Clamshells remain a good choice if the phone is only needed for calls and SMS messaging. This market segment is stagnating from year to year, but there is still plenty to choose from. The rating contains the best options in three niches: budget, with a capacious battery, with a large screen.
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Top flip phone manufacturers
Pressure from manufacturers of touch phones greatly reduces the niche of clamshells in the global market. As a result, mostly small and little-known companies remain. The leaders in this segment in 2019-2020 are the following brands: LG, Alcatel, BQ, ZTE, Fly, Prestigio, ArkBenefit and Wigor.
Clamshell pros and cons
- take up little space;
- are inexpensive;
- convenient for conversations.
- few functions by modern standards;
- not the most durable design;
- are out of the interest of global players in the mobile phone market.
Best Budget Phones
The characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of the most popular models costing from 1,000 to 1,500 ₽ are considered.
Clamshell for 2 SIM-cards. Differs in small size and lightness — less than 10 cm when unfolded, weight 55 g. Built-in memory 30 MB, but microSD cards up to 32 GB are supported. The 800 mAh battery is enough for a week of standby time or 4 hours of continuous talking. The only screen with a diagonal of 1.77 inches and a resolution of 160×128 pixels. There is no Internet access, only voice calls and SMS messages.
Average price: 1 100 ₽.
Great little fold out! After Samsung, an elderly person did not have to get used to it. Loud phone. The buttons are configured for speed dialing. The charge holds for a long time. Price class!
- poor image quality of the built-in camera;
- interface with a small font without the possibility of increasing.
Fly Ezzy Trendy 3
Device with alternate work of 2 SIM-cards. A single 2.4-inch display with a resolution of 320×240 pixels is installed. The weight is 93 g, but a relatively small 800 mAh battery is installed. It is enough for 5 hours of using the phone in talk mode. The keys are large, but there is little space between them, so false pressings are possible. The loudspeaker volume is high, which is not typical for conversational. There is a slot for microSD cards, but there is no Internet access.
Average price: 1 500 ₽.
The cot was bought for an elderly person. It is convenient to receive a call by opening the phone automatically. Big buttons. Loud. Shortcut function. There is bluetooth. The price tag is humane.
- big keys;
- bright and clear screen.
- inconvenient menu;
- mediocre reliability.
Fly Ezzy Trendy 3
Prestigio Grace B1
Device for 2 SIM-cards with Bluetooth-module and MP3-player. It weighs 79 g and is equipped with a 750 mAh battery. This provides up to 4-5 days of standby time. The keys are relatively small, but due to the distinct stroke they are comfortable to use. The built-in memory is only used for flashing and storing the address book, so you need to purchase a microSD card up to 32 GB to listen to music.
Average price: 1 500 ₽.
The battery holds normally, for three days with normal use it is enough, if you do not turn on the radio or the player. The dimensions of the phone are a bit larger than expected, but I got used to it easily.
- loud speaker;
- durable body.
- no keyboard backlight;
- without Internet access.
Prestigio Grace B1
The best flip phones with a powerful battery
The main characteristics of popular models priced from 2,000 to 4,000 rubles are given.
Clamshell with 1000 mAh battery and support for 2 SIM cards. It can be used for voice calls, messages and listening to music (radio, mp3) due to the presence of a 3.5 mm headphone output. For the elderly and children, there is a separate SOS button on the front, which is very hard to miss. When you click on it, a call will be made to the custom contact. The device stands out from the competition weighing less than 90 grams.
Average price: 2 000 ₽.
Bought for my mom a couple of weeks ago. We checked — the volume is normal, the battery with 2 SIM cards holds for almost a week. The notebook is comfortable, the buttons too, so far everything is fine.
- comfortable keyboard.
- the SOS button is easy to press by accident;
- hard to find for sale.
Ark Benefit V2
Model with main touch screen and 1300 mAh battery. The display diagonal is 2.9 inches with a resolution of 320×240 pixels, which increases the readability of menu items. Contributes to the ease of use of the external screen, which makes it difficult not to notice the received message or missed call. In talk mode, the device is able to work 10 hours. There is an option to play audio and video files, but for this you need to buy a microSD card separately.
Average price: 2 200 ₽.
Weighty, easy to unfold, huge and comfortable buttons. Big screen. Hearing is good. You won’t be able to customize your phone. Even an automatic answer by opening a cot is not provided.
- 10 hours of talk time;
- 2 displays.
- few settings;
- mediocre build quality.
Ark Benefit V2
Large clamshell with IP68 water and dust resistance. The case has stiffening ribs that dampen energy during falls. It is equipped with a 1,200 mAh battery, while the weight is 140 g. This made it possible to place a large keyboard, during operation of which there are no false positives. There is a slot for 2 SIM-cards and a microSD flash drive (up to 32 GB). The main display with a diagonal of 2.4 inches, 320×240 pixels, and an additional 2 inches with a resolution of 128×128 pixels.
Average price: 3 700 ₽.
