Thoughts on the Punkt. MP02 phone
About the Punkt phone
The Punkt phone is a designer phone which focusses on simplicity. It is rather expensive compared to other phones with similar features, yet it stands out with its great design and build quality. If you are looking for a secure phone thent there are better options. It runs proprietary software on top of Android (AOSP 8.1.0), which is quite buggy (see bugs I’ve found below). The level of privacy the phone offers I would say are on par with that of a lot of feature phones. I agree with Punkt that this it not a detox phone. This is a phone with focus on design and simlicity. A minimalist phone.
Thinks I like with the phone
- The design. It is lovely, cool looking phone. Good size.
- Build quality. It is not amazing, but quite good. Similar to a consumer DSLR.
- The focus on simlicitly The phone screen only shows the information you need. E.g. it will not show you the signal strength, battery level etc, before you loose signal or the battery is low.
- The ability to use the Signal Private Messenger protocol for communication.
- It is very intuitive and very easy to use. You hardly need to look at the manual.
Things I don’t like
- The phone is buggy. Always has been, but is impoving slowly.
- The bugs puts questions regarding the security of the phone.
- The software is not open source.
- The company do not provide information on future releases and I get the impression that software updates are few and far between.
- Poor screen. Ok when not using Pidgeon app as it is all black and white. Horrible when looking at Pidgeon messages and images.
The following bugs refer to the firmware EU.02.00.0082. These are bugs I have notices. There are more mentioned here.
- Messages get delayed almost all the time. Unlocking the phone for a minute will prompt the app to deliver messages.
- The screen goes black for a few seconds when you press the “hang up” button to get back to the main screen.
- Message scrolling has several issues. Scrolling up results in the phone not going to the message above (as expected) but jumps to between the second last and third last message. Pressing down to go to the second most recent message causes you to leave the thread. A work around is to scroll up twice, then scroll down.
- When scrolling in menus it would make sense to be able to scroll up and down. For instance, when you enter the main menu I have to hit the down button five times to get to “Settings” which is on the bottom of the list. It would be better if I needed only press up once to get to the bottom of the list.
- The screen is poor. It is better than most basic feature phones, but significantly worse than a smart phone. I can see how it happened. When initially designed it was meant to show monotone menus and messages (and it looks ok when doing this). However, when using Pidgeon to look at signal messages and images, it becomes clear how poor it is.