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

The 2000s were a unique time for smartphone design. There were candy bar 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 instead of the front).

Full QWERTY keyboards were popularized by BlackBerry and T-Mobile’s Sidekick (but probably not the Nokia 5510) before the “slate” touchscreen iPhone arrived in 2007 and set a rectangular standard for the industry to follow.