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PowerSkin SpareOne hands-on

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So here’s the plan. You’ve won a million dollars, but the only way you’ll be getting it is by living out in the woods in a cozy cabin for the next 14 years of your life waiting for a phone confirming the inevitable. Well, the catch is, you’re not allowed to have any sort of contact with the outside world – meaning, no electricity whatsoever. Thankfully, if you happen to have PowerSkin’s trusty SpareOne phone, you won’t ever need to juice it up via an outlet, well, that’s because it runs on a single AA battery.

There’s no arguing about it, but the PowerSkin SpareOne is as basic as it gets with a phone, since it sports that oh-so yesterday candybar design that has gone out of fashion. Still, we’re amazed that this all-plastic device is super lightweight, and in fact, it’s airy light enough to make us believe we’re not holding anything. Indeed, its design cues are straightforward, with its pronounced elongated appearance and super-sized physical buttons. Naturally, the only thing you’ll be doing with the SpareOne is making and receiving phone calls – plus, using it as a flashlight thanks to LED light it’s packing on its top edge. Initially, it appears to be sporting a display, but rather, it’s a bluish translucent piece of plastic that prominently showcases the AA battery it’s hiding inside.

PowerSkin SpareOne hands-on
PowerSkin SpareOne hands-on
PowerSkin SpareOne hands-on
PowerSkin SpareOne hands-on

PowerSkin SpareOne hands-on
PowerSkin SpareOne hands-on
PowerSkin SpareOne hands-on
PowerSkin SpareOne hands-on


Above all, the coolest thing about the SpareOne is that it’s rated to provide 10 hours of talk time, and an even mind-boggling 15 years of standby! Well, it’s specifically to offer that much longevity using the included Energizer Lithium AA battery. No doubt it’s the perfect spare phone for emergencies, which you can stow away in places like your car’s glove compartment, thanks to the dedicated emergency service button on the phone dedicated to call 911. Moreover, this dual-band GSM phone is unlocked and ready to accept any kind of SIM card. Making a phone call, we’re content with the audio quality produced by the handset’s earpiece, so at least it’ll be sufficient to convey your messages to people.

For its generous battery life, we’re even surprised to find the SpareOne retailing for $49.99 through SpareOne’s web site. Want to learn more, then check out our hands-on video of it below!

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posted on 28 Jan 2012, 12:51

1. uchis (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


woah ...i totally need one ....hahaha

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 13:43

2. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


perfect emergency phone.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 14:01

3. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


if you could get a sim card with such a long shelf time this would be a good idea...
where i'm from, 6 months is the longest period that a prepaid account lets you use the network. and i don't see the point of paying a monthly subscription for something that sits in your gloves compartment.

but i guess you don't need a sim card to call 112 (or 911), so this would be helpfull if you have an emergency and at the same time your phone's battery is dead.

interesting concept, but usefull? i don't see it...

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 10:42

4. CelticTattoos (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


It's perfect for an emergency phone. Like you said lukasound "if you have an emergency and at the same time your phone's battery is dead", you could put the sim card from your dead phone in this phone. I know I have forgotten my charger at least once when I have been traveling, and have needed to make a call. This way I could take my sim card and put it into this phone to make a call (if I can remember the number). Brilliant!

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