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The popularity of the modern mobile cellphone is such that the name "smartphone" instantly conjures up thoughts of iPhones, Samsung Galaxy phones, and various black rectangular glass panels. However, a smartphone known as a BlackBerry had a small screen and a full physical keyboard back in the early 2000s.A recent business is capitalizing on your love for the BlackBerry by introducing an iPhone case that features a full-button keyboard, taking you back to the early days of mobile communications.
Clicks is the name of the vivid yellow casing with a four-row black-button keyboard at the bottom. The case is powered by the phone and doesn't need a separate battery or Bluetooth connection; you only have to slide your iPhone into it and connect via the Lightning or USB-C port.
The iPhone's on-screen keyboard disappears while in use, giving you more screen real estate to view your apps while still allowing you to text like you did with your BlackBerry Curve in 2006. Because the Clicks case's display has more capacity for content without the on-screen keyboard, it is marketed as being for creators, that is, creators of digital material on sites like Instagram and TikTok.
Versions of the cover for the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max are also in the works, and the iPhone 14 Pro model costs $139.The authors of the Clicks lawsuit contend that physical keyboards improve typing accuracy and satisfaction, but it's a high price to pay for something that will likely make you type more slowly.
Clicks Technology, the firm behind the Clicks case, was created by Kevin Michaluk, the operator of the BlackBerry fan site Crackberry (commonly known online as CrackBerry Kevin), and YouTube tech reviewer MrMobile (Michael Fisher).
"What BlackBerry Smartphones could never quite accomplish, Clicks for iPhone has already done for me: it offers a no-compromise keyboard experience in a smartphone package that has all the apps, a great ecosystem, and a killer camera," stated Michaluk.
BlackBerry gained notoriety in the early 2000s and produced the Android BlackBerry Priv, their final phone, in 2015. By then, it was too late; the corporation had fallen behind as a result of its slow response to the development of smartphones with all-screen displays.
However, there is a tiny but vociferous group of people who genuinely long for real keyboards on phones. Until the firm formally shut down all of its services in January 2022, those individuals continued to use outdated BlackBerry phones with keyboards from the mid-2010s, such as the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport. After that, the phones were essentially paperweights.