Go with Android to the push-button phone: how and why?

How does it feel to ditch your smartphone in favor of a "dumb" push-button dialer in the 21st century? And, most importantly, why?

Surprisingly, in the age of touch technology, simple mobile phones have not disappeared. Now they are called feature phones. Before the advent of smartphones, they were the main means of communication, then they were forgotten for some time, and today they are experiencing something of a renaissance.

Why do featurephones, or simply "dialers", retain some of the demand? Yes, because people began to notice how badly the abundance of digital information affects working capacity and rest. The world is coming to realize that being online all the time is not as cool as it seemed in the beginning. Friendly meetings and family evenings are increasingly held without phones. True, not every person has the necessary level of self-control to limit himself to using a smartphone. And indeed: how can one voluntarily abandon a device that has become almost an extension of a hand?

It turns out you can. Such a solution has several significant advantages, but now we want to talk not about them, but about what aspects of life will change the most if you change your smartphone to a simple dialer.


There are many ways to communicate today without a smartphone, but the rejection of the usual means of communication will entail numerous compromises. First you need to think about how much your work and personal relationships depend on your smartphone.

  • How often do you make regular voice calls?
  • Do you communicate via SMS and MMS?
  • Do you need specific communication apps?
  • Do you have family members or colleagues who require regular video calls?

If you give up your smartphone, the main channel of online communication will go through a computer or laptop through the web versions of Discord, Skype, Slack or WhatsApp.

It's good when there is an opportunity to plan time for communication (for example, only calls during the day, and Skype with relatives in the evening). Then the transition from a smartphone to a “dialer” will be easier.

It is much more difficult when the work activity is not limited to just calls, and the listed services are necessary for business contacts. Then the transition to the push-button telephone can be implemented only partially, if at all. It is highly likely that the smartphone will remain in your pocket, but you will have to show a remarkable amount of self-control in order to reduce interaction with it to a minimum.

Another hot question: how to go online? The "calls" themselves are poorly adapted for the release of online, but in many of these there is a function of access points for distribution of the Internet on the tablet or laptop. If this option does not seem convenient, you will have to leave a smartphone with yourself, but to cut its functionality so that it is not much different from Fichron.

Many people see in the transition to a push-button telephone Salvation from endless messages in messenger, notifications and need to respond to online events. If you are haunting such a goal, make sure that important contacts have your personal phone number so that in the case of which they can quickly exit communication.


Smartphones spawned the cooking photo, and also changed our attitude to the beautiful. It became easier to retain memorable moments, from the type of art photography turned into a means of communication.

Many reports and documents today are sent in the form of photos, and not text messages, as it was before.

For lovers of mobile shooting, the rejection of the smartphone will be painful. We will have to accept the low quality camera on a simple phone. But if you take pictures of Fichchons, you know how to consider their small screens, they will still not be given to consider the details.

Even in expensive minimalistic phones, the camera is greatly inferior in quality cheap android. In Babushcofones, the screen is not able to display anything except letters, numbers and some characters.

With all this, some Fichchons cost more than the cheapest Android, and there is irony: you pay more money for the phone that makes less. But in the future, the impression of it may be invaluable.

A simple phone makes rethink about the photo. Yes, you will have to sharply refuse the habit of photographing each of your own action, but at the same time life will appear at a different angle. Will-unillires will have to think: is it worth including the camera at every step? Is it no better to leave some moments with a warm memoil in the shower, and not a set of pixels on SD card?


A person has a congenital ability to navigate the terrain without any technical devices, but as far as the ability is developed depends on the lifestyle and thinking. Ten years ago, those who were over twenty years old were perfectly carried out without pocket navigator, they knew the names of the streets in their area, could put the route to the right place in their area. Even car navigators were rare, and almost everyone knew how to use paper maps (well, at least he could navigate them for sure).

Without a smartphone, this knowledge will have to be restored.

For a modern person, a navigator on a phone is not exactly a necessity. For the most part, this is a safety net that gives us confidence when we step out of our comfort zone.

When switching to a push-button telephone, first of all, you need to make sure that every exit from the house is not associated with the fear of getting lost.

  • Study the areas in which you have to visit for work and personal matters, remember the landmarks.
  • Make a note or save your local emergency contacts on your phone.
  • Just in case, buy a paper map of the city or area.
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Personally, I spend most of my time in familiar areas and, to be honest, I rarely need a navigator. It is easy for me to plan a route in advance, and I resort to the navigator only in case of emergency.

If there is a navigator in the car, then in the phone it is generally useless. Alternatively, a smartphone can be converted into a car navigator: you just need to upload fresh maps to it and provide constant power.

By the way, many drivers note that modern car navigators are much more accurate than those that were in the past. If you once abandoned a car navigator in favor of a smartphone, you can safely reconsider your beliefs.

Free time

From each new phone, we used to demand that it surpass the previous one in absolutely everything. Advertisers have also worked hard: the idea that you have to give up some function is presented as a serious loss.

The desire for affordable entertainment leads to the habit of constantly hanging on the smartphone. The simpler the phone, the faster it will cease to be associated with games, and this will prompt you to look for new types of leisure.

Read more books, play sports, draw something, create, study - there is so much to do in life. Once the easy source of pleasure in the form of the phone is eliminated, there will immediately be plenty of time for other useful or pleasant activities.

Ways to pass the time existed even before the invention of smartphones, and now there are just a lot of options for a pleasant pastime.

The modern rhythm of life does not oblige us to be online around the clock. People themselves come to understand that life is interesting - it does not mean hanging out all the time in the network. Active activities, board games, hiking and sports are back in fashion. Internet users are debating when and how best to do a digital detox. Some countries are introducing laws that prohibit employers from harassing employees after hours.

A lot is really tied to the smartphone, but only by giving up on it - at least for a short time - can one appreciate the convenience that progress provides and form one's attitude towards them.