Five Best Feature Phones

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Most of us love our smartphones, however not everybody wants one. For some folks, a cellphone that makes cellphone calls, possibly retains monitor of our cellphone numbers, and is simple to textual content on is greater than sufficient. Whether it is to economize on cellular information or to maintain complexity down, this week we’re taking a look at 5 of the perfect common characteristic telephones (also referred to as “dumbphones”), based mostly in your nominations.

Earlier within the week, we asked you which feature phones you thought were the best—whether or not they have been easy flip telephones designed to do nothing greater than make and take calls, or telephones that sit someplace between a easy cellphone and a smartphone. We received loads of nominations within the name for contenders thread that have been a bit too smartphone for our functions, however we additionally received numerous nice flip and have telephones that match the invoice, and are nonetheless broadly out there.

Whether they’re made for that member of the family or good friend who simply would not look after the complexity and apps that include iOS or Android, or whether or not it is for you, uninterested in paying for information plans you do not use, listed here are your 5 hottest characteristic telephones, in no explicit order:

The polls are closed and the votes are counted! To see which of those 5 nice telephones took the highest spot, head over to our Hive Five followup post to take a look at and talk about the winner!

Samsung Jitterbug

The Samsung Jitterbug was developed as a throwback to the clamshell-style flip telephones of the early 2000s—in contrast to a number of the different entries within the lineup, it is not completely an outdated cellphone that is managed to persist in recognition since they have been launched. Instead, the Jitterbug is a comparatively new gadget (and that is not together with the brand new Jitterbug Touch 2) designed to be used by individuals who desire less complicated, uncomplicated telephones, aged individuals who might have issue seeing the small display font on different units (the Jitterbug boasts giant on-screen textual content), and a battery that simply will not stop. The Jitterbug is accessible within the US on GreatCall, an MVNO on Verizon Wireless’ community.

The Jitterbug is designed to do one factor: place and take calls. GreatCall rolls in some security and emergency response options into its cellular plans, largely as a result of it markets itself to aged folks, however do not anticipate far more than that—the cellphone is not a texting surprise, and it will not stroll the road between a easy cellphone and a smartphone. It would not have prolonged or enhanced options that may allow you to textual content or handle your calendar and not using a information plan, nevertheless it does have an honest digicam that permits you to add the photographs you’re taking to the net—presuming you pay for the power. Read extra about it in its nomination thread, or in this PCMag review.


Motorola Razr2 V9

Full disclosure, though I did not nominate it, I fortunately owned a Motorola Razr2 V9, and liked it. It was the smooth, shiny successor to the unique Razr—the cellphone that every one however outlined clamshells within the early to mid 2000s, and though they’re tough to come back throughout lately, should you had one, you most likely know they nonetheless work like a attraction—actually, my outdated one continues to be kicking (it is my father’s main cellphone), so long as you change the battery once in a while when it stops holding a cost. It has sufficient options to maintain you content—together with a built-in contact supervisor, a calendar with reminders, customizable messages and ringtones, a 2MP digicam, stereo Bluetooth, and extra. It additionally got here in each CDMA and GSM variants, right here within the US and overseas, making it a conveyable gadget you could possibly take from service to service, or overseas should you’re touring.

The V9 is a bit onerous to come back by lately, however a quick Amazon search turns up a number of unlocked models for sale, and we’re certain you will discover them simply as simply at eBay or on Craigslist. If you are on the lookout for a easy, however elegant characteristic cellphone that was a bit underrated at launch however has stood the check of time, have a look. Read extra in this old CNET review or in its nomination thread here.


Casio G’zOne Ravine 2

If what you want is a characteristic cellphone that is rugged sufficient to face as much as a little bit of punishment, or a cellphone you possibly can belief to maintain working if you take it out within the grime, the mud, within the water, or in every other tough or harsh environments, the Casio G’zOne (sure, that is the way it’s spelled) Ravine stands out as the cellphone for you. The G’zOne line began years in the past with the Boulder, a rugged black and silver clamshell that Casio boasted was as much as navy area specs. The line has been up to date since then with the Rock, the Brigade, and most just lately, the Ravine and its present flagship characteristic cellphone, the Ravine 2. All of the G’zOne fashions have primarily been out there on Verizon Wireless within the United States.

