There's been an intense debate in my head ever since Nokia introduced the new iteration of its classic 3310.
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In spite of iOS and Android's quest towards world domination, it's easy for us overprivileged first-world residents to forget that the spread of the smartphone doesn't affect everyone. In fact, only half of all mobile phones shipped in 2013 are expected to be smartphones. The rest are the slower, clunkier and exponentially cheaper devices officially known as feature phones but more commonly dismissed as dumbphones. Careful though — they're smarter than you think.
While most companies are pushing phones to have bigger screens and more processing power, OwnFone is taking things in the other direction with these extremely simple, custom-printed dumbphones. With an OwnFone, you can take calls and call people you know. That's it.
It seems that mobile phones for seniors are coming back in style, with Telstra announcing the EasyCall 2, a big-buttoned dumbphone with a built-in torch and FM radio.
If you think a pansy smartphone is useless for you because you're likely to shatter the prissy glass under the sheer strength of your fingers curling around its wimpy body, you may be interested in Telstra's new ruggedised handset, which features an IP54 rating for water and dust protection and a 2.4-inch GorillaGlass screen.
Not 24 hours after Microsoft killed Kin dead, T-Mobile has abandoned the granddaddy of messaging phones. Sidekick sales will cease on July 2, and honestly? No one will care.
As we become more aware of the various viscera inside our gadgets, otherwise unremarkable gadgets seem suddenly... strange. Take the LG Arena Max LU9400: it's almost definitely a feature phone, but it's got the spec sheet of a Nexus One.