Unsmartphoning for dummies:
The actual plan was to test this Samsung Nexus and try for a while and then sell it. But just after some weeks it felt down on the wrong spot and the display cracked. So I kept it for longer and it´s a fine phone I have to say.
BUT it comes with all the faults the smartphone devices have.
– Battery life panik, you can not stay overnight without a charger with you.
– Displays are way to fragile. You might argue that a Notebook display will also crack when you drop but. But a mobile phone is designed to be carried around all day. So from my point of view it has to be constructed that it can handle some bumps. But it´s a smartphone seen also from the point of the producer. Short lifespan and high addiction to upgrade!
And the worst of all, the addiction to constantly feeding this Tamagotchi with your attention. Which means you fall into the habit of permanently checking the status of your mails, facebook, blogstats, sms, whatsapp …
You hardly see anyone not fumbling around with his smartphone nowadays. Even with friends and family around. When I recognized the same pattern of behavior on me I know I had to change something.
So I went back to the well engineered Sony Ericsson 108i Cedar (used for about 25 Euros). Around 3 days of battery life. On purpose to display how tough it is, I drop it without any fear floors to challenge IPhone users if they can do the same with theirs. The phone has got an email client so not a too hard step back from technology – and a bit of a cheat. I´m happy now and not a a bit less smarter I would say. Time is rare and the monkey brain is busy enough.