Posts tagged with: flip phone
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    As time goes on, the mobile device landscape changes: phones are getting bigger, and once-popular form factors like QWERTY sliders are fading into obscurity. But even as your shopping options homogenize into an unremarkable sea of cookie-cutter slates, there's still the odd phone doing what it can to stand out, and today we check out one handset that's trying to keep an old design alive, as LG launches its Wine Smart flip-phone Android. Unlike some of those Android flip phones we've seen from Samsung with dual screens, inside and out, the Wine Smart has but a single 3.5-inch HVGA panel. ...

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    Save for the standard wafer style smartphone, practically all other form factors are dead. Last year around this time, I revisited all the old form factors that, for all intents and purposes, are no more: vertical QWERTY, horizontal slider, vertical slider, dual-slider and dual-flip phones, some experimental form factors, and the age-old clamshell style. Instead of various form factors, style differentiation can now only be found in color, size and weight, display size, and shape. To be fair, the candy bar form factor just … works. It's the most logical and efficient style. It gets all ...

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    If you are a fan of flip-phones (nostalgia, anyone?), combined with a sympathy for Android, the Samsung Hennessy is a phone you'll appreciate. It's not for everyone though, as it apparently has been launched on Samsung's Chinese website. Aficionados will probably import it anyways. Codenamed Hennessy and with model number W789, it packs two 3.3-inch screens with 320x480 resolution, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1,500mAh battery, microSD card slot, five-megapixel camera, dual SIM support for CDMA and GSM frequencies, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, and Android 4.1 on-board. There's no word yet on ...

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    Every day across the globe, a familiar scene plays out at festivals, in bars, on boats, on college campuses, and everywhere in between. Close friends, giddy with sober excitement or drunk on fun and whiskey, press their faces together, contort their expressions into ridiculous pouty smiles, and snap a self-portrait with their smartphones. Thousands of times a day this takes place, the pixelated results splattering across Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and every other social medium. Aside from the irritating side-effect of flooding the internet with pictures of duck-faced pouty lips, this ...

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    From ultramodern trailblazer in the late '90s, to common communicator in the mid-'00s, to symbol of the marginalized "dumbphone" today, flip and clamshell phones have undergone quite the status shift over the last two decades. I've talked before about how awesome the flip form factor was and how much I miss it, and it turns out I'm not alone. Lots of commenters showed up at the end of that piece to share their fondness for the clamshell phones of old, and recently editor-in-chief Brandon Miniman suggested we take a quick look at some of the most well-known, and some of the more obscure, ...

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    A few days back, Brandon Miniman posted a short tribute to the thick phones of yore, and it got me thinking. While I appreciate thin devices and marvel with the rest of you every time an OEM manages to shave a few more millimeters off a casing design, I don't have much nostalgia for the brick-like smartphones of days past. What I really long for are my dumbphones. The reason: I miss that sweet flip action. It's basically impossible to find a modern smartphone in the clamshell form factor. Sure, there are occasional exceptions, but for the most part, the monolithic slab is the rule of the ...

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