Is there anyone out there using the Pinephone for daily use so far? How are you finding it?
@cwebber I actually haven't turned mine on yet because I received a bunch of other open hardware around the same time! I've been prioritizing monkeying with the firmware/layouts on my mechanical keyboards.
I'm very interested to see how plausible the PinePhone is as a daily driver.
@kelbot @cwebber It's ... mostly functional... I'm running mobian, and there's been plenty of days where I just sigh and wait to update it again/deal with whatever weirdness occurred when I have the time to. If I wasn't staying home right now, and mostly communicating with people via the internet, it wouldn't be daily drive-able yet.
@cwebber I tried. I had trouble communicating with one contact in particular & had terrible battery life.
I'll try again sometime later...
@cwebber I have a low standard as the Pinephone is my first real phone I use regularly, but I have found it quite nice.
Several glitches with Mobian (which is the only distro I've been using regularly), but again, I just push past them.
@cwebber I use it as my daily driver. It is shaping up daily & now I'd say it's quite ready to replace your existing phone if you don't rely on too many proprietary apps without a web app.
- Ubports/Ubuntu Touch is most akin to a standard Android experience, but also the most restrictive.
@cwebber sleep sometimes messes with SMS, but calls now work. can use Firefox as well. battery life is decent. more and more apps also work with a phone layout, like Dino.
much better performance than my Android phones.
the "official" estimate says that the software should be daily driver ready in a few months.
but yeah, way better already than my Galaxy Nexus with Lineage.
@cwebber i should mention that my baseline for phones has been:
- two Nexus 7 tablets that both died after about a year
- several old Nokia phones, all with various defects, some getting worse with use
- Galaxy Nexus that LineageOS dropped support for out of the blue and left me wondering why i'm not getting updates.
- phones of friends that were functional, but expensive, impossible to repair when half of them broke their screens, and riddled with bloatware apps, and of course locked down so in a few years will have outdated software.
so, with the PinePhone i know that it's just going to get better. and i don't rely on my phone so much that a few bugs would stop me, so i'm basically happy doing beta testing. but it's a damn good beta test so far.
@cwebber for me, the only thing that prevent from using it as a daily driver is the lack of MMS support. (A least, something saying that someone sent me a MMS.)
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