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    He never addressed why he feels the need for a smartphone if he’s going to limit its capability to that of a feature phone. Surely that’s just paying an order of magnitude more for a tenth of the battery?

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      Look at the apps he kept. iPhone camera is better than any feature phone. I think you can play MP3s on some phones? But iPhone certainly has better options and a much more refined interface. A couple utility apps that don’t have much time suck potential, but can be really convenient when you need them.

      Sure. It’s not like you can’t call a cab with a dumbphone, but the experience is nothing like uber (especially if you’re in a different city and don’t know the number off hand).

      The interface on a smartphone (large, clear, bright touchscreen) works better than a 12 button numpad, even for the simplest dumbphone tasks, like texting or even scrolling through contacts.

      I agree the article could have done a much better job addressing exactly these points. He even mentions people asked why not a feature phone, but then just blows past the question without answering.

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        I need to disagree with you about iPhone camera. There is plenty of Android flagship smartphones with much better camera than what iPhone have.

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          You need to disagree, but whom with? tedu said the iPhone camera is better than any feature phone, not better than any phone. (And since the question was “why not a feature phone then?”, that is relevant; whereas the cameras on other smartphones are not.)

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        I’m assuming that he either:

        • Already had an iPhone when he started the experiment
        • Distraction-free iPhone is actually nicer than a “dumbphone”
        • iOS or Android is the only OS that can run those applications which he decided to keep (refer to #4 in the article)

        Myself I’m planning to do the same thing, the only difference is that I have an Android device. I’m currently doing something similar before reading that article, I’ve deleted all social applications like Instagram, VK, Twitter, etc from my phone. It also helped me to get up earlier in the morning because there’s nothing to do or check on my phone. Maybe I should write an article about it.

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          I was considering going one step further, by replacing my iPhone 5 with a feature phone. (I wrote about my smartphone addiction here.) I have tried simply deleting social apps, but I find myself just using the equivalent mobile web apps instead. However, this article points out you can disable safari using restrictions. I am giving this a go, as the I would really miss the camera on my iPhone if I were to give it up.

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            I have given this a go for a couple of months and I am happy with it. My wife went the route to fully downgrade to a “feature phone” and is not happy with that. (Messaging in particular is croaky. Increased battery life of feature phone doesn’t make up for it.)

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        For me, I just turned off notification noises, and sometimes disabled notifications for some thing altogether. Before, I was using Maemo, which didn’t have much in the way of distractions, but since getting a Lumia 520, there’s a lot more potential for that. (In fact though, my main distraction was IRC and fiddling on my shell server, which isn’t as much fun without a physical KB)

        I was always pretty happy with boredom though. If I need to check things, I’ll do it at my pace, and if I expect something, I’ll check more often or turn on noises.