Purism announced in September that its open source Linux smartphone, Librem 5, had begun shipping, and now that many supporters have been in earlier versions and have been using it for some time, they have also shared their feelings on Reddit. Because Librem 5 is shipped in incremental iterations, each iteration improves the previous version on top of the fast-rolling version of the first phone, including a second modification plan for context.
Each iteration of Librem 5 includes updates to hardware, mechanical design, and software, allowing buyers to choose which batch they want to receive.
As a result, earlier versions were relatively crude, at best to the extent that they could be “used”, with user feedback that earlier versions of the phone consumed power very quickly, and some even failed to play audio from a call (although the phone can make sounds) or could not use the camera.
But as Purism says, future software updates will fix many of the phone’s early flaws, and more hardware is planned for the coming weeks and months.
Here’s a summary of the section based on user feedback:
Battery life is a good fit
The thermal effect of the device is poor, and it is very easy to heat
Build quality similar to “mid-range Android phone”
The quality of the software is mostly in the alpha phase
Supporters have also posted an out-of-the-box sticker for Librem 5, which shows the retail packaging that came with the phone, which can be seen with a quick start guide and bundled headphones.
Others shared a first impression of Librem 5 with another Linux smartphone, Pinephone:
As a Linux smartphone, Pinephone is much cheaper than Librem 5.
Librem 5 is a crowdfunding project, and after two hop-off slots, the company chooses to publish regular progress reports on its website, submit code upstream, and assure supporters of its commitment to transparency.
Todd Weaver, CEO and founder of Purism, said: “The iteration is scheduled to begin in September 2019 and Librem 5 will be shipped in bulk with an incremental iteration. Each iteration improves the previous version in the fast-rolling version of the first version of the phone, including a second modification plan for context. ”
The iteration plan enables Purism to gather user feedback and quickly make improvements to the next generation of phones. Each iteration of Librem 5 includes updates to hardware, mechanical design, and software, allowing buyers to choose which batch they want to receive. The complete iteration plan is divided into six batches, from A to F, named after the tree name, codenamed Aspen, Birch, Chestnut, Dogwood, Evergreen, and Fir.
For Librem 5, the $699 Privacy Care Linux phone has a lot of work to do before it goes on sale.