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The LG Exalt 2 is the ReviewGist pick for the best basic cellphone for 2016. The LG Exalt 2 is a stylish flip style model and crosses all the right boxes when it comes to feature phones. According to CNet, it scores very well with respect to performance and has a good size screen to go with it. The LG Exalt 2 is available with Verizon which runs one of the best reception network in the US.

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LG Exalt 2

LG Exalt 2


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Kyocera DuraXV Plus
Sonim XP6
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LG Cosmos 3
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  • With its generously sized screen and smooth performance, the LG Exalt is a top contender in Verizon's line of basic phones.


  • Durable and water resistant, the Kyocera DuraXV is one of the most capable feature phones available.


  • The Sonim XP6 is as rugged as smartphones come, complete with a comprehensive warranty against damage, but the Android experience suffers on its tiny display.


  • The fun-looking Kyocera Verve delivers the bare-bone basics of a feature phone well, and its ability to easily transfer its photos will satisfy casual shutterbugs.


  • Though the Cosmos 3 is free with contract, you're better off paying more for a comparable handset, like the Samsung Intensity III.


Basic Phone Buying Guide - Why you should go for a basic phone ?

Lets face it - smartphones do not always make you smart. There is now a ton of research out there which is basically pointing us to the fact that by hyper-connecting our lives with all the social networking apps and constant notifications might not be such a great idea after all. It leads to distractions, which compromises focus on your tasks at hand. And online socializing isn't really as affective as the real thing - not to mention that Facebook induced depression is a real thing nowadays. So if you wanna quit the online world and get some sanity and happiness back into your lives, dumping your smartphone for the old feature phone is the probably the first thing you should do.

By definition, basic cellphones are meant to handle calls and not do much else. However, many manufactures often bill feature phones as basic models. Feature phones usually focus on one important task in addition to standard calling features. For instance, many basic feature phones are designed primarily for texting, Web surfing, listening to music or taking pictures. Nevertheless, a true basic phone covers only the essentials - letting you place and receive calls.

Before trying to choose the best basic cellphone for your particular needs, you must decide whether you need a secondary feature in addition to making and receiving calls. If you require a phone that only supports phone calls, call quality and clarity should be your primary focus. However, if you need a camera, MP3 player, Web browsing capability or another secondary feature, you will want to consider a feature phone. You might find that a feature phone gives you a little more functionality while costing you little more than a standard call-only cellphone. Before considering a feature phone, though, you should keep in mind that they may be bulkier and offer shorter batter lives than simple cellphones that support only calling.

When shopping for a basic cellphone, the best place to start is your current wireless carrier - if you have one. If you don't already have a plan with a carrier, you should research the various companies and their basic calling plans. Since basic cellphones are relatively cheap -- when compared to smartphones -- you may be able to find a plan that offers a free unit if you subscribe to a one or two-year contract or plan.

While basic cellphones do not offer all of the features and functionality of smartphones, they do offer some significant advantages. For instance, many basic cellphones are compact, rugged and have relatively long battery lives when compared to feature phones or smartphones. Because the screens of basic cellphones are relatively small -- versus the large displays common to smartphones -- chances of damaging one from a drop or scratch are minimal.

Top 5 basic cell phone - 2016:

  1. LG Exalt 2
  2. Kyocera DuraXV Plus
  3. Sonim XP6
  4. Kyocera Verve
  5. LG Cosmos 3