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Best big button simple mobile phones

By Oli McKean

We reveal the best big button mobile phones for pain-free dialling and texting, and generally simple everyday use

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Not everyone wants the latest smartphone that will cost more than £600 - some of us want an easy-to-use basic mobile phone that lets you keep in touch with friends and family, with minimal fuss.

Simple mobile phones are generally easier to use than your average smartphone. But they're also smaller, and cramped keypads can make it hard to press the right buttons every time.

If you're someone who wants large and well-spaced number keys on your phone, we've selected three of the best simple mobile phones with big buttons. Read on to find out which make our carefully selected list.

Just want to know the best simple mobile phones? Here's a simple solution: head to our simple mobile phone reviews.

Best big button simple mobile phones

Which? score 71%
Reviewed Nov 2016
Ease of use:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Call sound quality:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Battery life:
4 out of 54 out of 5

Impressive enough across the board to earn our Best Buy recommendation. The keys are large, clearly labelled and backlit, so it's easy to press the right one each time. The screen is quite small, but we have very few other gripes.

Which? score 68%
Reviewed Jan 2018
Ease of use:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Call sound quality:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Battery life:
4 out of 54 out of 5

A really good and inexpensive basic mobile phone. Its large buttons let you send texts and make calls with little fuss, and the battery life is pretty good too.

Which? score 66%
Reviewed Jun 2017
Ease of use:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Call sound quality:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Battery life:
3 out of 53 out of 5

A good big-button choice if you're looking for a simple mobile with a clamshell design (also known as a flip phone). It also has a large screen that's easy to read from.

Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of February 2018.

What makes a Best Buy simple mobile phone?

We only whole-heartedly recommend those simple mobile phones that sound as crystal clear as a home phone, and which have easy-to-use buttons that help prevent misdialing and clear screens that are comfortable to read.

Our tests include practical assessments by our ease-of-use specialists, and technical measurements to ensure that each simple mobile phone review answers all the key questions you might have. These include:

• How easy is it to use?
• How long does the battery last?
• How clear are phone calls?
• Are any extra features useful?
• Should I buy it?

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