What is the Best Verizon Flip Phone

In this post, we will compare all Verizon Flip phones available today and decide which is the Best Verizon Flip Phone. It is incredibly valuable to have a broad view of all the choices before narrowing the field to our favorite. We will examine the physical dimensions, internal features and the good and bad of each phone before choosing a winner.

Introduction

Smartphones have not conquered the world yet, there is still a place for flip phones, even at Verizon. A basic phone as Verizon calls its flip phones can be a cheaper alternative to other cell phones because it doesn’t need internet access. Even if you do want to pay for data, you will certainly use less data on a flip phone than on other cell phones. Additionally, flip phones are the perfect productivity boosters. By that, I mean that smartphones are very addictive time wasters with their third-party apps, social media, and such. They are the ultimate trivial machines, which dangerously numb you to your surroundings. One of the best ways to improve the quality of your life is to eliminate the constant distractions of your smartphone. A flip phone will still allow you to keep in touch with the important people in your life.

In fact, smartphones aren’t very good as actual phones because smartphone manufacturers get away with using cheaper parts. They compete on bells and whistles rather than the actual phone call experience. Generally, flip phones are more durable than smartphones, especially the more rugged flip phones that we find on Verizon. Finally, flip phones are often the best choice for those seeking phone simplicity like seniors and children. When you go to the Verizon website, they offer five choices for basic phones and we will examine which phone will best fit your needs.

Flip Phone Comparisons

Phone Size (in.) & Weight (oz.) Screen Resolution (pixels) & Size Battery Capacity (Talk Time)
LG Exalt LTE 4.44 x 2.13 x 0.69, 4.59 240 x 400, 3 in. 1470 mAh (6 hrs)
Kyocera Cadence LTE 4.19 x 2.08 x 0.76, 4.7 240 x 320, 2.4 in 1430 mAh (7.2 hrs)
Sonim XP5 5.43 x 2.39 x 0.92, 8.29 240 x 320, 2.4 in 3180 mAh (25 hrs)
DuraXV LTE 4.21 x 2.22 x 0.99, 6.17 240 x 320, 2.6 in 1530 mAh (8 hrs)
DuraXV LTE Non Camera 4.1 x 2.2 x 1, 5.6 240 x 320, 2.4 in 1500 mAh (7.7 hrs)

Description of basic phones available.

LG Exalt® LTE

LG Exalt® LTE


Retail Price: $144 (caution: LG Exalts on Amazon are older models and not LTE)

Features: Memory 8GB, Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core, 1100 MHz, Camera: 5 megapixels Autofocus, Camcorder: 1280×720 (720p HD) (30 fps), Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD (for the deaf), Wi-Fi, support for HD voice, Bluetooth 4.1, a microSD card slot (for cards up to 32 GB), can function as a hotspot

Good: This is a nice looking phone with a large screen. Wifi calling helps if you live in spotty coverage. Can receive and send emoji! Plays music and videos well. Has global roaming.

Bad: No external display (this is a deal breaker for some.) No FM radio. No flashlight.

Why Buy? You want a flip phone that is as cool as a smartphone without apps.

Kyocera Cadence LTE

Cadence LTE with case


Retail Price: $120 (not easily available on Amazon)

Features: Memory 2GB, Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 8909, Camera: 2 megapixels, Voice commands, TTY/TDD (for the deaf), Wifi, support for HD voice, Bluetooth 4.1, a microSD card slot (for cards up to 32 GB), can function as a hotspot

Good: Can receive emoji. Has an external display.

Bad: Camera is weak. Does not take or play video. Texting and menu options can be confusing. No global roaming. No flashlight. No FM radio.

Why Buy? You like the LG Exalt LTE but you also need an external display. The phone is also a little more compact than the LG Exalt and so can fit better in smaller hands.

