The Light Phone: A Phone For Humans

That’s what Light Phone says it stands for. Have you ever found yourself trapped in your smartphone addiction? Feeling like you can’t control it? If these tips to reduce smartphone addiction haven’t helped you, maybe you really should consider getting the latest Light Phone. I’m sure you haven’t heard about it yet, but let me assure you, it is quite a neat simple phone.

Light Phone
Light Phone, source: thelightphone.com

The idea behind Light Phone

Light Phone team is stating that “A phone is a tool, and it should serve you as the user, not the other way around.” Therefore, they have created a phone that does nothing but calls. It didn’t go off smoothly the first time, so now they have created a second iteration of Light Phone. This time it not only calls, but has a few other necessary apps like Alarm, Notes, Messaging, Calculator, and even Taxi! Also, it has an E-Paper touchscreen black and white display.

As you can see, the philosophy is simple. Create a minimalistic phone that does not have any distractions. And it actually worked this time!

Pros and Cons

As you can see, the Light Phone has a sleek minimalistic design. It supports 4G, but no 5G. Of course, you don’t need 5G on black and white display. Also, it has a system for number transfer from your Android or Apple smartphone.

However, there are some user complaints about call quality as well as ergonomics of the device. It’s just don’t fit into the palm of your hand as well as you would expect. But maybe that is intentional, so you would not use your phone for an extended period of time. One more technical problem is screen ghosting. It is a common problem of e-paper displays, so nothing unexpected there.

Technical specs

The phone itself is a credit card size. It has a 2.8-inch e-paper display, that will only show text. The battery is capable of providing up to 7 hours of talk time or 7 days of standby. The device runs LightOS – a specially designed OS, that won’t let you do too much, only basics. Oh, and it has a 3.5mm port, which will allow the Light Phone to be used as a music player after the upcoming update. That’s it, there is no camera or any other hi-tech features to discuss.

Light Phone
Light Phone, source: thelightphone.com

Is it worth the money?

 You think it has to be super cheap as it doesn’t do anything fancy, right? Maybe you are planning to buy one of these to your grandparents or your kids? Well, think again. The phone price is about… ahem… $350. I am not saying that it is a poor deal, but probably the niche for this phone will be very narrow. A few hipsters that want to look cool and a few CEOs that want to escape during weekends maybe.  

So, if you are looking for a cheap voice phone you should check on some used old Nokia phones, they are indestructible, or some cheap Chinese ones, as Light Phone is quite expensive. Yet, it is an interesting concept, that may become popular in the future, so, if you would like more information check out their webpage.  

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