It may have some impressive specs and deliver great performance, but for now, the most compelling aspect of the first phone from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s new venture, Carl Pei, isn’t there. what, is the back of it. The back of Nothing Phone (1) Not only is it semi-transparent, but it also comes with 900 LEDs, which glow in different patterns, depending on what’s happening on the phone. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the back of a phone get this much attention for a reason other than color or finish. That said, it’s definitely NOT the first time we’ve seen the back of a phone so hyped. They may not set a sales record, but the following devices definitely put them at the forefront when it comes to marketing:
YotaPhone 2 – Kindle phone!
Rarely does the back of a phone offer as much value as the back of a Russian phone YotaPhone 2 in 2014. The front itself is impressive – the 5-inch AMOLED full HD display but the back captures all eyeballs. That’s because it’s a full-fledged 4.7-inch grayscale electronic display. And it’s also very functional. You can check your mail, see notifications and, of course, read books and articles on it – leading many to liken it to a phone to a Kindle. The concept of the YotaPhone 2 is simple – you can use the e-ink display which consumes very little battery for reading tasks and only switch to the AMOLED display when you need things like video or color. When you use the main color screen, you can customize the back to look very artistic with some fun wallpapers and widgets. And it also works quite well, although users have to endure the pain of having to equip two screen protectors. Unfortunately, sales didn’t quite take off.
Alcatel A5 LED – glows brightly on notifications
Nothing is not the first brand to have the idea of putting multiple LED lights on the back of its phone. Alcatel did so in 2017, although it used a mod for this purpose. The Alcatel A5 LED It’s a solid mid-segment phone in every way – 5.2-inch HD display, mid-range MediaTek chip, etc. However, in its box there is an included LED cover called Lightup+. Smashing it into the back of the phone completely turns it into something of a discotheque. The cover has an array of LEDs on it and they also come in a variety of colors. They light up in different shapes and patterns according to the music being played, and can also be connected to different contacts, so you can see a specific pattern when someone calls you. It’s super cool and eye-catching but unfortunately it doesn’t go beyond that.
Motorola BackFlip – keyboard and trackpad on the back
Motorola tried to do more with the back of a smartphone with Moto BackFlip in 2010. It’s definitely the kind of comeback that will catch the eye. In its normal state, the Moto BackFlip was a touchscreen phone with a 3.1-inch display (which was considered large at the time) and a full QWERTY keyboard on the back of the phone. Yes, the back of the phone has a QWERTY keyboard, but it doesn’t work in that position. The keyboard folds outwards to end below the screen and gives you a typing and tapping experience. The cool part is that the back of the screen then becomes a trackpad, which you can use to navigate the phone without touching the screen. It’s a pretty cool technology, but unfortunately for it, most people just love touching the screen. Motorola has used the back trackpad in a few other devices, but not too many people use it.
LG G Flex – The phone returns, heals itself!
It is known for its slightly curved display, something that was very rare when it was released in 2013, but there is magic on the back of the phone. LG G Flex also. The phone, like some other LG models, has the volume and power buttons actually located on the back of the phone, just below the camera, rather than on the sides – a concept LG has tried on several its flagship phone, resulting in cleaner edges. However, the back has a lot more than the power key, the volume and the camera is quite good. The G Flex actually comes with what LG calls a “self-healing” coating on the back. That means small stains and scratches will gradually disappear on their own. Sound great? What’s even better is that it worked. The small scratches we made will disappear after a few days. It’s almost magic but doesn’t catch on, probably because of the cost involved. We’d love to see it on the back, and indeed, even on the front of most phones – we’d save a lot on screen protectors and covers.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom – Say hello to the back, hello to the front
The camera and phone have been having fun together for a while. While they may highlight specs, the cameras on phones tend to be tucked into part of the back of the phone, no matter how inflated they are. Samsung decided to change that with Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom in 2013. The phone is actually an Android phone with a Super AMOLED display on the front and a proper point-and-shoot camera on the back, with an extended lens to provide optical zoom. 10X camera, Xenon flash, dedicated shutter button and a camera grip. It doesn’t look like a camera from the front and it doesn’t look like a phone from the back. It’s the closest we’ve come to having the best of a proper smartphone and a proper camera in one package!
Moto Z series – back to the Mod-ern days!
The Moto Z series, launched in 2016, was probably the most innovative phone line at the time. Perhaps even all time. This is because while the front of the phone has pretty much the standard screen and the sides have the usual volume buttons and the like, the back actually comes with a small set of connectors. They allow one to connect a number of add-ons to the device, called Moto Mods, change its appearance and function, You can make the phone look like a camera (and work) act like a camera) with the Hasselblad Mod, actually increase the volume with the stereo speakers, add more battery life with a battery modification, or maybe simply change the way the back looks with a “” shell design” simple. Unfortunately, this trend hasn’t quite caught on, but it’s still the most innovative use of the phone we’ve seen.
And one more thing… iPhone also has a sticker back
It’s not exaggerated at all, but the back of the iPhone also has a trick or two down its sleeve. If you have an up-to-date iPhone 8 or later (this feature doesn’t work on iPad and iPod touch), you can go to Accessibility preferences and customize what happens when you tap the back of the phone two or three times. You can use it to lock your phone, mute it, open Control Center… and more. However, Apple doesn’t talk about it. Maybe because it already has more than enough to say about it.
With input from Akriti Rana