F1 Pro Aspen – Rugged Dumbphone with Hotspot and Waze

(48 customer reviews)

$329.00

Life can hand out some hard knocks. You need a phone that can keep up.

The new F1 Pro series of flip phones has a much larger battery, improved durability, water resistance, and better screen.

The F1 Pro Aspen gets you many of the tools you need, such as Camera, Music Player, Weather, Google’s Waze app, and Wi-Fi Hotspot capabilities, but without all the distraction of a web browser or social media.

 

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Description

Life can hand out some hard knocks. You need a phone that can keep up.

That’s why we’re introducing the new F1 Pro series of flip phones, with a much larger battery, improved durability, water resistance, USB-C, and better screen.

Each phone comes complete with a battery, a USB-C wall charger, a charging dock, and a charging cord.

We’re also introducing a number of new software feature-levels to better serve your desired level of freedom from distraction.

The F1 Pro Aspen rugged dumbphone with hotspot and Waze has the following features:

  • Touchscreen
  • Text and Picture Messaging
  • Camera
  • Offline Music Player
  • Sound Recorder
  • Weather
  • Navigation
  • Google’s Waze app — This app does not work well with the keypad and requires you to use the touchscreen.
  • Visual Voicemail
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi (data transfer)
  • Hotspot (share your cellular data with other Wi-Fi devices — Note that this shared connection is not filtered or restricted in any way)

 

It does NOT have:

  • Web browser
  • Social Media apps
  • App Store
  • Video capability
  • TAG Approval

 

See the spec sheet for more details.

Note: The F1 Pro Aspen rugged dumbphone with hotspot and Waze is meant for North and South America and will not work in much of Europe, Africa, and Asia because it lacks the LTE bands required in those locations.

 

48 reviews for F1 Pro Aspen – Rugged Dumbphone with Hotspot and Waze

4.5 Rating
1-5 of 48 reviews
  1. By far, this is my favorite dumbphone I’ve found, exactly suited to the type of phone that I was looking for in a minimalist phone.
    No browser, no social media, no games, no app store & ability to download these things.
    While at the same time, it has each of the features I still wanted.
    I’ll go over each of the features I’ve used thus far.
    I also had a week or so with the Horizon phone, before upgrading to the F1 Pro, so I may mention differences there as well.

    In no particular order:

    Typing & navigating the phone:
    The phone uses T9 texting, which works quite well. I haven’t figured out yet if there’s a way to add custom words to it rather than being technically dictionary correct (For instance, saying “wishin’ y’all were here”),
    Emojis are supported via the # key, with your most recently used ones being the first suggested.
    The phone has both a touchscreen and physical navigation buttons. As someone who hates fingerprints on my screens, this is a huge plus for me. I use the buttons normally, and the touchscreen when I want to be precise or fast.
    The phone also supports shortcuts at it’s main menu (middle button, 7-4 takes you straight to music).
    Ring tones, text tones, etc. can all be changed per contact. The default ones are set in a separate settings menu from the rest of the contact settings.
    With the premium subscription you can use voice-to-text, which read my voice quite well. It sometimes was a bit finicky to get it to start the voice-to-text, but that may have been user error on my part.
    It does require an active wireless service to use this feature. But for people who text often, or text long blocks of text at once, this likely makes the couple bucks a month for the subscription worth it.
    If you don’t have the subscription, the phone still supports recording and sending audio messages via sms, so if you have a longer message to send to someone, you aren’t limited to typing it out via t9.

    Battery life:
    Lasts much longer than a smartphone, though not as long as some of the old flip-phones back in the day. (I’d guess this is due to some of the fancier features like the touchscreen).
    I can usually go a few days between charges, depending on my usage. It definitely felt like an improvement over the horizon series battery.

    Music:
    It’s just about perfect for my purposes. You can load MP3s onto your phone via cable, or by putting them on your SD card.
    The phone will recognize Artist, Art, and Album tags on your MP3s. There are a few album I’ve noticed it misses or ignores the art from. As best I can tell, this happens when the album art is very large (something like 1080px, instead of 300px).
    Sadly, it does seem to ignore all track # tags. This can be confusing if you’ve owned an album for a while and are used to listening to it an a particular order.
    I took a while to figure it out, but it appears to order by fileName (not always the same thing as the Title displayed), so if this bothers you a lot, you can always manually rename the mp3 files using a pc to be 01-firstsong & 02-secondsong.
    Not Ideal, but it works. I personally ended up writing a script that will rename my files for me before transferring them to the phone.
    Sound quality is good, insofar as I can tell. Though there are a few songs I find myself wishing I could turn up just one or two notches louder than the phone allows.
    Playlists are fairly easy to customize and add to. The tools here work well. You can add entire albums to a playlist easily. Shuffle, repeat, etc. The usual fixings you’d expect all seem to work well.

