Most of us outside of Japan live in a world dominated by slab phones. Sure, they’re getting easier to tolerate as manufacturers like HTC and Nokia push the boundaries of hardware design. But they don’t have hinges for fun folder action, they don’t snap satisfyingly closed at the end of a frustrating call, and they don’t fit as well in a pocket.
I like some of the more innovative takes on the slab form factor, especially the new designs and materials Motorola and HTC have been bringing to market, but there’s really only so many ways to spice up a rectangular box. I would lay out serious cash for a modern-day smartphone in the clamshell form factor.