Nokia’s banana phone is back and Kim Kardashian has a flip phone. Even technology can’t resist a nostalgia trip.
In 1999, The Matrix made two things household names: Keanu Reeves and the ‘banana phone’. The world went mad for Reeves’ Neo and his slick piece of kit. And now, one of them is making a comeback.
Back in the age when mobile phones were fun – when we started getting phones in every shape and colour - the banana phone (officially the 8110) was Nokia’s variation on the flip phone. It featured a sliding panel instead of a hinged cover and everybody wanted one. Problem was, it came with a fairly hefty price-tag.
Luckily, all your childhood dreams can now come true as the iconic phone is being relaunched as the 8810 – with a few serious upgrades – and it’ll only cost you £70.
In addition to having a polycarbonate shell with rounded corners and edges, the 8810 has a 2.4-inch screen that can run multiple apps including Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter and web browsers. It’s also has 4G and has a 2-megapixel camera. Most importantly, it has an old-school, nostalgic alphanumeric keyboard.
In a world where iPhones and Pixel 2s reign supreme, the thought of having anything but may seem alien. But with a little help from some star influence, mobiles with personality are set to make a comeback.
But it’s Kim Kardashian-West who is shouting loud and proud about the portable device. On Snapchat, she posted a video of her playing with what seems to be a fake, pink, Ferrari flip phone which made all millennials across the land sigh a heavy heave of nostalgia.
Later she was seen walking around Tokyo holding the little phone, making people wonder if she’s actually using it as a real phone.
Whether it is her new communication tool of choice or not is neither here nor there, because even if she’s just using it as an accessory, it means flip phones are back in.
With the Motorola CEO dropping hints that the Razr will be making a comeback, along with the recent relaunch of the Nokia 3310, inexpensive phones may very well be the future.