18 Sep

The case for light phones

Most of us grew up carrying a bag of books (and other objects as per our unique personalities) or no bag at all. Our communication was limited to telephones and desktops, objects that were static until their evolution to cordless phones and laptops, respectively. Phones were never meant to be things that we carry around, but now that they are, it makes sense for them to make their physical presence felt as less as possible – by being light.

The problem with some light phones is that the lightness comes at the cost of processing power and a long lasting battery. However, phones are an essential part of our lives currently and are expected to deliver seamless performance and transmission of information without lag, all this and more without dying out in the middle of the day.

Some large phones (often monikered ‘phablets’) can be pushing 200 grammes in their stock format, but, with a custom battery required to power them for processing efficiency, their weight could go up to as much as 300 grammes! A grim reminder of those chemistry textbooks from high school.

Another bar for measuring phone weight is – does it make wearing your loose pants uncomfortable? Add a new belt to the operating costs of your phone. The next thing you know, your phone might not be allowed as cabin baggage on flights.

After all, we should not need Iron Man suits to hold up a phone while browsing in bed. Phones need to be light, slim and able to adapt to us – not the reverse where we adapt to them. Man builds machines to assist himself, not to inspire bodybuilders.

So how much is a phone ideally supposed to weigh? The average smartphone (average in both price and performance) will add 140 grammes to your burden. That is as much as a big bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Silk (worth ₹150). Imagine carrying that thing around in your pocket everyday. Not a delicious idea, right?

Fear not, though. There is one phone that can give competition to a feather. It is light (an understatement) at an unbelievable 110 grammes. So it can give envy to the average metal bracelet watch. We are, of course, talking about the PHICOMM Passion 660. Add to the weight its sleek depth of 7.40 mm and you can see why it is considered 17% thinner than the average 5-inch smartphone.

All said and done, to experience is to believe. So head to Amazon India to experience this phone yourself. We’ll make it easier for you – hit this link and get yourself a super light model… (oops!) Phone.

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