by Graham Pierrepoint
Believe it or not, we used to use our mobile phones to call each other! Then came texting – then mobile internet – and now, all manner of apps, games and communication standards. Our cellphones and smart devices have changed the way that we see the internet – and the internet is evolving around our love of smartphones. There’s also a school of thought out there that suggests we are addicted to our devices – and for those who are particularly worried, help is on the way – with a new version of a phone that comes with only the basics attached.
An app-less phone is nothing new, of course, but the Light Phone 2 – named for its developer, Light – looks set to intrigue those of us who feel that smartphones are swallowing up far too much of our precious time. The low-key device is the second model in the company’s phone catalogue, and it is intentionally restricted – while the first model could only make and receive calls, this new device now has SMS messaging and an alarm clock – while not the bare bones outfit that its predecessor was, it does at least come with essential functions that we have evolved into since the initial model’s release. The first Light Phone is thought to have sold well into five figures across the globe, making it one of the most popular Kickstarter successes of its time.
The Light Phone 2 also allows you to store contacts and get directions – making it a truly skeletal device that only offers you the most essential of the basics. The first device was designed as a smartphone companion – whereas this one, also now available in either black or white, may actually replace your existing phone if you are hardly the app-happy type.
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The tiny new device has been open for pre-orders at a discounted rate but will be on sale for around $400 at a later date – with the company asserting that models will be available to ship from near the start of 2019. This means – if you are the sort of person who needs a smart device but can do without all the colours and the distraction, it may well be worth digging deep to get yourself a lighter alternative – both in terms of weight and in terms of focus. Could this finally cure your addiction to Angry Birds?