The modern smartphone has a
very basic universal design.
Flip vs Flat
It goes: screen at the front,
while cameras and other sensors are at the back. Smartphones are slim, flat,
and very light to carry. Before the rise of the modern smartphone however, the
world held flip phones as the golden
standard. Flip phones were easy to carry. They were also cheap, durable, and
easy to use. However, the flip phone design did not survive the eventual rise
and evolution of smartphones.
A flip phone, while capable
of sturdiness and portability, had very limited surface area. A screen would
only be on a small section and that is a no-no in today’s ‘the bigger the
better’ screen layout. However, several newer phone designs have opted to go back
to the flip phone design. Is it just a case of catering to the nostalgia and the retro crowd? Are they simply trying out innovations in phone
Whatever the case, one thing
is up in the air: are flip phones making a comeback?
Old Brands, New Tricks
Several new phone releases
try to recapture the magic that came with the classic flip phone. The Galaxy Fold for instance offers a similar flipping design. While
it has a horizontal fold compared to the flip phone’s vertical flip, the
concept is otherwise the same. At its ‘folded’ state, it covers the internal
parts of the phone and leaving behind a sturdier exterior.
Another example is Nokia’s
new (or should we say, old) product,
the revived Nokia 2720 Flip. It has the same retro design as early 2000s flip
phones. The phone divides into two, with the top half for the screen and the
bottom half for the retro numeric pad, arrows, and call buttons.
It offers similar stats to
older phones, such as:
- Longer battery
life (28 days standby)
- Caller ID seen at
the exterior screen
- Basic keypad and
arrow navigation for the different apps
- Durable casing
and portable design
- It has no touchscreen capabilities so you would
have to navigate the old way
Flipping Back the Clock
Another brand from the times
of yore making a comeback is Alcatel.
They too have a flip phone ready for launch called the Go Flip 3 and the SmartFlip.
These two offer similar stats as mentioned above. The only difference from
these newer phones from the old flip
phones is that these new models have faster processing speed. They also cater
to old school users not comfortable with the smartphone design.
Smartphones nowadays have a
similar design. Many people out there may not want these wide, bright devices
and would prefer hearing the nostalgic
click a flip phone creates. Whether it is for nostalgia’s sake, for
convenience, or for affordability, one thing is for sure. The mobile market may
soon have a division in its hands: nostalgia versus technology at its most
Which one will win in the
end? Will phone trends revert to the simpler times of the 90s and early 2000s?