Verizon Flip Phones for Improved Productivity

How would you like to increase your productivity by 40% while living a longer and happier life? It could be as simple as replacing your smartphone with a flip phone.

The latest research shows that constant interruptions from smartphones are altering our brain chemistry. The very thing that we love about our smartphones is their constant “nowness”. They continually alert us to new messages concerning the weather, traffic reports, movie reviews, sports updates, texts from friends and foes and even very occasionally an actual phone call. But these interruptions have two major negative effects, elevated stress and “switch costs”.

Living a life of constant alert creates stress and a kind of addiction in which the body responds by continually releasing small doses of the stress hormone, cortisol, which is the number one enemy of good health. Here’s how cortisol affects the body: reduced ability to learn and remember, increased weight (stress eating), elevated blood pressure, weakened immune function, and more. Living with continually elevated cortisol stress levels can lead to depression, mental illness, and reduced lifespan. The effects are especially strong in teenagers.

So, what about the “switch costs”? Whenever we try to do two or more things at once, which is multitasking, we increase our inefficiency. The switching of our attention from one task to another increases our stress level releasing more cortisol and disrupts the flow of our thinking. It takes time and mental energy to continually refocus our basic cognitive processes. Our brains are not designed for multitasking as any flight controller will attest. Studies show that this mental juggling can reduce our efficiency by 40% across all tasks, while also increasing errors, which is why many places prohibit driving while texting.

The key to improving productivity, physical health, and mental well being is to dump the number one cause of unnecessary stress and multitasking: your smartphone. Let’s face it, smartphone addiction is real and hurts millions of people, including your family and friends, co-workers and perhaps yourself. Once you overcome your “nowness” addiction, you can experience new levels of peace and success. However, you still need some form of mobile wireless connection for real communication and emergencies. That is why you need to get a flip phone.

If you are on Verizon, you need a flip phone that can connect to their network. In a previous post, I reviewed all 5 flip phones that are available directly from Verizon. Now, I review some of the older (discontinued) Verizon phones still available for purchase through the internet. Note that these are not LTE phones.

Verizon Flip Phone Comparisons

 

Phone Size (in.) & Weight (oz.) Screen Resolution (pixels) & Size Battery Capacity (Talk Time)
LG Revere 3 3.86 x 2.01 x 0.74, 3.46 176 x 220, 2.2 in 950 mAh (6.08 hrs)
LG Exalt VN 360 4.37 x 2.06 x 0.62, 3.88 240 x 400, 3.0 in 900 mAh (5.50 hrs)
Pantech Breeze 3 3.90 x 2.02 x 0.74, 3.60 240 x 320, 2.2 in 920 mAh (5.00 hrs)
Casio G’zone Ravine 2 4.33 x 1.99 x 0.83, 4.85 240 x 320, 2.2 in 1150 mAh (4.68 hrs)
LG Extravert 2 4.4 x 2.15 x 0.64, 4.15 240 x 400, 3.2 in 1000 mAh (6.08 hrs)
Verizon LG Accolade VX5600 3.56 x 1.83 x 0.72, 3.00 176 x 220, 1.8 in 1000mAh (7.66 hours)
Motorola w755 3.90 x 1.90 x 0.68, 3.60 176 x 220, 1.9 in 950 mAh (3.66 hrs)
LG Exalt II VN370 4.4 x 2.1 x 0.61, 3.99 240 x 400, 3.0 in 900 mAh (6.00 hrs)

LG Revere 3

LG Revere 3

Price: Buy it for less than $50 on Amazon

Features: Memory: 0.1 GB RAM, Camera: 1.3 megapixels, Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD, Bluetooth v2.1

Good: It’s cheap and relatively highly rated.

Bad: Too thick, no wifi, no camera flash or autofocus, the screen has low pixel density and no auto-brightness.

Why Buy? You want a bare bones Verizon flip phone for calls. You could also consider the Samsung Gusto at a similar price.

LG Exalt VN 360

LG Exalt VN 360


Price: Buy it for less than $90 on Amazon.

Features: Memory: 4.3 GB, Processor Qualcomm 1.1GHz, Camera 2 megapixels, Voice commands, Voice recording, microSD card slot for up to 32GB memory, Bluetooth 3.0, TTY compatible, Text-to-Speech (text recognition), HD Voice, ICE (In Case of Emergency) function, TTD compatible

Good: It has a larger screen than many flip phones.

