Main » TERM » C »

clamshell

A clamshell or clamshell mobile is a mobile phone form factor where the phone is divided into two equal halves with a hinge connecting the halves, enabling users to basically fold the phone in half to close when not in use. This type of mobile phone usually has the buttons on the bottom half and the display and speaker on the top half. Some clamshell mobiles may also have a small display on the outside, so when the phone is folded you can view connection details, incoming calls and the date and time without opening the phone.

Clamshell phones are more frequently called a flip phone. Flip phone is used in everyday language as a generic term, however Motorola owns the trademark on the term flip phone.

See also "The Difference Between a Cell Phone, Smartphone and PDA" in the "Did You Know..." section of Webopedia.







TECH RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS
LATEST ARTICLES
Text Messaging & Chat Abbreviations

From A3 to LOL and ZZZ this guide lists 1,500 text message and online chat abbreviations to help you translate and understand today's texting... Read More »

SEO Dictionary

From keyword analysis to backlinks and Google search engine algorithm updates, our search engine optimization glossary lists 85 SEO terms you need... Read More »

Slideshow: History of Microsoft Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows is a family of operating systems for personal computers. In this article we look at the history of Microsoft operating... Read More »

STUDY GUIDES
The Five Generations of Computers

Learn about each of the five generations of computers and major technology developments that have led to the computing devices that we use... Read More »

Computer Architecture Study Guide

Computer architecture provides an introduction to system design basics for most computer science students. Read More »

Network Fundamentals Study Guide

Networking fundamentals teaches the building blocks of modern network design. Learn different types of networks, concepts, architecture and... Read More »