The Boring Phone: This mobile is boring on purpose
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The Boring Phone: This mobile is boring on purpose

Jan Johannsen
17.4.2024
Translation: machine translated

No internet, no social media, no apps: the Boring Phone wants to get you back into the nightlife. However, the mobile is only being given away as part of a PR campaign.

90 per cent of people who go out at night habitually scroll on their smartphones. At least that was the result of a survey in the UK and the USA. The Boring Phone aims to reduce this figure - together with an app that could make all other smartphones boring in a few months' time.

A flip phone for less distraction

The Boring Phone allows you to make appointments with your friends by phone and text message. The extra boring mobile doesn't offer any other distractions from your social contacts. Visually, however, the Boring Phone is a real eye-catcher. It is a flip phone with a transparent casing. Its holographic stickers are said to be inspired by "Generation Z's love of newtro fashion and design". It is said to be reminiscent of the mobile phones of the early 2000s. Its standby time of one week and a talk time of 20 hours certainly fit the bill.

This is not a touchscreen. You navigate using the buttons.
This is not a touchscreen. You navigate using the buttons.
Source: HMD

The Boring Phone will celebrate its premiere at Milan Design Week on 18 April 2024. Afterwards, 5000 units will be given away at various events. A drinks company and a retail marketplace are using it as PR material. The manufacturer of the mobile is HMD, which has years of experience with reissues of old Nokia phones.

Despite all detox intentions, the built-in FM radio and the game "Snake" can provide distraction. Two displays - 1.77 inches on the outside and 2.8 inches on the inside - show you the clear menu and everything else. The 0.3 megapixel camera is unlikely to deliver great party photos despite the flash. The biggest disadvantage: You still need to have a micro USB cable ready for the Boring Phone.

The Boring Phone also wants to be a fashion item.
The Boring Phone also wants to be a fashion item.
Source: HMD

If you are not one of the recipients, from June you will be able to make any smartphone boring with an app so that you are not distracted. Or you can buy one of the many feature phones, which Nokia in particular offers.

Nokia 105 4G (2023) (1.80", 128 MB, 0.30 Mpx, 4G)
Feature phones
38.40 CHF

Nokia 105 4G (2023)

1.80", 128 MB, 0.30 Mpx, 4G

Nokia 105 4G (2023) (1.80", 128 MB, 0.30 Mpx, 4G)
38.40 CHF

Nokia 105 4G (2023)

1.80", 128 MB, 0.30 Mpx, 4G

Header image: HMD

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Jan Johannsen
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jan.johannsen@galaxus.de

As a primary school pupil, I used to sit in a friend's living room with many of my classmates to play the Super NES. Now I get my hands on the latest technology and test it for you. In recent years at Curved, Computer Bild and Netzwelt, now at Digitecand Galaxus. 


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