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CNET First Look
Hate distractions and social media? This phone drowns out the noiseThe distraction-free Siempo phone offers only the essentials. Because the internet is basically the worst these days.
The Siempo phone is a kick starter project that helps to limit the distractions of a modern smart phone. We demoed it software features on a Nexus 5 but this device if funded will be it's own phone that will cost $349. First I had a super simple interface. You get the essential apps like email or browser or maps. But you wont find any social media or even a google play store here. To do anything on the phone you have to type an intention. You can call or text your contacts or make a note for yourself. The Tempo phone also lets you set up your notifications in timed batches. By setting a regular tempo, this helps you retrain yourself, so you don't feel the need to compulsively check your phone throughout the day. Third, if you're in a meeting or just need a break, you can silence notifications immediately for a given time period. By pressing a quick access button on the side. In this demo unit, it's been programmed into the volume rocker, but you get the idea. Lastly, Siempo lets you set up a mindful routine, for small goals you want to accomplish at a set time. You can set timers for tasks like journaling, meditating, or exercising. This feature is meant to keep you focused and more goal oriented on daily tasks that you actually want to do. Again, this phone doesn't give you all the bells and whistles of the latest flagship and it doesn't really aim to. It's for users who consciously want a calmer, and I know this sounds cheesy, but sort of a more peaceful experience with their phone. And Siempo could be a way for them to finally do that.