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    Reviews - Intro


    Started a couple of years ago with reviewing stuff. No real "schedule" for the subjects it can be anything that's interesting enough to try/test. No one is paying for it so its completely in-depended.

    Tip: you can see on the right the TAG's that makes it easier to navigate between the topics.

    Wonderwash - Review - Part 1

    Wonderwash - Review - Part 1

    Intro

    How to save on your electricity and water bill was the question here in the head office. A electric washing machine uses a lot of energy and water, so started the research and pretty quickly found a non-electric portable compact mini washing machine on Amazon ( because its not available in the Netherlands ) that looked almost like a scam.



    Digging a bit deeper in the Amazon reviews and it looked like a real useful tool to wash to the cloth with.

    Ordering

    It cost only 49 $ (well the instinct told already that there would be extra cost involved importing it to the Netherland ) started ordering, for that price its worth taking the risk. Amazon did some extra suggestions to buy and thought it would be a good idea to to add a manual spin dryer and a foldable drying rack........ ooops.......



    As you can see thats a bit too expensive so ordered only the Wonderwash on tuesday 8 January 2019.



    Receiving & unpacking

     

    Excited to receive the package two days later so on Friday 11 January. The package is smaller ( added the bike pump next to it so you can see the size a bit better ) then expected and unpacked the ingredients. 

    And a extra with left arm of the writer of this text.





    Mounting


    With the package came some instructions:

     

    Below some mounting images:

     


     

     

     

     

    Mounting is very easy so on to the first test!

     

    First wash test

     



    Needed a search engine to look how much 1 quarts ( please see manual above ).  looks that a Quarts is about a liter not sure because used two conversion sites and both gave a different output when convert a quarts to a liter. Stupidly enough not have the links to those sites. Will be more precise when writing part two of the review.

    The washing its self was easy peasy and the guess the cloth are clean. Its smells at least good :). These days where a lot of people have office jobs really dirt cloths are a rare thing ( except when you have a real job like a carpenter, plumber, garbage man, firefighter, nurse, doctor, serial killer - not the intension to insult previous professions with this last one lets keep it to bad sense of humour - etc or when you might have kids off course ;) ). 

    Like always not a good manual reader resulting in using to much washing soap / or to little water so needed to do a extra wash with just water to get rid of the "to much soap".

    Drying 

    How to dry the cloths? For smaller stuff like -shirts etc its easy but it gets more difficult when its a jeans.

    Well because there is no spinner (and not want to use the electric wash machine to do it) there are plenty of solutions please see here.

    Meanwhile spotted another type op manual wash machine - The Laundry POD - that can also do the spinning. Under investigation perhaps use the Wonder wash for washing and the other machine as spin-dryer? Or is the The Laundry POD perhaps a better choice then the Wonderwash?

     

    Bed sheets

    Think that washing bed sheets is a nogo because of the a) size (to big) and c) bed sheets need to be washed at 60 degrees. 


    Whats in it for the next review of this nice handy manual washing machine?

    Upcoming period will start some more intensive testing and reading the Amazon review notes ( lots a of very good suggestions ) more closely.  Or perhaps buy a extra  Laundry POD ? And what about making your own wash powder? Going to do some research about those options too.

    Will share the experiences and give some more suggestions. So please stay tuned for Review Part 2 in +/- spring 2019!

     

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    LEROUGE Pinhole cameras - Review

     

    This review was originally posted in  2017

     

    LEROUGE Pinhole cameras Review - Intro

    As part of an ongoing project started several years ago: how to how to have fun (a hobby etc.) outside (or partially ) the digital world.

    The project got into a overdrive due to the John’s Mobile project.

    About 30 years ago started with analog color & black and white photography and had some experimental projects that will be shown on the concepts part of this website later this year.

    There are a lot of differences between analog photography and digital photography. A important advantage for digital is speed, you can do you ( commercial ) projects more quickly. If you ask me what has more “soul” my answer is analog!
    Nowadays not sure why but shoot almost no images with my digital camera’s anymore ( except for the Dutch Skies 360° HDRI - Project ).

