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    Flip phones vs. candybar phones in the U.S. and Europe

    We all know that in the U.S., flip phones seem to dominate the market. There are a few exceptions, such as the iPhone and some BlackBerry models, however, it seems that the majority of Americans prefer flip phones.

    However, in Europe, it seems that candybar style phones are more popular, hence why most of Nokia's signature models are candybar style. That is why Nokia has lost so much market share in the U.S. after flip phones started to become more price competitive around 2002.

    If you have ever noticed, no carrier has sold a non-QWERTY candybar style S60 smartphone in the U.S. since the 6682. Nokia's past two non-QWERTY S60 smartphones carried by AT&T (the N75 and the 6650 Fold) are both flip phones.

    So, is there any reason why Americans generally prefer flip phones while Europeans prefer candybars?
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    We never figured out hold to lock the keypad on a candybar phone. I wold dial two different members of my Reserve unit using my i305 because I didn't lock the keypad. I learned to lock. Flip/Clamshell phone open/close with ease no buttons to press to lock/unlock phone.

    I've always been a candybar phone person.

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    Part of it I think why folks see smoking or holding a cigarette in a disco and think it's cool. Why? Media/culture. Most movies and tv program have folks using a flip-phone. There is a coolness factor to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chapulincolorad
    Part of it I think why folks see smoking or holding a cigarette in a disco and think it's cool. Why? Media/culture. Most movies and tv program have folks using a flip-phone. There is a coolness factor to it.
    As far as I know though, in Europe, candybars still dominate. Europe usually has much better phones than the U.S, as they lead the way in wireless advancements.

    I know that in the late 1990s and early 2000s, those bricklike Nokia 51xx phones with the external antennas were quite popular due to their low price compared to most flip phones at the time. However, flip phones started to become more affordable afterward, and because of that, the U.S. market quickly shifted in favor of flip phones.

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    Really..? I think Flip-phones are more popular in the asian market actually..With north america and europe favouring candybar phones..This is just from what i've observed lol.
    Most of my friends have said that they prefer having a smaller or candybar-shaped phone, or a slider..I'm the only person i know that has gone out of their way to get a japanese style flip phone, and i always get comments that say its wayy too big, etc. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by kisske
    Really..? I think Flip-phones are more popular in the asian market actually..With north america and europe favouring candybar phones..This is just from what i've observed lol.
    Most of my friends have said that they prefer having a smaller or candybar-shaped phone, or a slider..I'm the only person i know that has gone out of their way to get a japanese style flip phone, and i always get comments that say its wayy too big, etc. lol
    Well, if you ever wondered why Nokia lost so much market share in the U.S. after 2002, it was because Nokia was pushing the candybar form factor while other manufacturers (including Motorola, Samsung, and LG) have already standardized on flip phones. If you ever look at the models offered by most U.S. carriers (especially CDMA carriers), you will see that the flip phones dominate the models offered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pink Jazz
    Well, if you ever wondered why Nokia lost so much market share in the U.S. after 2002, it was because Nokia was pushing the candybar form factor while other manufacturers (including Motorola, Samsung, and LG) have already standardized on flip phones. If you ever look at the models offered by most U.S. carriers (especially CDMA carriers), you will see that the flip phones dominate the models offered.
    but I think that has shifted back to candy bar qwerty, touch screen and slider phones in the US within the last few years, seeing how blackberries, iphones are popular in the US now

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    In my opinion, I prefer a flip phone, it protects the screen among other things, but I've never owned a flip phone before (well I do have one but don't use it) because flip phone usually lack the features I demand (Japanese phones offer it to be an extent but lack usability in the states) so I'm using a candybar phone (Blackberry) because it has the features I want.

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    I like candbar, I love my N95, and will probably wait till LTE comes to get my next phone.

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    I personally prefer standard candybar (not even sliders - I had a call automatically answer on my N95-3 in my pocket due to the slider moving - whilst roaming internationally!).

    Clamshells seem to have had problems with me due to all of them I used hanging up when I close it (I like having the phone in my pocket still running with my headset being used).

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    most of mine I've been been alble to turn off hang up when close

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    I think the trend in North America, is now moving away from flip and going towards candybar smartphones and sliders.

    So Nokia now has a chance to get market share.

    I personally dont like flips, I think candybar / sliders are much better,
    You always see the big screen, you can put it on speakerphone and throw it on a desk, they are much nicer to text with.

    The only advantage to flip, is that you know when u close the flip, you can not accidently make a outbound call, with a candybar or slider you often have to make sure the keypad lock has gone on.

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    Based on my travels, the US is the only country that I am aware of that flip phones dominate. In Europe, Africa, the Caribbean candy bar phones dominate big time it's not even comparable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcamp
    Based on my travels, the US is the only country that I am aware of that flip phones dominate. In Europe, Africa, the Caribbean candy bar phones dominate big time it's not even comparable.
    Actually, I heard that clamshells dominate in Japan. I think they may also dominate in Canada.

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    Smile Flip phones vs. candybar phones in the U.S. and Europe

    It is true that flip phones have always dominated in the US market but now they are moving more towards sliders.

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