Jamie asked: What are your thoughts on flip phones? Are they on their way out or are flip phones making a comeback?
Jamie, in Japan in particular smartphone sales have stalled, but feature phone sales keep growing, so in some ways they’re kinda making a comeback.
It’s understandable too. Smartphones are very annoying devices, they are constantly vibrating and they keep making non-stop noises to notify us of 10,000 things that we don’t want to be notified about, all with the discomfort of an overly big package, and with the battery life of a phone from 1993.
It’s no surprise that some people are embracing phones that are more comfortable, and that serve us rather than demand that we serve them.
Having said that, they’re not making any real comeback, and they probably won’t. Being immune from getting lost, and being incapable of not knowing something we want to know is something we’ve already gotten used to, and we won’t give that up.
Smartphones are not going to lose any serious ground, even if some lucky few make the choice to switch to less oppressive older phones.