I'm a moderately enthusiastic iPhone user, but must admit that one thing I miss about the telephony experience is flipping a phone open or closed to take or break a call. So yes, it's with a bit of envy that I regard the form factor for Research in Motion's new BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220, the first flippable smartphone. The unmistakable tactility and the metaphor of opening or closing a little door for each call produces a subtle satisfaction that can't be matched by watching an icon disappear on a touchscreen.
Which do you prefer?
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I personally abhor flip phones, and I'm not so fond of sliders either. I've seen too many of my friends snap their flip phones and I've seen some sliders get damaged as well. I also don't like the idea of having to open a phone to take a call, I'd rather just aimlessly mash a button. I was kind of bummed to see the Pearl Flip, because I'm betting that means that RIM isn't going to release a thinner-but-still-candybar version of the Pearl, which would be a wonderful phone, in my opinion.
Generally, I turn on speakerphone so my hands can be free. Having to look at the screen and scroll through the menu to accomplish this is not great interface design.
... when it came out i thought it was kind of dumb... but i may have to get this flip pearl.