modu Mobile modu phone
The modu Phone is the world's first modular phone.
- A cool idea in theory, light and compact design, wide variety of potential uses for modu jackets
- Limited functionality, not a huge variety of jackets available, mediocre screen, no vibration, no 3G
The success of the modu phone will depend entirely on the quality of the jackets available. Though a modular phone sounds like a good idea, the limited jackets we've seen don't offer anything terribly exciting. In a day and age of fully featured touch-screen smartphones, the modu's tiny screen and 2G connectivity make it seem stuck in the past.
Do you ever get sick of your mobile phone? Do you wish it could change appearance from one day to the next? Israeli company modu mobile is counting on you answering yes to both questions. One of the smallest and lightest mobile phones we've ever seen, the modu Mobile is the world's first "modular phone" — a handset that can be inserted into a range of "modu jackets" that enhance functionality and change the phone's design.
As a standalone phone, the modu Mobile is as basic as they come. It’s a small, rectangular device with square edges and a relatively thin profile. modu Mobile claims the modu phone is the lightest phone in the world at just 43g — with a tiny screen and just seven buttons, it looks much like an MP3 player, and it has basic features to match the simple design. Bluetooth and an MP3 player are included, along with 2GB of internal memory, but the modu doesn't support 3G. We found it annoyingly difficult to remove the SIM card from the small slot on the left side of the handset.
The modu doesn't even have a regular keypad — the five-way navigational pad is used to select keys on a keypad displayed on the screen, which is a slow and rather frustrating process. The screen itself is just 1.3in wide; when used without a jacket it displays an annoying green tint. The modu user interface is as basic as they come, and reminiscent of older mobile phones.
The real beauty of the modu phone lies in the "modu jackets." These are enclosures that you slide the modu into, not only changing the design but adding a number of features depending on the individual jacket. For example, the "night jacket" we received in our review package adds a full, angled keypad, a 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash, surrounding lights and external volume controls. There are a range of jackets available — many are a simple design change, while others offer extra functions like speakers and photo frames. Impressively, a jacket can alter almost any aspect of the Modu Phone, including the display size, memory, battery life and features. Jackets often change the phone's user interface too.
The three jackets we received with the modu were the night jacket, the speedy jacket and the mini jacket. Aside from the night jacket adding a 3.2-megapixel camera, these jackets are pretty standard fare and don't offer anything exciting apart from a different look and feel. Depending on your tastes, the design changes may not be welcomed — the speedy jacket feels like a plastic display phone, while the mini jacket's keypad doesn’t provide the best tactility when typing messages.
Perhaps the most perplexing omission from the modu phone is vibration, a basic feature included on even the most inexpensive mobile phones. The MP3 player is also basic, and it's let down by modu's insistence on a USB headphone connection rather than a standard 3.5mm jack.
The reality is that the modu phone is one of the most basic mobile phones we've ever reviewed. Though we appreciated the design efforts in creating the modu jackets, in a day and age where mobile phones are portable Internet and multimedia devices the modu Phone seems stuck in the past.
The modu mobile is exclusively sold through MobiCity in Australia.
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @Goodgearguide
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Huawei Y5 (2017): Full, in depth review
- 3 LG G6 Plus: Full, in-depth review
- 4 First Look: Nikon D850
- 5 OnePlus 5: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Huawei go big on AI, announce Mate 10 + Mate 10 Pro
- Huawei's flagship tech trickles down to mid-tier with new Nova 2i smartphone
- Incipio Adds Pixel 2 Cases To Roster
- Survey: 20% of Aussie Apple users wouldn't switch to Android for a million dollars
- Tech21 Announces New Phone Protection For Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL
PCW Evaluation Team
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
- Canon 6D MK II
- Panasonic’s EX600U UHD HDR TV + HTB688 soundbar:
- Which case should I buy for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8?
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTProject Director- CloudOther
- CCBusiness AnalystVIC
- FTCyber Security Consultant - IT Services - North Ryde areaNSW
- FTAdministration Support/CoordinationOther
- TPBusiness Analyst | Utilities | Multiple PositionsQLD
- FTReporting AnalystQLD
- FTDelivery ManagerVIC
- FTPermanent Project SchedulerACT
- FTSCCM Systems AdministratorOther
- FTNon - functional Test LeadVIC
- FTPerformance Tester - Load RunnerACT
- FTProject Manager - Property /Engineering/ Construction - GovtOther
- FTBusiness Information Security Officer (BISO)NSW
- FTEAI DeveloperACT
- FTMicrosoft CRM Dynamics Consultant (Mid level)Other
- FTMid-Level Drupal DeveloperQLD
- TPPrincipal Business AnalystQLD
- FTLead Business AnalystOther
- CCETL DevelopersACT
- CCMobile DeveloperNSW
- FTChange ManagerOther
- CCCloud Application ArchitectNSW
- FTJunior IT Admin CoordinatorACT
- FTSenior Security ConsultantOther
- FTCommunications Specialist- Change / MarketingOther