Gentle is again with a brand new twist on its anti-smartphone telephone. However this time, as a substitute of doing only one factor, the Gentle Telephone 2 does just a few, and exists someplace between the unique Gentle and your overwrought iPhone – although nonetheless far nearer to the first-generation Gentle telephone general.
The brand new design incorporates a matte end e-ink show, which occupies most fo the entrance face of the machine and might present textual content, act as a digital keyboard for sending messages, present your contacts and alarms and extra. The telephone makes use of Gentle’s personal proprietary working system, which is heavy on the textual content and restricted on the entire variety of choices and options, and you utilize bodily keys on the facet of the telephone to navigate by menu choices.
The Gentle Telephone 2 has 4G LTE connectivity and, because it’s not but finalized however is as a substitute kicking off its Indiegogo crowdsourcing marketing campaign, may add options together with instructions, ride-sharing particular apps, playlists, climate stories, and voice instructions based on the corporate’s founders, on high of the fundamental name, messaging, contact ebook, alarm and auto-reply options which are undoubtedly getting into. Whether or not these different add-on options make the reduce will rely in some half on backer suggestions.
However with these potential additions, plus the bigger, device-commanding lively show, the Gentle Telephone 2 is beginning to sound much more smartphone-y and loads much less “Only a telephone.” However LIght’s creators say that it’s undoubtedly not, underneath any circumstances, going so as to add social media, promoting, e mail or information options to the telephone.
Actually, these are the issues that actually flip our cellular companions into large time sucks and temper altering gadgets. Gentle Telephone 2 is certainly extra of a compromise than a purist dumbphone like the unique, but it surely nonetheless additionally sounds prefer it suits the corporate’s chosen tagline of being “a telephone for people” higher than your common flagship smartphone does right this moment.
Gentle’s been out of inventory of its present technology machine for some time now, which was in all probability as a result of it was wanting ahead to this launch. The telephone’s Indiegogo marketing campaign has $225 because the early fowl worth for the machine, with $400 because the goal retail value, and estimated delivery is April of subsequent yr (sure, over a yr away) so the corporate additionally appears to have discovered a lesson or two about manufacturing and delivery , and is giving itself ample buffer for this redesign.
Nokia is relaunching its ‘Matrix’ slider telephone and different high-concept easy telephones just like the Punkt MP01 are on the market attempting to wean folks away from their smartphone habits. It’s an interesting dream, but it surely’s onerous to inform if it’s only a transient hiccup because of data ennui, or an actual motion within the early offing. How Gentle Telephone 2’s marketing campaign does general could be one other indicator as to which it finally ends up being.