The smartphone market has become very mundane as far was design and general look and feel of the phones are concerned. Apple, Samsung, Motorola and HTC etc. have their designs set firmly and if you think about it, their phones’ features and design are very similar.
There are large, clear and hi-tech touch screens, well rooted OSes, good sounds and very fast data networks. But what if you were to get out of this “comfort zone” of smartphones. What if you were to see the smartphones that are out of this status-quo? – Unique and exciting are the two words that come to mind right now.
We’ve seen niche phones like the Vertu / Bentley device but here are some smartphones that boast unique features. They cover bases like iPhones and Samsungs cannot even dream of. No matter what your niche is, there is a phone for you.
Let’s take a look at five for the most ridiculously niche smartphones.
When you think of a smartphone you think of a rectangular shaped device with a large screen that is suitable for displayed media and videos. But not everyone is a conformist. The Runcible is a smartphone modeled after a traditional pocket watch.
It didn’t work like a traditional smartphone as well. For some reason you can only save 12 numbers from which you can receive calls. All the rest go to voicemail directly. Its manufacturers were Monohm who designed the phone after a crowd funded project. The phone wasn’t a great commercial success and perhaps it wasn’t meant to be. But it would comfortably make any all-time list of smartphones with interesting shapes and designs.
Zanco Fly is the complete opposite of the Runcible, instead of standing out, Zanco Fly is meant to be discreet, virtually undetectable. Many claim it is made out of 100% plastic and is very tiny. In is quite popular amongst the prisoners in many countries.
The battery timing is decent and the rest of the functions work properly. We do know that it is manufactured in China but no one knows who the manufacturer is. You can only order it from an Ebay account of a man in China. He handles all the supplies and shipping.
Pantone 107SH is where things get a little bit serious. It is the first ever and probably the only smartphone that has a built-in radiator detector. Japanese manufacturers Softbank launched the phone after the tragic Fukushima nuclear disaster. It can read radiation levels and within 10 seconds provide the user with accurate results. It is said that we live in a world where such a grim aspect of life has to be built-in in a smartphone.
Phablets are designed to fit in between smartphones and tablets. Quite frankly tablets have been a failure overall – come on, they are no craze. But phablets are doing better. We see people carrying phablets all the time. However when it comes to Akyumen’s “Holofone”, a Californian based manufacturer, it gets really creative.
It has a 7-inch screen but at the bottom, just above the camera, there is a large lump. That lump is a full-fledge high quality 35 lumen projected that you can view on screen as big as 16 feet! The heating system is excellent, you can hold the mobile phone in hand while displaying it on projector and it won’t heat up.
Its OS is Windows 10 and you can attach HDMI as output source as well.
Phones are very expensive, even the cheapest of them are a hit on the pocket. But no fear, an Indian company Ringing Bells has the perfect solution. In order to cater to its massive population, Ringing Bells have come up with a solution: make a phone that everyone can afford and with a gigantic population, they don’t have to worry about the price, their revenues will come if people start buying their phones.
Freedom 251 is an Android device that is available for sale for $4 only. It is not a bad device at all. It has 1GB RAM, 1.3 GHz processor and 3.2 megapixel camera.
Seriously, $4 only!