12 Reason Flip Phones Are Still Awesome
Who doesn’t enjoy the satisfying click of a flip phone closing? Though smart phones have revolutionized the cell phone industry, flip phones have still got their place. Just as useful as any smart phone on the market today, flip phones have a lot to offer. Samsung and Motorola have even gotten back into the flip phone game in the past few years. With the most recent Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3 recently launching as their flagship phones and the rumors of a flip phone coming from Apple, it seems like Flip Phones are making a comeback.
We’ve got a list of just a few of the reasons that flip phones are still awesome.
1. Celebrities and Politicians are Using Them
Warren Buffet, Bill de Blasio, Chuck Schumer, Scarlett Johansson, and Iggy Pop are just a few well-known individuals sporting flip phones. Plus, according to Business Insider, there is a list of successful people still using flip phones. If it is good enough for them, it should be good enough for us too, right?
2. They are Inexpensive
Purchasing a smart phone of any kind isn’t exactly an inexpensive decision. U.S. News and World Report explains that the average smart phone user is spending far more than they realize. When you combine app purchases, data usage, memory, protection, and repairs, along with the actual phone cost and monthly phone bill, the price can get high in a hurry. Sticking with a flip phone cuts these costs drastically.
Of course, the case isn't the same for the new flip phone designs hitting the market. Cellphone companies are bringing together the best of both worlds; Flip phone design qualities and smart technology. Samsung's new flagship phones cost over $1000.
3. They’ll Help You Break Your Addiction
Most smart phone users would not say that they are addicted to their phone. Yet, it is easy to become dependent on a device that you check continuously throughout the day. A teenager, Janey Litvin, recently interviewed with TODAY about the experience of giving up her iPhone for a flip phone. Litvin said, “Although I wouldn’t have admitted it, I was totally addicted to my iPhone”. Using a flip phone could certainly break any smart phone addictions.
4. They Provide Convenience
Sometimes it is nice to be able to simply close your phone to end a phone call or open your phone to answer. Also, with a flip phone, you can get angry and slam your phone closed to end a phone call. It is truly cathartic.
5. They are Durable
If you have ever dropped your smart phone and watched it shatter, then you have come as close to a simulated heart attack as possible. Let’s face it, even the best smart phones don’t have durability in their favor. Yet, flip phones are durable in so many ways (add one of these flip phone cases to make it even more durable). According to the Reviewgist list of the best rugged cell phones in 2016, flip phones are still at the top of the list for durability.
6. You’ll Have Better Vacations
It is a little tempting to check work emails on vacation, especially if you’ve got a fire-breather boss down your neck. Similarly, work texts are bound to come with “important” questions that just need to be answered while you’re fishing on the beach. Flip phones take away some of that reachability, so you can have better, more relaxing vacations.
7. The Batteries NEVER Die
Do flip phones batteries ever die? Ok, yes, they do, but not at the speed of smart phone batteries. If you get through the entire day without recharging your smart phone, then you are winning. Yet, most flip phones can go DAYS without being charged. DAYS. Also, replacing the battery in your flip phone is a breeze. If you’re in need of a flip phone battery, eBay claims to be selling flip phones and batteries like never before.
8. Security is Not a Concern
In today’s day and age, you can never protect yourself too heavily against cyber threats. Hackers are everywhere, constantly after our passwords, credit cards, and private information. Since the rise of Internet usage and banking on mobile devices has led to greater security threats, ditch all that for a flip phone. No one is going to be hacking into that bad boy.
9. You’ll Never Butt Dial
“Oh, sorry, I didn’t mean to call you…” We’ve all been there. Butt dialing always happens at the absolute worse times. With features like Siri, it seems easier than ever to accidentally call or text from your smart phone. Yet, flip phones would never betray you like that. They won’t butt dial, they promise.
10. They are Small and Compact
Smart phones are getting bigger and bigger these days. Is that really necessary? If you’re looking for compactness then flip phones are the perfect choice. They can fit in pretty much any pocket and you don’t have to build on an extra bedroom to store your phone.
11. They Can Give You Smart Phone Features
If you crave the compact convenience of a flip phone, with up to date smart phone features, you could be in luck. According to MIT Technology Review, cutting edge, all glass smart phones could soon come in flip phone form. A German glassmaker is mass-manufacturing a form of flexible glass, which resembles plastic in many ways. This could make it possible to have an iPhone-like device, which would be foldable like a flip phone
12. You’re Just Cooler When You Have One
According to the Hustle, you risk being called a Hipster when using a flip phone. Aren’t hipsters all the rage these days? You and your flip phone are cool hipsters and you didn’t even know it! Allison Davis with NY Mag ditched her smart phone for a week in lieu of a flip phone as a sort of social experiment and she was cooler than ever in her social circles. “I’m not only flip-phone-level cool but flip-phone-level kind and flip-phone-level mature”, says Allison. Many Millennial flip phone users are finding that going against the crowd makes them more interesting in social situations. The lesson here is this: We can all be cool with flip phones.
Now, based on these reason, I am sure you are convinced that flip phones are even more awesome than you thought. Of course, the greatest reason of all to use your flip phones is one of these flip phone cases.
While the smart phone industry is rightfully powering forward, we can all take a trip back to the simpler, flip phone days.