    You make 1001 images with a digital camera and look only once to them (or never), its too easy. In the “old” days you had to be carefully shooting lost of images it was simply too expensive.  While working on this review saw a nice image on Twitter that needs no explanation:

     

    Now looking back, it was much more fun and exciting when you had a analog camera. You needed to be patient much more then current time where instant satisfaction is “needed” more and more.
    Other point is that when your images (or any other documents etc) are only digital stored on a HD for example, a “simple” solar flame *) could be the cause that our memories or even complete history from the last 25 years could be gone in a few seconds.

    *) A Solar storm of 1859 hit earth, consequences where minimal, if it would happen today it would be a huge disaster.

    With film the images at least would be still here. Historians already are very worried with the fact that some very important parts of our lives are only/partially digital.
    Note that working digital has lots of benefits so not going to abandon it. Just curious how this investigation will affect my future projects. Think the research will bring new idea’s / projects to work on. Already working on some projects, so more will be published in the ( near ) future.
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    LEROUGE Pinhole cameras Review  - Part 1 - how it started

    How it started

    It was high on my investment list buying a analog camera again. Early February 2017 remembered seeing somewhere on the internet , a while ago,  a company that produces handcrafted analog camera’s. Not sure anymore where seeing it until looked at my contacts in LinkedIn. Suddenly saw that was already in connection since 2012 with the owner of the company who (the camera’s are actually build by a friend of Marc – Philippe – in a small workshop in France ) sold the LEROUGE camera’s: Marc Kairies. If you want to order in France or UK please check the dealer list.

    The LEROUGE camera's are handcrafted (!) camera's. Really keen on small companies who makes high quality products with lots of passion. Also noticing that in specially France lots of little companies started last years who make great handcrafted products. The other thing that like about is that the camera goes to the very origin of photography: a pinhole camera (note that the pinhole technique is most like like much older then the photography , a nice example is Tim's Vermeer or have a look here ). No batteries no extra's you just need a 35 mm film. There are other LEROUGE camera's that can handle other film formats like 120 or 4x5" to see those just scroll down on the info page.

    So on 25 February contacted Marc directly through Linkedin, Marc reacted quickly resulting that on Sunday 26 February ordered the LEROUGE 135 black edition and the LEROUGE 135 L (panoramic) Red edition. The whole ordering process went smoothly.

    This Part 1 of the review is the intro of this project, inclusive the arrival of both LEROUGE camera's. Part 2 of the review will be published in the near future, part 2 will be the actually testings etc.

     

    While waiting on the package to be delivered (5 or 6 days is standard delivery time) started writing part 1 of this review , and asked Marc several questions:

    Some info about Marc en Philippe

    Question: "Why does Philippe build cameras?"

    "Because he likes making things. Before he becoming a photographer in 2003, he worked in the industry for 20 years. First he made a 66 camera for his own use -  then came the idea to start a small series and sell them.
    It´s because he loves analog photography and the simple way to take pictures. And because all his knowlege is now arround photography which is his passion. Philippe starts selling  LEROUGE Pinhole Cameras in his gallery three years ago.
    "

    Question: "Why does Marc / MK Panorama Systeme sell LEROUGE Pinhole Cameras cameras?"

    "Since 2006 (23 years old!) Marc has been dealing with the panoramic photography (camera technology). From Noblex, Seitz Roundshot to his own products. Now he is passionate about analog photography. In 2016 he met Philippe and start to sell his products. Pure passion!"

    Well doing the "things" with passion sounds always good!

    Are the LEROUGE Weather proof

    Question: "Are LEROUGE Pinhole Cameras safe for rain and dust/sand?"

    "Like 99% of cameras in the market, LEROUGE Pinhole Cameras are not wheather proof.
    According to manufacturer, sand, dust, water is to be avoided.