Each sucessor the to the unique Boulder retains with its rugged design, military-spec casing and water resistance, and basic options, simply bettering on the heart wherever attainable. The Ravine 2 contains a three.2MP digicam with an LED flashlight, a vibrant 240px x 320px TFT LCD display on the within, push-to-talk, assist for cellular internet through Opera Mini, USB 2.zero, GPS, and extra. Those of you who nominated it vouched for its stable construct high quality, mentioning that it is generally seen on development websites and within the arms of atheletes and researchers who work (and play) in harsh environments. Plus, it is most likely the one cellphone within the lineup that may allow you to take a name within the bathe with out flinching. Read extra about it in this CNET review, this PCMag review, or in its nomination thread.


LG Rumor Reflex

The LG Rumor Reflex is a CDMA-based characteristic cellphone out there on Sprint, Boost Mobile, and US Cellular within the United States, and is considered one of CNET’s favorite feature phones. It has the seems of a smartphone due to its 240px x 400px TFT touchscreen, nevertheless it additionally sports activities a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that makes for simple texting. The display is large enough to make use of in portrait or panorama modes, and the cellphone comes with sufficient built-in mini “apps” to maintain most customers glad even when they’re on the lookout for a considerably smartphone-ish expertise. It boasts unbelievable battery life, nice name high quality, and a super-responsive contact display—all of which make it ultimate for somebody who, for instance, needs a smartphone-like expertise for texting or speaking with pals, however would not essentially have to have their very own information plan.

The CDMA variant of the LG Rumor Reflex is the LG Freedom, out there on US Cellular. It’s most likely probably the most smartphone-like within the roundup to this point, however because it would not assist cellular information in any respect, it matches firmly within the feature-phone class. You can learn extra about it in this PCMag review, or in its nominations thread here.


Nokia 515

The Nokia 515 is definitely a brand new gadget, a characteristic cellphone that runs Series 40 as an working system, however would not assist 3G or 4G, making it firmly a sharp-looking and extremely purposeful characteristic cellphone. It sports activities a gorilla glass display, a very good wanting keypad, assist for quad-band GSM networks and twin SIM playing cards (which we’ll get to in a second), and a 240px by 320px TFT show. It additionally packs a 5MP digicam able to video, facial detection, and panoramic pictures. It would not have an app retailer or something, nevertheless it comes packing mini apps for enterprise and social networking, and you need to use it over cellular information to maintain up with Twitter or Facebook, keep watch over your calendar, set reminders and appointments, and even surf the net should you’re okay with WAP. It’s at present out there in choose nations in Europe and it is making its approach throughout Asia. It’s not at present out there within the United States, however there is no motive an unlocked model would not work on any GSM service within the US should you introduced it in.

Those of you who nominated the Nokia 515 famous its distinctive construct high quality and suite of truly helpful options—all of which have a few of you tempted to ditch your smartphones and use this as a substitute to remain productive with out the fluff and cruft of a extra complicated cellular OS. You additionally praised its FM recording options, 38 day reported standby time, and different high-end options—which can account for its near $150 price ticket. To learn extra, try PhoneCanine’s impressions, this Engadget preview, and of course, the nomination thread.


Now that you’ve got seen the highest 5, it is time to put them to an all-out vote to find out the Lifehacker neighborhood favourite:

This week’s honorable mentions exit to the Nokia Asha collection,a line of telephones in numerous type elements and with totally different options, however all firmly within the in-between area between smartphones and have telephones. Many of them assist cellular information if you need it, positively assist Wi-Fi, and a few have full keyboards whereas others have giant, vibrant touchscreens. All of them are usually out there in numerous colours, pack apps on-board that will help you take nice footage and share them, keep in contact with your folks through textual content or social media, and extra. Nokia has famous that they need the Asha line to be a “ramp up” to the Windows Phone platform, so it shares loads of design sensibilities.

Have one thing to
say about one of many contenders? Want to make the case on your private favourite, even when it wasn’t included within the listing? Remember, the highest 5 are based mostly on your most popular nominations from the call for contenders thread from earlier in the week. Don’t simply complain in regards to the prime 5, tell us what your most popular different is—and make your case for it—within the discussions beneath.

The Hive Five is predicated on reader nominations. As with most Hive Five posts, in case your favourite was unnoticed, it did not get the nominations required within the name for contenders submit to make the highest 5. We perceive it is
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