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Best Feature Phones to buy in 2022

A feature phone (also known as a Basic phone) is a mobile phone that possesses simple and general features such as the ability to make phone calls, access the Internet and store and play music but lacks the advanced functionality of a smartphone; as Google Dictionary defines it. Feature phones have been in existence since time immemorial. Before the advent of smartphones in the mid 90’s, feature phones have been in existence and witnessed huge acceptance.

The first feature phone to have existed (the Motorola DynaTAC) was released as far back as 1984. The device was tagged a “Basic device” due to its inability to do anything more than making voice.

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With the snowballing popularity and acceptance that the smartphone have gained, one would expect basic phones to go into extinction. Quite surprising that reverse is the case. Albeit feature (basic) phones they have been well overshadowed by the smartphones, they are still very much used by numerous people for several reasons, one of which is to support and reduce the workload on their new smartphone.

It is in this light that we shall be looking at the best feature phones to buy in 2022.

BEST FEATURE PHONES TO BUY IN 2017

In no particular order;

1. Nokia 105

 

Best Feature Phones to buy in 2022
Nokia 105

The Nokia 105 is the first version of the Nokia 105 series and it was released in 2013. The device has a small 1.45-inch screen that is duly protected by a plastic material lined with the outer body. The keypad of the Nokia 105 is made of rubber which leaves them susceptible to peeling and wearing off; likewise being damaged or punctured by a sharp object.

The Nokia 105 which has room for only one SIM card has a simple body design entirely made of plastic, a flash light at the top and is ultra light (weighs only 70 grams). Powering the Nokia 105 is a removable and replaceable 800mAh (BL-5CB) battery pack which can last months on normal usage.

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2. Nokia 105 (2017)

Nokia 105 (2017)
Nokia 105 (2017)

The Nokia 105 (2017) is the 2017 version of the Nokia 105 series. This feature phone is the upgraded variant of the Nokia 105 (2013). This device was fine tuned both in the design and inner compartment. It comes in a more attractive aesthetic, slimmer look and more curved edges. The display is a 1.4-inch screen with 120 x 160 pixels and 143 ppi screen resolution and pixel density respectively.

The Nokia 105 (2017) is slightly heavier than the Nokia 105, has the same 800mAh battery capacity and tiny 4MB internal storage space probably to store contacts and messages. Either way, if you are on the look out to purchase a second device to support your smartphone, the Nokia 105 (2017) is one of the best out of the numerous options to choose from.

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3. Imose Kampe

Imose Kampe
Imose Kampe

You see the Imose Kampe, it is not anyway like the regular feature/basic phones you come across everyday. This device comes with a monster 10,000mAh battery capacity which puts the device in the same caliber as the OUKITEL K10000 with similar battery size. Isn’t that crazy?!? This basic phone has more battery juice than you will find on many smartphones and flagship devices from many top OEM. Now one can understand the rationale behind the big size of the device; the equally big battery.

Just like the strong battery life, the Imose Kampe body and structure also reeks strength​! The device is big and bold. Same as the buttons and all other aspects of the device like the extra-huge flashlight that’s located at the top and the wide speaker at the rear.

Another feature of the Imose Kampe that I find particularly interesting and worth stating is the fact that the device can be used as a power-bank to charge other device like your smartphones, MP3 player, tablets and others. The device which has a 1.8-inch QVGA display has a USB port through which you can use in charging other devices. The screen resolution is capped at 320 x 240 pixels.

The Imose Kampe could be a quite a burden to the hands and pocket due to its weight. That definitely seems like the sacrifice one has to make for owning such a dual-purpose phone. With this basic phone, you don’t have to worry about owning a powerbank anymore or about frequent Power outage​.

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4. Ntel NOVA

ntel Nova
Ntel NOvA

The Ntel NOVA device is a feature phone with some little touches that makes it seem like a smartphone. The device is a very sleek and compact device that boasts of a simple interface with the 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen taking a higher percentage/ratio of the frontal interface. Right below the main display, there are four dedicated keys for easy and quick access to certain apps which include WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and Search.

ntel nova
Ntel Nova feature phone rear view

On the rear, there’s a back cover that is also made from plastic that is finely coated with paint. The Ntel NOVA is available in three colours; Grey, Gold and Rose Gold. The rear of the Nova feature phone also houses the camera, LED flash, the loudspeaker grill, and the NTEL logo.

