If you’re looking for a simple flip phone, the Alcatel Go Flip is a great option to consider. Although it looks like a classic flip phone, it also has advanced features like voice commands and app compatibility that make it even easier to use.
The Alcatel Go Flip has a basic clamshell design that we’re all familiar with. On the outside, it has a small, 1.44-inch-by-1.44-inch screen that displays the date and — in the event of a call — the contact information of a caller.
On the inside of the phone, you’ll find a larger, 2.8-inch screen, as well as a set of physical keys. There’s also a micro USB charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the back of the phone, you’ll find a cover that — when removed — reveals the phone’s battery, a microSD card slot, and a slot for your SIM card.
Overall, the phone is lightweight and compact, easily fitting in the palm of your hand or in a pocket. While it’s not waterproof or shockproof, it definitely feels like it could withstand some falls without incurring much damage.
Call quality on the Alcatel Go Flip was pretty good, particularly for a flip phone. This phone supports HD calls, and the sound is nice and loud. This phone is also M4/T4 in terms of hearing aid compatibility.
I was also impressed by the battery life of this phone. In my tests, this phone lasted well over two days with minimal use and had about nine hours of straight talk time while connected to Wi-Fi.
Sending text messages has never been a strength of flip phones; however, the Go Flip allows you to dictate messages with your voice. Rather than manually typing letters with the number pad, with this phone, you can activate Google Assistant (by holding down the center GO button) and then speak your message.
In my experience, this feature captured my words with great accuracy, and it allowed me to send messages in a much more convenient way than typing.
As well as sending messages, Google Assistant can also be used to ask questions. By holding down the center button and asking a question, the Go Flip will essentially run a Google search to answer your questions.
Some other ways you can use Google Assistant:
Getting the weather forecast
Asking for directions to nearby attractions
Setting timers and reminders
One notable omission from Google Assistant, however, is the inability to place calls or activate apps. For example, you cannot ask Google Assistant to call a specific contact or to open Facebook; rather, you must do this manually.
As well as Google Assistant, the Go Flip features a few more useful apps. Included on the phone are Google Maps, which allows you to get turn-by-turn directions; an internet browser; and YouTube.
Using the KaiOS store, you can also download additional apps, including Facebook, email, WhatsApp, Twitter, weather, and — my personal favorite — a crypto tracking app.
Overall, these apps are a bit clunky to use on a screen this small; however, they could certainly come in handy in a pinch.
While I never expect much from a flip phone camera, I have to say, the 2 MP camera on the Alcatel Flip Phone is particularly bad. Even with a steady hand and ample lighting, photos are still rendered out of focus and colorless. The same applies to videos.
Luckily, since there’s no front-facing camera on this phone, I don’t have to terrorize you with abysmal selfies. This also means there’s no support for video calling.
Camera aside, the Alcatel Go Flip does everything else pretty well. Calls are easy to make, and they come in clearly. The same goes for text messages. The addition of Google Assistant voice commands makes this one of the easiest flip phones to use. If you’re looking for a simple, classically designed phone that can make calls, send messages, and occasionally look up info online, then the Alcatel Go Flip might be just what you’re looking for.
Ryan has years of experience researching and testing products that help people successfully age in place. After years of working for various publications such as Boston Magazine and The Believer, he has found his home at The Senior List, writing about all things related to caregiving and senior healthcare.