A feature phone is the mobile phone many of us grew up with, the ones that excel at calls and texts but are not designed for much more.They have few apps (a game of Snake or a clothing size comparison chart, perhaps) and slow internet speeds so web browsing is arduous.
Typically, the device has a either flatscreen display with a small numeric keypad or alphanumeric keyboard, or a touchscreen providing a virtual keyboard and buttons (icons) on-screen.
And yet, with my new phone, so many things seem possible that I never quite got before.
For example, I'm on the road until the end of the month, and I've already discovered the joys of taking naked snapshots at the various stopping points of my journey. But I'm so text-oriented I didn't realize the effect that pictures and video would have for those who prefer visuals.
They don’t have the latest 4G connection, and sometimes not even 3G. Well, they’re cheap, simple to use and have battery life that lasts days, or even weeks.
Perfect, then, as a child’s first mobile or an elderly relative’s lifeline.