See kids, back in the olden days, we had these things called landline telephones.Most of the time they were either plugged into the wall or even were mounted on the wall, and you didn't have it with you at very second of the day.  In fact, some people left their homes with no means of communication at all.  They just went to work, came home and checked what was called an "answering machine" to see if they had messages from someone.

And there was even a time when answering machines didn't exist.  Sometimes, people would call.... and they wouldn't be able to reach you.  That's it.

Now, everyone seems to have the smallest, slickest cell phones out there.  And yeah, I'm glad I have one. Makes it really easy to play my "homeless Asian boys" game. I get emails, texts, alerts, all right from one handy device.  Husbando sometimes fluctuates and wants to go back to a flip phone.  Then I'll get him one, he'll like it for a while, and then he'll want to go back to the smart phone.

So maybe this little invention would be a compromise for him.

A Rotary Cell Phone.

You may be asking yourself, why?  Well, here's why, straight from the site:

Why a rotary cellphone? Because in a finicky, annoying, touchscreen world of hyperconnected people using phones they have no control over or understanding of, I wanted something that would be entirely mine, personal, and absolutely tactile, while also giving me an excuse for not texting.

The point isn't to be anachronistic. It's to show that it's possible to have a perfectly usable phone that goes as far from having a touchscreen as I can imagine, and which in some ways may actually be more functional. More functional how?

  • Real, removable antenna with an SMA connector. Receptions is excellent, and if I really want to I could always attach a directional antenna.
  • When I want a phone I don't have to navigate through menus to get to the phone "application". That's bullshit.
  • If I want to call my husband, I can do so by pressing a single dedicated physical key which is dedicated to him. No menus. The point isn't to use the rotary dial every single time I want to make a call, which would get tiresome for daily use. The people I call most often are stored, and if I have to dial a new number or do something like set the volume, then I can use the fun and satisfying-to-use rotary dial.
  • Nearly instantaneous, high resolution display of signal strength and battery level. No signal metering lag, and my LED bargraph gives 10 increments of resolution instead of just 4.
  • The ePaper display is bistatic, meaning it doesn't take any energy to display a fixed message.
  • When I want to change something about the phone's behavior, I just do it.
  • The power switch is an actual slide switch. No holding down a stupid button to make it turn off and not being sure it really is turning off or what.

Well, at least they seem to have valid reasoning behind this.  Must have taken so long to figure out, though.  I can't say that I'd want one, but hey, maybe this is the compromise Husbando would enjoy.

Would you try the rotary cell phone? Do you still have a landline? Or are you solid smart phone, not looking back?

Rotarily yours,

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