This is the smartphone you never wanted to admit you needed

Alright. First of all, this has nothing to do with Elon Musk’s Boring Company. Secondly, it’s here to shut down the toxicity of social media, the fatigue your brain suffers from being constantly bombarded with notifications on a daily basis, and ultimately, smartphone addiction. Yes, it’s good that we’ve got smartphones to make our lives easier - they’re powerful tools good at pretty much everything. But there’s no hiding from the fact that they shouldn’t dictate our lives, but merely improve them. So, have no fear, the BoringPhone is here. For the moment, in the shape of a Kickstarter project, but nonetheless an enticing and promising one.

The BoringPhone - What is it?

The BoringPhone looks and basically is like every other smartphone out on the market. It acts like one and performs almost the same tasks. The key word here, however, is "almost". Because its makers have deprived it of everything that kills our focus, our relationships perhaps, and generally our life.

Sure, you can still make calls, send and receive text messages, shoot pictures and videos, use GSP navigation, and listen to your favorite music or podcasts.

So, here comes what’s not allowed on the BoringPhone: email, browser, social media of all sorts (think Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the whole infinite-scroll app lot), and well as access to app stores. Those are trimmed away, so you’re essentially looking at a mobile rehab that will, ultimately, bring more life into your life, if you know what we mean.

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The phone’s whole purpose stems from the idea that we spend more and more time anchored in our smartphone’s screen. As you can see below, a study on smartphone addiction found out that we lose, on an average, around three hours every day by just scrolling feeds and watching YouTube videos. That’s around 20 hours per week or 43 days per year. So yeah, let that sink in for a moment.

The BoringPhone - Design

Good, we’ve established that the BoringPhone looks and behaves like your regular smartphone, and that’s easy to see from the photo gallery that complements this article. If we are to delve deeper into the phone’s construction. Our first thought was if the user can change the standard BoringPhone wallpaper and it turns out it can be done. It also comes with a "quality" set of earphones and a choice of over 30 cover designs. What you can’t change is the black and white appearance

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Now, the base phone is a Xiaomi Mi A1 32GB. That means it packs a Gorilla Glass 3, 5.5-inch display protected by an aluminum outer frame, 4GB RAM, a 12 MP camera, and a 3,080 mAh battery pack.

The operating system is a custom Android setup based on the open-source Lineage OS fleshed with the best free software the phone’s makers could find. Speaking of which, the guys behind the BoringPhone are two childhood friends from New Zealand, Alex Davidson and Jasper Mackenzie.

In case you’re wondering when can you have the BoringPhone, we’ll tell you right off the bat that not too soon. Its makers say the OS is up and running, but they’ll only order the physical phones and accessories in August 2019. The OS is then set to receive its final version in October, which means the first BoringPhone devices should start shipping to backers in December.

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Speaking of backers, there are several plans offered for those looking to buy the BoringPhone.

The cheapest one is priced at NZD349, which is around $233.

For this kind of money you get the phone, a set of headphones, and a protective flip case. If you can convince your wife/husband/friend/fiancee to get the BoringPhone as well, then the Twin Value Pack (NZD899, roughly $600) brings two phones, two flip cases, and two pairs of headphones. You can check out the BoringPhone Kickstarter page for more details on price and availability.

The BoringPhone Specs

Display size 5.5 inches
Display resolution 1,080 x 1,920 pixels
Storage 32 GB
Battery 3,080 mAh
Audio out 3.5 mm plug
Build Gorilla Glass 3, aluminum frame
Chipset 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 625
Camera 12MP, 4K video
Charging USB-C
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