If you’re anything like us, you’ve been all too happy to just jump into buying a new phone without much thought to doing something different. This isn’t just a Stratford attitude, it’s an approach taken by most people around the world. That which has always worked will continue to work, so we’re happy to leave it at that. The modern age is one where the three big different types of mobile systems can make an appreciable difference, however, in ways that can seriously affect your productivity and quality of life. With that in mind, let’s jump in deeper into the mobile landscape of the 2020s.
Practical Use Over Gimmicks
Before looking at the different models on offer, we need to remember that the best starting place with new phones is with the understanding that use informs model choice. While there’s appeal in shaking things up with a new system, if it doesn’t offer any advantages for your uses, then you could just be introducing more points of possible complication.
The Standard Slate
Slate-style smartphones as first popularised by the iPhone in 2007 illustrate the default we’re most confident with, and with good reason. The layout of these systems evolved gradually as the most efficient for most people, and over time we’ve become comfortable and adept with them. They’re a bit large in many cases, which can be a pain if you have limited pocket space. These don’t need much introduction, so let’s see what the other systems do differently.
The Flip Phone
Modern flip phones aren’t always like the older flip models which were so popular around the turn of the new millennium. Modern incarnations like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 Flip Phone offer folding support, allowing the opened screen size of a traditional slate in a smaller and more portable package. Other phones go the traditional route, offering buttons on the bottom and a smaller touch screen on top when flipped.
The former is great for saving space, while the latter is perfect for users who want the same space-saving advantages plus the potential for vastly improved battery life and durability. If you’re a ‘phone is for talking and texting only’ type of person, these might be worth your attention.
Folding phones similarly open up, only their starting size is roughly that of a thicker slate. When opened, this essentially turns folding phones into small tablets. The advantages here are the most apparent for users with visual or dexterity issues, but these systems excel as work tools and entertainment systems. Consider a popular activity like playing online casino games on a folding smartphone like slots, blackjack, or live titles. In each of these cases, the increased size of the screen would make the games easier to control, more visually striking, and a smoother overall experience to enjoy. The same would apply to navigating the casino website, or in other activities like eBook reading too.
If you do choose to investigate another option, we’d recommend going with a trial period first, if at all possible. A smartphone is a big investment, and ending up with a system you’re not entirely happy with can be a frustrating experience. The point is, don’t be afraid to try something new, as mobiles continue to expand into new territory and take new twists on older options. These are personal devices, so it makes sense to choose one that perfectly fits your personality.