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It’s a thought that crossed my mind just last night when I was out. I was always very aware which way my screen was facing and where it was placed to make sure that my screen didn’t get cracked somehow. It seems like regardless where you put your smartphone, it’s going to have a good risk of getting some sort of damage to the screen since they're just so vulnerable.

The argument for that statement is that you’ve got oodles and oodles of cases to choose from for pretty much any smartphone out there. Some of those cases are just for vanity, and some of them are for protection. But even with the most defensive cases, such as the popular brand Otterbox, your phone is still susceptible to screen cracks should it land on a sharp corner or fall from a high enough drop. Most smartphones just have an open, vulnerable screen. But what if it was designed differently?

BlackBerry kind of tinkered with the idea of a flip-designed smartphone by creating the BlackBerry Style. The phone itself had a lot of problems, but I thought the idea was pretty cool. However, the screen on the inside wasn’t a touch screen, and I thought that would have been a nice touch if it had been. By having the flip design the inner screen was protected, and it also wasn’t made out of glass so it was harder to “crack”. Scratches were pretty prominent on the outside, though.

If Androids or iPhones came out with a flip design, I’m not sure how well it would go over. Most people who use these devices have gotten used to working without physical keyboards, and I imagine many would argue that the extra bulk of a physical keyboard alone would prevent them from purchasing a flip smartphone. I suppose they could take that design and do something similar to the Kyocera Echo and use dual screens, but having glass slap against glass when closing the device probably wouldn’t pan out very well in the end, now, would it?

I did see a Samsung Android named the Aquos Hybrid 007SH that was designed to look like older flip phones, with physical dial pad and menu buttons, and the top half of the phone was a touchscreen.  Although I think it’s an intriguing idea, I know I certainly would not want to go back to T9 unless I absolutely had to. Also, the device looks very long and I’m not sure how comfortable it would be the move your fingers from the bottom half of the device to the top.

All in all I’m not sure you can half the best of both worlds with a flip phone smartphone. I like my touch screens and I like my flip phones, but after thinking about it the two should probably be kept separate. I suppose if somebody innovative enough could come up with a clever design for such an idea, it could actually work. From what I’ve seen so far, however, it just doesn’t have a good outlook for its future.

So readers, what do you think? Would smartphones stand a chance if they had a flip phone design? Could you imagine your Android or iPhone looking similar to phones we had six or seven years ago? Let me know your thoughts!


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Steffanie Rae Liebman ....they are making the new cases for the big touch (gnex, note 2) screens that way, why not the phones?!?!?!
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Chris Robato The Japanese do these all the time. They got large full flip phones that are Android with a touch screen.
Dimitri Charmy Mikhael Margaronis How about the bag phones? Man oh man those phones back in the day they were monsters.
Monee Davis Not really because peoole are used to touch screens interface and the advanced software. Unless they want to make a 3.5 to 4 inch touchscreen flipphone put decent software hardware and convince the public that it will work in their everyday lives...maybe not
Vincent Del Pizzo Nope. They never had a full QWERTY (except for the enV's) or a touch screen.
Paul Warner I dont my self but I know of people who would love an Android flip
Tony Abiama Nope, it won't make a comeback
Jared Cohen No freaking way never never
Ryan Etzel Hell no I love my iPhone4s (:
Ayush Sharma It will be my dream come true when they release a good blackberry or android flip phone!
Ayush Sharma HELL YEA!!
Luis Robles Figueroa No I don't miss it at all.
Justin Cartier nope, anyone remember the BlackBerry pearl ?
Michael Alvarado Castellano My mom has a flip phone
Nicholas Polera Flip smart phone no.. but I would absolutely LOVE for Motorola to make a Back Flip 2, I loved the original.
Christopher Stowers no not a chance
Michelle DeRosa I always loved flip phones a comeback would be nice. Flip 2013
Michael Beeson Classic. Sidekick lx 2009 with all new guts and 4 in touch screen that is my idea of a retro but new phone
Corey A. Mayo I miss the innate protection they give the keyboard and screen, not the screen size nor chiclet keys
Guy-Claude Guerrier Nope I had one all summer. It's a huge step back. Thank god for my i5
David Evans Also loved the Style
Jesus Salvador Delgado Martinez i would love to see an android flip...
Scott Ondracek http://p.twimg.com/AwIP14BCIAANo-4.jpg
Michael Gonzalez In thinking of retiring Android and going back to a flip if I find oneI like... Razr... I miss the good old days...
Devin Martinez Hell no !! Thank you Mr. Steve Jobs!!
Jacky On I don't miss it but I liked flipping the phone. :D
Juan Valladares I don't..I miss the dual slide of my n95. My dad only uses flip phones. He says that way he can talk and do things with his hands...write, turn a wrench etc. He has several bluetooth earpieces but hates using them..mainly because it drains the battery. He's using a nokia n75 right now...which for those of your who didnt know is a smart phone along with the n76...
Jesse Snider No not @ all.
Shardizzle Alford Yea I miss flip phones some time
Jesse Ling the Style was a great phone,but it needs an updated overhaul for the software and memory and everything except the form
Ezekiel Carsella no way. just got rid of mine
Allen Edmonds Love my i9300 but honestly I do miss flip phones and sliders.
Tracy Neal Remember the blackberry pearl
Georgios Renieris i miss the flip but it wouldnt work with smartphones today.
Anne Brooks I used to use flip phones all the time but that was back in the "old days" when you could only use a phone as a phone. Now I have an s3 and a note 2 which I use as a tablet/ laptop/ phone. Both are big screen phones, I can't even begin to imagine how hideous they would be as flip phones!
Lanh Nguyen touchscreen phones should only be candy bar style...that's the only way they work.
Jose Pablo Islas No, not even a little
Lashonda Jones Neal No but I would be interested in seeing the designs.
Kev Baldwin Hahahaha.. Another stupid question.
Brandon Paul might as well bring back the antenna.
Arif Rahman I HATE FLIP DESIGN
Leo Alexandrov no. smartphones have touchscreens now. flipphones had keyboards. that design is obsolete
Ryan Lindley I gotta admit that would be a good idea but I think if u put a screen protecter on there any way it won't get cracked in the first place. And I could only imagine smartphones and androids in 10 yrs from now, we might even have projecter fones at the time, but that technology may not even be invented by the time, oh well if u put a screen protecter on your fone and put it in a case whereever u go then it should be just fine....
Mark Belkowski no but i miss the days of just using a phone as a phone.
Leah Weisman I only miss being able to hang up dramatically by snapping it shut. Somehow, tapping End just doesn't give the caller the same vibe that you forcefully hung up on them...
Robert Centennial Hell no! Moving parts just break.
Anthony Gonzalez idk but id like to see one as well as a portrait slider
Zhaku Hysaj Never.....
Michael Scott I said this just last week. I was saying iPhone will come out with a flip. Slogan: You'll flip for it.
Frank Enstein Didn't blackberry try that? Failed like the rest of their junk.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Kind of.. they didn't brake as much as these phones today..
David DiPilla Not really but they were the good old days not really lol I love my iPhone 5
Angel Hernandez They probably could,but nobodys gonna buy them lol. I love my candybar style galaxy s3. And im sure other like their phones like that too lol.
Ben Halkowski nostalgia
Marti Ruiz hell yess digo no.
Jesse Ling yes a do in a way
Vivek Kartha nw tht wud b a disgusting design




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