Light Phone: Pros + Cons After Two Years With a Dumb Phone

Andrew Folts
6 min readMar 1

March 1, 2023—Two years ago I ditched my iPhone for a dumb phone called the Light Phone, and here’s how my life has changed.

Hi, my names Andrew, and two years ago I ditched my iPhone for a minimalist phone called the Light Phone 2.

Which some people thought was a great idea and other people thought was a giant waste of money.

So I thought I’d make a followup video to talk about the longterm pros and cons and explain why…

Buying a dumb phone just might be the smartest thing I’ve ever done.


Back in 2021 I was really struggling with social media addiction, so when I heard about the Light Phone I started watching YouTube reviews.

But they all seemed to have the same storyline, which went something like…

“I tried a dumb phone for 30 days and it TOTALLY changed my life, but, oh, by the way, I’m going back to my iPhone.”


Predictably, this led to a lot of skepticism that the Light Phone is just a kind of hipster toy that’s great in theory but not actually practical.

So where my first video proved that it’s technically possible to live without an iPhone, this video asks…

Ok, but would you actually WANT to?

1. Will vs Limits

The biggest complaint I’ve heard about the Light Phone is: “Why pay $350 for a dumb phone when you could just use your smartphone more responsibly?”

So…I guess that’s the end of the story. See ya!

Andrew Folts

Author of 365 Comics. Writer, illustrator, and barefoot runner slinging minimalist hacks for creative rebels.