The absence of quality flip mobile phones from the market is a real shame. They certainly offer something a little bit different. Recently we have seen the Samsung Galaxy Folder appear online and it does look like a really exciting 4G Android flip phone which could turn the corner for flip mobile phones.
It offers a dual core processor and a 3.7 inch AMOLED screen. Even if it does not get you excited, it will get you nostalgic about this type of phone design.
Flip mobile phones have been quite iconic in the past. You may remember the Motorola RAZR V3i, with its sharp edges and fluid interface. You will probably also remember the Sharp GX 10 I, featured in the David Beckham Vodafone advert.
Now that you are swelling with nostalgia, let us take a look at four of the best flip mobile phones.
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The Samsung Convoy U640
This is a phone for people who are on the go a lot. It is a rugged flip phone which provides water and dust resistance. It includes a microSD card slot to expand the memory capacity by 16 GB. It also enables you to access instant messaging services and personal email. It is not packed full of features and functionality and only has a 2 megapixel camera, but it is certainly a rugged and affordable flip phone which looks the part.
The Nokia S 60
The Nokia S 60 is far better than the S 40 models. In the flip phone arena it is right up there with the best. It is able to link through GPS and it is excellent for personal management and business and not just as a phone.
It enables you to email through its full email client and to manage documents, such as PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, Word documents and Acrobat files. Video calls are a definite possibility with the flip mounted camera, meaning you can work and get face time out and about, or even overseas. You can use Bluetooth to pass things across from other phones and devices, and also access notes, a calendar and a lot more through the PIM system.
Flip phones are certainly involving into more functional beasts. Historically, they have been budget end, clamshell shaped, small phones. They are becoming increasingly powerful as the Nokia S 60 demonstrates.
The Samsung T159
This is a convenient and reliable 3G phone in the flip mobile phones arena. It is thin, has a large font display, and has an oversized keypad. The phone was released in August 2012 and has proven quite popular. It measures 3.8×1.9 x 0.6 inches. Its 800 mAh battery provides up to 4 hours talk time and 8.3 days of standby time.
The phone is indeed packed full of features. It follows the trend of flip mobile phones, having more functionality than in the past. It includes Bluetooth 3.0, 1.3 megapixel camera, GPS and web capability.
As flip mobile phones go this is relatively advanced and very attractive. It is an excellent phone for those who want to use an alphanumeric keyboard, and for whom ease-of-use is a priority. You are not going to be making any calls in error with this flip phone, as the buttons are large and the flip is functional.
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The Samsung Galaxy Golden
This is also known as the Samsung Galaxy Folder and is a phone which has been designed for the Korean market, as was mentioned in the opening to this piece. It is not available in the UK yet, but could well be coming in the future.
This phone comes with dual screens and has a 1.7 GHz quad core snapdragon 400 processor and 2 MB of RAM and includes 2 cameras. Connectivity wise it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and LTE (4G) capability. The 1820 mAh battery is sufficient to provide a pretty amazing battery life.
Overall this phone is incredible. You can find it on Amazon for around $1000. If this is the future of flip phones then flip mobile phones certainly have a future.
The Future of Flip Mobile Phones
Flip phones have traditionally operated at the budget end of the market. There is a variety of terrific flip mobile phones for around £50 or less. However, with the flip mobile phones now getting the Android operating system, such as is the case with the Samsung Galaxy Golden (Folder), they are certainly going to draw the attention of smartphone consumers.
Samsung, it seems, will shortly be releasing a dual screen smartphone which folds together seamlessly to create one big screen. This will be a massive diversion from the traditional smartphone design which has become mainstream.
As manufacturers increasingly move away from the candy bar shape, in order to find an edge and develop new and innovative ways of doing things, the flip mobile phones design is sure to re-emerge as a main contender in the industry. It is surprising how far down the pecking order flip mobile phones have fallen. They certainly are functional, portable and aesthetically appealing.
Would You Get A Flip Phone?
The question is whether you would opt for this flip phone rather than a traditional candy bar smartphone. If you could get a 5 inch high-definition display and a QWERTY keyboard flipped out then you probably would. However, it seems that those kind of specifications are a little way off. If nothing else you would end up with a very heavy phone.
The iPhone models only have 4 inch displays and it seems reasonable enough to suggest that a flip phone standard could be developed with 4 inch high-definition displays. If this happens then perhaps more consumers will opt for these phones.
Manufacturers have been fairly conservative in the design philosophies they have taken. Premium end smartphones are so crucial to the success of a brand that they have tended to be fairly predictable in the way which they put their phones together. However, as competition increases it is clear that new mobile paradigms are going to arrive. This can only be a good thing for consumers as we will get significantly more choice.