Wondering it could be my primary device?

Hi everyone,

I definitely love the idea of this product and I want to ask that is it possible to use Pure as primary device in modern world?


It depends on your needs. I have compiled a list of functions for Alternative OS like Mudita or Light Phone and you can see if Mudita will satisfy your needs as a primary device.

Here is the list --> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zKJW81uWK2MAx9KTAlSKCP9uF54zxuJiVZaJsTfXJQs/edit?usp=sharing

I also assumed some of the most “essential” apps or services.


Hey @samjieren, thanks for your question.

I think it is possible as most things can be done in alternative ways. However, it might be difficult to change your habits if you’re really used to using a smartphone.

I’ve listed some examples below. Although some of these might not be relevant to you personally, I’ve listed as many as I could think of:

  • Rather than using maps on your phone to get somewhere, you could use a physical map (either printed or as a drawing depending on the route) or another device (if the destination is particularly far away).
  • You could try using email, messaging and social media services on a personal computer rather than on a phone.
  • Reading or using physical books and libraries to source information rather than search engines and digital files such as PDFs.
  • Learn how to do things by going to physical classes rather than online classes where possible, rather than watching YouTube videos. This of course is not advised during a pandemic lockdown but there are a lot of ‘group based classes’ which people do using their personal computers.
  • Getting out there and meeting people in real life to form sexual relationships, rather than becoming reliant on screen based pornography, again this is not recommended during a pandemic lockdown.
  • Playing board games or doing physical activities rather than playing video games on your phone or another form of console.
  • Using a camera that isn’t attached to a phone to take photographs.
  • Call to use taxi services, rather than through an app.
  • Call to order food, rather than using an app.

I might have missed some things.
If I have let me know and I’ll try to think of a ‘phone free comparison’ to help!


Hi Tiffany,
Thanks for listing out the life without smartphone and it shows the helpfulness of Mudita’s employees . Please share to everyone if possible.


I also like to think about how people used to live before the smartphone era. They weren’t less efficient ! They were just using devices that had one or few specific functionalities. All is about learning how to do things without a smartphone back. I’ve bought an analog alarm clock, and it just goes fine ! My mom bought a GPS so she doesn’t depends on her phone, and it is also super fine !

Using mudita pure phone as a primary device will mainly imply that you change your habits, and the way you use technology daily.


Oh, yes, of course, alarm clock! Thanks @binarysteve!

That’s something I left off the list (by accident) but you’re so right, it’s something a lot of people use their smartphones for. The separate GPS option works too as a good example!

Pure will definitely help people to change their daily technology habits.


I was alive long before the smartphone era and i can tell you without a doubt that it is extremely easy to live without all the bells and whistles of a smartphone! we used to drive hundreds of miles without a phone at all! in big storms and bad weather! with only a map… and sometimes no map! and lived to tell of it :smiley:

i think this new phone will be absolutely Perfect for our needs. I cannot wait to ditch my smartphone entirely.


@Missy_Painter I couldn’t agree more! I’m grateful that I was able to grow up during a time when the word “smartphone” didn’t even exist. Life was more simple & definitely less complicated! It’s time we disconnect, switch off, and look up because the world is waiting & adventure is worthwhile. Good luck on your journey!


Ditto to what @urszula & @Missy_Painter said! I also grew up in a time that didn’t have smartphones, and was grateful to grow up ‘unplugged’.
Looking forward to returning to that :slight_smile:

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My decision to pre-order the Pure phone were based on the following:

  • Replacing my current poorly implemented Android device (yes, you can only be satisfied, if you spend more than 400€ or so, but still, its Android, and the next update will make your phone slower and slower).
  • Pure is free of propriety internet services
  • Pure promises a battery-life from the past, that is one of the best parts
  • Pure has an E-ink display (I always wondered why this is not a standard for mobile electronics)
  • I decided to try the printed map and compass thing for navigating
  • I already started my transition by deinstalling apps from my phone and use my PC if I need to do real stuff.
  • To have less distraction was never my main reason to ditch the smartphone: I may get sometimes more distracted on my linux-PC then on my current **** android phone. ^^ I want to have a reliable phone! Less is more here.

So, I really hope that the Pure phone will be my primary device for typical phone-tasks (contacts, calls, text, calendar, todos and sometimes music) when it arrives.

One last thing: Pinephone is not consumer-ready (very poor battery) and too large, otherwise I would’ve considered it because of free and open soft- and hardware. On the other hand, why I need a mobile computer when I already have a laptop running free and open source software? With Pure being a 4G/LTE-modem, too, I will be just as happy. (:

  • Using a camera that isn’t attached to a phone to take photographs.

While I wait for my Mudita Pure, I have dumbed down my Android-7.0 phone and have started to carry again my (now-discontinued) Kodak Zi8 camera:

  • Smaller than many smartphones
  • Shoots photos
  • Shoots videos in many formats, up to 1080p
  • Records to SD card
  • HDMI jack
  • Swing-out USB plug
  • Jack for external microphone
  • Threaded socket for a tripod
  • Removable battery that is recharged while in camera
  • Mountains/Flower (Distance/Close-up) switch
  • Infrared-based, key-fob-sized remote-control

I learned about this camera from someone who was shooting impromptu videos for the Web before the arrival of smartphone cameras.

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