We all know that spending time on our smartphones isn’t healthy. It leaves us distracted, overwhelmed and, if left unchecked, affects our physical and mental health.
To help combat the era of designed-for-addiction apps and notifications, there’s a new category of phones emerging called minimalist phones. These are phones intentionally designed to be used as little as possible, harking back to a simpler time when phones were used purely as a tool for making calls and the occasional text. No distractions, and no apps that have been designed by behavioural scientists to keep you addicted.
One of the strongest examples of a minimalist phone is the MP02 by Swiss company Punkt. The company claims that this is not a detox phone or a secondary device to your main smartphone, but a new kind of everyday phone that has everything you need and nothing you don’t, for those who have realised smartphones can get in the way of life. I took it with me on holiday for a week, leaving my smartphone at home, to see if this could really become my only phone.
The first thing that grabs you about the MP02 is that, unlike other minimalist phones, it has a striking and timeless premium design. It is built to last with a glass-fibre reinforced body and a 2-inch black and white display protected by Gorilla Glass 3.