Blackberry Key2 as a digital minimalist smartphone

Jerzy Rajkow-Krzywicki
Jerzy Rajkow-Krzywicki
Blackberry Key2 as a digital minimalist smartphone

What are the conclusions from my experimenting with smartphones? What I like about Blackberry Key2?

Topics from Vlog #30:
  • Why you should not be afraid of experimenting?
  • Experimenting is a verification of point of view
  • What bothered me in The Punkt MP02?
  • Why am I experimenting with the BlackBerry?
  • Why I prefer a hardware keyboard?
  • How to configure your smartphone in such a way that it's not distracting?
  • What am I scanning with my smartphone?

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Why experimenting is a very good thing.

Why you should not be afraid of experimenting and why I'm experimenting with an Android smartphone.

Experimenting is important. If you consume media on the Internet or even if you read books. Although I think reading books is way less dangerous. The effort to have to put in writing a book is such that the author is automatically making sure that the knowledge is verified and is useful.

It's not the case with videos. It's not the case with podcasts. It's too easy to make videos and podcasts. Bear in mind that all that you consume is a point of view. Experimenting is a verification of this point of view.

Blackberry KeyOne + Macbook Pro
Photo by Lukenn Sabellano / Unsplash

I am experimenting with the smartphone.

The Punkt MP02 has too major flaws. I cannot stand that are completely incompatible with how I live and how we live nowadays. I cannot stand the T9 method of entering SMS messages. I cannot I'm sorry, it's not the 1990s.

The second thing is I miss very much is my calendar.

Why am I experimented with the BlackBerry?

Not an iPhone? For two reasons.

First, because it's an Android phone. An Android phones are more modifiable and I can select a lot more things in an Android phone that I could in an iPhone.

The second thing is that a BlackBerry has a hardware keyboard. I like very much that activity of the Punkt MP02. The fact that BlackBerry has a keyboard and I can program shortcuts on the keys is important for me.

As you can see, you don't have to ditch your smartphone. If you want to become a digital minimalist. You can pretty much leave your smartphone in your pocket.

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Configure your smartphone in such a way that it's not distracting and channeling your attention.

If you want to use your smartphone as a digital minimalist device, first thing to do is to uninstall the applications. Leave only those that are by default on your smartphone. Try to use it for some days and see what applications do you need and install them.

You have to turn off all the notifications. You can keep only notifications on for phone calls for SMS messages and for your calendar.

The last thing to do is to put your system into grayscale mode. If you want to know how to do it, you can look for tutorials on YouTube or ask me in the comments.

What I also did is that I have put a very aggressive do not disturb mode on my BlackBerry. Not being notified even about phone calls or SMS messages before 7:00 a.m. and after 8:00 PM.

It's in black and white and there's very few applications on it.

I was lacking some kind of a digital calendar and I was lacking also a habit tracker. Those things are here. In the bottom the age a habit tracker, which is Habibtify. The icon at the right is a scanner because I am going paperless since at least ten years. So a scanner is very important.

It's also one of those things that the Punkt MP02 didn't have. It was a scanner.

I was lacking a scanner a big way because I'm scanning everything. I'm scanning my contract, invoices, all kinds of information I stumble upon.

The rest is a for example Revolut app which is a financial management app and this is an app that does not exist online. You have to have an application. If not, it doesn't work. All kinds of listening apps. My podcasts, my audiobooks and my music on title, the Philips Hue to control the lights at home. Life 360, which is a family locator and a calculator.

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Photo by 13on / Unsplash

No Internet browser.

The Internet browser is actually blocked in the system, no email app, no communicator whatsoever. Only a SMS messages and calls. That is all the possibilities of communication that this smartphone has and system wide black and white, monochromatic display. The battery lasts longer and also the smartphone itself is less appealing. The only notifications that are on, are for calls for calendar and for SMS messages. That's it.

As a part of my vlog episode, I have published how to configure your smartphone in such a way that it's not distracting. Watch it here:


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