Flip Phones: Making a Comeback or Nostalgic Phase?


Samsung is taking some half-serious steps to bringing back flip phones but making them “smart”. It kind of makes sense if they’re on the cheaper end of things and you want to get your elderly relative a modern phone without overwhelming them. It’s unclear if Samsung, like Nokia, is simply playing up to nostalgia and wants to make a quick buck with a novelty item. (http://www.zdnet.com/article/samsung-launches-galaxy-folder-2-android-flip-phone/)

That’s not to say I wouldn’t buy a modern flip phone. I would ABSOLUTELY buy one but the phone I have in mind is the Samsung Alias 2, if they would ever be stupid enough to revive that. It had the traditional flip mode for talking and horizontal flipping for texting, and the eink keyboard that would change the keys depending on which mode you were in. Maybe I’m just being a nerd and falling victim to nostalgia, but I loved that keyboard. Eink has made a big jump since the phone was released some 10 years ago and is now more responsive and allows for color (https://techcrunch.com/2016/05/24/e-ink-brings-rich-color-to-epaper-but-not-to-e-readers/).

I’ll be the coolest kid in high school ten years ago.

When Nokia released the 3310 revival, people were both excited and skeptical. Nostalgia! Snake! …Edge network, really? That with the paltry specs made it a non-serious contender on day one. Nokia’s branding was suffering from Microsoft’s botching of Lumia and Windows Phone. I suspect they wanted a quick buck and to remind people that they used to be cool.

But that doesn’t mean Samsung is doing the same thing. Our older generation is getting more tech savvy, most of my grandparents have smartphones, but there’s still a subset of people who aren’t comfortable not using a physical keyboard. Now, price hasn’t been mentioned but if it’s under $50 I would bet this would make a great phone for concerned parents to give to their kids to stay connected. It’s running Android, so you can lock it down with parental controls and it comes with the Play Store so kids can still play games on it (no more of little Timmy asking for your phone to play Fruit Ninja!). That’s all speculation on what *could* happen with this phone but as I mentioned before, price hasn’t been announced yet, not to mention it’s only available in South Korea right now with no word on whether it will be expanded to the U.S.

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