Would you buy a text-only device?

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NEWS – The founder of Pebble, Eric Migicovsky just announced on Twitter a ‘side project’ he’s working on called Beepberry.  You can pre-order one now, but there is only a prototype.

The current device has a Blackberry keyboard (with logo) and a Sharp screen. It’s powered by a Raspberry Pi module.

Migicovsky wants a ‘weekend device’ that lets him disconnect from higher tech but still stay in touch with friends, and he thinks there’s a market for the Beepberry.

He calls the device “a portable e-paper computer for hackers designed for chatting on Beeper.”  Beeper is a service that puts all of your chats into one app.

The Beepberry won’t be an internet access device or phone so it couldn’t currently be used to summon an Uber or Lyft or make any voice contact, emergency or routine.

For $79 you can get in on the gamble that this may someday go live. If you’re away from home or work you’ll still need a phone, but if you’d like to step partially away from tech distractions, the Beepberry may be fun for you.

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  2. I have to say that I would not. As much as I would love to have a Blackberry physical keyboard attached to my Android phone, I can’t imagine having a device again that only does texting.

  3. It’s less about a go-to device and more about the fun of building the thing.

    Also, to be fair, it can easily be a fully functional Linux computer or game machine. I built a mini MAME machine in to an old gameboy case.

    So, to the question — would a “buy it”? Likely not. Would I buy the parts and “build it”? I kind of already have — but this one is sleeker.

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