Emporia RL1 – Festival Phone or Mobile for the more Mature
Ignore all that chat about apps, video calling, touchscreens and the rest – the Emporia RL1 does what phones should do best: make calls.
The RL1 would easily fit into the Bauhaus design school with its classy style and simplistic yet modernist lines.
Instead of talking about what the RL1 lacks here’s a quick run-down of what if features.
The Emporia has a great clear and bright 1.8-inch screen complete with adjustable text size, and when thereâ€™s an incoming call the built-in torch flashes at you. Not only will this prevent missing calls when you’re locked away in a noisy environment or recording studio both of those features may be ideal for your older relatives.
As a back-up the RL1 has an extra loud speaker and good vibrations. The thing is, avoiding a call may become difficult and no one will believe that you missed their call 😉
Apart from the screen the rest of the face of this phone is taken up by the ridiculously straightforward keyboard. The keys are big enough for even the most sausage-fingered of you and are labeled so clearly even I can read the numbers without wearing my glasses!
The Emporia RL1 does have some extras though – an alarm clock, a calculator and a birthday reminder tool.
Before you dismiss this as a phone for the olds – the Emporia RL1â€²s battery will keep going for more than eight days on standby on a single charge! You can natter solidly for 180 minutes before you have to recharge it.
Torch and no need to constantly recharge it? Sounds like a festival phone to me!
The charger isn’t your regular USB cable – The RL1 comes with a charging cradle which can be wall-mounted or desk-based.
The other way in which the Emporia RL1 is an ideal festival phone is that it costs just Â£60 on pay as you go.
For that it can stay in your rucksack ready for the next muddy music outing 🙂