If you’ve a hankering for the mobile devices of the 80s and 90s then Binatone’s new Brick handset is going to be right up your street — the chunky, feature-limited device can work as a mobile or a Bluetooth handset and looks more like an aging movie prop than a 2013-ready piece of hardware.
The phone is limited to use on 2G networks and has a 1.8″ TFT display running at an old-school 128 x 160 pixels. You won’t be able to access the Apple App Store or Google Play on this thing, but it does come with a clock, alarm, calendar and calculator built in. There’s one game included, which is Snake, of course.
Why would you want one, other than as a retro fashion accessory? Well if you opt for the Power Edition of the phone with a 2,000 mAh battery, it should be good enough for a jaw-dropping 3 months’ worth of standby time. That gives you enough of a window to go around the world and come back without worrying that your phone will be dead upon your return. Even if you’re gabbing non-stop, the battery should last for 28 straight hours, which really puts today’s power-hungry mobile phones in the shade.
You can use the Binatone Brick to make calls, send texts and picture messages and store up to 300 contacts. It can even play MP3s. However, we’re not sure you’d want to be seen out and about using it — perhaps it makes more sense as a mobile you can use wirelessly around the home that only needs charging four times a year. You can use the Micro USB port if you want to plug in a headset and it also has hands-free speakerphone capabilities. What’s more, that Micro USB port can be used to charge another mobile phone.
Those of you with your wallets out at the ready will have to part with £80 to get the 2,000 mAh Power Edition of the Brick. The 1,000 mAh edition (with half the standby and talk time) comes in at £50. If you really want to go the whole hog, leather and silicon cases are available from Binatone too. The Brick goes on sale in the UK in October.