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Top 100 Mobile Trends in 2017

From Modernized Flip Phones to Anonymous Truth-Telling Apps

— January 27, 2018 — Tech
Mobile trends in 2017 have seen a resurgence of retro styles and designs, as well as apps that are becoming increasingly personalized.

With the acceleration of technology and innovation has come the counterintuitive emergence of retro designs in smartphones. Examples include Nokia's re-release of its 3310 cell phone, the conceptual 'Mindfulness' phone that offers a "no-frills" approach to design, and the conceptual minimalist Halcyon smartphone which has a design that is both contemporary, and one that minimizes the bells and whistles that most smartphones these days have.

Smartphone apps are becoming increasingly personalized as people seek out playful and interactive ways to connect with one another. Examples include the TBH app which encourages users to say anonymous "honest" things about their phone contacts, and the the Giphy Says selfie GIF-creating app.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Storage Card Smartphone Cases
Storage Card Smartphone Cases
The 'KUKE' iPhone 7 Battery Case Adds Additional Storage Space
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99
Futuristic All-Glass Smartphones
Futuristic All-Glass Smartphones
The Apple iPhone X Packs the A11 Bionic Chip and Much More
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98
Magnetic Smartphone Armbands
Magnetic Smartphone Armbands
The 'Lock&Go' Doesn't Restrict Access to Your Smartphone When Worn
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97
AR-Powered Parking Apps
AR-Powered Parking Apps
The 'Park Rangr' App Helps Drivers Avoid Parking Tickets
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96
Genuine Stone Technology Cases
Genuine Stone Technology Cases
The Cover-Up Stone Cases Protect iPhones and MacBooks in Style
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95
Smart Home-Controlling Apps
Smart Home-Controlling Apps
Truthing is a Home Automation Startup That Offers One Gateway
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94
Reclaimed Wood Smartphone Cases
Reclaimed Wood Smartphone Cases
'Kerf Cases' Creates Device Cases in Pittsburgh from Solid Wood
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93
Old Smartphone Photography Toys
Old Smartphone Photography Toys
'Pixlplay' Turns an Old Smartphone into a Kids Camera
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92
Multi-Access Smart Locks
Multi-Access Smart Locks
The 'Latch C' Home Smart Locks are Specially Designed for Apple Users
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91
Multipurpose Smartphone Charging Stations
Multipurpose Smartphone Charging Stations
The 'JUICED' Charing Station Offers a Dock and Batteries
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90
Aerospace-Engineered Smartphone Cases
Aerospace-Engineered Smartphone Cases
The Vihoo Phone Ring Offers Slim, Contoured Protection
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89
Selfie GIF Creators
Selfie GIF Creators
The Giphy Says App Instantly Turns Your Voice and Face into a GIF
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88
PC Screen Smartphone Mounts
PC Screen Smartphone Mounts
The Smartphone Tablet Monitor Attachment Mount Increases Efficiency
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87
Anti-Social Media Apps
Anti-Social Media Apps
Minutiae is an App That Helps You Record Life's Ordinary Moments
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86
Photography-Grade Smartphone Cases
Photography-Grade Smartphone Cases
The ExoLens Case with Optics by ZEISS is Debuting at CES 2017
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85
Flexible Smartphone Card Slots
Flexible Smartphone Card Slots
The 'elago' Smartphone Card Pocket Groups Essentials Together
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84
Smartphone Shower Mounts
Smartphone Shower Mounts
The 'Droplet' Smart Device Mount Lets You Stream Content While Showering
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83
Multipurpose Smartphone Cases
Multipurpose Smartphone Cases
The 'Mue' Case for the iPhone 7 Packs Must-Have Convenience Features
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82
Supercar-Branded Smartphones
Supercar-Branded Smartphones
The Lamborghini Alpha-One is a High-End Luxury Mobile Device
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81
Dedicated Documentation Cameras
Dedicated Documentation Cameras
The Nokia 'Twist' Media Camera Captures 15 Second Bursts
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80
Mother-Connecting Friendship Apps