    But a funny story:

    When we shoot the advertising photos of the LEROUGE Pinhole Cameras on the beach of St. Peter Ording (North Sea) into my Leica V-Lux 4 flew so much sand that now the zoom lens is only working from time to time - fine sand in the zoom!

    My 2 LEROUGE Pinhole Cameras I had only to blow and the dry, fine sand was gone!

    However it is up to the photographer to use his camera carefully"

     

    Size

    Below you can see a comparison of the smallest 35 mm camera Minox made in the past and the LEROUGE 135 and the LEROUGE 135L

    On the image you see two people:

    Reinhard Lörz (MINOX Club member and owner of the MINOX Museum)
    & Peter Baum (Visitor and MINOX Club member)

    Extra info (English translated ) - Extra info (German)
    Translated version:

     

    The LEROUGE 135 is already pretty small but hope that a even smaller version would be possible to create. A version that fits even more easily in your pocket. For me personally the LEROUGE 135 is still a bit too big. Think that creating a smaller version then the 135 would need some big design altering. The perfect size would be for example the size of the smallest disposable 35 mm camera or the Lomography Baby Diana 110 Camera. So perhaps a LEROUGE with a 110 film? Anyway for now its no big deal off course, let continue!

    Film types

    What surprised me is that there is still a vivid market for films. For example ADOX.

    Going to test - in Part 2 of the review - two 35 mm films:

    1) ADOX Silvermax 100 film
    2) ADOX Color implosion (not available anymore due to limited edition)

    In the Netherlands films and other needed parts can be ordered at FotofilmFabriek

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    Unpacking images

    The package arrived on 4 March!

    Made some unpackaging images. As you can see it all looks carefully packed. Marc gave very kindly two free ADOX Silvermax 100 films for free!

    The camera's are amazing:  handcrafted masterpieces!

     

     

    This is the end of part 1. Part 2 will cover the the testings and other findings/ notes. Due to having lesser spare time the coverage of Part 2 will take a while have the idea 1 or 2 months. Exited to actually start testing the LEROUGE camera's that's for sure!

    If you want to stay update about the LEROUGE pinhole camera's testings, please consider to join the social media pages or join the newsletter on the left of this website website.

     

    LEROUGE Pinhole cameras Review – Part 2 - Intro

    As part of an ongoing project started several years ago: how to how to have fun (a hobby etc.) outside (or partially ) the digital world.

    Here is part 2 of the LEROUGE Pinhole camera test.

    This was a great adventure! Some nice unexpected things happened, really magically.

     


    Used The film type + loading the film

    Only used for this test the Color Implosion - Experimental color negative - from Adox ( update: this film is not available any more due to a Limited Edition) . Later want to try other film types like B/W film, standard films etc.

    Below you can see some images of the whole loading film procedure:

     

     


    Recording notes/ experiences

    The odd thing when taking pictures with the LEROUGE camera is the fact that after you have exposed a image, the transfer to the next (unexposed) image is not going automatically. You need to manually adjust it (after years of shooting digital that's pretty weird). Also the Red version is panoramic so instead of turning the round (film transfer) button 1 time you need to turn it 1,5 time.

    Next to that the exposure time needs to be set manually.

    Bright sunshine: 2 sec
    Hazy sunshine: 4 sec
    Cloudy bright: 8 sec
    Cloudy: 15 sec

    Other thing noticing is that you must not forget closing the shutter it off course after exposing a image (pretty odd to keep thinking about too).

    When you reach the end of the film you feel it, the film transfer button stuck. Now you can open the camera and move the film to the other side and close the camera again. Next you can rewind the film.

    All this issues together makes the recording a true adventure.

     

    First recording results

    Next thing to do is getting the film developed. Off course was extremely excited to bring the exposed first film to the company that can develop negative films. In this case brought it to the HEMA in the Netherlands. It was along time ago that needed to fill in the form from the envelop:

     

    It takes 4 workdays until the film is developed. Just like the old days had the be patient, very good for your imagination too.

