For the 'dumb phone,' less is more

Simplicity is the key

The simple Motophone

Readers of this space may know that we've been called (gasp) closet Luddites. So after a post yesterday extolling the virtues of simplicity, one of our colleagues thought we'd appreciate this as well: In this day of phones stuffed to the gills with features and functions, MIT's Technology Review recently wrote an article titled, "Motorola's Dumb Phone."

Designed for developing countries, the Motophone bears some resemblance to its famous Razr cousin but is intentionally devoid of many bells and whistles. Yet to achieve its power-saving and easily read screen, it employs an "electronic paper" technology from E Ink--which just goes to show that simplicity doesn't necessarily mean easy. We just hope that it will be available on the U.S. market too.

(Photo: Motorola)

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