I had a clamshell phone once, a Nokia 6125. It was a first in several aspects for me:
- First foldable phone, coming from two Nokia candybar phones
- First digital camera (for real) - 1.3 Megapixels!
- First MP3 player
- First phone with a colour screen
It was in 2007. I loved how small it was. Battery life, as was the norm at the time, was amazing, up to a week depending on the use. It came with a 256MB MicroSD card I promptly filled with music. I later swapped for a 2GB card, and the thing took two minutes just to read the card and show the songs. It had FM radio.
Still, after a couple of years - remember when we held on to phones for years? - the hinge started to weaken. I was very careful, but it still happened.
Moving parts are the weakest spots on any machine. Phones today are way more fragile than they used to be. I'm suspicious.