    4 days later picked up the negatives and quickly opened to envelop...... and was completely surprised to see. It was not panoramic at all! It looked to say at least a bit weird. Have a ION Film 2 SD scanner here and scanned the images.

    Could not remember shooting a rare blood-moon.....

     

    .... or might I have accidentally opened a portal to another dimension?

     

    Sended the strange looking images images to Marc Kairies and ask what could be wrong. He reacted quickly and told that the film would be most likely be installed wrongly. Indeed had the film mounted directly after the pinhole instead of on the back side (when you think about is some more is logically that the film is not projected correctly). The manual ( English - German pdf ) looked so easy (and also the camera is build very simple as you can see) not looked closely enough to such pretty important detail! The results are as you can see pretty wicked but looks great. You now know what to do if you want to create the same effect :)

    Next ordered a couple of new Adox Color Implosion in the Netherlands at fotofilmfabriek so can do some new recordings this time with the film mounted correctly.

     

    Scanning the negatives

    Recorded 3 new Adox Color Implosion films with several different topics. Again the films were developed at the Hema. So for showing the images on this website the images need to be scanned. Wanted to have the scan on a higher resolution then could make with ION scanner. And noticing here that scanning it myself is pretty difficult because of dust problems. Found on the internet a Dutch company that could scan the negatives for a affordable price: Scanit.

    They made 70 scans at 20 MP. The cost are 57,25 Euro incl USB stick and signed post not that expensive. Another great service was that they sended some test scans to let me see if it was ok.

    A extra note regarding the negatives: when got them back from the Hema saw that some images where cut partially. This is caused mostly by the panorama format of the LEROUGE 135 L. Its 1,5 wider the size of a standard 35 mm. When you would develop your own films you easily can avoid it (but developing your own color negatives is a bit more difficult then developing your own B/W negatives). It's not be a big issue you easily can fix it with photo editing software. Mentioned it to Scanit and they told keeping an eye on it and make the scan a bit bigger (bigger then the edge of the image ).

    Got everything back by signed post within about 5 days, and was surprised to see that Scanit did already some restoring regarding the cut images! Great service!

     

    Results, corrections & image analyses

    Now it was time to make a small selection with some different subjects. The images are a bit edited in Photoshop by altering the levels, curves & vibrance. This was only done quickly so the images will be most likely more refine in the near future.

    Some examples

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Really like the images shot with the LEROUGE 135L. As you can see the images are pretty noisy (some more then the others). This is mainly due the fact of the film type that has been used. There is also missing some sharpness that could be caused by the fact that might have shaken the camera too much with opening/closing the shutter or the persons where moving? For sure that there are more other influences that causes the images to look like this. Extra note: have asked the permission to post the images from the persons who are visible except the person on the right in the train, not have his contact info so hope he's ok with it.

     

    Almost ARD

    Several images are not deliberately taken but they look pretty "arty" (please see below). Perhaps going to make series with such "accidentally?" taken images. The series might be called "Almost ARD", althrough not sure about the name yet. Was already planning a online store for a new product in the near future, will most likely add the "Almost ARD" collection in it. It will be exclusive (after been bought you get the original negative too) or in very limited editions.

    If the images will be sold will let the films scanned at a photolab. The quality will be higher but also the scanning price. A high quality scan could cost about 20 to 30 euro. For most work the scan service from the Scanit is more then enough.

    If you like to be informed about the "Almost ARD" series please follow the social media pages or just join the newsletter.

     

     

     

     

    Conclusion

    Had great fun with shooting with LEROUGE 135L. So far its a great fantastic adventure for sure will record more images. Besides that the panoramic format of the LEROUGE 135L is really wonderful.

    Shooting analog and specially with the LEROUGE 135L pinhole camera has more soul. You are much more connected with the shooting and the processing part. Another thing is time, the "rhythm" is different then shooting digital. No rush/hurry and that's pretty relaxing. Also the excitement is back from bringing a full exposed film meanwhile fantasizing how it will look like, then you can pick up the present a couple days later, very exiting feeling like I had it in the past when started shooting images analog.

