I don't usually do reviews but couldn't pass up the chance to get my hands on this!
'The Brick' by Binatone is a retro-looking mobile phone with added mod cons.
While having plenty of cool nostalgic features such as old school ringtones, the game Snake and a ridonkulous one-month standby battery life (hands up if you remember when you didn't have to charge your phone every day...); you can connect The Brick to your smartphone via Bluetooth to access your music and contacts.
First off, it looks pretty cool. Don't get me wrong, I'd feel like a bit of a prat carrying it around town and having a conversation on it (Dom Joly anyone?) but at home, it makes a great display piece- a few visitors have already commented on it! Always a lover of anything 80s, my Brick looks quite at home sat next to my record player and old Roberts radio.
I mentioned you can play music through this- it makes a pretty good speaker! It played my smartphone music really well using the Bluetooth (you can also put your SD card in it) and it's louder than my usual phone's speaker. Win.
Also, did I mention it has a torch?! Amazing.
I totally get the idea behind this, it's a bit of a joke isn't it, so don't be fooled into thinking The Brick offers much more than a fun take on modern technology.
Personally, I think it's a really cool piece of kit to use around the house- I'd love to try the home phone version.
Available now at Carphone Warehouse for £49.99, it's not too expensive so I think it'd make a great present for a retro-loving relative. I may pass mine on to my Dad, who still uses my 10 year old Samsung which was a flip phone- remember those?!
I thought seeing as I was featuring a 80s-style phone I'd show you this 80s gem I picked up recently whilst charity shopping. 80s, check. Gold, check. Shoulder pads, checkcheckcheck. Love it. Bargain at £3.99!
What piece of retro gadgetry do you miss most?