Y2K nostalgia: keyboard phones #Keyboards #Vintage #FormFactor

Sabukaru Online looks at the utility of the keyboard equipped mobile phones from turn of the century.

Urban infrastructure has a lot to do with the standardization of smartphone designs. The way our phones are designed has a lot to do with how they’ll interact with the “smart cities” of the future. Standardizing the design of common communication devices makes the experience many people have with their devices, apps, and consumers more uniform.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many amazing things you can do with an iPhone but using it as the tool for essayists isn’t one of them. Part of the fun of being a writer is the experience of actually writing.

Have you ever typed on a typewriter? The feeling you get from that is pretty fun, so much so that more modern companies have tried to emulate that technology of old, giving today’s writers the classic feel of a typewriter. The sounds, the confirmation, you get seeing each letter pressed onto the page. It’s all very eventful. Input devices can indeed affect our processes and ideas about the world.

The author looks at two modern devices which provide similar experiences: the F[x] Tec Pro1 and the Unihertz Titan (below). See the article for more detail.


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