Candybar Cellphones

Candybar Cellphones

Cellphones come in a variety of forms such as slider phones and flip phones. However, the most common form is candybar. Sometimes called bar or slab form, cellphones in the candybar form have a cuboid shape, often with rounded vertices. These phones feature a screen and keyboard on the top of the thin block and small buttons on the sides of the phone such as volume controls, on/off switch and a camera button.

Candybar Variations

Touchscreens: sometimes called slates, touchscreen phones are a subset of the candybar form. These phones replace the traditional screen and keyboard combination on the front of the phone with a large touchscreen with an onscreen QWERTY keyboard. These types of candybar phones are widely available. Indeed, recent statistics report that 90% of new phones made from 2013 onwards were in touchscreen slate form. Notable manufacturers include Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony and Nokia.

Phablets: phablet is a portmanteau of the words ‘phone’ and ‘tablet’. Phablets are a type of touchscreen cellphone which features a large screen (5 – 6.9 inches) and offers many functions seen in a tablet PC.

Advantages of Candybar Cellphones

As of 2014, virtually all new cellphones, especially top end models, are made in candybar form. This means that there is plenty of choice when it comes to selecting a candybar handset.
Another advantage of this type of phone is that there is less moving parts, this can make candybar phones more robust.
Disadvantages of Candybar Cellphones

One of the disadvantages of this type of cellphone is that they are not as small as flip and slider phones. This can make them an impractical choice for those who want a very compact cellphone.
Unlike slider and flip cellphones, the keypad on these phones is not protected. This can lead to accidental pocket calls.