We just tested six new simple mobile phones that range in price from £15 to £150. While some impressed in our tests, one was bad enough to be labelled a Don't Buy.
Smartphones are ubiquitous, but not everyone needs the latest touchscreen handset packed with fancy features, or has the best part of £1,000 to spend on it. Luckily, there are still plenty of simple mobile phones to choose from for those who need a pared-back, easier-to-use model, are working on a tighter budget, or are after a second handset to use as a backup.
The best simple phones are user-friendly, have crystal-clear call quality, and have a battery that lasts for days. Others, like one of the phones we recently tested, fall far short of the mark.
Read on to compare the latest simple phones to go through our test lab.
It's missing a camera, but otherwise this phone comes equipped with quite a few features: Bluetooth connectivity, a built-in MP3 player, games, a torch and a card slot to add up to 32GB of internal storage. It doesn't connect to wi-fi, but you'll be able to use 4G mobile data to browse the internet.
This model is very similar to the Nokia 215 4G, with one key difference: it has a rear camera. It's fairly basic, but it does have an autofocus lens, self-timer, night mode and the ability to record videos. It's missing a flash, though.
It might be the cheapest phone in the line-up, but it's not scrimping on features. You get a music player, a 1.3Mp rear camera and the ability to share photos over Bluetooth. You won't be able to connect it to your home wi-fi, but you can access 3G or 4G mobile data.
This flip phone gives you two screens to work with: an external display for your notifications, and a main 2.4-inch display inside. You can only access 2G internet, and there's no built-in music player. It does have a feature-packed 2Mp camera though, as well as Bluetooth and hearing aid compatibility.
As you can see from the missing keypad, you can't text on this phone and you can only call the three numbers saved in your speed dial. However, it's got extra features designed to keep you safe, such as GPS localisation and an alarm button. There's no camera or music player, but you do get Bluetooth, wi-fi and 4G connectivity, and it's compatible with hearing aids.
Simple phones are very pared back compared with the average smartphone, but that doesn't mean they don't have a few tricks up their sleeve. Here's some of the features that might make you consider choosing one over a smartphone.