Smartphone detox with minimalist phones

Smartphone detox with minimalist phones

Our smartphones are distracting and stressful, but they seem necessary. Michael Zelenko tests out four distraction-free phones, ranging from the palm-sized Jelly phone with internet capability to the business card-sized Light Phone that solely makes phone calls. Find out if one of these phones could fit your lifestyle, or if maps and social media apps are too important for you.

Note: this video was originally published at 9AM ET and has been reuploaded to correct an exporting error.


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  1. The Verge on November 27, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Would you give up your smartphone for a minimalist phone?

  2. soulassassin0g on November 27, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Drug dealers use these, they’re called "burner phones", they’re called this because usually after they are done with them they literally burn them to destroy any evidence.

  3. HappyQuails on November 27, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Couldn’t you hold the phone in the horizontal position to enlarge the keyboard?

  4. Nico Pohl on November 27, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Now more indispensable than ever.

  5. TheRipper on November 27, 2021 at 10:17 am

    i was gonna say why not just control your self and just buy the cheapest android and disable every other un-needed non sense inside which is what i’m doing then i saw the ending so yeah good decision and stick to it

  6. Tribulation Prepper on November 27, 2021 at 10:18 am

    This is a three year old video. THE PROBLEM WITH THESE PHONES IS… None are 5G capable. My carrier is now nudging me into 5G which I don’t want to have a thing to do with.

  7. Aram Badalyan on November 27, 2021 at 10:18 am

    My perfect phone: Calling and texting. A good camera, front and back, with a flash (doubling as a flashlight). Calculator. Clock, world clock, timer, countdown. Navigation (GoogleMaps). Calendar, reminders. Notes. Spotify (for music and podcasts). NO SOCIAL MEDIA, NO INTERNET BROWSER, NO YOUTUBE. Just necessities and something to listen to while working.

  8. Patrick Bubniak on November 27, 2021 at 10:19 am

    The BLU Advance L5 is another great option; it costs $40, and with 512 MB of ram, it is good for basic functions such as calls, texts, and calculations. Keep in mind that it only works on 3G GSM networks.

  9. DJ Sonic - Scotland - on November 27, 2021 at 10:19 am

    I got my 3310 about a year ago now – best decision I ever made

  10. Mollie Coddled on November 27, 2021 at 10:20 am

    all i want:


  11. ThatSpeakerGuy on November 27, 2021 at 10:22 am

    I want Nokia 2720 flip or 800 tough

  12. Lazarus Blackwell on November 27, 2021 at 10:22 am

    You’re a smart guy for using the minimalist phones

    Good job man

    We dont need 90 percent of those modern bells and whistles

    They just clutter your mind

  13. Oscar on November 27, 2021 at 10:23 am

    All I want is Messaging, Maps and Spotify. Why is it so hard?

  14. Noah Barr on November 27, 2021 at 10:24 am


  15. E on November 27, 2021 at 10:26 am

    All I want on a phone is calling, texting, maps, music, and a really good camera. The camera is where a lot of these phones seem to be lacking. I hope someone comes out with a minimalist phone with a good camera.

  16. persis christ on November 27, 2021 at 10:27 am

    You didn’t include NOPHONE?

  17. Map Room Gaming on November 27, 2021 at 10:27 am

    So basically this guy realized he is a smartphone addict. Who needs texting anyway, it’s the worst form of communication. If I am going to carry on a real time conversation by typing I would rather do it on a computer with facebook messenger.

    I got rid of my smartphone for a feature phone, something akin to the Nokia, and I am loving not having a smartphone. I feel bad for the people who are addicted to theirs.

  18. JON M6WRO on November 27, 2021 at 10:27 am

    I have got Nokia 216 feature phone it’s got front selfie camera with flash. It’s great phone cost £30. On eBay nearly new. Use my iPhone when at home on WiFi. Suits me.

  19. Ji Wong Park on November 27, 2021 at 10:28 am

    light phone 2

  20. g wakefield on November 27, 2021 at 10:33 am

    me with cheap verizon phone i got for $10

  21. Fuhlishiz on November 27, 2021 at 10:33 am

    I spent my teenage years with a basic phone, and I only got a smartphone when I was an adult. Honestly, I texted super, super fast on T9 and later on even faster on my slide-out qwerty keyboard. It can take a bit to get used to T9 but trust me, you can definitely text bomb with it. I’m getting the Nokia phone, solidly done with the constant demand for attention from my smartphone, let alone the toxicity and mental health decline I’ve experienced through using social media.

  22. Weaponry _Alien on November 27, 2021 at 10:35 am

    i just downgrade my smartphone to minimalist phone ,i’m buying blackberry bold phone ..and only use it for calling & messaging ..I’m on my journey of smartphone detox ..and i feel great ,like i feel myself again ..smartphones are made for people to addicted to it ..I hope so many people realize this ..The negative effects of smartphone’s..

