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?
My phone history:
Nokia 3620 (2005-2008)
Nokia N75 (2008-2009)
Nokia 6650 Fold (2009-future)