For whom a key phone with WhatsApp is worthwhile
If you don’t have a smartphone, but still don’t want to do without the most popular instant messaging service, some providers have key-operated phones with WhatsApp in their range.
Ein key cell phones with WhatsApp: What may sound a bit strange at first, is in many cases a practical matter. Many cell phone users are longing for the old pre-smartphone cell phones whose batteries felt like they lasted forever and which still work after decades. No unnecessary features, just reduced to the essentials: just making calls and writing messages. Messenger services like WhatsApp have now largely replaced the good old SMS. But if you want to use these services, you don’t necessarily have to buy a smartphone.
Button cell phone with Whatsapp: Brief overview of the products
- Nokia 2720 Flip Klapphandy*
- Nokia 6300 4G *
- Alcatel 3088*
- Swisstone BBM 680*
- Emporia TOUCHsmart*
- Emporia Simplicity*
Nokia key cell phone: These also enable WhatsApp
With the Nokia 6300 4G and the 2720 Flip *, Nokia has two button cell phones in its range, both of which allow the use of WhatsApp – albeit in limited versions. For example, video calls are not possible with either device, and the 6300 4G * (which runs on the KaiOS operating system) does not allow status reports or automatic updates. In return, both models offer the classic advantages of key cell phones. They are handy, inexpensive and offer a long battery life. So if you don’t necessarily need video telephony, but only want to use WhatsApp to write messages or send photos and the like, you can definitely consider buying it. Incidentally, the Nokia 6300 4G not only enables WhatsApp, but also social media platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook – e-mails can also be written on it.
Cell phones with buttons: Other well-known manufacturers
With Alcatel, another well-known manufacturer of the “old” mobile phone world offers a smartphone with WhatsApp. The 3088 * is a straight-line key phone that does without many additional features. However, here you also get a stripped-down WhatsApp functionality without the possibility of video calls – a light version, so to speak.
However, if you do not value big brand names such as Nokia & Co., you will also find corresponding offers at somewhat lesser-known companies. The BBM 680 from Swisstone * also offers a 2.8 ” touch display – WhatsApp is preinstalled on this key phone and can be called up using the direct selection buttons.
The TOUCHsmart * from Emporia also has a touchscreen. However, as with the Swisstone model, the touchscreen does not have to be used here. Here, too, the messenger service is preinstalled and can be called up using the speed dial button.
With the Simplicity *, Emporia also offers a comparable alternative to those who prefer to do without the touchscreen.
What are the advantages of button cell phones?
Of course, the smartphone made our lives easier. But not all of them need a number of extra functions and want to rely on a touchscreen, they want it to be as simple as possible. Key cell phones are very popular with seniors, for example. They are functionally focused on the essentials, difficult to break – and usually significantly cheaper than smartphones. The long battery life is definitely a clear advantage of key cell phones.
Anyone who opts for a key cell phone with WhatsApp has the choice between flip phones or so-called bar phones. There are also some models that offer a small touchscreen in addition to the regular buttons – as a compromise between smartphone and button cell phone. If you want to use all the functions of WhatsApp, you should opt for a model with the Android operating system – some limited versions of the messenger app are possible with other systems.
Button cell phone with WhatsApp: conclusion
The good old button cell phone may no longer be state of the art – but obviously it’s not dead! A real smartphone cannot replace button cell phones with WhatsApp. But if you prefer the convenience and durability of key cell phones to the many functions of the iPhone, Galaxy & Co. and only need a few functions, you could find a suitable model with the models mentioned – even if only as a second cell phone.
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