The MP01

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Walk down the sidewalk of any major city and it’s likely you’ll see the same exact scene: Masses of people staring down at their phones instead of interacting with other living, breathing humans. At some point, after the smartphone became an essential part of our lives, push notifications and news feeds have commanded more and more of our attention.

You could just not use a phone, of course, but then you’re completely disconnected. Is there a middle ground between giving in to total digital immersion and being off the grid?

A Swiss technology company called Punkt thinks so. It recently released its retro-inspired “dumbphone,” the The MP01. The cool-looking feature phone takes us away from apps as it allows nothing more than texting and calling… More at Mashable.

I really like the design of this phone. It’s like early Motorola with a modern twist.

Got a Nokia 3310, I never want to go back

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After a week, I feel content in the dumbphone world; free of worry, free of that hovering impulse to constantly check what’s new. I receive a call or a message every now and then, and that’s alright. When was Sylvester Stallone born? Hell, I don’t know. You check it out, if you want.

There are other advantages. At £50, the Nokia 3310 may not be cheap, but it’s far cheaper than most smartphones. If someone steals it, no big deal. I don’t even have to worry about data; no passwords are stored on it. I can take it to the beach, worry-free… More at Mashable.

Yeah sure, I believe you…

The Nokia 3310: a perfect Summer phone?

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Beyond the retro gimmicks, this is the real winner in Nokia’s stable. Swaggering in like a Kindle, the new Nokia 3310’s 1200mAh battery promises month-long power on a single charge thanks to the lower spec.

Festival-goers are an obvious target, and the phone is durable enough to face a drop without fear of cracking your screen or being hit with a sizeable repair bill.

A slight to change to the original comes in the form of charging, though – the new 3310 doesn’t bother you with new take on the proprietary charger, using the widely used MicroUSB port so you can charge and back-up with a cable lying around the house… More at Digital Spy.

It is obviously not going to set the tech world alight, but there is some logic here. For long Summer days or festivals or times when you are doing things and want to truly enjoy the moment, it may have a place.

Halcyon is the digital detox phone

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Halcyon is a concept industrial design project created by Mike George. It’s a phone to escape the digital world. The idea is simple, we all know that smartphones have completely changed the way we live. The average person spends 3.6 hours a day on their smartphones on social media. The smartphones got as connected, and yet people have never felt more lonely. Mike’s idea is to go back to simplicity and reduce the venues where people can fabricate personas and end up missing out on what’s important. Halcyon is a flip-phone. A gorgeous one and it embraces the trend of ‘digital detoxing.’ More at ABDUZEEDO.

I really like that. I don’t know why exactly and I probably wouldn’t use it, but I like the detoxing element.

Nokia 3310 Review

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Finding success in western markets is a difficult task for the Nokia 3310. It’s here that the nostalgia card will be heavily played. For those who want ‘just a phone’ there’s a good argument for a phone like the Nokia 3310. If you’re going out to a multi-day outdoor music festival, on a camping trip, a long drive, and you need to have something utterly reliable that is focused on making phone calls, then you need a different mix of software and hardware to devices like the Android-powered Nokia 3… More at Forbes.

You cannot buy on nostalgia. I get the allure of this phone and it could work as a decent back up, but when was the last time you needed a back up phone?

The Gresso 3310

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Already lionized for its near-indestructible qualities, Gresso has reinforced the phone even further with a grade-five titanium finish, meaning it can withstand drops from as high as 32 feet. Additional features include 32GB of built-in storage and a 3MP rear camera.

Only 3310 models of the phone will be produced… More at Highsnobiety.

$3,000 is a lot for a feature phone, but remember that very rich people tend to be paranoid and the last thing they want to use is a smartphones. This gives them the luxury they believe they deserve and the security they are so paranoid about.