Best flip phones 2023

Android phones are capable of just about anything these days, but that can be overwhelming or just downright unnecessary for some. Not everybody needs a high-end camera or a huge screen in their pocket at all times, and you certainly shouldn't have to pay for features you'll never use, and that's why flip phones are great.

While some flip phones are a barebones $20 experience, others, like the Motorola Razr Plus, pack as much technology inside as the best Android phones around. So whether you're longing for a more straightforward experience, a brand new smartphone experience, or just want the cheapest possible vessel for calls and texts, these are the best flip phones that should be on your radar.

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We get it. Not everybody needs a flashy and expensive smartphone, and that's okay! Buy within your means and get a phone that suits your needs without paying for extra features you'll never actually use. Even flip phones have gotten some nice upgrades over the years, including support for 4G LTE — that comes in handy more than you might think.

The NUU F4L is an unlocked flip phone that works on nearly every U.S. carrier and offers the best bang-for-your-buck value you could ask for. In addition, its 4G compatibility lets you connect to messaging services like Whatsapp, allowing you to stay connected with your friends and family (that is, so long as you don't mind typing with T9).

If you need more apps and services, though, the Nokia 2720 is just shy of a smartphone in terms of app compatibility; you can launch Google Assistant or even watch YouTube videos on its 2.8-inch display. Of course, you'll pay quite a bit more for the phone, but if these services are essential to you, it might be worth the money.

Finally, if you want a premium smartphone experience in a foldable form factor, then you'll want to take a look at the Motorola Razr Plus. It has all the fancy high-end features you could want but collapses to a pocketable size just by closing it. It's more expensive than the rest of the flip phones on the list but carriers often run great trade-in deals to make the price more palatable.

And while Motorola's giant cover screen works better than the one on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, there's still plenty of room to recommend Samsung's latest. No Android vendor provides more updates than Samsung and, likewise, no vendor has more features or accessory support than Samsung. If you're going for style, look no further.

Nicholas Sutrich
Senior Content Producer — Smartphones & VR
Nick started with DOS and NES and uses those fond memories of floppy disks and cartridges to fuel his opinions on modern tech. Whether it's VR, smart home gadgets, or something else that beeps and boops, he's been writing about it since 2011. Reach him on Twitter or Instagram @Gwanatu
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