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.
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 could be a wise choice. Because of their shape when they’re flipped shut, they’re much easier to slip inside a pocket, find in a crowded handbag, or hold securely in your hand. When they’re opened up, 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, sometimes called ‘quick view displays’. There’s a screen which displays on the top of the phone when it’s shut, and a main screen when the phone’s opened up. The screen on the back of your phone which appears when the phone is shut is often interactive - that means you can answer calls, reply to messages and skip songs without even having to open your phone.
Long-lasting battery life
Flip phones like the Doro 7030 have hard-working batteries, much like the flip phones of the late 1990s which could go for days without a charge. It’s got a deceptively-powerful 1350mAh 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 Flip3
Meet Galaxy Z Flip3 - a smartphone which says no to conformity with a Dynamic AMOLED 2X 6.7-inch folding glass display. The upgraded 1.9-inch Cover Display is four times larger than the original Galaxy Z Flip's, making it even easier to check the time, take calls or skip songs at a touch. Unfold the Z Flip3 for hands free Google Duo1 video calls in Flex mode - just position your phone on a flat surface, and you're ready to go. Use Multi Window to open two apps on the same screen and multitask like never before - scroll your social feed and message the group chat at the same time. The 12-megapixel Ultra-Wide and Wide-Angle cameras are perfect for your best snaps yet - use Dual Preview to let everyone see how your picture looks before you take it. You can even step out from behind the lens with Flex Mode for the ultimate hands-free selfies on the 10-megapixel Selfie Camera - the camera splits into the top half and the controls on the bottom half for stunning snaps.
1Google Duo is a trademark of Google LLC.
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.