It looks like you’re negotiating a merger. But you’re really playing Candy Crush.
And nobody even uses the phone function much.
I propose we call it what it is:
a gaming system,
an entertainment device in your pocket.
“Where’s my phone?” sounds so legit that calling it a phone likely reinforces its use. Nobody will argue that a nurse, businessperson, or mom needs their phone.
But try calling it something else. Something more honest.
“Where’s my pacifier?” sounds just crazy enough that it might just nudge us to put it down.