I am swapping my Galaxy S5 for a dumb phone to see what living without a smartphone feels like

For the next two weeks, I'll be the guinea pig in an experiment I've wanted to do for a while – I'll have my smartphone taken away from me. Instead of a Galaxy S5, I'll be using a phone not much more advanced than a potato – one without apps, without games, without any internet access whatsoever...
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63 Comments

17. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I couple things, first, that is a nice looking dumbphone. Another thing, if you have a tablet, PC, and Wifi at home, you may not miss the plastic as much as you think. If you live in the US, you might, maybe might, realize how much money you can save by not having the polymer device. Just imagen how much money you will save.

18. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

You should swap you Galaxy with an iPhone to see what living with the best phone feels like..

19. wilsong17 unregistered

Crook have you see the iPhone forum lately that a lot of complain

26. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

PA ban tgis guy already!

30. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Can't ban someone for being an idiot. Or even an iDiot. I'd be willing to do a real torture-test experiment: Give an Android "power user" (I hate the term, but it applies) like me an iPhone to use for 2 weeks. Someone fluent with root use, the Xposed framework, custom ROMs, custom kernels, etc. No jailbreaking allowed.

44. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Been there done that. I don't recommend it.

62. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

iDiots everywhere thinking iPhone is GOD OF ALL PHONES and everyone should own or have one.

20. elite3d

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I tried this about two months ago and not even a feauture phone it was a nokia e71 and couldnt last a whole month

57. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

The Nokia E71 is a smartphone, just an old one without a touchscreen.

21. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

It will the same or maybe better since no more lags and restart!!!!!

29. bambamboogy02

Posts: 834; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Troll!

22. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I sorta was forced to do this last year. I was lazy and neglected to send in a phone I received a warranty replacement for, and they (Verizon) cut my service until it was returned and processed - took nearly 2 weeks. Since my phone was my home internet, I also had to do without that. My apartment complex claims to have free wi-fi, but I could never connect to it. It wasn't completely horrible. I read the first 2 "Game of Thrones" books. Being "cut off" from Facebook and email wasn't bad. I'd just check in from Burger King or some other wifi hotspot once every day or 2. The worst part - not "bad" - just annoying, was not having the ability to look up something on the fly off Wikipedia or IMDB. For me, that's the most useful thing a smartphone offers; the wealth of knowledge and information on the internet at your fingertips. I had to write things down that I wanted to look up or I'd forget. Nick T, if you have internet at home (I assume you have it at work), I think you'll find that you'll do just fine with your experiment. The real test would be living without convenient internet access. I'd wager that the thing you'll miss the most is having a proper keyboard for texting. You might want to carry a small point-and-shoot camera too.

25. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

GS5? There never was a need for swapping in first place.

32. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Don't let the Precious fool you, dear Nick! I'm trying to do that since 2 years and after 2 days, the Precious kept calling me and couldn't resist it! I'm too weak! And now I have a reliable and fast tablet and notebook, u can wonder! If I try to forget one device, I compensate the withdrawal effects with the other and it returns me to the same point as using all of them! But I'll try the experiment together with you and see if I can do it! I'll try to stay away from smartphone and tablet for 2 weeks, but instead of a dumb phone, I'll use my notebook as I'm not a very social person and will use fixed telephone for calls!

49. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Failed! Couldn't resist coming to visit PA on my phone today! Lol! I just love the Precious!

33. Oceans11

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Bar, flip or qwerty phones are not dumb phones! Millions of people use these types of phones daily. All they care about is getting or making a call. Not everyone needs apps or games. I have a qwerty phone, I don't need anything fancy. I pay $15 a month (talk & text). I am very happy with my choice of phone.

34. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I am afriad there will be withdrawal symptoms. By the way, there's a coincidence here. I am, interestingly, at this time swapping my smartphone for a dumb phone too - a basic Nokia phone. Only difference is that I just sold my own smartphone, and while planning to buy a new smartphone, I will be falling back on a dumb phone without apps and all that jazz. My own smartphone break too is going to be for next 2 weeks. Can I survive? You bet.

35. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

this reminds me of the story from theverge, when paul gave up all internet access for a year!

36. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I like the idea, though I wish you'd chosen that Nokia with the 29-day battery life instead, to see if you could make it last the two weeks on one charge.

38. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

dumbphones wouldn't be so bad if they made quality ones like they used to. Nowadays they are made cheap with extremely poor features. Some people just want a good phone with a good screen size and resolution, a decent camera, and easy texting and facebook access. I can imagine a fair share of them would stick with dumbphones if they made such dumbphones, instead we get cheap crappy flip phones that are throwaways.

58. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

Nokia 515: Nokia's last premium feature phone with all metal construction.

42. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

This is what i'm similarly about to do. I'll sell my m8 at march and have no phone for a few months till i can afford the m9

43. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

just don't say you are doing this experiment while bringing a data enabled tablet wherever you go.

45. gothicheart

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

This is just lame. I don't see how creative this idea is. Since the 'hipster' movement has been around since 2010, even before.... Search for it online, its everywhere. Get me some popcorn!!!

46. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

i still use a dumb phone as for daily use... i have a smartphone as well bu i left at home... call is important than games

47. Classique

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I switch to using an OG Moto Razr sometimes when I don't want to be as connected to social media and other distractions when I have midterms and finals for school its really not bad

48. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

As a person that has worked in the wireless industry since 2002, I have been around to witness all of the leaps and bounds the technology has made. I saw the first color screen phone in the U.S., first camera phone, and the evolution of the smartphone. Being in management for a majority of that time, and for a while as a field rep, I have had the luxury/privilege/curse of having to constantly change phones to the newest device. Since being handed my first HTC Mogul in 2006, to the secondary Sidekick I had, I'd been connected ever since with Blackberries. I carried the first iPhone, the original Droid, the original Galaxy S, the Galaxy Nexus, the S5, and now the Note Edge. My phone has always been my lifeline. Work email, personal email, documents, entertainment. I don't know if at this point I could disconnect from my device. I think the last time I had a phone that didn't have internet was the LG PM-325 back in 2005. 2 weeks unplugged would drive me insane.

51. ldpantoja

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It sucks not having a smart phone. When I switched over to T-Mobile, my dumb a$$ sold my sprint phone to them. After being told that I was only waiting one week for my 6+, I thought that it wouldn't be a big deal to go back to my "back up" flip phone. I had no idea how addicted I was to having a smart phone. I was dying after two days. To top it off, it took five weeks to get my iPhone.

53. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1163; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I would go nuts if I had to give up my Note 4 for a regular Galaxy S, Xperia, Htc, iPhone etc... I would truly lose my mind if I had to give it up for a feature phone. Best of luck!
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