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Moving to the internal features of the Ntel NOVA, it supports dual SIM card (micro SIM) which in turn supports 2G, 3G and surprisingly, 4G/VoLTE. 4G LTE is something most smartphones don’t even have the capability to support. The Ntel NOVA having 4G LTE support is definitely a big deal. However, the device lacks WIFi but can be used as a router (WiFi Hotspot) to share date to other devices.

As earlier mentioned, the Ntel NOVA boasts of a camera at the rear. The camera is of 5-megapixels and it enjoys a LED flash support which is beneath the camera. Also, at the front, there’s a tiny 2-megapixels camera which doesn’t do much justice to selfies. You also get a huge 8GB storage space to keeps files and all media. The battery is a removable 1,800mAh Li-Ion battery with a standby duration of 7 days.

The Ntel NOVA can be said to be the device that  is on the fence; it is in between being a feature device and a smartphone.

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5. Samsung Metro B313E

Samsung Metro B313E
Samsung Metro B313E

The Samsung Metro B313E is a basic phone from the stables of Samsung. Asides producing this device for lovers of their products who are also into feature phones, the smartphone company released the Samsung Metro B313E to show that her manufacturing prowess is not limited to designing smartphones alone, but to basic phones as well. Although the Metro B313E isn’t the first basic phone made by the phone manufacturer, the Metro B313E just happens to be the best choice of device when considering purchasing a basic or feature phone. It is small, easy to hold and handle, plus it is affordable; just like every basic phone should be.

The Metro B313E weighs only 74 grams, has a dimension of 112.7x 46.4x 13.1mm and a body entirely made of plastic. The device is available in 3 colour options; Black, White and Gold editions. The frontal boasts of soft keypads and a 2.0-inch TFT display screen which provides more brightness and contrast as well as better visual experience than the usual LCD display found on some smartphones.

The Samsung Metro B313E is powered by a huge 1,000mAh Li–Ion battery which provides a 720 minutes talk-time and will last longer than your average smartphone due to little processes running on it. This is just the device to own as a back-up to your main smartphone so as not to miss important updates, calls or texts.

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6. Nokia 3310 (2017)

Nokia 3310
Nokia 3310 (2017)

This Best Feature Phones to buy in 2022 list will definitely make sense without the inclusion of this iconic and legendary feature phone. But to start with, the Nokia 3310 did not first look all colourful and classy as it appears in the image above. This was how it looked like when it was first introduced and released by Nokia as far back as September 1, 2000.

The old Nokia 3310

The old Nokia 3310 is a device which people loved majorly for its strong battery life and its ruggedness. Earlier tagged the “Breaker of floors” owing to its durable body build.

Nokia 3310 (2017)

On to the 2017 version of the 3310, the specs are total improvements from the older 3310. It comes with a 2.4-inch screen, a newly introduced 2-megapixel camera and a large 1,200 mAh removable battery which, surprisingly can last 31 days on standby (that’s averagely more than a month) and can produce 22 hours of talk time.

To spice things up, the Nokia 3310 (2017) comes pre-installed with Opera Mini browser which allows room for some light 2.5G internet surfing. There is also a huge 16GB storage space that can be expanded to 32GB using the available micro SD card slot.

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7. Nokia 222

Nokia 222
Nokia 222

The Nokia 222 is another device off the Nokia feature phone series. This device is somewhat the perfect feature phone to own. The 2.4-inch display is very much enough for quality visual experience. As a fact, it has the biggest screen size you can find on a feature phone. The in-built storage is small (16MB) but can be expanded to 32GB using the micro SD card slot.

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The design of the Nokia 222 is beautiful, simple, slim and classy. It’s definitely worth being among the Best Feature Phones to buy in 2022. Asides the basic features of this device, you also get a 2.0-megapixels camera to take some low quality images. To finish things up, Nokia embedded a 1,100mAh Li-ion battery on the Nokia 222. The battery is removable and replaceable. This means you can have and keep extra batteries as a back-up.

There are a number of beneficial applications that you can gain from. The apps include Facebook – to stay connected to family and friends, Alarm, Calendar, Multimedia – to play multimedia files, and a couple of games to keep out boredom.

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There you have it people, 7 Best Feature Phones to buy in 2022. Is there any device that you think is worthy of being on this list? Why don’t you tell us the name of the device in the comment box. We will be glad to hear from you.