Forget high resolution and larger digital displays. Some folks are spending good money for old school vintage cell phones. Already connected to the world by tablets, laptops and other devices, there’s a trend of consumers opting to go back to the good old days, when phones could take a beating and go through the wash without a screen shattering or an SD card needing to be replaced.
Of course, that’s not the direction everyone is heading: plenty of people are excited about the newest rumors about the Apple iPhone 6 and are clamoring for the new, super high resolution display on the LG G3. What type of phone should you be checking out? Take a look at the latest tech trends in cell phones.
Old school vintage cell phones
According to Megan Treacy at TreeHugger, cell phones from 10 to 15 years ago are making a comeback. As she describes in her “Why old-school cell phones are making a comeback,” posted May 28, 2014, used cell phones are becoming a seller’s market in the UK. “Some people don’t blink at the prices,” Djassem Haddad of vintagemobile.fr said in Treacy’s article. “[W]e have models at more than €1,000 (£810 or $1,360),” due to the difficulty of finding those models, and people are buying them.
Treacy suggested a few reasons people might prefer old models to smartphones:
- They’re smaller, and fit better in your pocket.
- The battery lasts longer than modern models, sometimes as long as two weeks.
- A basic phone lets you text and make phone calls; if you have a tablet, you may not need the rest of a smartphone’s options.
- Like some people are nostalgic for vinyl records, old cell phones may create those feelings of nostalgia.
- Smartphones are notoriously fragile; older cell phones were designed to take more damage.
But that last factor is one that Apple is taking into account when designing the iPhone 6. Along with planning to make the phone slightly larger in size — the market for larger displays on smartphones is considerable — rumors have suggested Apple is also trying to make future iDevices drop-proof. Malarie Gokey, writing for Fox News‘s Digital Trends, described a new patent Apple has filed in “Apple patent hints at drop proof iPhone 6 made of sapphire and LiquidMetal,” posted May 27, 2014.
What is LiquidMetal? “In scientific terms, LiquidMetal is a bulk amorphous alloy and is considered an exotic metal,” Gokey explained. “It may look like a metal in liquid form, but it moves like molten plastic.” What might this do for Apple’s iDevices? According to Gokey, Apple’s patent describes using LiquidMetal to stabilize their sapphire glass displays — which means if you drop one, the glass won’t pop off and shatter.
“Clearly, this technology is very cutting edge, but its application is untested in mobile devices, so don’t get too pumped up, thinking LiquidMetal will debut with the iPhone 6 this September (or August, depending on which rumors you believe),” Gokey concluded. She did note, however, that the iPhone 6 is likely to feature the sapphire glass display.
Like rumors about the iPhone 6, the LG G3 is going to be larger than most 4 inch displays, coming in at 5.5 inches. But according to Christina Warren at Mashable, “The G3′s most distinguishing feature is its screen: It has a mind-blowing 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, which means its pixel density is a truly eye-popping 538 pixels per inch. To put that in perspective, that’s the same resolution as a 27-inch iMac.”
While Warren acknowledged in her May 28, 2014, article, “LG G3 Hands On: It’s All About the Screen,” that this isn’t the first high resolution phone, it’s the first mainstream model to feature that level of detail. And while Warren wasn’t convinced the larger size was a plus, she did find that the phone wasn’t overly bulky — though holding it up to your ear for an actual phone call wasn’t as easy as she’d like. Other features, such as the camera’s quick focus and security “Knock Code,” were highlights as well. The phone is officially released, but is expected to hit U.S. stores later this summer.
Which cell phones have you liked or are interested in? Tell us in the comments.