If you are new to the world of smartphones or just want to see more clearly the offers that are available to you, then this article should help you find the phone that will meet your needs.
Smartphones are incredibly popular devices, but their immense capacity has made them more and more complex for novices. What may seem like second nature to young people can be incredibly confusing for a generation that grew up before the advent of the internet.
Basic Cell Phone Buying Guide
Before any purchase, it is important to identify your daily needs, since an entry-level smartphone may be right for you.
Even if some models integrate a GPS or a camera, the majority of basic cell phones are only used to send SMS and make calls. Note that their processor is quite slow (from 1 to 1.2 GHz) and that they do not have a touch screen.
Their storage capacities are limited, however, most of these phones give you the option of adding a microSD card.
In terms of connectivity, entry-level smartphones support 3G and Wi-Fi while basic cell phones are only compatible with 2G.
If you like video calls and selfies, go your way as there is no front camera, and the image quality (480 x 800 pixel) is much lower than that of smartphones.
Finally, note that, very often, basic cell phones are sold with a blocked plan, or with a prepaid card.
Nokia 5310 – The best in everything
The Nokia 5310 is a great basic phone for everyday use. We love its classic design taken from its ancestor, as well as its discreet and effective color combination (our model is black/red).
Its color screen (2.4 inches), non-touch, displays text and icons very clearly, and its keyboard is very pleasant to use.
To continue in the positive, it can accommodate 2 mini-SIM cards if you wish, and a microSD (32 GB max). Small note: gently open the back, the plastic of which seems a little too fragile …
Its removable battery is, unsurprisingly, an incredible autonomy, after 2 weeks of simple use and in standby, it still has not fallen flat. So don’t hesitate to make many calls, listen to the FM band, or even endlessly play the snake game!
Nokia 2720 Flip – The most versatile
The Nokia 2720 Flip is one of the most popular Nokia phones, bringing the iconic flip phone up to date.
It has a fairly modern set of functions; 4G is supported, as well as some basic apps, which means you can still use Google Maps, Twitter, Facebook as well as WhatsApp. It even includes an application for the Google Assistant, with a dedicated button to activate it. Nokia indicates an autonomy of 28 days, enough to convince you a little more.
You also benefit from Bluetooth, a headphone jack, a camera, and an internal storage capacity of 4 GB with support for microSD cards up to 32 GB.
Nokia 8810 – Best Design
Nokia’s new 8810 is also known as the “Matrix Banana Phone” for its slightly curved shape and its use by the character Neo in the movie The Matrix.
Its design is a little unusual since it has a 2.4-inch color screen, occupying the upper half of the device, and a keyboard protected by a slider (sliding flap).
To complete its image, there is even a banana yellow model and if you prefer the Matrix side, then opt for its black version.
The 8810 is compatible with 4G and its storage space, unfortunately, does not exceed 4 GB, but it is expandable up to 32 GB via a microSD card.
What are its main strengths? Its dual SIM location, its 25-day standby time, the ability to synchronize contacts, Gmail / Outlook calendars, and create a hotspot via its 4G LTE connection.
TTfone Lunar TT750 – For big hits
The TTFone Lunar TT750 might not be the first basic phone that comes to mind, but the company has made a name for itself in recent years with inexpensive products primarily aimed at older people.
For better viewing, large characters are used on its keyboard and its screen has a clear and bright display. It is also equipped with powerful speakers so you won’t miss any messages or calls.
In addition, TTfone installed an SOS emergency button for him.
Thanks to its clamshell design, the TT750’s keypad is protected and numbers cannot be dialed by accident.
Note that the Lunar comes with a docking station that also allows it to be recharged.
Nokia 3310 – For the nostalgic
Notice to those nostalgic for the early 2000s, the Nokia 3310 is back! Its 2017 version is not perfect but we still love it as much.
The Nokia 3310 has a 2.4-inch screen and a fairly large physical keyboard. As for storage, you get 16MB, expandable by microSD up to 32GB.
The strong point of this model is its battery. The phone has a battery life of one month, which will allow you to play the legendary game of the Snake for long hours.
However, we regret that it does not have a Wi-Fi connection and that it is not compatible with micro-SIM cards.
Nokia 105 – The Most Affordable
If you are looking for a very simple phone for just texting, making, and receiving calls, then your best option is the Nokia 105. Its 1.8-inch screen is large and bright enough and its island-style keyboard (separate keys) makes it easy to dial and enter text.
On the storage side, it has little to offer, only 4MB, which is just enough for your directory.
Doro 8035 – The best smartphone
Doro has found the right balance with the 8035 since it offers an Android smartphone experience to which has been added usage tips. It is very easy to set up, with on-screen prompts and instructions. Once you’ve set up all of your existing email accounts and added contacts, it’s easy to navigate your way around making calls, texting, and even downloading apps.
Moto G8 – The most complete Android
Like the Doro 8035, the Moto G8 runs Android and is very easy to use. The G8 is for you if you don’t need to be guided to make calls, send messages, or download apps. Its highlight is its large 6.4-inch display, and its fast-charging 4000mAh battery is the icing on the cake.
Alcatel 2019G – The easiest to use
Alcatel has gone for a very traditional design for its 2019G phone. A smaller screen gives way to a large keypad. It supports older T9 SMS, but we believe it is more suitable for a user who prefers to make calls. It also includes an SOS button, a 3.2 Mp rear photosensor, for photos and videos.