    In the near future will launch a LEROUGE gallery here on this website. Already bought another Adox Color Explosion and some new films types a) Rollei Chrome CR 200 b) Cinestill XPro 50 Daylight to experiment with.

    This is the end of the review of the magically LEROUGE camera's. If you want adventure just buy it!

    One last extra note about the shutter time:

    Asked Marc Kairies a rather stupid question:

    QUESTION: "When want to shoot indoor in the evening/ night with moody light how many seconds do I need to exposure the color explosion film? About 30 seconds?"

    "There are classic exposure meters, smartphone apps even with a light meter available or a good belly feeling - there is no advice, it depends on the light - from a few seconds to many minutes (it does not depend on the seconds, but a flat of 30 seconds is not a good advice)"

    He's right off course that makes sense already decided to go for the autodidactical (normal modus here) approach (specially for the "Almost ARD" project) : a mix with luck, instinct, 299% motivation/passion, & some other ingredients that has no name yet. Besides that always to know things for sure is very boring!

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    John’s Phone - Review

    John’s Phone - Review

    This review was originally posted in 2016 & updated in 2017

     

    John's Phone review 2016 - Intro

    Some of you might have heard about this John's Phone a while ago. For those who not heard about it, it was advertised as “World’s simplest Mobile Phone”. It got some great reviews where, for example, John's Phone was called a “Anti Smartphone”.

    A very basic minimalistic mobile phone that can make phone call’s and looks great due to its stylish design. It has a real stylus and a real notepad on boar: the designer had a nice sense of humor with the notepad (see image below) incl a game! Besides that the phone has no internet or SMS!

    The John’s Phone also reminds to the pagers that were popular years ago before the mobile phone where not used that much.

    Spotted a unboxing video of the Green John's Phone, and another one that is shown on the official website.

    More info can be found on the official website or the John’s Phone Wikipedia page. The quick manual can be downloaded here and extended Dutch manual here.

    some Reviews from 2010/2011

    Gizmodo 2010 - the anti-smartphone

    Gizmodo 2011 - iPhone 4 Vs The Simplest Phone on the Planet

    Engadget 2010 - John's Phone review: 'the world's simplest cellphone'

    It December 2010 it even got a Interface Design Price

    Nice thing to mention is that there are more than 200 display designs!

     

    How it started

    Years ago had several Apple Newtons PDA ’s like the 110 and the 130. The 130 also used on film sets to keep track of the shots.

    Then when they ( Apple ) announced the Iphone (1e generation - 29 June 2007) was was thrilled to work with such a device it was a kind of Newton but then also a phone. Waited to buy a Iphone until the 3G was introduced on 11 july 2008. Also bought later the Iphone 4 ( launched on 24 June 2010 ).

    On 10 or 11 September 2010 read on a Dutch Technology website (Bright.nl) a article Dutch | article English about the John's Phone.

    Note that thanks to The internet archive wayback machine the article is still fully available. The official article was posted on the Bright website on 10 September 2010, the snapshot (on the archive page) is from 11 June 2012.

    Because just had bought the Iphone 4 did not look anymore at the John's Phone.

    Fast forward to early 2016 noticing having some thoughts about a time before internet was introduced for a wide audience - you had more time for other things then constantly checking your smart phone. The social media and being online all day is extremely addictive keeps you forget to surrounding and turn in to a kind of ( Pokémon ) zombie.

    Next to that my old Iphone 4 was not supported anymore by Apple. A new one would cost about 500 euro ( almost a new mini mac for that price). So started to think again about a alternative. At first not thought about John's Phone until...... 10 February 09:35!

    White John's Phone

    So on 10 January 2016 09:35 decided it was time to buy a John's Phone. Only pitiful discovered that the company who created the John's Phone went bankrupt so no possibilities anymore to buy it through their online store. Then thought it might be a idea to look on Markplaats. On Marktplaats you can buy second hand products.

