Innumerable irony has been made about how our lives have been ruined by the smartphone. With constant access to social media, email, news and so on, we’re not only contactable, but also distracted.
At the same time companies are designing and selling out the newest, more technological, prettier and so on smartphones with the speed bread used to be sold out in times of war. A smartphone may be a status symbol, but its also a necessity – we need to be reachable in this day and age, and the smartphone is the only viable option.
Enter the anti-smart phone. Simple, streamlined, mobile phones that are just that, phones you can take with you. No internet, no games, no Siri, just a contact list. Here are our Top 3: Anti-Smart Phone options
The Swiss consumer technology company Punkt which has made a business out of designing basic, highly intuitive products like cordless home phones or alarm clocks collaborated with British designer Jasper Morrison to create a back to basics mobile phone. MP01 features just the core functions of a mobile phone: calling and texting, plus a sleek design made with durable materials.
Born from the minds of Joe Hollier and Kaiwei Tang, The Light Phone is almost the opposite of every other phone in existence. It is thin, light, lasts 20 days on a charge, and literally does nothing but make and answer calls, And it costs $100. And, its beautiful.
The campaign which started on Kicktsarter has now made it to market and the phone will be available as of June 2016.
In 2011 the need for a simpler phone was already spotted by the Dutch company Supermarked, the brands mantra focuses on good and honest products packed in stylish and contemporary designs, headed by the faceless John Doe Amsterdam. John’s Phone is a simple (but pretty) mobile phone. It’s said that this phone goes 3 weeks with one single charge and can work with any SIM card in the world.