I love my smartphone as much as any modern 21st-century kid. But there's something about whipping out a flip phone and then snapping it closed that is very gratifying and nostalgic. And while many phone manufacturers pump out high-tech handsets every season, it's nice to see that once in a while, a simple clamshell device still makes it through the pipeline.
Not only do these handsets have superb call quality (and really, isn't that what phones are made for?), but they're also extremely simple to use. In addition, these devices surprisingly cater to several demographics, from the active to the elderly. Below, we've gathered our recent favorites.
Editors' note: This post was originally published August 14, 2012, and was updated on November 19, 2013 with additional handsets.
Sporting an interesting LED light design that displays the time, your missed calls, and your text messages, the is a polished-looking handset with a generously sized 3-inch screen, expandable memory, and a 2-megapixel camera.
The keeps it simple: its interface is extremely user-friendly, and its alphanumeric keypad is comfortable to press. You can also easily adjust the size of the fonts onscreen via the volume buttons.
As the U.S. Cellular version of Sprint's , the retains the original's extra-tough qualities. Not only is it waterproof, but it's also resilient against dust and shock. Just don't expect the same Direct Connect push-to-talk button on this one, since that's a Sprint-specific feature.
Designed specifically with seniors in mind, the has features like a built-in emergency call button, an ICE app to store pertinent medical information like your blood type and medications, and even an FM radio. Not to mention, its design is incredibly intuitive.
It may not be the most stylish of handsets, but with its excellent call quality, generously sized buttons, and contract-free affordable pricing, the is a flip phone done right. Be warned, however, that it lacks a headset jack, so you won't be able to plug any audio accessories into it.