Here's a phone with a rather surprising object where you're expecting to see numbers or icons:
That's the SpareOne Phone, designed by Singapore-based design consultancy NextOfKin Creatives for client XPAL Power, Inc. The brief was to design a "full functioning emergency phone powered by a single AA with a 15 year shelf life."
"As the product did not have any LCD information display, the archetype of the display screen was used to showcase the hero of this device - the iconic long lasting AA battery.
"We designed an intuitive layout with the Emergency button (for SOS calls) being the center of the button interface. The other features we rationalized necessary were a slim form factor, tactile button designs, programmable phone-number memory and the universal LED torchlight."
Simple and basic, battery front and center, I like it. The placement of the battery is such that you can see the expiration date at a glance. As for ergonomics, it's not like you're supposed to have an hour-long gab-fest with a college buddy on this thing and I'm okay with the bulge.
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This is not a new product - I’ve had one in my emergency kit for almost ten years. It’ll work with almost any SIM, including the one that’s probably in your everyday phone (there are adapters in case your SIM is a micro or nano size). It’ll even work with no SIM at all for emergency 911 calls .
A bit dubious the SIM card will still work (be supported; connect to a still extant carrier) after 15 years