Smartphones are the daily drivers of our lives. But sometimes they may feel overwhelming us with all the apps and notifications. Sometimes, we feel like to have a break by moving far from all that clutter. The Light Phone is one such minimalistic device born from that idea. Its objective is simple – Eliminate the confusion, make you reach people.
Minimalistic In Everything
Sometimes less is good. Minimalistic designs have their own popularity. The Light phone follows that principle. With a tagline “Your phone Away from the phone,” the phone sure grabbed a lot of attention. As a result, the project came to life by collecting $415,127 USD surpassing the goal of $200,000 USD.
The important features of this simple device are
- Small being just the size of a credit card (85.6 mm x 53.98 mm x 4 mm)
- Available in Black and White colors
- Weighs just 38.5 grams
- Can store up to 10 numbers
- Battery life of 20 days standby
- Chargeable with micro USB
- Runs a stripped version of Android
- Shows just Digital Clock on the screen
The phone is built only for taking and making calls and nothing else. It isn’t a Bluetooth accessory like the crazy banana phone but instead acts like a secondary phone. Users will download an app on their smartphones, create an account and the calls are forwarded to the Light phone.
The founders Joe Hollier and Kaiwei Tang are from separate fields. While Joe is a renowned designer and artist while Kaiwei has 10 years’ experience in product design in the mobile industry. These two joined to make a simplistic phone to disconnect people from the unnecessary deviations.
The design is in the words of the creators, not a new technology but instead is the best use of existing technology. Using various methods like CNC machined casting, 3D printing and interface design letter pressing irrespective of the limited resources, the duo made a simplistic device in just a span of one year.
Is It Essential?
While initially, the device received a lot of resistance calling the device a gimmick to fool people. But opposition aside, the company reached the Kickstarter goal and came into existence proving that a lot of people are looking to buy the device.
Available worldwide, this phone costs about $150 USD which is a little bit pricey for the product being delivered. While the majority of people are considering the phone to be unnecessarily expensive, some are bringing out the fact that the phone is designed to look and feel premium.
The phone is not for everyone. It is not essential in your life but may make it simpler. Also many will not accept the purpose of this phone – to stay away from the smartphone they bought lovingly. But it serves its purpose as a secondary phone if you must go into a distraction-free target-reaching mode. What do you think?