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.
Those who are looking for a reduced set of smartphone capabilities have one basic problem – they still have the same need for security, so they still need something relatively up to date.
It’s easier for someone who *only* needs/wants calls and SMS. Any old smartphone with unwanted apps removed, and mobile data, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth all switched off, should be fine. With no IP-based traffic, most security issues disappear. As long as VoLTE-only networks are avoided, 4G is obviously not needed, so a hand-me-down 3G-only device can see out its life being useful.