The Best Minimalist Phones for 2019

Phones nowadays are a jack of all trades. Think of anything and your phone can do it now or in a few years time. With our attention span decreasing with each OS-release we sometimes long for a traditional phone that’s more straightforward again.

That’s why we’ve selected the best minimalist phones that are currently available for sale.

Would you like to have a true dumb phone that does nothing but calling and texting? Or rather a minimalist experience with some smartness thrown in? This selection has a bit of everything.

Dumb Phones

The following are phones that do very little in comparison to your flagship Apple or Samsung. They’re called off-grid phones, feature phones, dumbphones or burner phones, where calling and texting is the name of the game. Try to swap one of these with your current phone every once in a while and see if it can be a nicotine patch to your smartphone addiction.

The New Nokia 3310

Nokia reintroduced their classic 3310 in a new form factor and updated it for the modern age.

While this renewed version will not sell the whopping 126 million units that the original did, the 3310 is a stylish feature phone that has all the bare necessities you’d want out of a dumbphone, and Snake.

The new 3310 probably has the best standby battery life out of all our featured phones. This thing even packs a 2 Megapixel camera that supposedly shoots very okay photos.

  • Calling: Yes
  • Texting: Yes
  • Internet: No
  • Camera: Yes (2MP)
  • Network: 3G
  • Battery Life: 22 hours talk, 744 hours standby
  • Sim-card: Mini-SIM
  • Memory: 16MB + microSD

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The Light Phone

The Light Phone

The Light Phone really understands what we’re getting at. This is a creditcard-sized phone. A phone to make phone calls with, nothing more, nothing less. The most appealing thing out of all of these phones is its design.

It can take either forwarded calls from a smartphone app (so you don’t need a second number or swap out your SIM) or it works with your SIM card.

Light Phone Features

  • Calling: Yes
  • Texting: No
  • Internet: No
  • Camera: No
  • Network: 2G
  • Battery Life: 45-90 minutes talk, 3 days standby
  • Sim-card: Nano-SIM
  • Memory: stores 9 phone numbers on speed-dial

Buy The Light Phone

Update: There’s now a Light Phone 2 on the horizon. Set to ship in April 2019, version 2 has the same slick design and adds messaging, e-ink and 4G LTE. Check out the Indiegogo campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/light-phone-2/x/8994439#/

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Punkt MP02 Mobile Phone

Punkt MP02 phone

Do you want texting in addition to calling? You spoiled brat. The Punkt MP02 looks like a calculator, but is actually a well designed piece of gear that aims to battle the distractions technology brings into our lives.

The MP02 packs a better battery than the light phone and is therefore perfect for that appless holiday.

Punkt MP02 Features

  • Calling: Yes
  • Texting: Yes
  • Internet: Yes (tethering connection)
  • Camera: No
  • Network: 4G LTE
  • Battery Life: 12.5 days standby, 4.2 hours talk
  • Sim-card: Nano-SIM
  • Memory (storage): 16GB

Buy the Punkt MP02 on the official website or Amazon.com

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Nokia 8110 4G (the Banana Phone)

Nokia 8110 4G Slide Phone

The curved Nokia 8110 (dubbed the banana phone) is a classic cellphone. Made popular by the movie The Matrix, it features a signature slide mechanism that allows you to answer or hang up phone calls. The revived edition has 4G that you can use for a hotspot or for one of the apps that you can download from the special KaiOS store (WhatsApp is also rumoured to be released soon). The battery life on the 8110 may not be equal to the 3310, but it’s still pretty impressive compared to a smartphone. The 8110 is for when you want something more stylish and cool than the 3310. Get it in black or banana yellow.

  • Calling: Yes
  • Texting: Yes
  • Internet: Yes
  • Camera: Yes, 2MP with flash
  • Network: 4G LTE
  • Battery Life: 7 hours talk, 25 days standby
  • Sim-card: Single-Sim or Dual-Sim (micro + nano)
  • Memory: 4GB internal + microSD

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Relay Screenless Emergency Phone

The Relay is an emergency smartphone and GPS tracker for kids, but it can double perfectly as a true minimalist phone. There is no screen on the Relay. There’s just one button, a LED notification ring and a speaker (plus headphone port) to stay in touch walkie-talkie style with anyone you can set up via the Relay app. Or you’ll conveniently talk to another Relay owner.

There’e a ten bucks per month service which allows you to use this device as much as you want.

  • Calling: Yes
  • Texting: No
  • Internet: No
  • Camera: No
  • Network: 4G LTE (for GPS tracking)
  • Battery Life: about a day
  • Sim-card: nano-SIM
  • Memory: N/A

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Smartphones

The following phones are minimalist smartphones. It’s for when you appreciate the silence and being distraction-free, yet you can’t give up on those essential apps on your phone.

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Jelly, World’s Smallest 4G Phone

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The one thing minimal about this phone is its form factor

The Jelly Pro Android phone ran a successful Kickstarter campaign aimed to bring the world’s smallest 4G phone into people’s hands (or rather, coin pockets).

This tiny device runs the latest Android version and allows you to do most other things you can do on a flagship smartphone. Okay, you’ll probably get tired of the small size doing any long-term typing, but it’s a nice trade-off for such a small 4G phone that runs for nearly a week on a single charge.

  • Calling: Yes
  • Texting: Yes
  • Internet: Yes
  • Camera: Yes
  • Network: 4G
  • Battery Life: 3 days working time, 7 days standby
  • Sim-card: dual nano-SIM
  • Memory: micro SD-card slot

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Palm Phone, a Smartphone for Your Smartphone

Palm Phone

The Palm Phone is like a glorified Apple Watch in that you can use your carrier’s add on plan to supply it with the needed sim card. Otherwise, the Palm Phone is a full-fledged companion smartphone that has a very appealing, durable design and a comfortable, small size.

The minimalist experience can be achieved by enabling Life Mode on the Palm Phone. This will shut off any notification or disturbance as soon as you shut off your screen.

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Order at Verizon

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Blloc Phone, a Minimalist Android Experience

Blloc Phone

The Blloc phone provides a healthy dose of minimalism with its Blloc OS. It’s a very customized version of Android that provides you with a monochromatic (black & white) user interface that’s easy on the eyes.

More so, the Blloc phone unifies all your messaging apps into a single, elegantly designed timeline so that you experience less clutter switching from one app to another.

  • Calling: Yes
  • Texting: Yes
  • Internet: Yes
  • Camera: Yes
  • Network: 4G LTE
  • Battery Life: unknown
  • Sim-card: (Dual) Nano-SIM
  • Memory: 64GB

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Order one at Blloc.com (EU only for now)

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