The usual smart phone is just a computer so apps can add features that you may or may not use.
This is like asking for a general purpose computer but demanding it doesn't play card games. Both smart phone and the PC are open for adding app after app and just like your PC it's your choice on what to use or ignore.
There will be no phone trimmed down to just what you use.
I'm in the market for a new phone. I'm the kind of guy who's fairly good and likes tech. I use my phone every day for work, but refuse to pay high-tier prices for phones. I'm currently trying to figure out what phone is right for me, but come across the same issue every single time I am on the phone market.
Why is it that phones in the 150.00 - 300.00 range all have such crappy specs, but a ton of features? I get it, features sell phones. But, at the end of the day, I haven't found a SINGLE phone that satisfies what I really need out of it.
I want 16GB minimum memory (It's expandable anyways, so it's not a big deal), 3gb of RAM, decent battery life, and a decent mid-range processor. Bonus kudos for something like a gorilla glass screen, but I take care of my stuff, so it's not required. Maybe a few apps/games I have to kill time while taking a poop...
That's it.... I don't care about amazing cameras, almost everything on the market does fine for what I need. If I wanted a better camera I wouldn't be in the mid-tier for phones. A fingerprint scanner is cool, but not at the expense of specs. If push comes to shove, i'll take compute power/memory over a 4k display any day. I mean, a 1080p screen is preferred, but come on, it's a 5.5 inch screen... 720p is more than fine. 99% of the people who aren't enthusiasts can't tell a difference unless you compare them side by side anyways. Phone speakers weren't designed for music, and I'm a bit of an audiophile anyways, so good speakers are a waste of money. Decent speakers for talking is fine. If I want to listen to music, i'll use a bluetooth device or headphones.
Like most people, I don't even use most of the features on my phone. 90% of my phone usage is emails, phones, texting, social media, youtube, and basic pictures/screen shots. I don't care about gestures (I use them so little it's literally not worth my time to learn them), I don't care about NFC, I don't care about all the bloatware that some carriers put on phones, I don't need my phone to pay for items, swiping the card at the gas station works fine for me.
I'm not asking for an entire market segment to bend to my needs.... but seriously... does NOBODY else have this issue or complaint? It's literally as simple as making the same phone, just cutting corners on the features. You would figure a company at some point would do this...
Any suggestions for phones (GSM) would be helpful too I guess since that's kind of what started this topic.