We’ve just tested ten more simple mobile phones from brands such as Doro, Nokia and Alba, and found two new Best Buys that are well worth your consideration.
Both new Best Buys are straightforward to use and do the basics well – letting you have clear phone conversations and send and receive texts.
They both also give decent battery life, with one of them giving an outstanding 17 hours of continuous calls.
Unfortunately, we’ve also found two Don’t Buys that you should avoid. With poor battery life and disappointing call quality, your money is better spent elsewhere.
To make the best choice for your hard-earned money, browse our simple mobile phone reviews.
Pricey vs cheap simple mobile phones
There’s a sizeable £165 price difference between the cheapest and priciest mobile phones on test.
The Virgin VM595 will make a small £10 dent in your wallet. As you’d expect for this price, it’s pretty basic. While you’d mainly use it just for calls and texts, it also has a 0.3Mp rear camera and 2G internet capability – but both are far from cutting edge.
The Doro Liberto 825, on the other hand, costs £175. This is a simplified 4G smartphone with an 8Mp rear camera and 2Mp front-facing camera, which could suit you if you’re looking for a smartphone experience without too much complexity. Plus it has a few accessibility features, such as hearing-aid compatibility and an SOS button.
What makes a Best Buy simple mobile phone?
All simple phones go through exactly the same tests, regardless of their claims or features. And as we don’t take price into account, you can trust our scores and reviews to truly separate the wheat from the chaff.
Our lab experts assess each phone for how easy it is to set up, make calls, send texts, and use on a day-to-day basis. Our ease-of-use rating makes up 55% of the total test score – so simple phones have to be straightforward to use to earn our Best Buy recommendation.
We also measure battery life, on both continuous call time and standby, and test whether your phone conversations will sound clear or garbled whether you’re in a quiet room or a busy environment.
Just want to know the best? Head straight to our Best Buy simple mobile phones.
Latest simple mobile phone reviews
- Alba Big Button Mobile Phone – £25
- Alba Flip Mobile Phone – £30
- Alcatel Onetouch 10.35X – £32
- Alcatel Onetouch 10.52G – £15
- Alcatel Onetouch 20.12G – £39
- Doro 5030 – £30
- Doro 6520 – £70
- Doro Liberto 825 – £175
- Nokia 215 Dual Sim – £50
- Virgin VM595 – £10
Prices are correct as of 21 December 2016 and are subject to change.