The best flip phones
Text, call and stay entertained with just a flick of your wrist. Here are the benefits of owning a flip phone, and why it could be the right choice for you.
Why flip phones are making a comeback
Lightweight and pocket-friendly
If you’re prone to dropping your phone or your latest device just won’t fit inside your pocket, a flip phone, also known as a clamshell phone, could be a wise choice.
Because of the nature of their design, flip phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 are compact, so they’re much easier to slip inside a pocket or hold securely in your hand.
When flip phones are open, they can also be easier to hold when you’re calling or texting - phones like the Doro 7030 come with a soft-touch coating so it’s easy to grip.
Two screens for instant responses
Several modern flip phones come with two screens – one is the main screen when the phone is open, and the other is a smaller screen that you can use when the phone is folded shut. This is sometimes called a ‘quick view display’ or ‘cover screen'. The quick view display, or cover screen, is often interactive - that means you can answer calls, reply to messages and skip songs without opening your phone.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 boasts the largest cover screen of any flip phone with a 3.4-inch display when folded. Folded or unfolded, the Galaxy Z Flip5 opens up a world of possibilities for you whether you’re making a purchase with Samsung Pay, checking the weather, using Google Maps or replying to a message.
Immerse yourself in an interactive viewing experience with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5, equipped with Flex Mode. Watch a live stream on the top-half of your screen whilst chatting with friends on the bottom-half - now that’s multi-tasking on another level.
Likewise, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 allows you to experiment with new angles and hands-free selfies thanks to FlexCam. Plus, conveniently switch between multiple apps⁴ with Flex Mode when the phone is folded.
Much like the flip phones of the late 1990s which could go for days without a charge, flip phones nowadays have hard-working batteries too. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5’s powerful 3,700mAh battery with all day battery life¹ lets you scroll, chat, and snap without worrying you’ll run out power. It’s equipped with 25W Fast Charging and 15W Wireless Charging so you can boost your battery faster than ever.
Similarly, the Doro 7030 has a deceptively powerful 1,350mAh battery with up to 280 hours of standby time – that’s just over 11 days. If you like to chat, the Doro 7030 has around 6 hours of talk time - and if your battery’s performance begins to fade over time, it’s easy to order a replacement battery which you just slot into the back of your phone.
The best flip phones we recommend
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5
Join the flip side with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 and unleash the possibilities this pocket-sized smartphone has to offer. Get the best of both worlds – whether you want a small phone you can easily pop in your pocket or a big screen phone you can flip open and stream video calls on, it’s got you covered. Not only does the zero gap hinge give it a slimmer and more compact design than the Galaxy Z Flip4, it has a larger customisable cover screen which lets you add your favourite widgets, photos and GIFs. Taking the perfect selfie has never been easier – with cover screen previews, a lens capturing true-to-life skin tones no matter the lighting and the ability to adjust your shots to the perfect angle with FlexCam. With up to two days of battery life¹ and a durable design to prevent against knocks and spills, you can keep things stress-free.
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Motorola Razr 40 Ultra
Make room for more magic and endless possibilities with the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra. Access everything you need on the largest, most advanced external display¹ without needing to open your smartphone. Whether you want to take a hands-free selfie or stay productive on the go, Flex View has got your back. Simply stand your phone on its own at multiple angles and enjoy new ways of interacting, capturing, and creating. Designed to be not only water repellent², but also worry proof with its huge 3,800mAh battery³ equipped with TurboPower 30W charging⁴, you can fuel up fast wherever you may be.
This elegant device has the simplicity of early noughties flip phones, but comes with 4G and WiFi connectivity so you can still use Facebook and WhatsApp. It flips open and shut in seconds, and weighs just 124g - so you can easily slip it into a pocket or a smaller bag. The soft-touch coating ensures a better grip, and you can enjoy up to 6 hours of talk time for calling family and friends. The interface is easy to use - change your font size in seconds, use the camera shortcut button and even link your hearing aid to the Doro 7030 using HAC mode.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, many flip phones are smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4. They often include the latest technology in terms of display, camera, battery and processor.
Flip phones are a great choice if you want a pocket-sized, durable phone that still includes the latest technologies and benefits of owning a smartphone. Similarly, if you feel a flip phone is a good fit for you, but you’d prefer a phone with a larger screen then our folding phones may be better suited.
Terms and conditions
¹ Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors
¹ Submersion in up to 1.5m of freshwater for up to 30min (not advised for beach or pool use)
¹ Google Duo is a trademark of Google LLC.
¹ Based on the following features not found in other vertical flip phones: 3.6" screen size, up to 144Hz refresh rate and 1056 X 1066 resolution
² Water-repellent design creates a barrier to help protect against moderate exposure to water, such as accidental spills, splashes or light rain. Not designed to be submersed in water, or exposed to pressurised water, or other liquids; may diminish over time. Not waterproof
³ All battery life claims are approximate and based on the median user tested across a mixed use profile (which includes both usage and standby time) under optimal network conditions. Actual battery performance will vary and depends on many factors including signal strength, network and device settings, temperature, battery condition, and usage patterns
⁴ TurboPower™ charging capable only with Motorola TurboPower™ charger; compatible 33W TurboPower charger included inbox, though device has 30W maximum charge capability. Motorola TurboPower™ 33 charger does not increase maximum device charge capability. Battery must be substantially depleted; charging rate slows as charging progresses