Three days ago was a sad day, because I asked for a refund for the #Librem5 I ordered way back when. I'm still sad I had to do this, but I could no longer justify my involvement.

I really, really, really wanted a phone that runs Linux, and not an abomination like Android. I was willing to pay a hefty price for something that's just barely out of prototype stage. The Librem5 will not be that device.

I'll be writing a blog post about what led to my refund request (which I have received since).

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It's funny, really... before joining a crowdfunding campaign, I usually evaluate them thoroughly. I joined a fair number of such campaigns, and pretty much all of them delivered satisfactory results. There are only two that were major disappointments: the #Jolla tablet and the #Librem5.

When it comes to Linux-powered portable devices, things just seem to go very bad.

Keyboards, games (digital and physical alike), smaller gadgets - delays maybe, but delivered. Tablet or phone? FUBAR.

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My ideal phone:

- 4.5" - 5.5" in size, screen resolution doesn't matter much, as long as the physical size is <= 5.5"
- Phone calls, SMS, Browser, root access
- Preferably stock kernel & packages, and as few binary blobs as possible
- WiFi, GPS, Camera with HW kill switches
- Headphone jack
- Reasonable battery life (>= 1 day / charge w/ moderate use)

That's pretty much it. I don't want a mini computer. I want a phone with a few extras. Heck, I could even do with a dumb phone if it's Linux.

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So.... a linux-powered dumb-phone idea:

- 4.5" screen
- Phone calls, SMS
- Front & back camera
- Headphone jack
- Vibrator
- Kill switches for microphone, camera and USB
- Stock-ish kernel, able to run packaged Linux apps.

That's it. I could replace my current phone with this. I can provide network to it via USB if need be.

I guess I'll explore this in the upcoming blog post too.

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@liw Doesn't matter, can live with either. I'd prefer touch screen, but can make do with a hardware keyboard too.

The reason I prefer touch screen is that it makes it possible to hide the keyboard when not in use, thus present more screen real estate (which is important on a <5" screen, imo). It also allows a bit of gesture control for scrolling.

But if there's a phone which fits my ideas above, but only with a hardware keyboard, I can live with that.


@algernon That seems reasonable. I'm looking forward to hearing if you find anything.

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