Mother-Connecting Friendship Apps
The Peanut App is Helping Moms Find Like-Minded Friends
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79
App-Enabled Car Smartphone Docks
App-Enabled Car Smartphone Docks
The 'QLYX' Smart Mounts Upgrade Your Vehicular Experience
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78
Smart Selfie Sticker Apps
Smart Selfie Sticker Apps
'Sticky AI' Uses Artificial Intelligence to Turn Selfies into Stickers
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77
Videographer Smartphone Gimbals
Videographer Smartphone Gimbals
The 'SmoothVu' Smartphone Video Stabilizers are Used with One Hand
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76
Smartphone-Powered Laptops
Smartphone-Powered Laptops
The 'Openbook' Laptop Uses the Processing Power of Your Smartphone
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75
AR Experience-Creating Apps
AR Experience-Creating Apps
The Metaverse App Allows Anyone to Create Their Own AR Content
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74
Wooden Smartphone Concepts
Wooden Smartphone Concepts
The 'APOLLO 1' Smartphone Technology Design Features a Rounded Bottom
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73
Smartphone Walkie Talkie Attachments
Smartphone Walkie Talkie Attachments
The 'LINC' Smartphone Walkie Talkie Radios Offer a Backup
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72
Intentionally Antiquated Cellphones
Intentionally Antiquated Cellphones
The Mindfulness Phone Encourages Users to Live in the Now
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71
Interchangeable Accessory Smartphone Cases
Interchangeable Accessory Smartphone Cases
The 'BUDU' Modular Phone Case Offers Extra Attachments
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70
Sticky Smartphone Mounts
Sticky Smartphone Mounts
The 'Quik Pod Twist' Made Its Debut at CES 2017
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69
Signal-Boosting Smartphone Cases
Signal-Boosting Smartphone Cases
The 'Firefly' iPhone Case Improves Signal and Battery Life
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68
Fitness Technology Smartwatches
Fitness Technology Smartwatches
The Fitbit Ionic Tracks Vitals and Keeps Wearers Connected
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67
AR Toy Aisle Apps
AR Toy Aisle Apps
Toys "R" Us' 'Play Chaser' App Brings Its Retail Store to Life
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66
Re-Released Retro Cell Phones
Re-Released Retro Cell Phones
Nokia is Planning on Releasing Its Iconic 3310 Cell Phone
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65
Device-Downgrading Skins
Device-Downgrading Skins
This Grfxp iPhone 7/7 Plus Skin Turns the Device into the Original iPhone
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64
Emotion-Detecting Condiment Apps
Emotion-Detecting Condiment Apps
Marmite's TasteFace Uses Facial Recognition to Read Reactions
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63
Sleek Modular Smartphones
Sleek Modular Smartphones
The 'Essential Phone' Claims to be Future-Proof
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62
Maze Game Phone Cases
Maze Game Phone Cases
This Retro Maze Case Offers Entertainment Should Your iPhone Ever Die
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61
Interactive AR Gardens
Interactive AR Gardens
Perrier-Jouët Created a Fantastical, High-Tech Garden Installation
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60
Stabilized Smartphone Rigs
Stabilized Smartphone Rigs
The 'LitleCane' Smartphone Stabilizer Keeps Footage Streamlined
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59
Anti-Distraction Smartphone Docks
Anti-Distraction Smartphone Docks
The 'RiVE' Dock Scales Down Devices to Help You Drive Safer
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58
Smartphone-Upgrading Cases
Smartphone-Upgrading Cases
The 'ZEE Core SmartCase' Has a Battery, Additional Storage and More
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57
Ergonomic Phone-Holding Accessories
Ergonomic Phone-Holding Accessories
'Floop Loop' Enables Users to Hold Their Phone with a Finger
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56
Multi-Lens Smartphone Cases
Multi-Lens Smartphone Cases
The Ztylus Switch 6 iPhone Lens System Enables Crisp Photography
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55
Angular Ergonomic Smartphones
Angular Ergonomic Smartphones
The Brandeis 'Prometheus' Smartphone Has Sharp Aesthetics
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54
Smartphone Stethoscope Cases
Smartphone Stethoscope Cases
The 'Steth IO' Case Works in the Same Way as Medical Stethoscopes
