Best flip phones in Australia

If you want to get back to basics, we've selected the 4 best flip phones available here in Australia to help make your decision easier.

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The best flip phones in Australia

How did we pick this list?

The products on this list are based on extensive research and our own reviews. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the best products.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Best flip phone overall

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Flexible use cases
  • Water resistance
  • S-Pen compatible

Cons

  • It costs a LOT
  • Folding tech still has durability limitations
  • Samsung puts better cameras in the S21 Ultra 5G

Why we chose it

The flagship flip phone space is basically the foldable phone space right now, and just like every other category of flip phones you don't have much choice to speak of. Huawei does offer the Mate Xs in Australia, but its lack of Google integration makes it a tough phone to recommend. We've seen sniffs of foldables from the likes of Oppo, and Google is reportedly still working on a foldable Pixel while TCL continues to show off prototypes.

That leaves the foldable space in Samsung's court, and at least with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 it's delivered a premium phone experience if you want the flexibility of a regular phone that expands into a tablet form factor. Expanding out into a tablet that's also S-Pen compatible is a genius move, although it is disappointing that it'll only work with newer S-Pen models. That's especially true given you don't get an S-Pen in the box of what is a pricey phone.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review.


Nokia 2720 Flip

Best flip feature phone

Nokia 2720 Flip
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Great battery life
  • Small in the pocket or purse
  • KaiOS apps

Cons

  • Awful camera
  • Plastic build
  • Apps are hard to use with a keypad

Why we chose it

The other side of the flip phone equation is the classic flip feature phone, but again in the current Australian market you only have a very limited set of choices to make if that classic flip style is what excites you in a feature phone. There's a lot of brands out there that you never will have heard of offering up cheap phones, or if you're prepared to spend a little more, there's Nokia with the Nokia 2720 Flip.

OK, it's not actually Nokia, because all the Nokia phones these days are made by a company called HMD Global who hold the licence for Nokia branded phones, but the Nokia 2720 Flip is a total throwback device to the time when Nokia was top dog in phones. On the plus side it's a nicely simple phone with large dialling buttons, good battery life and even a smattering of apps on its KaiOS platform. On the minus side, it's a little pricey for a feature phone, and it has a really ordinary camera, something we didn't really need a throwback to.

Read our full Nokia 2720 Flip phone review.


Aspera F42

Best budget flip phone

Aspera F42
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Highly affordable
  • Big, friendly buttons
  • Can access Internet, Facebook and WhatsApp

Cons

  • Very slow
  • Poor battery life for a feature phone
  • Camera is worse than awful

Why we chose it

Aspera sells itself as an "Australian" mobile phone brand, and its specialty is low-cost mobiles with a strong focus on simple Android devices. It still has a sideline in feature phones, and particularly flip phones at affordable price points. The Aspera F42 isn't expensive, and it isn't fancy, but if you're primarily after a simple phone for actual calls and SMS messaging, it'll do the trick.

That low cost does bring with it compromises, including a surprisingly mediocre battery in our tests; classic flip phones could last weeks but the battery life of the Aspera F42 is just a couple of days. It at least won't take you too long to charge up its small included battery. It's also one of only a handful of phones you can buy these days with a truly removable battery.

Read our full Aspera F42 review.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Best dual screen flip phone

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • More durable than previous generations
  • Powerful processor
  • 5G

Cons

  • Camera quality could be better
  • Battery life

Why we chose it

If you want a true smartphone that also folds up in the style of your classic feature phone, you're again left with only a small range of choices. Two, to be precise, with Motorola's RAZR taking on Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 3. The Z Flip 3 easily wins that battle thanks to a wider camera array, better durability and a huge range of colour choices, especially now that Samsung allows you to custom order a staggering 49 "bespoke" versions of the Galaxy Z Flip 3.

The compact size and style of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is absolutely the point of this particular handset, and while it's less expensive than prior Z Flip generations, it's still absolutely a premium priced handset with some limitations in play. Battery life is low for a flagship, and its dual camera array is a touch limited compared to what you could get for the same money in a regular Android handset.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review.


Amazon prices last updated on 28 January, 2022 at 09:24 pm
eBay prices last updated on 28 January, 2022 at 11:01 pm

Methodology

55+
Brands considered
200
Products compared
4
Best products chosen
  • Our editorial team compared flip phones from brands found in major supermarkets across Australia as well as online retailers.
  • We examined hundreds of customer reviews and ratings as well as expert reviews.
  • The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

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