Smartphone detox with minimalist phones



Our smartphones are distracting and stressful, but they seem necessary. Michael Zelenko tests out four distraction-free phones, ranging from the palm-sized Jelly phone with internet capability to the business card-sized Light Phone that solely makes phone calls. Find out if one of these phones could fit your lifestyle, or if maps and social media apps are too important for you.

Note: this video was originally published at 9AM ET and has been reuploaded to correct an exporting error.

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24 thoughts on “Smartphone detox with minimalist phones

  • May 3, 2018 at 2:16 pm
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    Would you give up your smartphone for a minimalist phone?

  • April 12, 2019 at 4:48 pm
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    Look at all the boomers complaining in the comments lol.

  • April 13, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    With a minimalistic phone I can do real detoxification by keeping my kidney.

  • April 13, 2019 at 10:53 pm
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    Would it have killed punk to give you a calculator app?

  • April 15, 2019 at 7:16 pm
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    The jelly is a smart phone – that isnt detoxing!

  • April 18, 2019 at 6:46 am
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    $130 for the jelly phone? That's overpriced, for that kind of price you can get a real smartphone ..

  • April 21, 2019 at 8:01 pm
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    Its feels like these minimalist phones are simply expensive gimmicks, the reality is we need to change, not our devices. Our smartphones are so much more than just a communication device and deliberately downgrading our tech seems regressive. Maybe for some people who addicted it might help, but this doesn't seem like a good solution.

  • April 24, 2019 at 10:54 am
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    If you're gonna do this. Just buy any flip phone. I had one from 2013-16. It works perfectly for what it does, although you may have to learn (or re-learn) T9. The "T9 is too slow to text" is a total lie if the phone has predictive text; it can even be faster than with a full keyboard. And it's maybe $30 new depending on what you buy, cheaper if used, not gosh-dang $230. Plus you don't need to pay for a full mobile phone plan, instead with a basic or 'pay per minute' plan which saves a lot of cash.

  • April 24, 2019 at 11:56 am
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    Or simply get a chinease 'stupid' phone for $15 or so .

  • April 25, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    I'm a college Student and a few weeks back, my s7 died. I didn't have the money to buy a new phone so I got a Nokia 106. I must say life feels good now I only reply to very important text and when I need to use the internet I uses my laptop. Plus I don't need to charge my phone every day, now after 5 days. I had to detox because I didn't have the money but now I won't switch to a smartphone if someone gave it to me for free.

  • April 26, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    OR could just disable all of your notifications except for messages ._. Buying a new product ain't gonna solve your problems.

  • April 29, 2019 at 4:48 am
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    I paid $30 for my flip phone, and $25 a month for unlimited and txt (no contract) . I no longer worry about my pricey smartphone breaking ( happened to me ) ) or getting stolen (like my last one) no one wil rob you for cheap flip phone. I grew up in a world without cell phones, so I was able to readjust to this.

  • May 3, 2019 at 6:31 pm
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    I own a unihertz jelly and I think it's great!
    Only downsides are the GPS and the battery. Battery will last long enough if you use it as phone and not as a computer.

  • May 6, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    I still love slim t9 bar phones and flip phones. But at this point in time, buying these phones do not serve the value to money proposition. Although a gift of such sorts (where I need not pay) would make more sense for my pocket (in terms of space and money) and my heart will be happy and content with such a phone. And my mind focused.

  • May 8, 2019 at 11:06 am
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    Nokia 3310 and Fiio M6, that's all.

  • May 8, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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    The JioPhone 2 would be the perfect solution with its qwerty keyboard… unfortunately very difficult to get your hands on for now…

  • May 8, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    I really dont understand people that use their phone more than 1 or 2 hours a day. You must have 0 life

  • May 9, 2019 at 1:14 am
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    The main problem with these phones is that almost no phone carriers have plans without data on them. So why pay for a data plan if you can't use it? This might work with a prepaid type thing but otherwise…

  • May 20, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    Not going to lie but I find this video extremely superficial and hypocrite. I use a NOKIA 105 which has only radio and snake game in the name of apps and I do not use social media at all. Not using iphone and then buying another phone for pretty much the same purpose is not going to change anything in your life.

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