Latest Flip Cell Phones Gallery

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BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230. CrackBerry.com

Flip phones certainly are convenient: they come with their own built-in carrying case, after all. You just flip the phone closed, and, voila, no accidental key presses and no scratched screens. Flip phones also offer a small, compact case -- the perfect size for slipping in a pocket. And, perhaps best of all, flips phones are often cheap, if not free with a service contract.

But you don't have to sacrifice a full feature set to get the convenience of a flip phone. Today's best flip phones do a lot more than just make calls. Most offer text and picture messaging, and many check e-mail or surf the Web. Some even come with full-fledged smartphone operating systems. Check out this gallery of today's best flip phones to find out which one is the perfect phone for you.

You don't have to give up all the advanced features of a smartphone to get a device with the convenient flip phone design. Take the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230, for example. The Pearl Flip packs the best features of a BlackBerry phone -- including its excellent e-mail handling -- into a small, sleek handset that flips open and closed.

The Pearl Flip 8320 uses BlackBerry's SureType keyboard, which uses a modified QWERTY layout, with two letters on most keys, instead of one. It's not as easy to use as a traditional QWERTY keyboard, but it's much easier to use for composing messages than a traditional numeric keypad.

The Pearl Flip 8320 features a 2-megapixel camera and access to BlackBerry App World for downloading software to your phone. It's available from Verizon Wireless.

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LG Accolade Flip Phone

LG Accolade VX5600. PhoneArena.com

Verizon Wireless has a long history of offering quality LG cell phones, and their latest is the LG Accolade VX5600. It's a flip phone that doesn't offer a lot of extras, but handles your basic calling needs with ease.

The Accolade features a blue and gray design, with internal and external displays. The external display, which measures just a tad more than 1-inch diagonally, displays a clock, battery and signal strength, and caller ID and works as a viewfinder for taking self-portraits.

Phone features include support for Bluetooth, so you can use the Accolade with a hands-free headset, and voice commands and dialing. It also comes with direct access to Microsoft's Bing search engine, and supports Verizon's VZ Navigator for turn-by-turn directions. In addition, you get access to Verizon's Family Locator service.

The Accolade's 1.3-megapixel camera features a 2x digital zoom and lets you adjust some basic settings, but it does not capture video.

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Sony Ericsson Equinox

Sony Ericsson Equinox. Gizmodo.com

Just because a phone is a flip phone, that doesn't mean it has to be boring and bland. Case in point: the Sony Ericsson Equinox, one of the sleekest-looking flip phones available today. It also packs in plenty of features, including a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS support, and gesture control, which lets you control your phone without actually touching it.

The gesture control feature works in conjunction with the phone's camera, which serves as a sensor that registers movement. You can mute an incoming call or set the alarm to snooze by waving your hand in front of the camera.

When in use, the camera will capture photos and videos, and includes software for editing both on-board the phone. The Equinox is YouTube compatible, so you can view videos from the site on your handset, too.

Other multimedia features include a music player, FM radio, and Sony Ericsson's Media Go software for transferring music, photos, and videos from your computer to your phone.

The Sony Ericsson Equinox flip phone is available from T-Mobile.

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Nokia Mural

Nokia Mural. PhoneArena.com

The Nokia Mural 6750 may look like your standard-issue gray flip phone, but it's actually much more colorful than that. The Mural will be illuminated in one of several colors--including blue, red, green, orange, purple, or pink--when it's open or closed, or when a call or message arrives. You select the color and can change it to fit your mood.

The Mural is more than just a pretty face, however. It also offers support for AT&T's speedy 3G network, for high-speed Web browsing and access to AT&T's multimedia services. The Mural supports the carrier's Cellular Video service, which delivers video clips right to your phone, as well as AT&T Mobile Music and AT&T Video Share. It also offers access to XM Radio and AT&T Navigator, which delivers turn-by-turn driving directions.

The Mural includes a 2-megapixel camera that captures still photos and videos. Messaging options include text and picture messaging, instant messaging, and e-mail.

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Sony Ericsson w518a Flip Phone

w518a Walkman Phone. Boing Boing Gadgets

The Sony Ericsson W518a is a flip phone that serves two purposes. On the one hand, it's a cell phone with some pretty decent features (including support for Bluetooth and GPS). On the other, it's a full-fledged portable music player that allows you to tote your tunes on the go.

The W518a is one of Sony Ericsson's Walkman phones, which accounts for its prowess as a portable music player. When the flip phone is closed, you still have access to the music player controls, which sit on the front of the phone. You also can shake the phone to increase the volume. In addition, the W518a features an FM radio.

The W518a runs on AT&T's 3G network, which offers speedy access to the Web and data services. It supports AT&T Navigator for turn-by-turn driving directions, AT&T Mobile Music for adding tunes to your music collection, and Cellular Video, which delivers pre-packaged streaming video clips to your phone.

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Samsung t139 Flip Phone

Samsung t139 Flip Phone. Cnet.com

The Samsung t139 is a flip phone that delivers all the basics you need from your cell phone: it offers good call quality, Bluetooth connectivity for use with a hands-free headset, and a variety of messaging options, including both text and picture messaging, as well as instant messaging.

The Samsung t139 features a VGA-quality camera with a 4X digital zoom. The camera captures snapshots in four resolutions and offers some extras, like a self-portrait timer. The camera does not capture video clips, however.

Samsung's t139 sports a gray case, and features a light, compact design. It also includes a small external display (it measures 1-inch diagonally) for viewing the time and caller ID information. This flip phone is available from T-Mobile.