Cell Phones


Nokia 2720 Flip Verizon
HMD Global’s Nokia 2720 Flip is finally launching in the US through Verizon on May 20, priced at $79.99. As expected, this mobile phone includes only the most basic of features, including WhatsApp, Facebook, Google Assistant, Google Maps, and a web browser. It features a main 2.8-inch QVGA display that folds down when not in use, a 1.3-inch outer display, and a physical keypad. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.

Rotary 4G Cell Phone
Photo credit: Sky’s Edge
Justine Haupt’s company, Sky’s Edge, built a custom rotary dial cellphone earlier this year, and now, she wants to give consumers a chance to purchase one. The aim was to rid smartphones of t heir battery-draining distractions, such as the touchscreen. A “mark 2″ model is currently being developed, and instead of 3G, data connectivity has been upgraded to 4G. Read more for a video and additional information.

Nokia 8.3 5G Smartphone
Touted as a future-proof 5G smartphone, the Nokia 8.3 has been specially designed to support multiple and evolving 5G network deployments, with support for both standalone as well as non-standalone 5G combinations. It’s also the first smartphone to use the Qualcomm 5G RF Front end module solution, condensing more than 40 different RF components into a single module, making it not only a global device but also a future-proof smartphone which is ready for the next step in 5G technology. Read more for a video and additional information.

Cell Phone Rotary Dial
Photo credit: Justine Haupt
Engineer Justine Haupt hated all the distractions that modern smartphones have, so she came up with an unusual solution: a basic cell phone with a rotary dial. How do you use it? Just like you would a normal rotary phone by placing a finger in the desired number and then turning it until the dial touches the metal clip before letting go. Read more for additional pictures and information.

L8STAR BM60 Mini Smallest Flip Phone
Looking for a novelty phone, or just something to use as backup when traveling? If so, then look no further than the L8STAR BM60 Mini, which is touted as the “world’s smallest mini flip phone”. It’s designed to be used as a basic cell phone and music player, so you won’t find a fancy touchscreen display on this device, but rather just a 1.14-inch TFT screen. On the bright side, a full charge should last you around 3-days of use. Read more for a hands-on look and additional information.

MIT RFocus Smart Surface Mobile Phone
Photo credit: Jason Dorfman | CSAIL
Yes, 5G is claimed to be taking over the world soon, and it has indeed been slowly rolling out worldwide, but there are many barriers that remain, preventing widespread adoption. One big problem is that we can’t get faster internet speeds without more efficient ways of delivering wireless signals, whether it be adding antennas to either the transmitter (i.e., Wi-Fi access points and cell towers) or the receiver (such as a phone or laptop). MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) researchers have developed RFocus, a software-controlled “smart surface” that uses more than 3,000 antennas to maximize the strength of the signal at the receiver, to solve it. Read more for another picture and additional information.

Mudita Pure Phone E-Ink
Remember the classic candy bar-style phones from the late 1990s – early 2000s? Mudita Pure is a “modern take on a classic phone” by ditching all of the unnecessary features found in most smartphones today. To start, it features an E-ink display that reduces blue-light exposure while boasting an ultralow SAR value (the measured amount of radio waves absorbed by the body of the carrier). It may not have 4G / 5G connectivity, but when connected to a computer via USB-C, it doubles as WiFi hotspot. Read more for a video and additional information.

Nokia 2720 Flip
Photo credit: The Verge
If you love flip phones, and only need the most essential functions, then you might want to check out the Nokia 2720 Flip. In addition to integrated AI technology and familiar flip-phone design that combines simplicity and reliability in a durable device, the 2720 also comes with WhatsApp and Facebook pre-installed on KaiOS to make sure you’re connected to what matters. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.

Nokia 800 Tough
HMD Global’s Nokia 800 Tough is the first rugged phone from the company, and it’s not only water / dust proof, but also protected against drops as well as being designed to withstand extreme temperatures, making it an ideal worksites or travels. Despite its basic looks, the mobile phone still has Google Assistant, WhatsApp Facebook, 4G connectivity and more. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.

Roller Coaster Mobile Phone Catch
There are roller coaster enthusiasts all over the world, but rarely do you hear a story like this one. Samuel Kempf, who lives in New Zealand, visited PortAventura World theme park in Catalonia, Spain and showed off his lightning-quick reflexes by accident when he caught a stranger’s mobile phone while riding a coaster. It just so happened that the on-ride camera captured the exact moment Kempf caught the phone while riding the 80-mph coaster. Read more for the clip and additional information.