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53
Photo-Perfecting Phone Accessories
Photo-Perfecting Phone Accessories
The 'Drama Filter' Improves the Quality of Smart Phone Cameras
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52
Attachable Smartphone Lights
Attachable Smartphone Lights
This Mini Phone Attachment Creates the Perfect Selfie Lighting
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51
Smartphone Photo Printers
Smartphone Photo Printers
The Prynt Pocket Turns iPhones Into Instant Photo Printers
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50
Fidget Spinner Cellphones
Fidget Spinner Cellphones
The Chilli K188 Works via Bluetooth with Your Existing Phone
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49
Collapsible Smartphone Displays
Collapsible Smartphone Displays
This Folding Smartphone Stand Can be Used Anywhere
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48
Modernized Retro Cellphones
Modernized Retro Cellphones
The LBER KR999 Brick Cell Phone Works with Most GSM Carriers
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47
Pocket-Sized Laptops
Pocket-Sized Laptops
The GPD Pocket Laptop Boasts a Full Keyboard and Display
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46
Premium Smartphone Card Holders
Premium Smartphone Card Holders
Casetify's Leather Pocket Collection Turns Phones Into Wallets
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45
Charging Photography Smartphone Cases
Charging Photography Smartphone Cases
The 'Moment' Battery Photo Case is for the iPhone 7
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44
Social Media Camera Bracelets
Social Media Camera Bracelets
The 'Cleep' Bracelet Captures Experiences From Your Wrist
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43
Wireless Charger Power Banks
Wireless Charger Power Banks
The 'NOCABLE' Portable Wireless Station Work with Qi-Enabled Devices
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42
Card-Sized Wallet Trackers
Card-Sized Wallet Trackers
The KiwiCard is an Ultra-Thin, Waterproof Bluetooth Tracking Device
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41
Mature Style Smartphone Cases
Mature Style Smartphone Cases
The OtterBox STRADA SERIES Case for iPhone X is Chic
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40
DSLR Lenses Smartphone Cases
DSLR Lenses Smartphone Cases
The PUZLOOK 6 Nude Case Incorporates Professional Photography Lenses
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39
Mood-Lifting Food Apps
Mood-Lifting Food Apps
Yolk! Uses AI to Suggest Foods That Will Lift Your Mood
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38
Smartphone Quick Charge Cubes
Smartphone Quick Charge Cubes
This iPhone Charge USB Cable Optimizes Charging Capabilities
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37
Location-Tracking Child Wearables
Location-Tracking Child Wearables
The 'Findly' Tracking Watch Keeps an Eye on Child Location
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36
Landline Smartphone Speaker Docks
Landline Smartphone Speaker Docks
The Invoxia NVX 200 Charges Devices and Enables Teleconferencing
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35
Smartphone Vaporizer Cases
Smartphone Vaporizer Cases
The Vaportronix VQ iPhone Vaporizer Case is Discreet to Use
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34
360-Degree Smartphone Lens
360-Degree Smartphone Lens
The 'Fishball' Clips Easily onto Devices
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33
Productive Lifestyle Apps
Productive Lifestyle Apps
The 'Hombase' App Puts Relevant Data in One Spot
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32
Modular Mobile Projectors
Modular Mobile Projectors
The 'iBeamBLOCK' Projection System Works with PCs, Tablets and More
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31
Florally-Infused Smartphone Cases
Florally-Infused Smartphone Cases
The MMORE Organika Roses iPhone Case is Made with Real Flowers
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30
Natural Material Wireless Chargers
Natural Material Wireless Chargers
The Grovemade Wireless Charging Pads Elegantly Power Devices
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29
Smartwatch Surf-Tracking Apps
Smartwatch Surf-Tracking Apps
The XENSR Sessions App Tracks Surfing Directly from Your Wrist
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28
Custom-Backed Smartphones
Custom-Backed Smartphones
The NuAns NEO Reloaded Has Hundreds of Different Design Combinations
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27
Slim Solar Smartphone Cases
Slim Solar Smartphone Cases
