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.
Samsung t159 (T-Mobile), August 2012
It may not be the most stylish of handsets, but with its excellent call quality, generously sized buttons, and contract-free affordable pricing, the t159is 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. Read the full review.