Heavy, 2 screens, you can see who is calling on the outside. Easy to use, everything on the menu is immediately clear. The plastic smells bad. The phone is excellent for harsh conditions, I did not notice any strong minuses.
- protection against water and dust;
- large size contributes to ergonomics.
- without access to the network;
The best big screen flip phones
The main data of phones with a large display are indicated, which cost from 2,000 to 5,000 ₽.
BQ 2809 Fantasy
This is a weighty model of 125 g with a single screen with a diagonal of 2.8 inches and a resolution of 320×240 pixels. Due to the size and display, the device is suitable for the elderly. Basic equipment: radio, alarm clock, organizer, 0.1 MP camera, no Internet access and Bluetooth. The battery capacity is 800 mAh. This is enough for 2-3 days of work, provided you use 2 SIM-cards. The clamshell comes in 5 colors, so you can choose a phone in bright colors to make it easier to find.
Average price: 2 300 ₽.
The top half of the clamshell is heavy, like it has metal in it. You have to hold on tighter so that the top does not outweigh. Only 10 characters and 1 phone number can be entered in a contact name. The device made a positive impression.
- weak battery;
- There is no dedicated panic button.
BQ 2809 Fantasy
Equipped with a clamshell for 1 SIM-card with a screen diagonal of 2.8 inches and a resolution of 320×240 pixels. Weighs 108 g with a 970 mAh battery installed. 256 MB of built-in memory, there is also a slot for a microSD card. The keyboard block is as simple and convenient as possible, the keys are clearly limited and distant from each other. The model stands out among its competitors by the ability to access the Internet using GPRS technology. There is a Bluetooth-module that allows you to use the phone paired with a wireless headset. Many owners noted the power of the vibration motor — its vibrations are difficult to miss.
Average price: 2 700 ₽.
Nothing extra. Just a foldout. Fairly large display. Simple and logical menu. High quality microphone and speaker. In 2G mode, it works for about a week. 2G/3G auto — 4-5 days.
- rich equipment;
- Internet access.
- 1 SIM card;
- The glossy body picks up smudges and scratches quickly.
Model with one 3-inch screen and a resolution of 320×240 pixels. A 950 mAh battery is installed, which is enough for 13 hours of talks in the zone of reliable signal reception. The weight is 125 g, but due to the large keyboard, this only increases the usability of the phone. It has excellent build quality, which is rare among clamshells from Chinese manufacturers. There is a slot for 2 SIM-cards and microSD flash drives (up to 16 GB). To store user data allocated 20 MB of internal memory. The device is notable for the loudness and clarity of the sound of the conversational speaker — according to this parameter, the model is the best in the rating.
Average price: 4 300 ₽.
Large screen, large buttons, loud ringer, excellent voice quality. It is a pity that there is no external screen and you can not change the font size. Convenient folding bed available on the market. The rest either have a smaller screen twice, or there is no “OK” button.
- general quality;
- big screen.
- few places for sale;
- no internet access.
Which flip phone to choose
In this matter, it is worth proceeding from the needs of the user:
- Elderly person with poor eyesight. Ease of use, large and easy to press keys, large display with the ability to change the font. It is difficult to assess all these factors remotely, so it is worth taking grandparents with you to the store so that they can feel everything with their own hands.
- Any person as a dialer. Battery life and dual SIM support are the main selection criteria for this use case. Almost any adult will figure out the menu, and small print will not interfere. This allows you to choose the right model on the Internet, based only on reviews and feedback from real owners.
- Child for constant communication. The low price, large battery and the presence of an SOS button will be the main factors to consider before buying. A child can easily lose a cot, so you should not choose expensive models. Thanks to the alarm button, the daughter or son will always be able to quickly dial their parents.
Comparison of the characteristics of the best models
|Model||Weight, g||Diagonal and screen resolution, inches and pixels||Battery capacity, mAh||Price, rubles|
|ZTE R341||55||1.77, 160×128||800||1 100|
|Fly Ezzy Trendy 3||93||2.4, 320×240||800||1500|
|Prestigio Grace B1||79||2.4, 320×240||750||1500|
|Vertex C308||89||2.4, 320×240||1000||2000|
|Ark Benefit V2||105||2.88, 320×240, 1.77, 160×128||1 300||2200|
|Wigor H3||140||2.4, 320×240, 2, 128×128||1 200||3 700|
|BQ 2809 Fantasy||125||2.8, 320×240||800||2300|
|Alcatel 3025X||108||2.8, 320×240||970||2700|
|LG G360||125||3, 320×240||950||4 300|
For 2-3 thousand rubles, it is easy to find a decent dialer that will work for many years. The best option with a minimum budget — Fly Ezzy Trendy 3. The phone has a decent battery life, good ergonomics and a large screen.
Among clamshells with a capacious battery, the leader is Ark Benefit V2. In terms of functionality, the model is the same as its competitors, but it has the maximum battery life — confident 10 hours, even in the area of poor cell signal reception.
The most profitable option among devices with a large display — Alcatel 3025X. Notable for the balance of characteristics and price at a decent level of quality.
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