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Mobile Users Looking Retro?

Mobile phones have hit saturation, everyone has them. More than one. Design and innovation has slowed to a crawl, with wave after wave of ‘candybar’ / slab devices being ushered onto the market. The newest innovations trying to keep the market fresh, are in fact throwbacks to 10 year ago icons. So, are mobile users looking retro?

50 Years On

April 3rd was the 50 year anniversary of the first mobile phone call. in 1973 Martin Cooper, who was an engineer at Motorola at the time, made the first mobile phone call from a prototype of the world’s first handheld mobile phone. The Motorola DynaTAC was used to place a call to Joel Engel, who was the head of research at Bell Labs, Motorola’s rival company. The call was made on a street in New York City, and it marked a significant milestone in the history of mobile communication.

Mobile Users Looking Retro

Data from uswitch.com suggests that users are nostalgic, or just plain retro, looking for some old school mobile cool in their lives.

  • Searches for ‘phone charms’ have increased by 1,340% in 3 years. See phone charms on Amazon UK

  • The flip phone has seen a 73% increase in 3 years and a 23% increase in the last 6 months alone

  • Searches for ‘vintage phones’ have also increased by 18% in the last 3 years

  • Phone stickers are making a comeback, with a 52% increase in searches over the last three years and 19% in the last 6 months

  • Flip phone has 642,300,000 TikTok views, while phone charms have a huge 52,600,000 views

We’ve been seeing all sorts of nostalgic trends having a revival in recent years with Gen Z taking their pick from the 90s and noughties, and their tech choices are no exception.

Flip Phones

No wonder companies like Samsung, Motorola and even Huawei and Oppo are pushing new folding screen phones, and labelling them as ‘flip phones’.

Samsung are soon to release their 5th gen of their popular Samsung Z Flip and Samsung Z Fold models.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip was first released in February 2020. Their 4th Gen was incredibly well received as issues in the folding screen technology from earlier generations were worked out.

The 4th Gen also adopts 1.9 inch cover screen. This change in cover screen enables users to download widgets such as music, weather, alarm, timer, voice recorder, today’s schedule, Samsung Health, and Bluetooth.

>> Buy the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 5G Smartphone Sim Free on Amazon UK

Similarly, Motorola have introduced a new full screen flip phone, building on their popular RAZR branding, in 2019. Two iterations later, and the current 2022 Razr is building on the success of the first generation, improving on the original but was still eye-wateringly expensive at launch. Now you can pick up a 2022 Razr for around £900 contract free.

>> Buy the Motorola razr 2022 from Amazon UK

Searches on TikTok

The mobile phone with the most TikTok views is the Nokia 3310, with 627,800,000 views, closely followed by the iconic Motorola Razr with 182,900,000 and the iPhone 3G with just under 60,000,000 views. Other phones which have seen an increase in the last 6 months include the iconic Nokia E90 Communicator, The Ericsson T39, The Nokia 7600 and the Nokia 7280.
Top 10 ‘retro’ phones with the most search increase (filtered by last 6 months):

Rank

Phone

Six months search increase

One year search increase

Three years search increase

TikTok views

1

HTC Touch Diamond2

365%

181%

162%

N/A

2

Motorola RAZR2

63%

-15%

-34%

202,000

3

Ericsson T39

63%

18%

12%

45,600

4

Nokia E90 Communicator

46%

8%

9%

1,200,000

5

Nokia 7600

40%

1%

23%

3,600,000

6

Nokia 7280

36%

7%

25%

4,300,000

7

Nokia 9000 Communicator

32%

-18%

24%

179,000

8

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X

24%

31%

75%

52,300

9

Motorola RAZR

22%

-23%

-70%

182,900,000

10

Ericsson T28

22%

-1%

4%

1,100,000

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