Thinking of getting a smartphone that offers you less distraction from the digital world, the BoringPhone will offer you one of the best solutions you may ever find.
The BoringPhone is a minimalist smartphone with all the useful things, but none of the distracting stuff. This device is a Xiaomi Mi A1 32 GB that simply runs an operating system called BoringPhone OS. So, expect the below specifications:
- Display: 5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, display, with Gorilla Glass 3
- Storage/Memory: 32 GB storage, 4GB RAM and microSD card slot
- Hardware: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
- Battery: 3080 mA
- Camera: 12 MP, f/2.2, 26 mm/ 4K video
- Audio Out: 3.5 mm plug/Bluetooth
- USB: USB-C cable port
The BoringPhoneOS is simply a modified version of the open source LineageOS (formerly CyanogenMod). Lineage OS appears to have become the defacto base system for smartphones that are designed to minimize access to the matrix. It is the base software for /e/ and others like it, and here it is again.
The BoringPhone is for people who want to spend less time on their phone, and more time doing the things that matter to them.
Smartphones are great, but by design they draw us into spending more and more time on them.
Because full-fledged smartphones are developed to capture our attention, it’s often not enough to simply say “I’m going to use my smartphone less.” To shift an unconscious habit we need to take conscious steps that change our behaviour.
Choosing the BoringPhone 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.
What Apps Are On The Boring Phone
BoringPhone OS comes with a carefully selected set of open source applications and they are as follows:
- Instant messaging (Signal).
- Offline maps and nav, via OpenStreetMaps and OsmAnd
- Contacts and calendar sync via DAVx
- Music Player
- FM Radio
- Voice Recorder
So you get the basics but none of the more distracting and invasive apps that come with more mainstream smartphones. It offers you not too little and not too much – sitting comfortably between a basic feature phone and a full-fledged smartphone.
What Are The Benefits Of BoringPhone?
The benefits that the BoringPhone offers include:
- The device has NO email client, internet browser, social media, mobile games, or application store, so stay focus.
- Build looks like any other sleek, high quality smartphone.
- The phone does have data messaging, voice and video calling.
- Customization of the homescreen background to your taste is available.
Boring Phone is built on a great concept
The concept of the Boring Phone is so cool. It offers users a smartphone experience without having to completely commit their lives to Google. constant data harvesting by Google and others. There is no app store and no Google services.
This is a phone I would easilly use and recommend to others, baring one small hitch.
The lack of email and a web browser is a dealbreaker for holidays. Both are considered, basic useful tools and were around long before the madness of social media platforms arrived.
BoringPhone Price and Market Availability
Prices are in NZ dollars. Shipping will be a nicely packed box, sent by tracked international courier. You will be responsible for any tariffs/duties from your country.
The developers say that should they run into supply issues with the Xiaomi Mi A1, another handset will be adopted, which may result in a difference in the price.
Check HERE for more details on Pricing.
How To Pre-Order A BoringPhone
If you fit into any of those profiles, you can go right ahead and order your unit from HERE. Shipping begins in August.