4 Minimalist Gadgets That Will Make Your Life Less Cluttered
In the oversaturated tech industry, brands that stick to a minimalist aesthetic are the zeitgeist. Names like B&O and Apple are navigating away from overcomplicated marketing and product design. We put together a list of the best minimalist tech you need to cop right now.
OK, so while Apple’s big product launch last month didn’t yield the long-awaited AirPods 2, the earbuds that arrived when the headphone jack disappeared with the iPhone 7 remain an essential. Not first to market but the talk of it nonetheless, the AirPods aren’t world-beating in the audio stakes. Yet all that is forgotten in their beautifully reduced design language. Is it possible to become physically attached to an inanimate object? We think you know the answer to that, don’t you?
Sleek lines, beautiful production values and a bassiness that feels like it just slapped you around a little, the Beoplay H9i are an audiophile’s dream. But they don’t just bring the noise; they’re fairly adept at silencing it, too. While one swipe of the finger turns off the music and Active Noise Cancellation tech, a clever proximity sensor means that everything stops when you take them off, and starts when you put them back on again.
Bose Quiet Calm II
Not only are these headphones a thing of minimalist beauty, but the Bose QC35 II offer 20-hours of battery life, some of the best Active Noise Cancellation tech on the market, and direct access to Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa. What does that mean? No more taking out your phone and reading it like a sucker. Just hit the action button and call up your messages.
The Light Phone
Remember when life didn’t revolve around your smartphone? Carefree days measured by experiences and people as opposed to an angst-ridden quest for likes and shares? No, us neither, but New York City-based artist Joe Hollier and product designer Kaiwei Tang – collectively known as Light – want us to revert to simpler times by way of the most stripped-back phone on the market.
This thing is so subtle that it’s not even meant to be your primary phone. Classed as a second phone – not to be confused with a burner phone for use in gangland activity – The Light Phone is programmed to make calls, take calls and that’s it. No video, no texting, no social media. Just a guy, the occasional call, and what could be the most life-affirming and stylish phone on the market.
$150 (currently sold out but taking reservations), thelightphone.com