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  1. Rhody#WP's Avatar
    I just became aware of the Light Phone 2. If you are not familiar, the Light Phone was an Indiegogo campaign that produced a small, light phone that only did phone calls. Those people who bought it were happy with it. The Light Phone 2 will only do phone calls, texts, and a few other functions like alarm, navigation, etc. It will have an e-ink touchscreen. There will be no social media, web browser, news reader, games, etc. It's like a high-tech feature phone without being like a kid's phone or an elderly person's phone. It doesn't come out for another year.

    I wanted to experiment with this minimalist type of phone. I realized I already have a minimalist phone, because my 950 is obsolete due to a lack of apps or support from all the big social media platforms. Well, that's perfect. I pulled out my 950 and uninstalled all non-essential apps and simplified my start screen. I want to see if I can keep this phone and not look at the screen unless I get a call or need to text my wife or friends.
    03-03-2018 08:38 AM
  2. libra89's Avatar
    I never thought about doing this with a Windows Phone. I think that's a great idea, please keep us posted how it goes for you.

    I'm considering giving this a try myself, thanks for the idea.
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    03-03-2018 03:29 PM
  3. nate0's Avatar
    Remember the nophone? I'd go with that personally . I just need to stop relapsing...
    Check it out. It's for us mobile phone addicts!
    https://www.thenophone.com/products/the-nophone


    Product Description:

    Over 15,000 people have made the brave choice to switch to a NoPhone. With a thin, light and completely wireless design, the NoPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment. Never again experience the unsettling feeling of flesh on flesh when closing your hand.

    For Prime members, NoPhone is also available on Amazon.
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    03-03-2018 04:04 PM
  4. libra89's Avatar
    Remember the nophone? I'd go with that personally . I just need to stop relapsing...
    Check it out. It's for us mobile phone addicts!
    https://www.thenophone.com/products/the-nophone


    Product Description:

    Over 15,000 people have made the brave choice to switch to a NoPhone. With a thin, light and completely wireless design, the NoPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment. Never again experience the unsettling feeling of flesh on flesh when closing your hand.

    For Prime members, NoPhone is also available on Amazon.
    I forgot about this. It wouldn't work for me anyway though. I need maps for directions.
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    03-03-2018 04:09 PM
  5. nate0's Avatar
    I forgot about this. It wouldn't work for me anyway though. I need maps for directions.
    I find it hard to take it seriously (the nophone). But then again addicts do that. I guess I was posting it for a quick chuckle
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    03-03-2018 05:10 PM
  6. libra89's Avatar
    I find it hard to take it seriously (the nophone). But then again addicts do that. I guess I was posting it for a quick chuckle
    Gotcha.
    03-03-2018 06:36 PM
  7. Elky64's Avatar
    I feel messaging is one of the biggest distractors these day so IMHO the Light Phone 2 misses its mark for intended purpose. Think the NoPhone was one of those "sounds so bizarre I think we can sell it" moments, and they did.

    Anyhow back on track...

    Any phone can be minimalist but Windows Phone kinda takes the lead here IMHO. Good luck with your experiment and let us know how you make out.
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    03-03-2018 07:57 PM
  8. libra89's Avatar
    I feel messaging is one of the biggest distractors these day so IMHO the Light Phone 2 misses its mark for intended purpose. Think the NoPhone was one of those "sounds so bizarre I think we can sell it" moments, and they did.

    Anyhow back on track...

    Any phone can be minimalist but Windows Phone kinda takes the lead here IMHO. Good luck with your experiment and let us know how you make out.
    Yeah, it really does. You're right about any phone working for this but the OP is right, not having as many apps means less temptation to cave. I am considering trying this with a tweak for 2 days...
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    03-03-2018 08:27 PM
  9. BethlehemSteel's Avatar
    Would you sell your 950?
    03-03-2018 09:41 PM
  10. Elky64's Avatar
    Yeah, it really does. You're right about any phone working for this but the OP is right, not having as many apps means less temptation to cave. I am considering trying this with a tweak for 2 days...
    Now the OP just has to resist the temptation of reactivating a function or app LOL. In all seriousness though, those that need such a phone would be better off with a basic flip phone, can't reactivate what never existed in the first place right.

    I'm not a real big social media fanatic with email/text being an integral part of my work so cannot see repurposing my Windows Phones as such... The grand-kids probably would find it more useful as a media streaming device
    Last edited by Elky64; 03-04-2018 at 01:30 AM.
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    03-03-2018 11:44 PM
  11. TgeekB's Avatar
    So what would be everyone’s “basic” uses for such a phone?

