Whether you are looking to save money, reduce distractions , or simply are indulging a bit of nostalgia, it seems that flip phones are catching back on in 2018.

And manufacturer’s have noticed as well…

This means that if you’re looking to sport a flip phone, 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 phones of 2018


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for 2018.


1. iSheep SF220

Best Flip Phone for Kids and Seniors


Pros:  Large keypad, Quick dial buttons, Photocall feature, SOS button, charging dock, microSD support, quad-band GSM      
Cons:  Limited battery, limited internal storage

The iSheep SF220 offers a bounty of features aimed at seniors and kids in a simple to use design.

The larger buttons make it easy to find keys when dialling while the large font on the screen makes notifications and caller ID more visible.

The quick dial buttons on the keypad allow you to set two quick contacts. By adding a microSD card, you can also store photos on the device and assign them to contacts for even more calling options.

The rear cover on the phone includes an SOS button that will sound an alarm and send text messages to up to 5 contacts and then call the numbers in order until someone answers.

While the camera is essentially useless, there are a few basic perks -- including a torch and FM radio -- to add extra value to the mobile.

As one reviewer on Amazon puts it, "This is such a great little phone especially for those whose hearing and eyesight is not what it used to be!"

Bottom Line...
Combining accessibility features with a basic set of communications options, the iSheep SF220 is a budget-friendly option perfect for seniors and kids.

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2. Alcatel 2051X

Best Stylish Flip Phone


Pros: Minimalist, sleek design, long standby time, durable design, FM radio, large keyboard, microSD slot
Cons: Small ringtone selection, mic only works on headphones with phone open

The Alcatel 2051x looks fairly unassuming on the outside. Branding is minimal and the smooth, curved sides provide plenty of grip.

The 2.4-inch main display is bright and colourful. Its 320-by-240 resolution panel features good viewing angles and makes text easy to read but might not be the best for viewing images..

It includes 8GB of internal storage so you can listen to your favourite music or podcasts without worrying about space concerns. There's also a 3.5mm headphone jack for personal listening and improved audio quality.

Should you need more space, microSD card support allows you to add up to 32GB. 

On Amazon, a reviewer says, "Latest version of this basic clam phone builds on the strong points of its predecessor with improved screen and keyboard. For a simple phone I doubt if you can do better."

Bottom Line...
While it's not the fullest-featured phone in this roundup, it's definitely one of the most attractive. If you're looking for basic features and ample storage in a stylish package, the Alcatel 2051x is a great value.

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3. Doro PhoneEasy 612

Best Flip Phone for the Hearing Impaired


Pros:  Loud earpiece speaker, hearing aid compatibility,  long battery life, Bluetooth support, charging cradle, microSD card support 
Cons:  Menus slightly confusing, weak camera

If you're looking for a phone that can pump out plenty of volume, the Doro PhoneEasy 612 is an excellent choice. The headset speaker is already loud, but the loudspeaker mode is also hearing aid compatible for added convenience. There's also Bluetooth and a 3.5mm headphone jack for added listening options.

While some reviews note that the menus on the phone can be difficult to figure out, the basic set of features means you shouldn't need to tinker with settings often.

The phone also offers a number of ease-of-use options, including a charging dock, high-contrast buttons, a larger 2.4-inch display, and . 

The clam design provides a simple but effective look with smooth lines and a good feel in the hand according to reviewers.

Bottom Line... 

If you're looking for a phone that is loud but clear, the Doro PhoneEasy 612 offers a compelling option with hearing aid compatibility, multiple audio options, and an easy-to-use design with a solid feature set.

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4. TTsims Flip TT140  

Best Budget-Friendly Basic Flip Phone


Pros:  Minimalist design, FM radio, microSD support  
Cons:  Weak battery, so-so display

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

But the phone 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.   

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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 these new mobiles 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 mobile.

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 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.


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 2018 roundup. It includes some great candy bar mobile options as well as some great retro reboots that are sure to scratch that nostalgic itch.

Editorial Note: Compensation does not influence our rankings and recommendations. However, we may earn a commission on sales from the companies featured in this post. Opinions expressed here are the author's alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by our advertisers. Reasonable efforts are made to present accurate info, however all information is presented without warranty.