We live in the age of smartphones. Since Apple’s iPhone started the smartphone revolution, turning the voice communications device into a small, pocket-sized computer with a huge touchscreen, the smartphone has become one of the most discussed and most sought after gadget. Today everyone – especially the younger generations – wants a smartphone that allows them to visit redflushcasino.com or any other website, or go to our facebook page and give us a like and consume social content on the go. Classic phones with just basic capabilities – initiating and receiving phone calls, sending text messages and playing music – are becoming less attractive by the day. These remain available for those not willing to invest in a smartphone, or not using their phones for anything else than voice calling.
The situation would make you think that “dumb phones”, as they are sometimes referred to, have reached the pinnacle of their development and have started to decline. But apparently this is not the case – The Light Phone, a “credit card-sized cell phone designed to be used as little as possible”. The project is now raising funds through Kickstarter, and it is apparently a success, as it has already exceeded its goal.
The Light Phone will not be a smartphone, not even a “dumb phone” – it will be a device that will only be able to initiate and receive voice calls. No text messages, no music player, not even a screen – just a clock, a keypad and… well, that’s about it. The designers of the Light Phone consider that in our world filled with gadgets and technology every new device is craving for more and more of our attention. The Light Phone will be the exact opposite: it will allow people to leave their smart devices behind and disconnect for a change – but still receive the important voice calls from their friends and family. It will be light and small, the size of a credit card, fitting easily in our pockets, wallets or purses. And it will most likely have a huge battery life.
We live in a world increasingly dominated by technology, and mobile devices are part of the problem. According to a recent study, 84% of mobile phone users in the US could not go a day without their phone, and almost half of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they didn’t miss any calls. Some mobile device owners check their phones for new messages (even if it doesn’t ring or signal in any way) on average every 6.5 minutes, and even an average owner will check it at least 100 times a day. It’s serious.
So, “dumb phones” are still a thing. “Dumb phones” allow us to disconnect from our virtual life and focus a bit on the things that really matter.