The 'Synthetic' Solar iPhone Case Enables Eco-Friendly Charging
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26
Aerospace-Grade Smartphone Cases
Aerospace-Grade Smartphone Cases
The Gray Advent Titanium iPhone X Case is Extravagant
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25
Upscale Smartwatch Collections
Upscale Smartwatch Collections
The Movado Connect Smartwatch is Designed for Android Wear 2.0
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24
Textured Phone Cases
Textured Phone Cases
This Phone Case Was Inspired by the Rippled Surface of a Stingray
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23
Ultra-Thin Fuel Cells
Ultra-Thin Fuel Cells
The 'myFC LAMINA Thin Film' Fuel Cell Is Being Unveiled at CES 2017
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22
Social Fitness Apps
Social Fitness Apps
WHISTLE Helps Users Connect With Likeminded Workout Partners
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21
Detachable Wallet Smartphone Covers
Detachable Wallet Smartphone Covers
The Tech21 Evo Wallet Active Edition for iPhone 7 is Ergonomic
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20
Modernized Flip Phones
Modernized Flip Phones
Samsung's Newest Smartphone Features the Nostalgic Design of a Flip Phone
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19
Wearable Mobile Power Banks
Wearable Mobile Power Banks
The 'NIFTYX' Power Bank is Worn on the Wrist as a Piece of Jewelry
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18
Magnetic High-Power Chargers
Magnetic High-Power Chargers
The 'MagC' USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Converter Brings Back MagSafe
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17
Social Augmented Reality Devices
Social Augmented Reality Devices
Snapchat Shared Its Plans to Make Augmented Gadgets & Wearables
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16
Multifunctional Smartphone Projectors
Multifunctional Smartphone Projectors
The 'EllyStand' Smart Device Holder Stand is Multipurpose
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15
Smartphone-Incorporating Laptops
Smartphone-Incorporating Laptops
The Samsung Dex Book Concept Lets You Nest Your Device
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14
Conceptual Bezel-Free Smartphones
Conceptual Bezel-Free Smartphones
The Nokia Vision 2018 Concept Phone is Stylishly Simple
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13
Skeletal Smartphone Storage Cases
Skeletal Smartphone Storage Cases
The 'Arc' Phone Case Offers a Bevy of Functions and Protection
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12
Cosmetic Phone Cases
Cosmetic Phone Cases
The Pout Case Has a Built-In Slide-Out Drawer for Makeup
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11
Texturized Braille Phone Designs
Texturized Braille Phone Designs
The 'Textura' Phone Turns Information into Tactile Bumps
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10
Fidget-Friendly Phone Cases
Fidget-Friendly Phone Cases
The 'Pidget Case' Lets You Fiddle without the Need for Separate Toys
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9
Pocket-Sized Projectors
Pocket-Sized Projectors
The Smart Beam by UO is the World's Tiniest Projector
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8
Anti-Radiation Phone Docks
Anti-Radiation Phone Docks
The 'WaveBrak' Smartphone Radiation Barrier Won't Restrict Connections
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7
Modern Abstract Cellphones
Modern Abstract Cellphones
This Nokia Handset is Minimalist and Focuses on the Future
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6
Sustainable Smartphone Packaging
Sustainable Smartphone Packaging
This Eco-Friendly Box Represents a Company Committed to Reuse
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5
Millennial-Targeted Tech Accessories
Millennial-Targeted Tech Accessories
'UO_TUNE_IN' is Urban Outfitters' Technology Accessory Range
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4
Coffee-Making Phone Cases
Coffee-Making Phone Cases
The 'Mokase' is an Ultra-Compact Espresso Machine
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3
Modern Flip Phones
Modern Flip Phones
Halcyon is a Smart Flip Phone with a Minimalist Feel
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2
Compact Capsular Trackers
Compact Capsular Trackers
The Ora Kids Tracker is a Convenient Wearable for Highly Active Children
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1
Anonymous Truth-Telling Apps
Anonymous Truth-Telling Apps
The Tbh App Lets Users Anonymously Rate Their Friends
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