Everyone knows the dirty truth about smartphones. At their best, they can be incredibly helpful, but at their worst they’re the ultimate tool of distraction. Left unchecked, one could put off real work almost indefinitely by skimming through a Facebook feed, checking Twitter, catching up on the news, playing a game, or perusing any of the easily downloadable apps. For some students in South Korea, the endless distraction of their phones seems to be causing a real issue, so Samsung has come up with a novel solution: the J2 Pro, a smartphone that has no internet access at all.
People around the world are wondering… is that even possible?
Meet the world’s first dumbphone >: p
— くりす Chris クリス (@Chris__Guillen) April 15, 2018
So it's a (pause)..phone?
— Lance Pinckney (@RamsPhilsGSW) April 15, 2018
I have a phone that can't go on the internet as well. I call it Brick 01…yours for $50…bargain… pic.twitter.com/Xnhp6U3UK4
— john stell (@johnstell10) April 15, 2018
To many Twitter users, the Samsung J2 seems like a throwback to a simpler time:
So. It’s a cellphone. I remember those from the 90’s. Cutting edge stuff. Save a hundred bucks and go buy a flip phone.
— trínítч wítnєѕѕ (@BritAussieNYC) April 15, 2018
Why waste your money on this when you can just buy a flip phone pic.twitter.com/VdIZNTkBKb
— BIG BROTHER FANATIC (@zingbotfanatic) April 15, 2018
Still, some of the online feedback was pretty positive:
Samsung's J2 Pro is a pretty awesome ideahttps://t.co/8FmyQ399p2
— PhoneDog (@PhoneDog) April 14, 2018
I think it may be useful for kids. As for students who don't wanna be disturbed during studying you can disable the internet connection on about every smartphone temporarily, so you won't be distracted. No need to buy an extra phone then.
— Peacemaker zockt (@PeacemakerZockt) April 14, 2018
Though people did have a couple questions about how the phone would work:
No kinda connection to internet at all, so no more updates to the phone too. Should have been at least WiFi enabled , isn’t it?
I was still thinking was there any gud bying that phone over a feature phone
— KiKNation (@kPallikkara) April 14, 2018
You could probably plug it up to your computer to install an apk or update
— Jason Bane (@TheeJasonBane) April 15, 2018
The J2 certainly looks sleek, but its price tag is raising some eyebrows:
— The Verge (@verge) April 13, 2018
— Hemanth Monal (@hemanth_monal) April 15, 2018
Not surprisingly, most Twitter users seemed wary of any product that would keep them offline:
But the thing is you learn a lot from the internet
— gottawearshades (@gottawearshades) April 15, 2018
But… that doesn't even solve the problem… Also, who's going to buy this? pic.twitter.com/1okhhkRSP9
— BullseyeFire (@SammyHallJr) April 15, 2018
But who knows? We could all stand to step away from the net for a little awhile.
Thank god! Great idea. People spend too much time on their phones looking at the internet. And yes, I am typing this on my phone.
— Hello (@philthadelphian) April 15, 2018