Samsung’s new handsets usher in new era of form factor diversity

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The 2000s were a unique time for smartphone design. There were candybar phones, flip phones, slider phones and even taco phones (the gaming focused Nokia N-Gage placed its speaker and microphone on the side of the device rather than on the front).

Full QWERTY keyboards were popularised by BlackBerry and T-Mobile’s Sidekick (but probably not by the Nokia 5510) before the touch-screen ‘slate’ iPhone arrived in 2007, setting a rectangular standard for the industry to follow.

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