If we take a quick peek not too far into the past, we will realize that there existed a completely different mobile market with phones that used to look and function a lot different from our current smartphones and other handheld devices. Today, there are smartphones with tens and hundreds of features and of course the keyboard clustered clumsily under their gigantic screens, unlike simpler times when old form factor phones came with fewer features and easy to use interfaces. Smartphones today have twisted designs with displays swiveled and mounted in a way that not only makes these devices comparatively difficult to carry around and handle; rather their prices and complicated interfaces also pose an issue to users. Therefore, we saw a mighty blow in MWC this year by the introduction of 2000s form factor phones.

Why were old form factor phones better than current generation smartphones?

The majority of you must have started off with a flip phone or what we call now an old form factor phone during the initial days when handheld mobile phones first took the markets by storm. These old form factor phones were not only spot on at doing their job, they also came at a much cheaper price and were very easy to operate as well. Even though high-end, feature-loaded smartphones have managed to create a loyal fan base for themselves, it is needless to say that old form factor phones have also stood firm against the test of time and are making their way back to the hands of humans. The old form factor phones are very different from the current age smartphones in terms of size, layout, price, the position of components, shape, and style to name a few!

Recently one of the top-notch mobile phone manufacturing companies in the world, Nokia launched its brand new phone, Nokia 3310. In other words, Nokia has brought the mother of all mobile phones back into the league because they believe it is better than the current smartphones in many ways. It is an updated version of the iconic Nokia phone and its launch has marked the comeback of old form factor phones in the market, something which points towards a likely second innings for these mobile phones.

Let us consider a few factors which make old form factor phones better than current generation smartphones.

Old form factor phones vs. smartphones


Old form factor phones are very much different from the current generation of smartphones in terms of shape and size. Old mobile phones came with smaller lengths and widths and were thicker to hold, while smartphones are larger in size (lengths and widths) and are much sleek and thin to handle. With screen sizes ranging from 4-6 inches, smartphones have larger displays as compared to smaller screens and displays in old phones.


Old form factor phones have an added advantage over smartphones in terms of battery life. They came with simple interfaces and thus longer battery life. On the other hand, current generation smartphones come with almost half the battery life as compared to old phones. Another reason for switching back to basic old form factor phones.


According to the research by Daily Mail, the older form factor phones have lesser connectivity issues than the smartphones.


With waterproof and dustproof phones making their way into the markets, these are definitely more robust and durable as compared to the high-end smartphones, another disadvantage of their large display screens and sleek designs. However, with technology undergoing huge advances, we can hope to see more robust smartphones in the coming years.


Now, this is one particular area where we can undoubtedly say that the current generation smartphones have excelled old form factor phones. High resolution, megapixel camera, and video recording features make smartphones more desirable among buyers.


With old form factor phones clearly surpassing smartphones in most of the categories, we can hopefully wait for these less- complicated wonders to make a comeback by the end of 2017.