Bad: no wifi, no camera flash or autofocus, the screen has low pixel density and no auto-brightness.

Why Buy? It’s step up from the LG Revere 3 with a larger screen, more memory, and better camera.

Pantech Breeze 3

Pantech Breeze 3


Retail Price: Buy it for less than $90 on Amazon.

Features: Memory: 0.08 GB, Camera: 1.3 megapixels, Camcorder, Voice commands, TTY/TDD, Bluetooth, microSD card slot for up to 32GB memory

Good: A nice basic phone.

Bad: Thick body, no wifi, no camera flash, no screen auto-brightness, the screen has a low pixel density

Why Buy? You want to update from the Breeze 2, otherwise, the LG Revere 3 is cheaper with similar specs.

Casio G’zone Ravine 2

Casio G’zone Ravine 2

Retail Price: Buy it for under $90 at Amazon.

Features: Memory 0.25 GB RAM, Camera 3.2 megapixels, LED flash and autofocus, Camcorder, TTY/TDD, Push-to-Talk, Pedometer, Compass, Thermometer, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD card slot for up to 32GB memory, MIL-STD-810 certified: Water, Dust, Shock, Vibration, Temperature resistant

Good: Rugged

Bad: Thick body, no wifi, no screen auto-brightness, the screen has a low pixel density

Why Buy? You want a rugged phone with an unusual design.

LG Extravert 2

LG Extravert 2


Retail Price: Buy it for under $100 on Amazon.

Features: Memory 0.5 GB, Processor ?, Camera 2 megapixels, Camcorder 320×240 (QVGA), Voice commands, TTY/TDD, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD card slot for up to 32GB memory

Good: A real QWERTY keyboard slides out for typing.

Bad: Too thick, no wifi, no camera flash or autofocus, the screen has a low pixel density and no auto-brightness.

Why Buy? You want to type a lot of text messages on a real keyboard.

Verizon LG Accolade VX5600

Verizon LG Accolade VX5600


Retail Price: Buy it for under $100 on Amazon.

Features: Memory ?, Camera 1.3 megapixels, Voice dialing, Voice commands, TTY/TDD, Bluetooth 2.1,

Good: nice talk time length

Bad: No MicroSD card slot, too thick, no wifi, no camera flash or autofocus, the screen has a low pixel density and no auto-brightness. No camcorder.

Why Buy? Talk time is a little longer than the others.

Motorola w755

Motorola w755


Retail Price: Buy it for under $100 on Amazon.

Features: Memory ?, Camera 1.3 megapixels, Camcorder, Voice recording, TTY/TDD, Bluetooth 1.2, microSD slot

Good: ?

Bad: Short talk time. Too thick, no wifi, no camera flash or autofocus, the screen has a low pixel density and no auto-brightness.

Why Buy? This older flip phone still gets good reviews.

LG Exalt II VN370

LG Exalt II VN370


Price: Buy it for under $100 on Amazon.

Features: Memory 0.256 GB, Camera 5 megapixels, Camcorder 320×240 (QVGA), Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD card slot for up to 32GB memory

Good: Nice camera, large screen

Bad: Too thick, no wifi, no camera flash or autofocus, the screen has a low pixel density and no auto-brightness.

Why Buy? You want a basic flip phone with a nice camera and large screen

And click here to see a full review of my favorite flip phone the Samsung Convoy 4.

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2 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    Hey Peter,

    Thank you so much for this article. I really like the idea of switching “back” to a normal phone instead of a smartphone. I remember that I read your article about “Best Flip Phones for Urban Survival”, which was the first time that I thought about the idea. And the more I think about it, the more I realize that I do not *really* need it. And I totally agree that it adds stress and distraction. Maybe I’ll a “smartphone detox” for a few days and see how it goes, before I switch for good.

    We’ll see! I like the idea!!!

    Cheers,
    chris

    • Peter Barban says:

      That’s great! I have another flip phone post coming soon. I wish cell phone companies would really invest in this market. There is so much more innovation they could bring to this market. The third world would benefit enormously from such a trend. 

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