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What Is A Feature Phone?
- May 21, 2018 -

A feature phone is a major category of mobile phones. Functional mobile phones can meet the consumer demands of many ethnic groups. The use of some functional mobile phones is more than that of ordinary mobile phones that can only be used for making calls and sending and receiving short messages. For example, they can photograph, play their own music files, go online, and Use the map function. Like a smart phone, some applications can be executed on a functional mobile phone, but most of them are JAVA language programs. Most of these programs are based on JAVA ME or BREW, which is related to the cross-platform capabilities of JAVA. [1][2].

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1 type

2 advantages

3 Use objects and occasions

4 Features

5 Reference source


Conventional type: The upper half is the screen and the lower half is the mobile phone.

Flip-fold type (commonly known as the shell machine): the upper cover is the screen and the lower cover is the mobile phone keyboard.

Slide type (commonly known as push machine): the upper layer of the screen, the lower layer of the phone keyboard, so that the keyboard slide out to use the phone keyboard.

Rotary type: The keyboard and screen are opened by rotation, or the screen is designed directly on the shaft.


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Power consumption is lower than that of smartphones, and some handsets have a maximum standby time of up to 35 days.

Built-in additional features are sufficient to meet the needs of low-consumption consumers, such as: flashlights, tape recorders, simple games, clocks and stopwatches, radios and other functions.

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Stability and receiving quality are better.

Use objects and occasions[edit]

High-tech industry: In order to prevent confidential outflow or electromagnetic wave signal interference, high-tech industry practitioners (especially middle and low-level operators and supervisors) are required to carry function phones that prohibit photography, Internet access, USB transmission, and reading memory cards.

Military and government units: Similar to the above reasons, the military and government agencies in some countries strictly prohibit the use of mobile phones with functions such as photography, Internet access, and file transfer.

Young children: In order to prevent young children from prematurely touching their smartphones and causing eye problems or excessive Internet use and game addiction, parents often restrict young children to use smart phones[3].

Older people: Functional phones with relatively simple functions and operations are more commonly used by the elderly. Therefore, they are also called elderly machines and elderly machines in mainland China [3].


Simply call or send and receive text messages, some will also be equipped with camera lenses.

Some feature phones are equipped with large buttons that are easy to use for people with presbyopia or for the elderly.