Just got my Pure in the mail, the fedex people were intrigued when I said I’d been waiting to get this package from Poland for 2 years So far, I haven’t been able to get texting to work, so I still need to go into the Verizon store (I’m in the US) to see if they can fix it. Bars show no signal, but I did successfully make a call. In general, I love the aesthetic, and have plenty of comments already. I feel my perspective as someone who has never had a smartphone as a main phone (I know how to use them, but opt not to) my perspective will be a little different than those scaling back from smartphone. Putting down US$280 on a dumbphone two years ago felt pretty obscene, haven’t spent at most $50 on a phone ever, but now flip phones cost $250 simply because they can, and they’ve gone down in quality. Regardless, I was excited about this project when it started because I could already see where things were going in 2019 with the phasing out/boutiquing of dumbphones. I mention some things that are “standard dumbphone features” because they’re things smartphone users may forget they need when you don’t have the internet in your pocket, such as a unit converter.
-size is surprisingly nice, feels good in the hand.
-looks more like a smart phone than not, which is nice. Having random people remark on me having a flip phone gets a little grating
-the slider is awesome, it’s great to be able to easily switch to offline/do not disturb
-buttons are too hard to press. Combined with no T9, this is a recipe for wrist problems
-needs t9. I nearly withdrew my funding over this, but was assured it’s in the works. A “linked desktop-based messaging app” is not a suitable replacement, that’s called email.
-Fonts should be bigger, as big as aesthetically possible. I get what they’re trying to do aesthetically, but everything small should be bigger and bolder. There could be a more stylish mode with smaller fonts (which should still be bigger), and an “accessibility mode” with larger ones.
-allow user to program the directional buttons as shortcuts to various features, all flip phones do this
-add to tools: sound recorder, regular customizable timer, stopwatch, unit converter (standard flip phone features)
Far fetched suggestion:
Seeing as any boutique dumbphone is essentially an expensive version of the original Nokia 3310 (Rest In Power, my love), why not use an LCD screen? E-Ink is cool, but it’s slow and the flashing/reloading thing is …distressing. It’s great on e-readers but doesn’t seem suitable for phones. The brick phone had an incredible battery life, weeks!, and I recall had a backlight that could be turned off, so this was clearly not the issue. Is E-Ink an aesthetic choice? I’m curious about the design team’s thoughts on this.
Overall, congrats to the team for making this happen under truly adverse circumstances. Who could see a wee little global pandemic coming up during your production phase? Mazel tov!