Some of us crave for the peace of mind and abandon of pre-mobile revolution days as phones become smarter by the day. That isn’t to say we don’t want to connect. It’s simply that we don’t want to be so intertwined, like if we’re on a wire. However, there may be methods to be connected while also finding peace and alone in nature or seclusion. The Easyfone Shield seeks to appeal to this demographic, as well as those who wish to take their phone with them everywhere they go. It has also grown increasingly enticing for individuals who find a smartphone, or even a tiny feature phone, difficult to use.
The Easyfone Shield+ is an IP68-certified waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof phone. With screws keeping the rear panel in place and bumpers covering the whole chassis of the phone, it appears to be a durable phone. I didn’t put it to the test, but I’m confident the phone would have survived a fall from my fifth-floor flat.
Another way to think of the phone is as a Nokia-style phone in armour – I’m assuming that at least some of the readers remember when Nokia was the peak of what a phone could do. So this isn’t an Android phone, and you won’t be able to navigate using the enormous touch screen. Instead, there’s a 2.8-inch IPS screen, which is more than a feature phone but still little compared to what most of us are used to. This implies that senior customers won’t have to worry about their phone falling off their nightstand.
A full numeric keypad is located underneath the screen, however it has bigger numerals that are more understandable to elders. It can also be used in the lake or on snow. To the right, there’s a large SOS button that may be programmed with a trusted phone number. Flaps protect both the 3.5mm audio jack and the micro-USB port. This power connector may be used to charge other gadgets, which is an excellent feature.
I had trouble setting up the phone since both of the slots require old-style SIM cards, which I didn’t have. To get this to work, I had to go through one of my luggage for an old SIM converter. The transition back to using a keypad was another challenge. The annoyance began with just unlocking the phone, which is as easy as it gets but something we are no longer accustomed to doing. So, after a few hours of toying with this phone, I’m confident it won’t be my primary phone, but it may serve as an excellent backup phone for my primary device.
This phone will be a godsend for individuals who enjoy going on hikes or who must go to locations where internet and electricity are scarce. The power backup on this phone’s little 2500mAh battery may last up to three weeks and can also be used to charge other devices. The flashlight, which is bright enough to find your way through a forest at night and is not on the back panel as we anticipate on phones, is another intriguing feature.
This phone, interestingly, comes with a unique charging dock that functions nearly like a landline for individuals who just require a phone outside of their house. Also, because the phone can be set up to only enable calls from certain trusted numbers, it’s a terrific way for seniors to stay in touch with family no matter where they are while avoiding needless calls.
A music player, the capacity to save data on a 32GB external card, Bluetooth connectivity, and a camera are all included in the Symbian-like OS. The camera is vintage and should only be used as a backup. The built-in FM radio tuner is one of the phone’s best features.
The Easyfone Shield+ is a wonderful backup phone for individuals who prefer nature to city life and don’t require a smartphone. It costs Rs 5,499 and is available in black and white. No, unless you’ve reached a point in your life when you’ve given up all luxuries, this isn’t a phone you’d use otherwise. Even for people who drive a lot, having this gadget in the glove box of your car for emergencies is a smart idea. And that is plainly the goal of this phone: to be a rough companion for individuals who enjoy living a hard existence. Only buy this if you have a special need for a phone that won’t die if you drop it.