Will there ever be a nostalgia movement for phones?

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Re: Will there ever be a nostalgia movement for phones?

Marty4650 wrote:

But we haven't seen the same happening in the smartphone market. Of course, there is a small movement towards the retro clamshell phone, but the new ones don't look anything like the old ones did. The only thing they have in common is they flip up to open. They just include this one feature, while not including the overall retro style.

So my question is.... do you think we will ever see a modern smartphone with a truly retro design? Perhaps something like this?

or perhaps phones with full keypads? Or those bag phones?

I know I miss the tactile experience on a lot of "smart" devices. I think at some point people are going to get over the sleekness of the designs and realize that the touchscreen has become a means of cheapening the construction of the UI. That said, those phones also had the problem of being large, hideous and heavy, which works against their prospects at being reborn with a modern twist.

I remember having owned "all of the above" but I sure don't miss them.

Those phones were also part of a very different time. They needed way more power to connect to the towers and the battery tech wasn't as good. Our first wasn't even a cell version. It was more of a radio system and you could manually switch which radio tower you were connecting to. That one was permanently installed in the work truck.

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