    Mine would be calls, text, email and a decent weather app.
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    03-04-2018 07:17 AM
  12. Rhody#WP's Avatar
    I already withdrew from all social media. Probably the biggest temptation for me is time-killing games like Threes or Spades, which W10M has in abundance. Other than that, I often scroll through news, which is too easily accessible through Cortana. That might be a challenge.

    The functions I would still keep are phone, SMS, navigation, audio for the car (music (Groove, I guess), podcasts, Audible), alarms, weather, and camera/photos. I will keep email and calendar but try to avoid using them, although being able to enter a hair or dentist appointment is very convenient. I also use a grocery list app frequently.

    Features that might tempt me back to my smartphone lifestyle (i.e., my Android device) are Google Pay, Happy Cow, YouTube, IMDB, and travel apps. I might still use my Android while traveling, because Google Maps is much better than Microsoft Maps, and it's convenient to check bank accounts or look up restaurants on the go. I tried using my 950 almost a year ago in Mexico, and it left a lot to be desired. Uber and Lyft on Android are pretty necessary while traveling. I used Uber to get around San Francisco. I traveled around Japan using Google Maps. I just couldn't do that with W10M.

    Elky64 is right that any smartphone can be made minimalist. I know many people who have an iPhone but don't use most of its capabilities. After withdrawing from social media my Android is pretty minimalist compared to other peoples' smartphones. I'm trying this experiment so I can keep my S7Edge the way it is so I can switch back and forth. Plus, my 950 is slightly smaller and lighter and already is a feature phone of sorts. I simply cannot get some apps on it, which is fine by me.
    Last edited by Rhody#WP; 03-04-2018 at 09:05 AM.
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    03-04-2018 08:52 AM
  13. Rhody#WP's Avatar
    I feel messaging is one of the biggest distractors these day so IMHO the Light Phone 2 misses its mark for intended purpose. Think the NoPhone was one of those "sounds so bizarre I think we can sell it" moments, and they did.
    If you look at the comments for the Light Phone 2, you can see the potential to totally miss the point. So many people have certain apps and functions they think are essential. If they try to make everybody happy, it will end up being another smartphone. I could live without most of their suggestions.
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    03-04-2018 08:56 AM
  14. Raghunath Waltz's Avatar
    I think you may use it for educational purposes (if you are a student), like using it for reading books, doing homework and all kinds of that stuff. You can use it to learn languages (Duolingo is a very good app for that and it still supports the platform). There is this website called www.archive.org where you can find e-books, music, videos, movies of the bygone era (90's and 2000's). You can use it for recording your podcasts. These are what I am doing.
    03-04-2018 09:40 AM
  15. Raghunath Waltz's Avatar
    I forgot to add Minecraft, Minion rush, Age of empires in it
    03-04-2018 09:43 AM
  16. Lee Power's Avatar
    Already sent my Lumia 930 away for recycling, will be picking up a Galaxy S8 in a couple of weeks when prices drop, then my Lumia 950 will be going for recycling to. No point having them when support is ending next year, might as well get £ for them instead.
    03-04-2018 09:49 AM
  17. libra89's Avatar
    So what would be everyone’s “basic” uses for such a phone?

    Mine would be calls, text, email and a decent weather app.
    I thought of you with joining in on trying this out, and that is what I have going on, but also camera (so if I need to take a picture of something as a reminder or so, I can do that), directions, calendar, and along with other information apps (Not news apps, but like signal, my carrier app to track my data usage, etc). I have slightly modified it for my own uses.
    03-04-2018 12:14 PM
  18. libra89's Avatar
    I already withdrew from all social media. Probably the biggest temptation for me is time-killing games like Threes or Spades, which W10M has in abundance. Other than that, I often scroll through news, which is too easily accessible through Cortana. That might be a challenge.

    The functions I would still keep are phone, SMS, navigation, audio for the car (music (Groove, I guess), podcasts, Audible), alarms, weather, and camera/photos. I will keep email and calendar but try to avoid using them, although being able to enter a hair or dentist appointment is very convenient. I also use a grocery list app frequently.

    Features that might tempt me back to my smartphone lifestyle (i.e., my Android device) are Google Pay, Happy Cow, YouTube, IMDB, and travel apps. I might still use my Android while traveling, because Google Maps is much better than Microsoft Maps, and it's convenient to check bank accounts or look up restaurants on the go. I tried using my 950 almost a year ago in Mexico, and it left a lot to be desired. Uber and Lyft on Android are pretty necessary while traveling. I used Uber to get around San Francisco. I traveled around Japan using Google Maps. I just couldn't do that with W10M.

