Mobile phones and all the apps that come with them have invaded our lives so much that some people want to downgrade their connectivity. The tricky part is staying in touch with those who really matter. Designers Joe Hollier and Kaiwei Tang have constructed a minimalist phone that finds the perfect balance between the two.
Their Light Phone works as an extension to the smartphone. Its users can forward all the calls from their smartphone to the device, leave the first at home and take the second with them to travel light on connectivity. This allows to disconnect from all of the apps but remain easily contactable. The Light Phone uses 2G GSM network to operate and has only the most basic elements: a palm-sized handset, a simple LCD display, and a numerical keypad. That means no apps, no text messages, just making and receiving calls.
“We couldn’t help but feel that the last thing we thought the world needed was another app,” Hollier and Tang said. “The Light Phone is an actually an experience we call ‘going light’, in which the goal is not to use the Light Phone to place lots of phone calls, but to disconnect from the internet at large and maintain the peace of mind that you are still reachable by those you love the most.”
The Light Phone comes in two colors – white and black – and is available to pre-order for $150.