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Walking Down Flip-Phone Memory Lane: Then & Now

There was literally nothing more satisfying than slamming your flip phone shut when you were mad at someone and wanted to hang up on them.

The snapping sound made you feel strong.

It made you feel in charge of the situation.

It was almost as if you had actual super powers.

With today’s smartphones all we do is “slide” a non-existent button on a screen, and gently place the phone down because it’s made out of glass. *sigh*

Ever noticed how most phones look alike today? Big touch screens that barely fit in your pocket, maybe a single button here or there, but that’s pretty much it.

The flip phone era was when we would patiently sit close to the radio’s speakers in order to record the chorus of our favourite song and set it as our ringtone.

Although let’s admit, half of the time either your younger sibling or the stupid radio ads would ruin the whole thing.

If you’re starting to get flip phone nostalgia, well, do I have some awesome news for you…

For the past couple of years, some of the biggest tech brands have been trying to reintroduce smart phone versions of flip phones.

That’s right.

Flip phones are back, and they are really upgraded!

So, let’s begin by taking a walk down mobile phone memory lane all the way down to the newest, smartest flip phone technology.

Here we go!

Mobile Phone Memory Lane

In the early 2000’s mobile phones were taking creativity to a whole new level.

Different sizes, colours, designs, even chargers.

Yes, universal chargers were definitely not a thing 20 years ago.

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As someone who witnessed a big part of this extraordinary mobile phone evolution, here are some of the most unforgettable mobile phones that ever existed in the 2000s.

Sony Ericsson Z520

The name of this phone made it sound like a tech-weapon that everyone wanted.

Bringing freshness to the brand, Sony Ericsson played its cards right, and “kidz” (that’s why it’s got the “Z” in the model name) were thrilled.

Released in 2005, this cool phone had a 0.3-megapixel camera and would also record video. Wow right?

It had 16 whole megabytes of storage, and weighted 96g.

I still haven’t figured this out, but for some reason the Sony Ericsson Z520 had a “handlebar” at the top.

It was, however, the perfect way to tie our accessories (or charms as we used to call them) that would hang from our fancy flip phone, reaching a new level of coolness.

Maybe this was the purpose after all, who knows?

Check out its full specs here.

Motorola RAZR V3

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If you think about teenage years and phones, this model will definitely come to mind.

The Motorola Razr V3 made you the coolest kid on the block back in the day.

This beautiful piece of tech was one of the best-selling handsets ever, thanks to its sleek design of 13.9mm thickness, 176×220 pixels and 95g weight.

You could even take selfies on it, and at the time, its resolution (0.3-megapixel camera) was believed to be amazing.

Check out its full specs here.

Nokia 7200

There was a time in the 2000s where Nokia was like the queen of phones.

Especially in the case of the Nokia 7200, the beautiful textured illustrations on the front cover definitely gave it an elegant touch.

It launched in 2003, weighed 115g and had a 0.3 mega-pixel camera.

Check out its full specs here.

Nokia 7600

The Nokia 7600 isn’t a flip phone like the ones mentioned so far, but it’s one of the most memorable mobile phones that ever existed.

Nokia 7600

Although its shape looks like a blood pressure device, but it was so unique to have back then.

It weighed 123g, had1.1 Bluetooth, and was one of the first 3G smartphones by Nokia.

Now, if this isn’t fancy, I don’t know what is!

Check out its full specs here.

Nokia N-Gage

We can’t be talking about iconic mobiles of the past without mentioning the Nokia N-Gage.

This phone was as if it came from a whole other planet. It was like a Nintendo that could make calls!

Its resolution was 176×208 pixels, it weighed 137g and had a 3.4 megabytes of storage.

Now, the downside was that it didn’t have a camera. But let me remind you that this was back in 2003, and it was too pretty of a phone to care!

Ps. It had Bluetooth (1.1) and Stereo FM radio… so, come on, that’s something!

Check out its full specs here.

