- Kyocera Dura XV Extreme ` best Verizon flip phone
- Alcatel GO FLIP 3 ` best T-Mobile flip phone
- Sonim XP3 ` best AT&T flip phone
- Samsung Rugby 4 ` best unlocked flip phone
- Nokia 3310 ` best-looking unlocked feature phone
- `Plum Ram 7 most durable unlocked feature phone
Talk time: 9.5 hours
Standby time: 18.3 daysFeature phones are often seen as the cheapest possible cell phone you can get. But just because someone is looking to buy a flip phone doesnt mean they want something cheap. The Kyocera Dura XV Extreme costs $240, which is a bit steep, but the phone has a good justification for it. As you might have guessed from the name, this is a rugged flip phone. Its not only IP68 certified but also complies with the US military standards for shocks, drops, vibration and extreme weather condition endurance. In other words, its built like a tank. If you accidentally drop this phone in concrete before it sets, theres a good chance it will be working after you break it free with a jackhammer a few days later.
Talk time: 7.9 hours
Standby time: 17.8 days
With T-Mobile the choice is easy because, well, the Un-carrier only offers one dumb phone, and its the Alcatel GO FLIP 3. At $100, the GO FLIP 3 isnt boasting any special durability features but it does support Google Assistant, which can at least save you some time typing a long Google search. The phone does have a web browser on its 2.8-inch 320x240 screen. We doubt its used often, though.Overall, the GO FLIP 3 is the epitome of a basic phone. You flip it open, make a call, flip it back, and for anything else you use your smartphone.
Talk time: 21 hours
Standby time: 17.8 daysAT&T has a rugged flip phone on its list as well. This time, its the Sonim XP3. Probably not a brand youve heard, but the Sonim is offering some of the same damage protections as the Dura XV, while costing only $190. It comes with 1GB of RAM, which is a lot for a feature phone, and 8GB of storage. You can also use it as a super-durable 4G hotspot, which can be quite handy in some situations.
Talk time: 14 hours
Standby time: 22.9 daysDid you really think Samsung isnt making flip phones anymore? Not only that, its a rugged one as well. Although the IP rating on the Rugby 4 is just 67, its much cheaper than the other military-grade phones on this list, which in this product category is a huge advantage. The specs arent great though, even for a feature phone. Just 128MB of RAM and 256MB storage. Where will you keep all those amazing pictures youll take with the 3MP camera? Ah-ha! You can insert a MicroSD card for an additional 32GB of storage.
Talk time: 22 hours
Standby time: 31 daysWe cant have a compilation of button phones without including this classic. Of course, this isnt the original Nokia 3310 youve seen in hundreds of memes, just its modern-day equivalent. The design is close enough to the original, though, and some might even call it cute. This Nokia 3310 is probably the only dumb phone people today will be happy to see when you pull it out of your pocket.If you dont care for IP ratings and military standards, but do like blasting people with nostalgia, then you cant go wrong with the Nokia 3310.
Talk time: 24 hours
Standby time: 37.5 days
The only reason you wouldnt get the Nokia 3310 if you dont want a flip phone is that you need that ruggedness. So here it is, the Plum Ram 7. IP68 rating and military-grade shockproofness, all in a cool-looking body. It also has the best battery life of all phones on this list. If youre about to trek the Appalachian trail, you better have one of these bad boys with you. But even if you dont plan on spending months away from civilization, this is a great back-up phone to have.
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