Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd May 2018 22:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

But if we can't change our behaviors, maybe we can change our devices. Enter the minimalist phone: a phone that does less. Over the course of a few weeks, I tried out four different phones - the Unihertz Jelly, the Nokia 3310 3G, the Punkt MP01, and the Light Phone - in an effort to curb how much time I spend needlessly scrolling and refreshing. Not every one of these phones is intentionally minimalist, but each came with unique limitations, built-in throttles that would effectively discourage anyone from wallowing in the stupor of infinite feeds. I was looking for a change. I was looking for salvation.

But when it was all over, I came crawling back to my iPhone.

It shouldn't be this hard to find a good feature phone. I'm pretty sure we have more readers longing for a good feature phone than most websites, and those of you who have that longing should be able to pick up a good feature phone - not some crappy fashion statement that is frustrating to use.

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I'm in this exact boat. I want a phone that can do calling and SMS well, but I need a few smartphone features, like GPS/maps, WhatsApp (it's a popular app, and I want to communicate with people), maybe a note taking app, and Firefox Focus (or another privacy conscious browser). That's it. A feature phone cannot give me what I need (maps and WhatsApp are must haves for me). My phone plan also allows for unlimited tethering (real unlimited, I was grandfathered in), so I also do not have internet connection at home, since I can just put my phones in hotspot mode.

I ended up honing in on the Moto G as my go-to phone. All generations were released around the $200 range, unlocked (a reasonable value). They are not fast or fancy, but they get the job done.

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