Take everything you love about the iPhone and strip it away, right down to its bare bones. What do you get? Johnâ€™s Phone. Itâ€™s like the iPhoneâ€™s extreme polar opposite (even in its functionality â€” at least it makes calling really simple, with no potential for glitches).
Thereâ€™s no screen, apps, acceleromenter â€” absolutely nothing! Just calls. But it looks like it does that well, since it’s a quadband GSM phone. That means as an iPhone user, in a pinch, you could just pop your SIM card into this. Oh, and it even has a little pen, for taking notes on paper. How charming!
Warren Ellis compares the form factor to the trendy simplicity of Japanese design house Muji, and I have to agree. If you donâ€™t know Muji, youâ€™ve got to check it out. Its home, office and clothing products are incredibly interesting for their crazy basic aesthetic and fabricationÂ â€” like a match made in heaven for iPhone lovers.
As for this guy, I find it really cute. In fact, the little design touches here and there are rather Applesque, no? For goodnessâ€™ sake, look at the accessories. They definitely smack of an iOS product.
It even sort of goes into â€œANTiPhone Nanoâ€ territory, with color choices in pink, brown, black or green instead of white. (If it had a â€œrandom dialâ€ mode for arbitrarily reaching any friend when youâ€™re bored, it would be more like an iPhone Shuffle. Ha!)
Truth is, Iâ€™d love to snag one as a cute little back-up/emergency phone. And for just â‚¬69.95 (roughly $89 US), thatâ€™s immensely do-able.