NOTE: This article isn’t strictly about privacy. However, it is about a very small cell phone that should become popular and also works well with Zello, the privacy-oriented walkie-talkie app. Go to https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+zello&t=h_&ia=web to see my previous articles about Zello.
A review in the Digital Trends web site says, “The Unihertz Atom won’t replace your smartphone, but it’s perfect for outdoors.”
While I haven’t yet had my hands on a Unihertz Atom cell phone, I suspect that description is accurate. It appears to be tiny, rugged, and resistant to water, mud, and all the other nasty stuff one finds in the great outdoors. I don’t think the Unihertz Atom is a good phone for everyone but it certainly will appeal to those who spend a lot of time outdoors, either for work or for pleasure or both.
One thing that appeals to me is the red push-to-talk button on the side of the Unihertz Atom phone. It works with the Zello push-to-talk walkie-talkie application, which is also pre-installed on the phone.
Red Push-To_Talk Button
Of course, anyone can add Zello to almost any smartphone within a few seconds. The fact that Zello is pre-installed isn’t terribly exciting. However, the addition of the red push-to-talk button on the side of the Unihertz Atom phone is a great idea. Instead of having to push a big red circle on the face of the cell phone as you do with most other cell phones running Zello, the red button on the side functions more like a walkie-talkie carried by law enforcement personnel, first responders, plumbers, construction workers, and field service personnel everywhere. Zello converts most any smartphone into a walkie-talkie with high-quality worldwide coverage, as long as both parties are within range of an Internet connection. It works equally well on a cellular network, a wi-fi connection, or even on a wired Internet connection (on some devices, such as a Windows PC).
In addition, Zello provides very private conversations that are difficult, perhaps impossible, for spies, hackers, or government agencies to monitor. See http://bit.ly/2M3cXp7 for my earlier article about Zello’s privacy.
I like Zello’s walkie-talkie app so much that I purchased a walkie-talkie made for use with Zello: The Radio-Tone RT4.
I am pleased with the Radio-Tone RT4 and I use it daily. However, if the Unihertz Atom had been available at the time, I think I would have purchased that instead. The Unihertz Atom is smaller, lighter, and probably works better as a cell phone as well as a Zello walkie-talkie.
You can read a review of the Unihertz Atom by Mark Jansen in the Digital Trends web site at http://bit.ly/2ypicxt. TheUnihertz Atom is not yet available but is expected to ship in October, 2018. The Unihertz Atom Kickstarter page may be found at https://kck.st/2JSJCBa while the Unihertz Atom web site is available at https://www.unihertz.com/.