    Very quickly spotted a White John's Phone and got in contact with the seller ( his first name is John! ) and transferred the money (35 euro).

    On 13 January the John's Phone arrived! Installed the SIM card and could make the first phone call. After that charged the phone a couple of hours so the battery was full.

    Next morning went to my favorite spot in Scheveningen so shoot some new Dutch Skies 360 HDR's. Wail waiting decided to play a bit with the new John's Phone. Suddenly heard a kind of police whistle. Surprised looked aground to see where the police would be and did not see any police. Could not get any network connection with the John's Phone. So put the phone in my bag to sort out later why the phone did not work anymore.

    At home discovered that the police whistle came from the John's Phone!

    Haha! Had a big laugh its a warning you have to enter your PIN number for the SIM card! So messed the SIM card entered to many times a wrong PIN number because did not knew what to do ( not noticing the sound previous day - guess had the sound low? ).

    Recorded the sound of it:

    Used the phone for a couple of weeks and discovered pretty quickly saw flaws like network connection lost most of the times, and the on/off button acted weird. Also the battery life was bad. The solution for the network connection problem was easy. Cut a piece of paper in the size of the SIM card and plated it behind the SIM card. So there is a bit more pressure to force the SIM card internally to the connection point within the phone.

     

    Pink John's Phone

     

    Then a new idea was born: remembered that there was a Pink John's Phone available on Marktplaats so thought why move the internal parts of Pink one and put it into the white one?

    Luckily the Pink one was still available on Marktplaats so bought it on 24 January for 25 euro. The woman who sold it lives in The Hague so we made a appointment on central station to swap the money and the phone.

    The Pink John's Phone works perfect!

    Next went with the white and the pink phone to a local phone shop (with a technical service) around the corner and asked if he could place the main parts of the pink one into the white one. While showing both phones saw that he was surprised to see the phones , he never saw such a phone before. He refused to do the job because he does not know the phone and has no "blue prints" of the phone too. Completely understand his point of view so went home and tried to do it myself..........

    Because I'm way to clumsy during the opening process screwed it already. Some parts broke and was not sure anymore how to close it. Some images below shows how it looks on the inside. On the right a nice image in the dark (after turning it on).

     

    So it turned out that it was impossible (specially by a clumsy person) to switch the main parts decided to close the white version..... after that the display did not work anymore. So that was the end of the White John's Phone.

    Used the Pink one (yes that raised some eyebrows) for a couple of weeks then thought that there perhaps might be a John's Phone available on eBay:

     

    Ebay part 1

    Found immediate several John's phone not all affordable (see screenshot below)

     

    To my surprise spotted several sellers who where offering NEW (!) John's Phones. That raised my doubts off course but took the risk and payed about 90 euro for a brand new Black John's Phone. Ordered it on a Friday (by transferring the money by PayPal ) and to my surprise Saturday the postal service delivered the phone! Happy a little child opened the box and indeed a brand new Black John's Phone was included (in a original unopened package):

     

    Unpacked the phone and started charging the battery with the new adapter. After that went to the store to do some shopping. During shopping my girlfriend called and told that there was a power outage and it smelled like burned plastic at home! Immediately got home and saw that all electrical equipment was not working any more. Admitting that the first thing that was checked if the new Black John's Phone was still working and yes! It was only the adapter that was burned. My girlfriend was not amused about this situation specially with the new John's Phone obsession. Anyway Luckily the energy shortcut safety tool worked ok so could switch it on and most electrical equipment worked again.

    Also checked to see if the new phone could be charged with the adapter from either the previous white and or the Pink one....yes! Since this moment use the new black John's Phone as main mobile phone.

