In 10 years, what will a nostalgic phone look like?
There still seems to be a bit of a market for nostalgia products these days, including in the phone industry. HMD Global’s recent revamp of the classic Nokia 3310 is a prime example, and there’s also this year’s BlackBerry KEYone handset for what remains of the physical keyboard phanatic crowd. While some see these phones as little more than nostalgic cash grabs, these phones exist to cater to those who still prefer to use pieces of now, arguably, obsolete technology.
Some of us old timers have already experienced the end to plenty of mobile technologies which, at the time, it would have been impossible to fathom doing without. Tactile keys and physical keyboards are now viewed with quaint nostalgia, and accompanying ideas like T9 text prediction are all but forgotten. Trackpads, clamshell designs, and even week long battery life are looked back on fondly, but are features happily sacrificed to superior and more convenient technologies – like the touch panel, screen real-estate for videos, and superior processing power.