Librem 5

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  1. Riley Martin

    Riley Martin Notebook Consultant

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    Anyone pre-order the Librem 5 yet? I dislike smartphones (they've taken on a ball & chain type feeliing -keeping people on the grid, always connected, friends/family/colleagues get pissed if you don't email or text back right away, yuck). But damn, Im finally excited about a new smartphone! Anyone else stoked to give it a try? Any thoughts/feedback on Librem 5 phone, positive or negative -I'm super curious of other NBR readers' opinions on this thing. Thanks!
    https://shop.puri.sm/shop/librem-5/
    or,
    https://puri.sm/products/librem-5/
     
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    A "special price" of $649 is a big ask for the hardware offered... 720p display with big bezels, quad-core Cortex-A53 SoC (low power, very slow compared to Cortex-A76), 32GB eMMC (versus at least 64GB UFS 3.0)... No mention of the camera or battery capacity, but you can be sure the ISP is inferior to a mid-range SoC like the Snapdragon 670 found in the $399 Google Pixel 3a.

    Then again, I'm not the intended buyer. I love smartphones and am not willing to compromise every aspect of the experience, only to overpay for the sake of security. It's nice to have options.
     
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    Good feedback, thanks! Options are nice (but I turn most off anymore, as TOS/Privacy Policies have become ridiculously intrusive (imho). The camera is a concern for me and something I'll miss from an iPhone. Im guessing the development $$'s going into it are significant, so since Linux runs light, the hardware $$'s spent is notched down to offset development costs? I'm still totally sold on the Librem 5... been rocking an old iphone 6 with a cracked screen for far too long awaiting the Librem5. Thanks again!
     
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    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    @Riley Martin I'd buy Librem 5... if it had:
    * Larger display
    * Camera
    * Physical keyboard

    As things are, I am currently using Gemini PDA + Xiaomi (for decent camera). Looking into both Fx Pro1 and Cosmo Communicator (updated Gemini with external camera and second display). I love the keyboard on Gemini, so may as well get some cheaper Xiaomi (or rather one of their sub-brands, Redmi or Pocophone) with decent camera - it will probably offer better camera experience (because decent Google HDR ports support) and cheap price, at the cost of carrying additional device - which I don't like, but learned to live with.
     
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    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    Gimme a phone with Thunderbolt that can switch to a desktop interface when hooked up to a display.

    Headphone jack, thunderbolt/USB C, decent camera, competent CPU/GPU, 8GB RAM, expandable storage and user replaceable battery under linux with KDE (or w/e launcher) when in desktop "mode".

    Then I will be happy to ditch google and venture into uncharted territory.

    No really, I want it lol.
     
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    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    I was hoping the ubuntu phone might take off but it was also lackluster iirc
     
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    Nah I haven't heard of it, busy working 80 hour weeks so I don't get much time to look into anything
     
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    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    @TheReciever it is basically Debian on a smartphone with some propietary software for calls, messages, etc. Official hardware support is very limited, though; there are some community ports, but they (and even some official builds) lack Android app support - and without Android apps the experience will be too rough for most, in my opinion.
     
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