Android is killing me and no Librem 5 yet (really hoping the fundraising will help). So, I moved my Mint Mobile SIM to my Pinephone and am using it as my daily driver. Yes, it’s painful, but I hope it illustrates the friction points. I also hope Evergreen users will compare/contrast their experience with mine, as I strongly suspect that the software is more advanced and reliable than on Mobian.
Phone calls work on Mobian, but everyone tells me that I sound like I’m in a wind tunnel. Many people just hang up on me.
Gnome-calls does not resolve phone numbers to contacts.
SMS works, but MMS clogs the Chats incoming queue. No errors, but nothing comes in. If I delete the iffending message thread (the one that received the MMS message), then have the sender send an SMS message, the clog clears and the queued messages all roll in at once. Since I usually have no way to know who clogged my queue, that is not much use. However, if I start the Modem Manager GUI, then select SMS, the clog clears.
Email is worthless. Every client I’ve tried – including Evolution and Geary – is super clunky and almost impossible to use due to forms not fitting on the screen. SMTP support is poor or nonexistent.
Gnome Podcasts fails to update RSS feeds reliably and often locks up phosh.
Gpodder, which is my goto on my PC, is just too painful to use because there is no integrated player. External players don’t remember where to start unfinished podcasts when restarted. Way too hard to use whilst driving.
I’ve settled on Kasts. It updates feeds pretty well and fits great on the screen. However if you work it too hard, it starts to flash and becomes unresponsive, even while audio continues to play. I can reliably put it into this state merely by scrolling down my long list of subscribed feeds. On the bright side, it almost always lets me kill it from the phosh task switcher. Real slow to restart, but it comes back up to where I left off. Most usable podcatcher so far.
Finally, Mobian just seems to randomly lock up sometimes. I trust PureOS is past that sort of thing.
I am almost literally salivating in anticipation on my Evergreen!