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Don't Want a Smart Phone? The Newest Non-Smart Phone Releases

By Edited Nov 7, 2016 0 0

 

There are plenty of new mobile phones released every month. But with smart phones dominating the market, most of the latest mobile phones are high functioning, high priced, full touch screen devices. But what if you don't want a smart phone? Today we're looking at the latest non smart phone releases, some of them great, some of them weird, and the others... just unique. So whether you're looking for a basic mobile phone, or just want to have something different, there's a phone here for you. If you don't want the new Samsung Galaxy S 4, you're not eagerly anticipating the new iPhone, there are plenty of other new choices.

A Different Choice: The Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm

The latest release from Doro is an extremely basic model. Designed particularly with the elderly in mind (although it's also great for the non tech minded) the PhoneEasy 410gsm has a lot of senior related features. It's a basic phone, meaning that it calls and texts and that's about it, but is there more that you need? The buttons are big and easy to use, and the screen text size can be altered to big fonts, making it easy to read. Special audio technology makes the PhoneEasy good for the hard of hearing. There's even an emergency button on the back of the phone that will connect to 999 at the press of a button. Plus, it's cheap. If grandma needs a phone, this is really the way to go. We particularly like that the user interface is so easy to use. There's no menus to choose from, just simple call and text buttons.

The Strangest of Latest Mobile Phones...

By far the most unique in the crop of the latest mobile phones is the LG GD910. What's so unique about it? Well, it's a watch. Yes, an honest to God watch phone, just like James Bond would have. It has a small touch screen, and buttons on the side to make and end calls. Surprisingly, it gets pretty good audio quality, and calling is pretty easy. Forget about texting though. It's light weight and easy to wear, and it's definitely something special. However, it is way too expensive. Coming in a little more expensive than a top end iPhone with none of the features, you're basically paying for the coolness factor of wearing your phone on your wrist. If you want to stand out from the crowd, then this might be the device for you. However, you're probably going to need a mobile phone as well, since this thing pretty much only makes calls, nothing more, nothing less.

The Best of Basics...

Watch phones aren't your thing, and you just want a basic mobile? Then you might want to check out the Samsung Wave GT S8500. It might look a little like a smart phone, but it really is a feature phone, lacking the connectivity and power associated with a smart phone. The hardware is great, processing power and screen are all perfect. And the camera is absolutely beautiful for a non-smart phone. However, the software is a bit clunky, and working your way through endless menus gets annoying. It is nice that there are a few apps on this phone, despite it not being a smart phone. Having a good music player is a nice touch. If you're looking for the best non smart phone that you can find, then go with the Samsung Wave GT S8500. Just make sure you reserve plenty of time for the set up process and learning how to work it, because it's not quite as simple as a basic phone should be.

For International Callers...

If you make a lot of international calls, your phone bills are probably sky high, but you might be able to save with the 3 Skypephone S2x. It's not a smart phone, there's little connectivity and power. In fact, it's a very basic model of phone, letting you call and text and that's pretty much it. However, the device is fully Skype enabled. Even though you can't 3G internet surf (it's not a smart phone, remember) you can use this phone for Skype calling, which is a great way to save money on those international calls. The audio quality is excellent, even over Skype rather than regular calling, and it's a solidly built device. It's not a bad choice for getting the best of both worlds. A simple phone that can still do Skype.

For the Environmentally Minded...

If you're worried about the environment, then you might want to go with this green phone. The Sony Ericsson Elm is not actually green (it comes in black or silver) but it is environmentally friendly. It's made from recycled plastics with non-harmful paint, has a low impact charger, and even skips the paper printed manual (there's an electronic manual on the phone instead). This does have its down sides, constant pop up messages tell you when to unplug your charger, for example, and the screen switches itself off pretty quickly, which can be annoying. However, there are plenty of features, a great operating system and a nice camera too. The only thing not to like about the Sony Ericsson Elm is that for some reason it has a proprietary head phone jack, meaning that you can't plug your own head phones in. Other than that though, it's a pretty good phone...

Keyboard Phones...

Whilst you might not want the full functionality of a smart phone, typing text messages on a numeric keyboard can be annoying. Fortunately, the new Nokia 7320 has a slide out QWERTY keyboard, so you can type happily. It's not the highest featured of phones, and is little to write home about doing nothing other than calling and texting really, though the music player is okay. But it gets amazing battery life, and has incredible audio quality. If you want to type easily, but still have a basic cell phone, then the Nokia 7320 is a nice choice, and it's not too expensive either.

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