Here is a rather spartan phone which I find surprisingly interesting. Especially in the display area, where you would expect to find writings, photographs or emoticons of all kinds.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the telephone Spare One. It is a concept designed by NextOfKin Creatives, a design consultancy based in Singapore, for the client XPAL Power, Inc. For those unfamiliar with the client, quick done: he is the owner of the Energizer brand.
The company's goal, a bit of necessity and a bit of marketing, was to design a "fully functional emergency telephone powered by a single AA battery with a lifespan of 15 years."
Apart from the display, Spare One he is in good shape
The product has no LCD display, and this goes a long way in the overall economy of the item. To combine business with pleasure, however, instead of the display there is a window that shows in its magnificence the "hero" of this device: the classic long-life AA battery of the Californian company.
We have designed an intuitive layout with the emergency button (for SOS calls) in the center of the phone interface. The other essential features we've streamlined are a slim form factor, tactile button design, programmable memory for phone numbers, and a universal LED flashlight.Taken from the presentation of the product
Do you know what I tell you? I like it
Simple and essential, even the "window" display solution is not bad, once you get used to it. The positioning of the battery is such that its expiration date can be seen at a glance. As far as ergonomics are concerned, it is an emergency phone.
I always imagine it present in the dashboard of a car, if everything should go wrong: it does not serve to chat for an hour with friends, or to show or receive photos (otherwise they would put the display), so even that sort of " bulge "on the back is acceptable. A service cell phone, in the age where they also make coffee, to do the things you need and always be there when needed.
I have no idea how to make it work without activating a special SIM, but perhaps in the future such phones will be "given away" as a compendium of the "big" ones, and will allow you to use the same contract as the "main" phone.