How many phones do you own? We have about seven or eight, though most of them are old iPhones; an original iPhone given to me by a friend, a couple of old ones that might work but the battery lasts about 12 minutes.
My grandparents had a phone on the wall with a big microphone you had to talk into, and a handheld speaker you would hold to your ear. Thankfully, those days are gone. The two of us have four phones that get used. Guess what they are?
We each have an iPhone. We’re also landline users although I figured out a way to have all phone company calls forwarded to my wife’s phone. Try it. That works very well. And, we have an old analog phone in case of power outages.
Would you buy a Light Phone?
Think of it as a second phone that gets you away from your first phone; iPhone or Android. Why would you leave one of the most valued technology devices we’ve ever held in our hands?
Apparently we have trouble decoupling ourselves from what iPhones hath wrought. Michael Zelenko explains what the first version of Light Phone was like:
Light Phone was shaped like a business card, weighed less than a stack of seven quarters, and felt like a hollow wedge of plastic. But when you pressed the phone’s only button, its tiny keypad lit up in a soft white glow.
Tiny. What it did was tiny by comparison to today’s overly busy and complicated iPhones.
Light Phone didn’t sell enough to make anybody happy, and customers ended up not using it because it was too minimalist and didn’t work very well on many cellphone networks.
Remember, Light Phone is designed to be minimalist and a second phone.
The Light Phone 2, which will retail for $350, measures less than four inches in length, weighs 78 grams, and comes in two colors (black and light gray). It has a 2.84-inch E Ink touch display, Bluetooth capabilities, and a battery that supports two hours of talk time and 13 days standby. It has a Micro USB port, works with every major network apart from Sprint, and features hot spot and tethering capabilities.
What happened to Light Phone is what happened to the iPhone.
The phone that Apple built might be a once in a lifetime technological and marketing feat, but it’s also a must-have for most of those who have it, minimalism be damned.
I tried to find someone who really did want a Light Phone 2. Everyone I showed it to loved the idea and the design. But after a few minutes of poking around on the phone, their enthusiasm often faded.
Minimalism can be boring. We’re humans. Whatever we have, we often seem to want more of it. Apple’s designers, engineers, and marketers seem to understand that and give their customers more. More hardware. More software. More features and functions. There is so much more coming our way that we can’t keep up now.
How will it be in 10 more years?
I bet I still have just one iPhone. And maybe a landline.