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.

The best flip phones of 2021

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.

Carrying a flip phone in your pocket

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.

Using two screens on a flip phone

Nod to nostalgia

Whether you owned a flip phone in the early noughties or still remember the original car phones of the 1980s, there’s no denying that flip phones were seen everywhere at one point. If you’ve always had a soft spot for nostalgia but you’re unwilling to give up the latest tech, a flip phone like the motorola razr 5G could be perfect for you. It’s got the comforting flipping mechanism of a flip phone, but it’s packed with the latest technology, including 5G connectivity, a 48-megapixel camera and a 2800mAh battery. Plus, when the phone’s flipped open, it’s got an impressive 6.2-inch display that’s perfect for gaming, browsing and video calls.

Using a motorola razr 5G like a 1990s flip 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.

Doro 7030 long-lasting battery

The best flip phones of 2021

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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 Duo* 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.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3

motorola razr 5G

With two fully capable screens, the motorola razr 5G is a modern flip phone packed with the latest tech. This pocket-sized powerhouse has an innovative zero-gap hinge which allows its 6.2-inch OLED display to fold in half, fitting comfortably in your palm or pocket. The interactive Quick View display on the front lets you view notifications, make calls, reply to messages and much more - you can even get help from Google Assistant when your phone’s shut. Browse at 5G speed* powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 765G processor, and move between apps smoothly with 8GB of RAM. The 48-megapixel main camera also doubles as a high-definition selfie camera, so you can shoot with the razr 5G flipped closed and take your best selfies yet.

motorola razr 5G

Doro 7030

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.

Doro 7030

Terms and Conditions

5G network connection required.

Google Duo is a trademark of Google LLC.

The Galaxy Z Flip3 can be submerged in up to 1.5m of freshwater for up to 30 minutes (not advised for beach or pool use).

The Galaxy Z Flip3 hinge has been tested to be folded and unfolded 100 times per day for 5 years. The lifestyle verification was tested based on Samsung's internal quality standards.