One of the biggest changes we’ve made over the last decade is putting a computer in our pockets that keeps us constantly connected. Real notification junkies are constantly dinging, vibrating, growling, you name it. It’s great for when you need to be connected, but not so great when you’re trying to pare down. Whether you’re trying to cut the screen altogether or just need a phone away from phone, that’s where the Light Phone comes in.

Light As A Feather

It’s actually pretty simple. You get a Light phone and it syncs with your other phone via an app. You prepay for minutes, so you don’t have to worry about juggling SIM cards, and the phone has its own number as well.

You configure the app to only forward the calls you absolutely want to hear from. Despite what you might think, it’s actually more functional than you might believe; the dot matrix LCD allows you to see who’s calling. And it endures; it has a micro USB port for charging, and with limited use, the battery will last for twenty days. Toss it in your pocket or purse when going to a formal party, or take it with you on vacation. Either way, you’re reachable… but not being annoyed by apps.

Beam Of Light

There are parts about the Light Phone that could use some work. For example, that it comes prepaid seems a bit unnecessary; hopefully you can swap out the SIM cards. And keeping the phone charged might add another cord to the pile; it’d be nice to make this your primary phone sometimes. But if you need to unplug, or just want a smaller phone for those times when you need to be reachable but not always on the phone, this is a good use of $100.

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