I wouldn’t necessarily call the MP02 a ‘dumbphone‘, because it does come equipped with 4G LTE capabilities, but in every other way, it’s totally the antithesis of your ideal bezel-less, dual-camera, sleek-and-shiny, addictive smartphone.
Appearing like your regular phone, the MP02 does highlight the features that truly matter, like a UI and UX that caters to the users basic needs… communication! MP02 is best at sticking to communicating through voice and text and also has a monochromatic display, as well as a functional keypad that you could probably use without looking.
Thanks to the Blackberry, the MP02 brags about its industry-grade security (the same security used in these phones belongs to members of the White House). This phone does have 4G connection with hotspot capabilities, allowing you to access the internet if you absolutely need it. “If anyone wants to talk to me, they can give me a call. Other forms of communication, for example email or social media, are available when I choose to use them – and via a linked device that allows me to use them more effectively.” says Petter Neby, founder of Punkt.
Therefore, the Punkt MP02 isn’t a dumbphone, it just is a tad more minimal than the new phones we are used to with better specs and additional features. This phone focuses solely on communication, as opposed to connecting, this way you can stay efficient and effective when you communicate. You may be wondering how tough the MP02 is, just in case you happen to drop it… well the outer body is reinforced with glass-fiber and has a tough abrasion-resistant coated finish and it’s splash-proof too!
I find it very intriguing that we have this long history of the cell phone, which turned into the evolution of the smartphone, and now in 2018 we are seeing new designs and introductions for smartphones that are more minimalistic than the ones we have now. Perhaps we had too much released in 2017 and people feel the need to take a step back? Before I was thinking to myself, “when did smartphones become popular and when did humans all of sudden decide they couldn’t live without one? Perhaps the overall technology addiction is too real and if we really need to go back to our roots with what the cell phone was created to do before it turned into a little mobile computer, maybe our relationships with humans would strengthen again.