Smartphones are great, but by design, they draw us into spending more and more time on them. Recent stats indicate on average people spend an entire day in a week glued on their phones.
Google and even Apple have stepped up to help (us) with that by introducing “digital wellbeing” tools to help curb smartphone usage. I’m confident most people don’t use these features.
That’s what a particular start-up wants to address. A BoringPhone has been made that has the basics of what you need in a smartphone. Basic specs include a 5.5-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 CPU, 4G RAM and 32GB of memory storage.
It also comes with essential apps that every phone needs a messaging app, phone dialer, podcast manager, music player, camera, calendar, and contacts app. Apps that are likely to distract you like social media apps are not pre-installed on this phone.
The temptation to install those distraction apps is high when you will be bored so this phone does not allow for the installation of other apps. It has no app store nor browser so its a basic smartphone with a Nokia 3310 touch. All you get here is a torch, clock. gallery app, FM radio, calculator and notepad.
The BoringPhone is a minimalist smartphone with all the useful things, but none of the distracting stuff. It trims away the distractions leaving just the useful tools. This phone is for people who want to spend less time on their phone, and more time doing the things that matter to them.
If you decide to use the BoringPhone, then this is a deliberate choice to limit the amount of time you spend on your phone. When your phone is boring, there’s simply nothing mindless to do on it and so your time becomes available for other things.
The Boringphone’s major target market is people over 30 years and children because youths cant have such kind of a phone even if it was given to them for free.
This phone is already listed on Kickstarter but shipping will commence on December this year so if you feel you want to deal with your smartphone addiction, then you should be ready to preorder this phone which is boring, literally.