Sonim XP5 (LTE enabled)

Sonim XP5


Retail Price: $336 (can find a much cheaper unlocked version on Amazon)

Features: Memory 4GB; Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad-core, 1200 MHz; IP 68 certified Water, Dust, Shock, Vibration, Temperature, Humidity resistant, MIL-STD-810 certified, Camera: 5 megapixels, Camcorder 1280×720 (720p HD) (15 fps), FM Radio, Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, Full-size USB, a microSD card slot (for cards up to 64 GB), HD Voice and Advanced Calling, Push to talk (like a walkie-talkie)

Good: Very rugged phone, with long battery life, a loud ringer/speaker for noisy environments, also uses 3G when LTE is unavailable. Can use social apps in a basic way. Works with gloves on. It has two strong external speakers facing front.

Bad: Bulky, will not fit in pant’s pocket, no camera autofocus, no hotspot feature (may work with software update), old-fashioned design, no backup assistant.

Why Buy? This is the phone for people who destroy other phones. It might work as a weapon!

DuraXV LTE

DuraXV LTE


Retail Price: $264.00 (can be found much cheaper on Amazon)

Features: Memory: 2GB, Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 Quad-core, 1100 MHz, IP 68 certified Water, Dust, Shock, Vibration, Temperature, Humidity resistant, MIL-STD-810 certified, Camera: 5 megapixels, Camcorder 1280×720 (720p HD), Voice dialing, TTY/TDD, micro USB, Wi-Fi Calling, mobile hotspot, Push to talk, a microSD card slot (for cards up to 64 GB)

Good: Rugged, Has LED flash, Flashlight Function, can work on 3G and LTE networks, has global roaming, Can use with gloves on. Has an external display. Has a basic browser and media player. Can receive and send emoji.

Bad: Bulky, may not fit in your pants pocket. No FM radio. The camera has focus problems.

Why Buy? You want a durable phone with a flashlight that is lighter than the Sonim XP5.

DuraXV LTE Non Camera

DuraXV LTE Non Camera


Retail Price: $264 (You can find this much cheaper on Amazon)

Features: Same as DuraXV above

Good: Same as DuraXV above (except no flashlight)

Bad: No camera (obviously!) Same as DuraXV above

Why Buy? Maybe you work on a military base or other sensitive area and you want a rugged phone but don’t want a camera on it.

Conclusion

Of the phones available directly from Verizon, the LG Exalt LTE is the best general-use, most modern-styled phone, and with the biggest screen. This is the winner for most people.

The Kyocera Cadence LTE is a clear second place, but with one advantage – the external screen will allow using caller ID to see if you want to open flip up the phone and take the call.

The other three phones are all ruggedized – and can be bought much cheaper on Amazon. The Sonim XP5 has an FM radio, a battery twice the size of the others and a hefty price to match. The somewhat cheaper and lighter DuraXV LTE has a flashlight. The DuraXV LTE Non Camera doesn’t have a camera which may be an important benefit to some.

Verizon is has focused its future on LTE. Therefore it is only offering phones with LTE. If you plan to use your phone for the next decade, LTE is something you want. If however, you feel that you can get by with an older 3G flip phone for a few years, there are plenty of better and cheaper phones available. Our next post will show you some of these other choices for Verizon network phones, including my favorite.

As always, please leave your comments below.

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2 Responses

  1. Erick says:

    That’s a good point a flip phone will eliminate a lot of distraction especially that we are living in the social media era. Our productivity whether it is creating a website or manage a local store its to give more quality to the client base and yes social media has its place but it’s not everything. Plus they have more durability than a smartphone, for business-wise, of course, I agree with your idea.

    • Peter Barban says:

      Yes, I just read a newspaper story on the internet that said constant alerts from our smart phones are changing the chemistry of our brains. Also, I saw a video of a girl in China walking down the sidewalk while staring at her cell phone. Suddenly, she fell into an open manhole and disappeared. The news said that she was mostly unhurt. Our crazy world is made more crazy by people’s devotion to their mobile phones.

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