Heineken - yes, the beer company - launches a camera phone that's boring by design

The Boring Phone
(Image credit: Heineken, HMD)

A phone made in conjunction with a brewing company? It sounds like a late April Fool's joke, but surprisingly, the collaboration between HMD (Human Mobile Devices - makers of current Nokia phones) and Heineken isn't as ridiculous as it first seems. 

The Boring Phone is a stripped-down dumb phone that ditches internet access, so there's no social media, email, or games. Free from such distractions, the theory is you're then able to more easily engage with the people around you and enjoy real-life socializing... over a beer.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.