I love my iPhone as much as the next person, but there are days I want to throw it out the window as I drive down the highway. Sometimes its little quirks drive me batshit crazy and make me long for 2006 and my trusty flip phone.
There–I said it. I miss the days of the flip phone. Life was so simple, and my phone actually did what it was supposed to do. Here are five reasons why flip phones are better than smartphones.
1. Those little things were indestructible.
If you drop an iPhone–even onto a bed of marshmallows–you’ll end up with a busted screen. Those little Samsung and Nokia flip phones of the ‘00s? You could have dropped that phone from a plane and it probably would have survived. I once had a blue and silver Samsung flip phone that survived a fall from the top of the bleachers at my high school, a tumble into the drain pipe from the roof deck of my first job, and a car accident that totaled my car. Those are the phones that will work, should the apocalypse hit.
2. They were cheap and they worked.
For $20 or less, you could get a brand new phone that did exactly what it was supposed to do. It made phone calls, it sent texts, and sometimes it even took pictures. Today, I have an iPhone that cost me $230, plus a case and a screen protector so I (hopefully) don’t break it before my next upgrade. It doesn’t even do the basic things it’s supposed to. Sure, I can do all kinds of cool stuff, but that doesn’t help me when I can’t make a phone call or send a text.
3. Flip phones didn’t connect you to the world all the time.
What was life like before everyone was available at all hours? I’ll tell you–it was GLORIOUS. Being able to enjoy TV, dinners, and other fun things without a phone call, text, email, tweet, notification, or other form of digital communication rudely interrupting was a beautiful thing.
4. It had a battery that just kept going and going and going…
Flip phones could run on the same charge for close to a week. The iPhone? I might be able to make it through the workday. I long for the days when I didn’t have to keep a spare charger in my purse, my desk, or my car.
5. You had a cell phone bill that didn’t nearly break the bank.
In the days before mandatory data plans (thanks, Verizon) my phone bill was $30 a month. Now I have a data plan (not even the unlimited one) and insurance, because I’m clumsy and sometimes people steal things. My bill also includes a bunch of taxes I couldn’t explain if there was a gun to my head.
So, excuse me now while I go dig that cute little Samsung out of the dark corner I banished it to when I just had to have a smartphone.