    Elky64 is right that any smartphone can be made minimalist. I know many people who have an iPhone but don't use most of its capabilities. After withdrawing from social media my Android is pretty minimalist compared to other peoples' smartphones. I'm trying this experiment so I can keep my S7Edge the way it is so I can switch back and forth. Plus, my 950 is slightly smaller and lighter and already is a feature phone of sorts. I simply cannot get some apps on it, which is fine by me.
    I never got to say thank you for this thread. You're so right about different people having different stuff that they need. I have an idea for you, for the times when you do need Google Maps, why don't you download the maps to use offline? That way, you will still have them available to you.
    03-04-2018 12:21 PM
  19. nate0's Avatar
    So what would be everyone’s “basic” uses for such a phone?

    Mine would be calls, text, email and a decent weather app.
    Calls, sms/mms, and email
    03-04-2018 01:06 PM
  20. TgeekB's Avatar
    I thought of you with joining in on trying this out, and that is what I have going on, but also camera (so if I need to take a picture of something as a reminder or so, I can do that), directions, calendar, and along with other information apps (Not news apps, but like signal, my carrier app to track my data usage, etc). I have slightly modified it for my own uses.
    I like the idea of converting my SE to a phone like this.
    Might just work.
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    03-04-2018 01:25 PM
  21. libra89's Avatar
    I like the idea of converting my SE to a phone like this.
    Might just work.
    That would be a cool idea since you also have a 7. It could be interesting to try out for you. Funnily enough, I'm doing that with my SE right now. I tried it with a Lumia and basic things like MMS refused to work so nope, not using that.
    I am using my Android phone as the WiFi media thing with my podcasts downloaded along with music I listen to in the car (via Spotify) and my downloaded book (to be fair, it's a library book so I'm not about to do the return and hope to get it back dance). I just learned that Bluetooth works just fine without data. Otherwise, I do have the apps on my Android phone but no data half of the time so idealistically my habits should change. We'll see.
    03-04-2018 01:55 PM
  22. TgeekB's Avatar
    That would be a cool idea since you also have a 7. It could be interesting to try out for you. Funnily enough, I'm doing that with my SE right now. I tried it with a Lumia and basic things like MMS refused to work so nope, not using that.
    I am using my Android phone as the WiFi media thing with my podcasts downloaded along with music I listen to in the car (via Spotify) and my downloaded book (to be fair, it's a library book so I'm not about to do the return and hope to get it back dance). I just learned that Bluetooth works just fine without data. Otherwise, I do have the apps on my Android phone but no data half of the time so idealistically my habits should change. We'll see.
    What I have been doing lately is carrying my SE at work because of the smaller size, since I have to carry a 7 around for work already. Then I usually switch to my personal 7 on the weekend. I also have my iPad Pro. There’s no real reason to have my SE jammed full of apps.

    So, now it is not! Other that text, email, music, maps, I kept an AP news app, Tapatalk (which is cheating for what I’m trying to do, but we’ll see), my banking app just in case. That’s it! Nice and clean.
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    03-04-2018 03:04 PM
  23. fatclue_98's Avatar
    If calls text/MMS and email is all you need then grab a Pre2 cheap on feeBay. It still does Exchange email as well or better than some newer phones. Plus, it has a full qwerty keyboard to save you from T9 text input.
    03-04-2018 03:10 PM
  24. libra89's Avatar
    What I have been doing lately is carrying my SE at work because of the smaller size, since I have to carry a 7 around for work already. Then I usually switch to my personal 7 on the weekend. I also have my iPad Pro. There’s no real reason to have my SE jammed full of apps.

    So, now it is not! Other that text, email, music, maps, I kept an AP news app, Tapatalk (which is cheating for what I’m trying to do, but we’ll see), my banking app just in case. That’s it! Nice and clean.
    Ooh okay, that makes sense. That setup sounds pretty light to me, it sounds like you have the essentials down.
    03-04-2018 03:12 PM
  25. TgeekB's Avatar
    If calls text/MMS and email is all you need then grab a Pre2 cheap on feeBay. It still does Exchange email as well or better than some newer phones. Plus, it has a full qwerty keyboard to save you from T9 text input.
    A Palm Pre2?
    03-04-2018 03:27 PM
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