Best Smart Flip Phones – Smartphone design has peaked, and manufacturers are now going back to the past to bring the classic flip phone design from the dead.
You can even get smart flip phones with Android installed, as you’re about to see! If you’re looking for a new flip phone in 2022, these are some of the best to choose from.
1. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
For a good few years now, Samsung has been pioneering modern definitions of a “flip phone” with Samsung’s fully flexible displays. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the latest iteration, with a beautiful design where the flexible display means you can fold a full-sized smartphone in half just like you would a flip phone. When it’s fully extended, it looks like one singular screen. However, you can fold the halves together to save on some pocket space.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 packs some flagship specs and is unquestionably the most “premium” flip phone available today. Its specs are a lot more impressive, with an Android 10 OS, a Snapdragon 888 5G octa-core processor, and 8 GB RAM. It has a 1080 x 2640 resolution and a 6.7″ display – when unfolded, of course – and 128GB and 256GB storage variants.
2. Motorola Razr 5G
Razr is back from the dead, making people nostalgic about the flip phone trend it had championed in the last decade. Cashing in on the Razr brand, Motorola launched a flip phone similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. You get a 6.2-inch flexible OLED display that folds in half thanks to the innovative zero-gap hinge that Motorola has developed.
The best part about Motorola Razr is the Quick View display on the outside, which lets you view notifications, make calls, summon Google Assistant, reply to messages, etc. You can access all the essential features without even opening the flip phone.
Under the hood, it comes with 5G support, features the Snapdragon 765G chipset, and has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. While Motorola Razr is a superb smart flip phone comparable to Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, its pricing is a bummer. It costs the same as Samsung’s offering, but it doesn’t come close when looking at the value-for-money and durability aspects. Nevertheless, if you feel nostalgic about your Razr days, the Motorola Razr might be some consolation to you.
3. Alcatel GO FLIP 4
Accounting for the “retro” side of the flip phone market, Alcatel has been releasing its GO FLIP phones for a good few years, with the GO FLIP 4 the latest model. Running on the KaiOS operating system (also used by Nokia for its flip phones) will let you run popular apps like WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, and more.
The GO FLIP 4 is a dinky and svelte device that you can pick up for under $100. It packs a Snapdragon 215 CPU and a 2.8″ LCD screen with a humble 320×240 resolution. (If you’re looking for high-resolution flip phone screens, you’ll find them further down the list for a higher price.)
It has a small screen on the outer lid displaying the time, and you can expand its storage via microSD by up to 32GB. You won’t take stunning pictures with the 2MP camera, but its battery life and selection of essential apps make it a great “light” smartphone option.
4. Nokia 2720 Flip
For people who don’t want to splurge top dollars on a flip phone, I would highly recommend Nokia 2720 Flip. It’s an amalgamation of a basic phone and a smartphone and is a perfect flip phone for seniors. You get features like Google Assistant, WhatsApp messaging, apps like Facebook, Google Maps, and more. On top of that, you get support for 4G, WiFi, and Bluetooth.
What I love the most about Nokia 2720 Flip is its timeless design. The phone is made of tough polycarbonate material and can handle heavy drops without damaging the phone. It runs KaiOS based on Linux and brings internet services to feature phones. I think you can’t beat this Nokia offering at $160.
5. Kyocera KYF31
A relatively updated unknown manufacturer to the West, the Kyocera KYF31 is an Android phone that saves on pennies but doesn’t skimp on the details. It retains a retro look but has 4G capability, an 8.0-megapixel camera, and Android 5.1.1. It uses a Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor and 1GB RAM.
The phone even comes with some exciting touch functionality. For example, by swiping your phone from the keyboard, you can scroll through windows as if it were a smartphone.
Lively Flip by Jitterbug
Lively Flip by Jitterbug is the cheapest smart flip phone on the market right now. It has big buttons that should be pretty helpful to seniors. You also have support for WiFi, Bluetooth, 4G, a camera, and more. There is also support for a voice assistant, but the device comes with Amazon Alexa in place of Google Assistant. And if you want a camera on a flip phone, the Lively Flip will also satisfy this need.
There is one unique service associated with this flip phone. Like other devices on this list, Lively Flip also has a dedicated hardware key for emergency use. Upon pressing this key, you can get an urgent response and care from the company’s GreatCall team. If you have a senior living away from you, then this feature can be pretty helpful. Just keep in mind that it’s a paid service. So go ahead and check out Lively Flip and see if the phone cuts for you.
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