Hate Apps, Emails and Touchscreens? You'll Love the Light Phone...

By Nick Cowen on at

These days we practically live on our phones. Between our apps, music, videos and access to tonnes of pictures of cats, we never seem to be able to put them down. Smartphones haven't just turned into conversation killers, they've also become hazards to our health – as a couple of safety campaigns have recently pointed out.

If you're starting to feel like your level of connection to your smartphone is starting to disconnect you from the world around you, then you might want to stump up some cash for the Light Phone Kickstarter campaign. The device is roughly the size of a credit card and unlike many of its modern contemporaries it only does one thing: it makes and receives calls.

Sounds barmy, right? At a time when every second smartphone model coming into the market purports to offer more bells and whistles than any of its competition, there feels something awfully out-of-step and retro about the Light Phone. But the video on the campaign site makes a compelling argument for it. Unlike contemporary phones, the Light Phone has been designed to be used as little as humanly possible.

It works in conjunction with your main phone through what in the video looks a bit like a call-forwarding option; its pared down functionality means that the only time it ever vibrates, it'll mean someone is calling you. Elegant in its minimalist design and boasting 20 days' worth of battery on standby, it's being pitched as your 'phone away from phone'. We have to confess, we're intrigued to see if it catches on...