  23. Josephine Quilon ✓ on November 27, 2021 at 10:35 am

    The nokia 3310 in my country only costs $15

  24. Quaalude Charlie on November 27, 2021 at 10:37 am

    People Made the Big Huge Mistake 16 Years Ago by Adapting a Smartphone that Spys on them , Gave up all of their Privacy for a Mobile Computer
    Liberty and a Private Life without carrying a Spy Device ! crypto Risks, an EMP or loss of electrical power, 2) a disruption of the internet, 3) a computer virus or cyber theft that we now think can’t happen, 4) a governmental ban on a certain cryptos in favor of required use of CBDCs, 5) a stock market-like crash in the crypto due to fears of 1 – 4 Your Paying to Have the NSA on you
    I use an older 2G Phone without Apple or Google , No Texts , Camera or Apps , Just a Phone , I still use Checks and Cash Only , If everything is Digital we might as well be in Prison , Most People I know shop at Yard Sales , Goodwill and Dollar Stores , Church thrift Shops , We already have ways of Securing our Money for Travel . People want Freedom .Crypto is Risk

  25. Keith Steward on November 27, 2021 at 10:39 am

    I dumped my smartphone and went back to my old samsung 4×2 inch phone. It fits nice in my pocket and the battery lasts for weeks. My smartphones yearly bill was more than my yearly rent. Now I just use my smartphone for games. It’s basically just a toy now that never leaves my apartment.

  26. Nadia Nilforoushan on November 27, 2021 at 10:40 am

    get a blackberry 9360 or motorola razr v3

  27. Ghie03xk on November 27, 2021 at 10:41 am

    I switched from an smartphone to a dumbphone. Been a few weeks now. At first you’re like OMGICANTDOTHIS?!!?! You know like look up a place or search the web but now I’m like oh no I can’t do this…. ah well it’s ok. My kids ask for my phone so they can watch something and I tell them they can’t anymore. That they should just be bored. It’s nice being bored and just looking around you. Enjoying life.

  28. Avika Kataria on November 27, 2021 at 10:41 am

    I looking for a phone which has calling whatsapp and spotify only nothing else

  29. Dito Putra on November 27, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Everybody gangsta
    Untill boss sets whatsapp as standard app

  30. Chris Stoddern on November 27, 2021 at 10:42 am

    This video is all about the worst minimalist smartphone and what not to buy, buy where is the happy medium such as the old Samsung Wave that i have that has always been easy to use even if you only want to easily text and make phone calls.

  31. Josephine Quilon ✓ on November 27, 2021 at 10:43 am

    The nokia 3310 in my country costs $15

  32. killianpiepe on November 27, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Punkt is german for dot

    This dot –> .

  33. Ashutosh Gupta on November 27, 2021 at 10:44 am

    I want the same thing 😭

  34. Marques Wilson on November 27, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Dude is making a minimalist phone review then complains that the phone can’t text or Snapchat. Just call them.

  35. Faris Hanafiah on November 27, 2021 at 10:44 am

    No need for such minimalist phones, I can easily recommend one great way to a smartphone detox. It’s called Windows Phone.

    Oh if you think that’s a sarcasm, this is coming from a current proud Windows Phone user.

  36. Adam Ellis on November 27, 2021 at 10:47 am

    Anyone else here after watching the social dilemma??

  37. Jt on November 27, 2021 at 10:47 am

    I love the idea of a minimalist phone and being able to detox myself and I am looking for one such phone. But in no way I am going to let most of these companies scam me of a phone like that for 300 dollars. It is too much…They are just overcharging people because their product fills a niche market where there isn’t much competition.

  38. Nico Pohl on November 27, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Then review a minimalist phone with excellent texting features, please.

  39. nmesoma obodoechi on November 27, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Jesus loves you all everyone accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior today ❤️

  40. Vrais23 on November 27, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Why blame phones for our addiction to social media when it’s just something we need to stop doing and obsessing over.

  41. TASHHHH on November 27, 2021 at 10:51 am

    "threw out the texting baby with the social media bathwater" hahaha XD

  42. Shopon Mama . 300 years ago on November 27, 2021 at 10:51 am

    3:14 DUCK

  43. Karl Vogelheim on November 27, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Okay, I made this same choice though I went with a smarter feature phone in the Sonim XP5s. In your review you mention a couple of phones that have gotten significant updates. Those are the Lightphone and the Punkt. The Lightphone has a number of additional applications like maps that may make it better for you. The Punkt now has the MP02 which has 4G and improved texting to include their own app that interfaces with Signal. It might be worth looking into them if you decide to revisit this subject.

  44. Rita .Sassatelli on November 27, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Let me just say this
    Whenever I hear people complaining about things like texting on a tg9 or messages that are not presented as a thread… I was there back in the 2000’s you know? Then that was the normal. If you needed your phone to do things, you had to be ingenious about it. My first phone that presented me with a qwerty keyboard was my best friend for years. I still enjoy a good physical keyboard thanks to that.

  45. M.I on November 27, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Which phone has no internet but has maps?

  46. Weda Tokyo on November 27, 2021 at 10:58 am

    The light phone is a good idea for small children to contact family members

  47. Aram Badalyan on November 27, 2021 at 10:59 am


    Maps (GPS)
    Clock (Timer)
    Calendar (Reminders)
    Music and Podcast

  48. Jim Petrov on November 27, 2021 at 11:00 am

    There are some other options! You could even go with, a Data Plan, and BlueTooth that connects directly to your Laptop, for example — BlueTooth, people will recognize, is a wireless speaker clip or bud, that can be ported directly to a computer, or a phone, — however, to get "cell phone" connectivity, you would have to get the device registered with a Wireless data provider, of some kind…

  49. John Paul on November 27, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Nokia wins again.

  50. Nic Edmondson on November 27, 2021 at 11:02 am

    I have the Nokia. I go to it periodically and I love it. Great battery life.

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