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Cult Smartphones bring their game

While the Smartphone elites are preoccupied
with fighting amongst themselves for the converted top spot, the cult specials
are thriving. In this article we introduce three cult Smartphones that are
slowly changing the way Smartphones are made. Namely the YotaPhone 2,
Blackphone and NoPhone who each already have their own faithful following. So why
settle for less when these cult specials address real world pains like battery
deficiency, privacy and phone addiction better?

Here are the cult specials that will change
the way you see Smartphones from now on.

1. The Two Faced Wonder Child; YotaPhone 2

Sometimes, being two faced might not be a bad
thing!. Unlike any other in the market, this is a brilliant full touch, dual
screened Smartphone designed to cater to every need while paying special
attention to battery life.

Image Credit: YotaPhone 2

On the main face of
YotaPhone 2, is the FULL HD 5.0” AMOLED display that most are accustomed to.
For the butter fingers, rejoice! The screen is built using Corning Gorilla glass 3. Making the screen more resistant to
damage and in case of a scratch occurring, better overall retained strength.

On the flip side is
where YotaPhone 2 differs from the rest. It is equipped with a high resolution
always-on 4.7” e-ink display. This e-ink display is similar to Amazon’s
Paperwhite and only consumes battery when refreshed; making it extremely
battery efficient. Allowing for reading documents even under bright sunlight
without the annoying glare.

Smart Power Mode

The YotaPhone 2 is all about
using the phone as and when you desire. As the problem of battery life has
always plagued many Smartphones in the market, the Russian manufacturers have
come up with an innovative solution named the Smart Power Mode to conserve battery life when most needed.

The Smart Power Mode prolongs the
amount of battery life left by turning off the colour display. Functions of the
phone will now be controlled on the always-on display, including answering and
making of phone calls. You will no longer be caught in a situation when your
battery dies ever again!

Standing at just 145mm by 69mm and weighing a mere 145g; perfect for
one handed usage.

Specifications:LTE, NFC, Wifi, wireless charging, 32GB
built-in memory, 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera.

The Good

  • The always-on screen. Reading on the go is
    now less straining on your eyes (even under direct sunlight) and checking of
    notifications uses only a minimal amount of battery.
  • Smart Power Mode. Help minimize battery usage
    when your battery is running low. It turns off the battery draining colour
    display and transfers the controls to the always-on screen.

The Bad

  • There is no expandable memory storage option.
  • As it is a relatively new product in the
    market, there are limited apps in the market that will fully utilize both

For Who

  • Show offs – No other Smartphone will say LOOK AT ME more than a YotaPhone 2
    especially with the special E-ink display that can display favourite pictures.
  • Avid readers – The E-ink screen really helps
    when all you want to do is just sit in a café and read without the glare or
    strain on your eyes.
  • Penny Pinchers – Why only use one side when
    you can have two sides to a Smartphone.


2. Even The Secret Service Might Approve Of This; Blackphone

The Blackphone is just like a gadget right
out of a
James Bond flick that
protects all your personal data from all sorts of leaks and hackers. A product
that is almost hack free, perfect for the paranoid conspiracy theorists and those
conscious about personal data security. It operates on a modified Android
system named PrivatOS that helps address all types of modern privacy concerns
which makes this the perfect Blackberry alternative.

Image Credit: Blackphone

Designed to blend
in with other Smartphones and built with a 4.7” HD screen, the Blackphone is legitly
the new frontier for secured data and all types of classified information on
the go.

Security At Its Best – Silent Suite

This Smartphone’s security level puts kill
switches, firewalls and spy ware to shame because silent is this its middle
name. Having your personal data protected never looked so good and with so much
ease; even a five year old can operate this device.

This built-in suit allows for secure
messages, contacts, voice and even VoIP calls. Information leaks or viruses
will never be able to siphon information off your Smartphone ever again. In
order to make secure calls, you will have to purchase talk time directly from
Blackphone’s Smart World. Secure calls made with the Blackphone will also not
be subjected to roaming charges in most countries.

Standing at 141mm by 69mm and weighing a mere 119g; it is easily one of the
lightest Smartphones around. 

Specifications:LTE, 16GB built-in memory (expandable memory
option available), Wifi, 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera.

The Good

  • The Silent Suite! (DUH) Secure data on
    the phone that can almost never be hacked into.
  • The appearance of the Blackphone looks
    like almost every other Smartphone in the market. Allowing it to blend in
    with the other mainstream Smartphones; stealth.
  • With Silent World, it eliminates roaming
    charges from almost everywhere in the world.

The Bad

  • The small battery capacity of 2000 mAh
    is a worry as it would only last half a day at most for most Smartphone
  • The Silent Suite is only free for use
    for a year before a subscription is needed.
  • Minimal apps available for download as
    it is not running on regular Android.

For Who

  • Blackberry Die-hards – It is time for a move
    on now. The era of Blackberry is so far gone, it is documented in history
  • Politicians, Military personnel, Key
    financial players in the industry – Especially when keeping sensitive
    information safe is top priority.
  • Celebrities – Because personal raunchy
    pictures should stay personal and safely stored away; not splashed on the front
    page of a tabloid. 


3. For The Prankster And Addict; NoPhone

A truly futureproof phone, and with such an
impeccable design the NoPhone is a no brainer. It is waterproof, drop
resistant, fully wireless, thin and light – there is no other substitute to

Image Credit: NoPhone

The NoPhone started on Kickstarter to address
the problem of Smartphone addiction. In particular the need to constantly have
physical contact with your Smartphone. NoPhone was invented by a group of
Americans who felt that real conversations and socializing skills have been
lost since the introduction and over reliance on Smartphones became common
place in society.

Standing at 140mm by 67mm and weighing a mere 100g; about the same weight as 2
snicker bars.

Specification: Information not available.

The Good

  • Futureproof
  • Waterproof
  • Real time selfie feature.
  • So light it is almost unbelievable
  • Perfect paperweight.

The Bad

  • NoPhone is not-a-phone.

For Who

  • April fool’s gift – For the best friend that
    loves nothing but a good prank.
  • Smartphone addicts – Say goodbye to
    withdrawal symptoms or separation anxieties with NoPhone constantly by your
    side and in your hand!


Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi may be the front
runners in the industry, but if you fancy something that stands out from the
crowd and a Smartphone that actually addresses some real world pains other than
just having a faster processor or larger screen, you have to check these
Smartphones out. Why go mainstream when you could go cult with something much cooler?


By Geralyne Kaye Ong / February 24, 2015 9:45AM GMT+8

Tags: Tech
Storm, TechStorm, TV, Cult, Smartphones, Evolution, Battery, Battery Saving,
Privacy, Security, Personal Data, Information, Leak, Hack, Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi,
YotaPhone, YotaPhone 2, Blackphone, E-ink, NoPhone, Light, LTE, Wifi, Silent
Suite, Physical, Kickstarter, Selfie


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