2018 is shaping out to be a year filled with a push towards minimalism in the cell phone space. Companies are realizing that some consumers are feeling overwhelmed and anxious by the constant sensory and information overload that modern smart phones provide. The Blloc smartphone is the latest iteration of these devices. Created to place productivity first and distractions second, the phone uses a monochrome UI to simplify your workspace and only display relevant apps when needed. The controls and interface is built around principles of 'less is more' so that you won't constantly get distracted every time you pick up your phone. The phone will debut later in the year and can be pre-ordered now from Blloc directly.
Ghostek soDrop 2 Bluetooth Headphones
What do we look for in Bluetooth headphones? Well obviously they have to have good sound quality. A lot of Bluetooth headphones skimp out on the bass either to cut corners or to save on battery life. That said, they have to have exceptional battery life. If we’re going to be taking these headphones with us on the go, they have to last all day. And it naturally follows that if they can last all day, well they have to be comfortable to wear for extended periods of time too. And for all of this we’d rather not have to pay an arm and a leg. Some headphones are completely unexceptional in all of those areas but are still outrageously priced. Sound quality, battery life, comfort, well priced. Those are the big ones and the Ghostek soDrop 2 Bluetooth headphones ticks all of those boxes. The sound quality is great, with deep bass, the battery can deliver 14 hours of music playback, the soft leather ear cups are comfortable and smooth, and it’s priced well below similar products of similar grade quality.
There seems to be a trend among phone manufacturers of going back to the simple cellphones of the late 1990s/early 2000s. Nokia - one of the leading names in 'dumb phone' tech of yesteryear - is bringing back one of their iconic models, the 8810. Best known as being the phone that Neo uses in the 1999 hit The Matrix, the 'banana phone' is aimed at people looking to ditch the endless clutters and distractions of modern apps for a simple phone that can just call and text. The 8810 will have a battery that can last 25 days, work on 4G networks and even include the classic hit Snake for when you need to look busy out in public. They plan to start shipping later this year.