T-Mobile Sidekick 3

T-Mobile Sidekick 3

Last but not least, this is the phone that made us feel like we could be friends with Paris Hilton.

The sidekick was seen in movies, the unforgettable series Gossip Girl, and of course most (if not all) celebrities had it.

Released in 2006, it had a qwerty keyboard, 1.2 Bluetooth, 64 megabytes RAM storage, and 1.3-megapixel camera.

Also, let’s not forget how some would cover it in diamonds that would eventually fall off, leaving weird hot glue spots.

Check out its full specs here.

Good Old Days

In the 2000s, phone companies would come up with creative ways to make a deference, as demand for mobile phones was high.

Since mobile technology was not as upgraded as today, the design was one of the things that would change/upgrade with every new model launched.

There was a time where mobile phones had the antenna, which we would pull out with our teeth to make a call, and push it back with our chin when we were done.

Weird, I know.

Then came the glorious blackberry years where we felt like high-powered CEOs of multimillion companies, when in reality, we were simply texting our moms.

Until in 2007, Steve Jobs blessed us with the new iPhone, changing the mobile phone industry forever.

Now, tech companies are combining the flip-phone idea, with the newest technology and it looks so good.

Here’s what you should expect.

Today’s Best Foldable Phones

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Finally, after never-ending rumors, Samsung is bringing us the promising “folding” phone that we’ve all been waiting for.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has a 7.3-inch screen that folds when you want to put it away in your pocket.

It weighs 263g, and its dimensions are 160.9 x 62.9 x 15.5 when folded, and 160.9 x 117.9 x 6.9 when unfolded.

The camera has 16 whole megapixels, and a 512 gigabyte storage space!

The price however, isn’t cheap. You can have this luxurious piece of tech for $1,980 which is about £1,515. *Yikes*

Check out its full specs and video here.

Huawei Mate X

 The feud between the Chinese tech-giant Huawei and the US didn’t stand in the way of creating this new impressive piece of tech.

Huawei unveiled its own folding phone (folds the opposite way to Samsung Galaxy Fold) at MWC 2019.

Basically, in the case of the Huawei Mate X, the screen wraps around the outside, instad of it being hidden away on the inside.

When you unfold it the screen at 8 inches makes you feel as if you’re holding a tablet in your hand!

The camera is at 40 megapixels, it includes a Kirin 980 processor, and offers 5G connectivity.

The price is at €2,299 (about £2,000), so if you really like this phone (and I’m sure you do), you better start saving up!

Check out its full specs and video here.

Motorola Razr 2019

Motorola Razr 2019

The Motorola RAZR is back and we couldn’t be more excited!

Rumours started back in May last year, and in February 2017 the CEO of Lenovo Yang Yuanqing (which owns Motorola), told TechRadar: “With the new technology, particularly foldable screens, I think you will see more and more innovation on our smartphone design.

Perhaps this is what he was talking about!

Not far behind from Samsung, the new Motorola RAZR 2019 is expected next month and it will have a 16 megapixel camera, 6 gigabyte RAM, and will support Android 9.0.

Additionally, the dimensions are 172 x 72 x 6.9mm when unfolded, and just 94 x 72 x 14mm when folded. Now here’s a fancy smartphone that will fit our pockets!

The price will be approximately €1600, which is cheaper compared to the Samsung Galaxy Fold, nd of course Huawei’s Mate X.

We Can’t Wait.

I’ve always been a fan of flip phones, and I catch myself missing them every now and then.

I was actually considering to switching back to a flip phone while researching for this article.

It’s hard, however, to simply put away all this new technology that has become a way of life.

From smart apps, to social media, unfortunately the oldies won’t support all this new stuff.

I am relieved however that tech companies decided to bring back part of this phylosophy, even though it comes at a price!

Sometimes I think to myself “How much better can our current tech get?!” then we read about the 5G and even 6G technologies coming up.

So, I suppose, there are still so many, new, better things coming our way.

And honestly, as a millennial and tech junkie, I can’t wait to get my hands on the new flip phone technology!