyn Rhame on August 18, 2018:

I have an lg 1.3 mega bought in 2004. I still like the phone, but i am not able to get a new battery and the phone looses power quickly. I am looking to see what is available to replace.

fliper on July 24, 2018:

I have a SPC FILP BLACK Duel sim.phone....when answering or making a call the sound is very bad at times I can not understand what is been said...I also .have a Samsung GT-E1150i flip phone the sound is ok. if anyone has any experience of SPC phones........?.

scorpio012 on July 12, 2018:

Mark I just now saw your comment and wanted to thank you for it. To everyone else I'm still looking for a rugged, unlocked flip phone, but it seems every one I look at that says it's an unlocked will still only work on a few networks. My carrier now, Consumer Cellular, I guess isn't all that popular because I rarely, if ever, see it listed as one of the networks that most unlocked phones will work on! If anyone can help thanks!

miel on July 03, 2018:

flip phones are the best,when accidents occur with them such as falling on concrete and the battery falling out,they still work.

dennyr on June 11, 2018:

I am with T-Mobile and I understand they will stop providing G2 service in a year or so. My Alcatel GO FLIP was the only phone I found that would work on G4 and it had Hotspot capability. But I wasn't satisfied with the camera. I wish I had found this site earlier; I bought a Samsung

smart phone S9 and it has a great camera but it may take me a year to learn how to you it. (I ain't that smart!) This article could have been "more better" if it included the S capability of the phones.

Umbaliche on June 10, 2018:

I miss my best flip phone. Samsung S3600i. Have had it since 2010, unfortunately I lost it last year.

Have been looking in the market but cant find one best yet.

Joe on June 09, 2018:

The best flip phone out there my view is the Casio ravine 2. Sad they stopped making this one but you can get it new on eBay. It’s durable as they come and not too bulky as are other durable flips. Ive had one for about 5 years and still works.

Mark on June 06, 2018:

To Scorpio 012

I would say the most durable flip phone is Kyocera Dura series. Search for kyocera mobile usa

van anderson on June 06, 2018:

Looking for an unlocked, flip cell phone with call in/out, voice texting, and GPS functions. Would like to stay with AT&T but more interested in a flip phone with these three features. Please help.