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The Best Flip Phones – October 2018

Posted by William Sattelberg on October 6, 2018

It’s been just over ten years since the original iPhone launched, and in that time, we’ve seen smartphone adoption skyrocket, with the device itself changing from a utility for white collar business workers and folks with exorbitant amounts of cash to a device nearly everyone has. In that decade, your parents have upgraded to iPhones, you’ve switched back and forth between Android and iOS, and kids as young as 8 or 9 years old have begun to adopt their parent’s old smart devices. The major players in the smartphone wars of the 2000s, Microsoft, Nokia, Palm, and Blackberry, have all but left the market, replaced by Apple, Samsung, and Google, bought out or replaced and forgotten about in the minds of consumers over the years. And of course, budget smartphones have gotten really good, meaning anyone can have access to a powerful new device for on-the-go computing.

At the beginning of this year, smartphone adoption in the United States had hit 77 percent according to Pew Research, meaning more than three out of four American adults now have a smartphone in their life. Those numbers have especially increased among adults over 50 years old and lower-income Americans, presumably due to the increased simplicity of smartphones and the ability to buy a good device for around $100. But those numbers still mean one in four Americans have held onto non-smartphone devices, and it’s easy to see why. Younger kids don’t need the added responsibility of holding onto an expensive iPhone when a $30 basic phone (also known as feature phones or “dumb phones”) allows the parent to call their child when necessary. Feature phones tend to get the basics right, with solid call quality, the ability to send text messages, and perhaps the most important feature—multi-day battery life.

So, whether you haven’t committed to owning a smartphone, or you’re looking for a secondary device to take camping, hiking, or to keep on the side for emergencies, owning a basic flip phone is a great idea for some consumers. Unfortunately, most technology sites don’t quite keep track of flip phone devices any longer, which might leave some consumers on their own when looking for a new device for the basic necessities. Let’s fix that. This is a look at the best flip phones on the market today.

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