Do you know this Feeling? .. You wanna get a new Phone and don't know which Form Factor to get? There are different Phone Styles, each with their own Advantages and Disadvantages .. I tried to have a short Look on everything ..
Candybar: Candybar Phones are probably the most solid of all Style Types .. It's hard to break something on it, except of Joysticks. It's made of one Piece, so no loose Parts. Good Thing is that everything you receive is immediately on the Screen, no Delays with opening the Phone or anything .. But one Thing that has always bothered me: If you don't use Leather Bags, you WILL have Scratches on the entire Phone and mainly on the Screen :( i experienced that a Lot on my old Candybar Phones like N73, 6680 etc ..
Sliderphones: Sliders are mainly like Candybar-Phones, but are able to slide the Keypad behind the Screen Part. Scratches on the Screen can come along here too and Slider's are not the best Choice if you like a solid Feeling. Some of them have a slight Space, some of them are nothing like Crap. Nokia demonstrated that perfectly on the Nokia N95, the Slider Part is completely loose and makes weird Noises, like you can see in my bad Slider Video on Youtube! The upcoming Nokia N95 8GB aka Black Beast seems to have a better Slider, also the 6110 Navigator Slider does a great Job .. Hopefully Nokia won't ever deliver such shitty Sliders like on N95/6280 ..
pic by Rafe Blandford - All About Symbian
Flipphones: Flipphones is something completely different .. The Internal (Main) Screen is isolated from the Outside, so bye bye to Scratches, say hello to Keypad-Prints .. Yes thats right, i've seen that on Motorolas V3 before and unfortunately the N76 has this Problem as well: You see on the Display where the Buttons are :( But overall you have a very good Screen Protection, the Main Screen stays longer in a good Condition. Something more annoying is the Fact, that you have to OPEN the Phone everytime you want to work on it .. Some Devices already have some excellent working external Displays, which enable you to read incoming Text Messages without open the Phone for example... But to use all the Features it's a Must to open the Flip ..
Multi-Form-Factor: Probably the best and most functional Form Factor: Phones like the N93 and N93i, which allows a Gazillion possible Positions .. if it's for Filming, for reading Websites in landscape Mode or use it as a normal Flip-Phone .. The only Downside i really see on this, is the loose Flip Part, it's only one Link, that sticks Keypad and the Screen Part together .. To be honest, i didn't have one Phone like that so far, so i can't tell about the Quality that good, but i've read about a few Complaints already - like the first Button Row is not so easy to type in landscape Mode etc ..
So what do YOU think .. What do you like the Most? Which Form Factor do you prefer!?