Basic is the new sexy


Strip a phone down of all its additional fluff and you’re left with a phone’s bare essentials. A display, and a control panel. That’s all you need, actually. You’ll be surprised how easy it would be to get a hang of things.

The Luna Phone would make a really good burner phone. With its unusually pretty screen and the simple capacitive touch panel at the bottom, it truly takes minimalist design to another level. The absence of a camera and a high definition LCD really allows the phone to become super slim. The touch-pad is pretty intuitive but would take a bit of getting used to, after the widespread use of smartphones with more definitive displays.

Designed to look classy even with its basic, lower-end hardware, this could be your perfect backup phone. Not to mention, the battery backup on this would run for weeks, given its minimal build. Now who wouldn’t want that!

Designer: Jorge Arbelo Cabrera









  • Steven says:

    This a great proof of concept. However, I think it will be highly unpractical, mainly to lack of visual feedback when using the device. Would love to be proven wrong though 🙂

  • Wight says:

    Great concept, but I have to agree with Steven. It all feels a bit impractical. Not really sure what problem this solves either. The minimalistic aesthetics are visually pleasing, but the functionality seems odd when you have to draw an envelope with your fingers just to access the email program. Would ever app follow that same pattern. Would you have to draw the Twitter bird in order to open that service or would you have to gesture out the entire name one letter at a time. Either way feels a lot more difficult than just being able to simply tap on an app icon.

  • Sarang Sheth says:

    Hey, so that’s where the magic lies, Wight. Twitter isn’t meant to be a part of the core mobile experience. The concept limits itself to the most basic functions of a phone. Calling, and messaging. That’s all you’ll ever need to know. I did mention that this was a basic phone.

    And Steven, I’d love to see something like this work. We as a species are so heavily reliant on visual feedback, and that’s now such an integral part of the phone. However, it doesn’t need to be. Telephones only got screens a decade or two back, right?

    • SHIKO SHAKUR says:

      It’s amazing Concept, but in the feedback point, it’s a basic phone, if we don’t have to show a feedback visually, so what about sound feedback, a confirmation tone, warning tone, also we can use vibration for warning and confirmation

      it think that’s will be fine

      • Sarang Sheth says:

        Shiko, visual feedback doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be simple, but it must definitely be there. Without visual feedback, your perception feels incomplete. Like the bulb in a microwave oven… Doesn’t need to be there, but still makes a massive difference.

        Plus, only audio feedback on a phone would make this become more of a phone for the visually impaired.

  • One could argue that this phone solves the problem of smartphone addiction/distraction. If a minimal phone were designed with the most modern battery tech but without all the processing requirements of a touchscreen, a camera, a web browser, etc, the battery could last for weeks. My ideal minimalist phone would be something like this but smaller and it would also be modular and have optional keyboard and screen attachments or bluetooth accessories.

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  • hello says:

    writing V or placing checkmark? impractical design!

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