    There is a video player, but the phone cannot play videos. This suits me fine, but I do find myself wishing they’d just eliminate the video playing tab of the music player.
    Overall, very much an improvement over their past music software, If I recall correctly, the horizon didn’t show album art at all (at least during the time I had it).

    Because bluetooth is supported (and works quite well), most of my music is played through my headphones, but I’m very glad they still include an audio jack port for when I want to use an aux cord, or wear my other corded headphones. I’m glad the phone has both, and I use both.

    Phone quality:
    The calls are clear, work with bluetooth headsets, and the hangup and answer functions make sense.
    Close phone to end call, unless you’re on a headset, etc.

    Camera:
    It works well enough for me. The quality is quite a bit better than the Horizon F1, Though it still seems to struggle slightly with blurriness of motion at times (think slow shutter speed).
    I’m not sure if this is a hardware or a software limitation, but overall, the camera still does it’s job well enough, and captures high enough resolution for it to still be useful when texting grocery lists and the like.
    Pictures can be sent (and received) via sms, and it works pretty well.

    Weather:
    I’ll be honest, I haven’t use this much. It shows a standard current forecast, as well as a weekly forecast.
    Premium mode offers a radar mode and real-time updates.
    I didn’t check this one out during my premium trial, so I can’t speak too much to these 2 features.

    Hinge:
    The hinge seems stronger than the Horizon phone, but I will say that it seems a bit looser after a few months of use. Not sure if this is a spring wearing down, or simply wearing in to the stiffness it is supposed to have.

    Notes app:
    Works well. It’s notes.

    Audio recorder:
    Also works well. Can send these recordings via sms (or record directly in the messages app). Very nice.

    Case/tempered glass (separate purchases):
    I really liked the F1 Horizon, and the Blue color was beautiful, but not having a hard case like the F1 pro was just a bit too much for me.
    I want to be sure that the phone lasts a while. Hence the upgrade to the F1 Pro.
    The case is really good. Fits the phone well, seems unobtrusive.
    I initially had doubts about the belt holster it came with, but have completely changed my view after using it.
    The phone-in-case clips easily and snugly into the holster. It doesn’t ever feel like it’s going to fall out. Looks decent, and can clip onto your pants if you’re missing a belt.
    Overall, the phone case is easily a 9/10 when paired with the front-tempered-glass. Only losing a point for being unable to dock while using the case.

    My Ideal areas for improvement:
    #1: A charging dock / Case combo that fits with each other:
    Over time, USB-C ports can wiggle, loosen, etc. A good counter to this is the charging dock that comes with the phone. Convenient, easy, no wear on the USB port, etc.
    BUT, for me, the case is a must, and thus, the default charging dock becomes useless.
    I would probably shell out a couple more bucks for a separate charging dock that fits the phone in its hard case, rather than having to remove the case if I want to use the dock.

    #2: Waze UI cleanup:
    As I mentioned on the maps section, without the search function that comes with the premium subscription, the default navigation map is tough to use. I don’t always know the exact street address.
    And without the ability to hide some of the information on Waze,(like arrival time) Waze can be tough to use (though still usable).
    Especially as you come up on turns or exits, the lane icons on the top, coupled with all the other info, leaves NO room for the overhead view, which is needed to anticipate future turns. If I’m exiting right, and then immediately need to turn left, I need to be able to see it coming up in advance.
    The normal navigation (in premium mode) is definitely my preference over the Waze app. I’ve missed numerous turns just due to the lack of map screen space on Waze.
    That all being said, for longer road trips on the highway, or searching for a local shop, Waze is good.
    As mentioned, it does have lane indicators, Which are nice. Even though they take a lot more screen space than they should.
    I would recommend someone slightly smarter than me take a look at all the icons taking up screen space and make choices of what ui parts should be optional, smaller, or hidden behind the menu button.

    #3: Music sorting by track name
    As mentioned above, it took me some time to realize, but the music app does not display songs according to their track number by default.
    It is always by their File Name (not necessarily the same as the Title). Ideally, it would first sort by track number, then by name.

    #4: (super minor) Eliminate video tab from music player.

  2. This phone has directly met my needs for a device with high build quality, decent battery life, texting, camera, clear calls, speech to text, voice memos, and great navigation. Thanks for making such a high quality product!

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