Japan has a loves flip phones....

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  1. jamezr macrumors G3

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    Who would have thunk it? Smartphone sales are declining while flip phone sales are growing....
    http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/17/japan-flip-phone-gara-kei-feature-phone/?ncid=rss_truncated
     
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    I frequently visit Japan on business. For those unfamiliar with their culture the differences are challenging to understand. Flip phones have maintained a very big presence over the decade I've done business there. It's all about having a phone that meets their personal use pattern.
     
  4. Paradoxally macrumors 65816

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    People in Japan must be sick of smartphones and social networks taking over their lives. Flip phones are simple and don't have 500 million features to get lost in (read: suckered in and then addicted). Plus they don't affect productivity as much, and that's a big deal in Japan.
     
  5. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Japan has a love for flip phones....

    Japan has a love of bukaki too. Coincidence? ;)

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    And yet their toilets have more buttons and features than cockpit of the starship enterprise. Clearly poop productivity benefits from modern technology.
     
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    Wait. You had a Blackberry Storm? I thought I was the only one!
     
  8. Technarchy macrumors 603

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    Keep in mind that many of these Japanese flip phones a are not dumb phones or retro phones.

    They are smart phones with flip phone form factors. Messaging, email, social, full browsers.

    Thr Docomo Style being an example.
     
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    If I can find the link there is a jap site doing a case for the iPhone turning it into a flip phone
     
  11. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    That's taking bendgate to the extreme ;)
     
  12. jamezr thread starter macrumors G3

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    If flip phones become the next huge trend......
    Could Apple make this????

    [​IMG]
     
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    Yea it was the first gen which had the screen gap. Never tried the second gen which kinda fixed it as I went straight to the Droid X after it.

    I will say that the clicky screen was pretty awesome and the extra functionality it brought was pretty cool. For some reason I could type extremely fast on that phone despite the size.
     
  14. Technarchy macrumors 603

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    Partly. There are nationalistic and cultural elements as well. Who makes these phones? Hitachi. Sony. Fujitsu. Toshiba.

    And I recall reading that Japan has one of the highest costing cellular service rates on the planet, so flip phones help get cost down.

    And I can see the appeal. Damn near infinite battery life. No getting harassed with notifications every 10 seconds. Durable as all hell.
     
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    ....these are full fledged Android devices in a flip physical form.
     
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    I had one too since I was on Verizon at the time and they didn't have the iPhone.
     
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    The clicky screen was pretty cool, though I'd say it was the only thing I liked about the Storm. I remember how, at least once a week, I'd get calls that'd hang the entire phone. It'd ring, I'd look down, see it struggling to open up the phone UI, eventually displaying "UNKNOWN NUMBER", then it'd hard lock. I wouldn't be able to exit back to the home screen or even power the phone down, since that was a software feature. I'd have to pop the battery out, and reboot the entire phone, which usually took about 20 minutes to do.

    ...all because I got a phonecall.

    I still consider it the worst $300 I've ever spent.

    That's exactly why I ended up getting one. Wish I waited.
     
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    LOL....i still have a Storm at home. Granted it's setting in a drawer but, it looks new.

    EDIT: Check that it's not the Storm, it's the Style 9670.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Lots of internet chatter about flip phones recently with one being prominently featured in "50 Shades of Grey" this weekend.

    Who knows, maybe it will see a revival or sorts as people look to uncomplicate their days.
     
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    One of my favorite Windows Mobile smartphones was the HTC Star Trek:

    trekphone.jpg

    There's just something satisfying about flipping the phone closed to end a call :)
     
  22. Technarchy macrumors 603

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    That's half the appeal right there. That distinctive sound for discussion closure.
     
  23. Sharewaredemon macrumors 68000

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    I've had the same "flip" phone since 2009. The iPhone never seemed to appeal to me to get over what I use:

    200+ drops, no dropped calls, and I've never had it in a case.

    [​IMG]

    It doesn't do as much as the iphone, but basically everything I do on it I get in and out faster than I would in iOS.
     
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    And if you just sealed a sale/business transaction its like ---> CLACK ----> like a boss :cool:
     
  25. Altis macrumors 68000

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    I still use a flip for work. Samsung Rugby. Battery lasts about a week, reception is great, and it's tough as nails.

    I actually used it to smash ice off the communal mailbox door after freezing rain.

    The only thing is T9, which is actually quite good for normal text, is such a pain with anything it doesn't recognize (names, numbers).

    I imagine an advanced version of a flip-phone could be pretty good for some people. I can see the hipsters picking up on it, unless they find a way to stick a vintage aerial antenna on a rotary phone. :rolleyes:
     

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