    Black John's Phone - extra notes

    Its not recommended to use the black John's phone during traveling. As you can see the "close call" button is a little bomb. Also when you need to turn on the phone you here a sound that can be misunderstood - specially when you never saw a John's Phone before - below you can here the sound:

     

    You can imagine that a ticking sound + bomb icon + unknown device in these days of terrorism thread its better not take the phone during raveling.

    The design of the John's Phone is made years before terrorism thread was a big issue like currently.

    ps for traveling use a Nokia 130 a very cheap sim lock free mobile phone with a long battery life + SMS support.

     

    Ebay part 2

    Found another seller on Ebay and also ordered a new White Johns Phone.

     

    When correct you can still order John's Phones from that seller.

    Conclusion

    Really like this phone. It does was is needs to do. Maybee in the future will buy a new smart phone mainly for the camera function, now missing a camera when on the road. Or perhaps buy a good compact camera like for example the FUJIFILM X70.

    Besides that had a nice unexpected adventure as mentioned above.

    PLUS

    - When you not have a smart phone anymore you have the feeling of having back your freedom!
    - no compulsive checking mail or social media
    - more aware what is going on (for example when you are in the train or walking in the street - without constantly looking on a smart phone)
    - have now a old style agenda (see below) like in the old days, not use the notebook (to small and find it a part of the design so leave the untouched notepad within the case on the back of the Johns phone

    MINUS

    - no SMS
    - no instant access to my passwords (on the iphone use the app PasswordWallet )
    - no camera
    - have now a old style agenda ;)

     

    ps if you have a Brown (John’s Phone Tree), Green (John’s Phone Grass) & the "premium" edition, bar (golden) and you want to get rid of one of these 3 models (so can complete the collection here) please contact me.

     

     

    UPDATE: MARCH 2017

    John’s Phone daily usage- how did it go?

    How did the last period went ( please click here to read to original John’s Phone review 2016 ), so with not using a smartphone anymore and only work with the John’s Phone? Need to be said that not make a lot of phone calls so most of the time the John’s Phone is just shut down.

    Anyway, It went very well. When going outside you are not distracted anymore with mails, SMS’s etc. So it’s a big relieve. You have more time to look around and absorb on the surrounding without constantly staring at your smartphone.

    The major back-draw is the missing of having a small camera. For some new projects need to shoot lots of reference images and having a camera always with me is crucial.

    What to do? Not want to spend a lot of money on a new Iphone or buy a additionally separate camera.

    The solution was buying a affordable Android Smart Phone called Gigaset GS160 for about 100 Euro. The Quality of the camera is pretty good, at least for the projects working on.

    The Gigaset GS160 has a older Android system so better use a VPN and take some additional security measurement when going online. Even better not use internet at all on the GS160.

    The original plan was to swap the SIM card between the Gigaset GS160 and the Johns Phone, only the backside of the GS160 is to fragile to constantly swap the Sim card.

    So plan to get a extra - super cheap - SIM card that will be only used with the John’s Phone, need to think about the new setup some more. Perhaps will add another update to this page in the near future,

    Attention Fake John’s Phone’s spotted!

    A few weeks ago looked on the e-Bay website to see there still are Johns’ Phone’s available. Yes there available, only spotted a big warning if you plan to buy one: there are fake Johns’ Phone’s sold!

    how to recognize a fake one? Please have a look on the image below. The original creators of the John’s Phone posted the warning on their Facebook page. Note also the nice sense of humor from the original creators on the bottom low right side of the image :)

    Light Phone 2

    Good to see that there are appearing more mobile phones with - more or less - the same concept as the John’s Phone.

    About April 2019 a new version of the Light Phone will be released: Light Phone 2 and it looks fantastic! Their Indiegogo campaign is/was a huge success.

    The Light Phone 2 is a simple, 4G LTE phone with a beautiful black & white matte E-ink display (simple messaging is also possible).

    The price is pretty expensive but think you have a very nice “light” phone. Think this new Light Phone 2 can be successful in the future, due the fact that more and more people want to have more free time without getting overwhelmed by digital information/ social media addiction etc.

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