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Flip phones in anime
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Some good (and very interesting) answers that I hadn't considered in here.

Touch phones have come a long ways, though. I love how I can drag my finger across the keys without having to hit all of the keys individually (using Nexus 4). The voice to text option is actually really nice too and does work a lot better than it used to so that's also impressive. Smartphones in general really have come a long ways over the years. But I think the best point that was made, in my opinion, was in regards to flip phones being more identifiable as a cell phone to anime watchers. Things that are in manga are changed all the time in anime adaptions, so if they really wanted characters to all be using smartphones then I'm sure they would.
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Hehe its not anime without a flip phone!
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Posted 4/7/13 , edited 4/7/13
Flip phones look cool as hell in anime

I remember seeing a touch screen phone in Da Capo III and it looked awkward because its just a thin rectangular brick lol
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Another thing I dont think any of us have considered is the pricing. Here in the US (and most likely elsewhere too), flip phones are cheaper, and I have noticed that all the phones used in anime are fairly basic; just text and call. So probably we see these in anime because in real life kids there can't afford Androids and iPads and whatever, as I am sure they costs thousands of Yen.
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Isn't it because most anime characters are high-schoolers, and that their parents won't buy them something expensive like a smartphone? The money they make themselves have to go to other things, and as long as a cell phone can call or text... Plus, I don't think it's as romantic to have a smartphone. It doesn't give you "love-love" feel as much as a flip phone, it's easier buy matching flip phones than smartphones, and I have yet to see a smartphone that is able to hold a cellphone strap. And the fact that the plots of many of these anime take place a few years ago. And the technical capacity of anime characters tend to be either nonexistant or genius level- not so much inbetween, where the smartphone would lie.
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A lot of you also don't seem to realize that a lot of these flip phones ARE smart phones. You can go online and play games on them (and not those simple grayscale games like Tetris, and the ones where you have to dial the numbers before they hit the bottom of the screen. I'm talking about the kind you'd find on a smartphone). Having a touch screen and being a smartphone are not mutually exclusive.


kitsuneshoujo wrote:

Another thing I dont think any of us have considered is the pricing. Here in the US (and most likely elsewhere too), flip phones are cheaper, and I have noticed that all the phones used in anime are fairly basic; just text and call. So probably we see these in anime because in real life kids there can't afford Androids and iPads and whatever, as I am sure they costs thousands of Yen.


Hahahahahahaha. Thousands of yen? In Devil Survivor 2, you know the main character's cool flip phone that opens up sideways? It's based off of a real phone that costs 28800 yen. Simpler designs and pieces of software aren't all that much cheaper, either.
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Posted 4/7/13
I think flip phones are just more prevalent and popular in Japan. The smart phone is just a fad here.
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bolto wrote:

A lot of you also don't seem to realize that a lot of these flip phones ARE smart phones. You can go online and play games on them (and not those simple grayscale games like Tetris, and the ones where you have to dial the numbers before they hit the bottom of the screen. I'm talking about the kind you'd find on a smartphone). Having a touch screen and being a smartphone are not mutually exclusive.


Pretty much what I was going to say. Additionally, I'd also like to add that I miss having buttons on my phone. Even after you get used to it -- mistakes are pretty common on touch-screens (in comparison to, you know, buttons), and a pain in the ass to fix (in comparison to, you know, buttons) I would spend a lot of money on a flip phone that had all the features of my smart-phone (minus the touch-screen, which is more of an annoyance than a feature). Japan seems to get all the cool toys.
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Good point...I just assume that the Japanese are stuck in the early 2000s. Get a smartphone dammit!
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I wish we had more up-to-date flip phones, i loved them T_T to answer your question, there is no definitive answer xD
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I think it's most likely smart phones are less common in Japan. This is just a guess on my part, I have no idea whether it's true or not, but perhaps the plans are different over their for phones. In the US, if you look closely, the retail price for a smartphone is around $600. However, as long as one agrees to a two year contract with the one selling the phone, they're willing to lower the price to about $200. If companies in Japan didn't have that kind of deal going, it would make sense that most people could only afford flip phones.
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I've only seen two anime characters with smartphones. Inaba from Kokoro Connect and Shinzo from Sket Dance. I had always wondered why anime characters primarily own flip phones, but I'll be honest some of those anime flip phones look awesome!
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Ive always noticed in anime or manga when a phone is present in a scene its a big deal. Take all the flip phones in Baka to test for example or kokoro connect or Anohana

Their seems to be a huge emphasis on the use of the phone, even down to how it moves with the person texts on it. I think they continue to use flip phones is for that reason. Flip phones simply have more "life" to them then smart phones. With smart phones its _touch_ oh my messages.....With a flip phone its _dramatic flip_ OMG MY MESSAGES_ _ Super dramatic face while staring at the screen of the flip phone_
Cut to ending credits. See flip phones are just more dramatic that way.

And also, cell phone charms are HUGEEEEEEE in japan, you just cant put a cell phone charm on a smart phone.
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Posted 4/12/13 , edited 4/12/13
I honestly don't know why. For some reason, they're just really popular in anime (and Japan, for that matter). Last time I went to Japan (back in 2008), everyone had used flip phones. Dunno if more people are using smartphones there are not.
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Posted 4/12/13
I been asking myself the same question.

But I think it's because flip phones are still cool in Japan. Though, I must admit flip phones are cool. I mean, it flips. And texting is easy.
And I also think because in anime, they usually show high school students and high school students aren't rich, so probably, their parents are only willing to buy them a flip phone.

Maybe, smartphones are considered a luxury in Japan.

But I think Japanese flip phones are more high tech because it can email and kinda have apps. So even though it's not a smartphone, it's just as good.

I, myself, been looking for a nice flip phone lately because my smartphone is being a little bitch most of the time. ugh.
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