There’s no perfect minimalist phone – yet

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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