The first half of this thread is brutal, which is admittedly all the further I read.
Who got the idea that the Librem 5 won’t work on US carriers? Was it because it doesn’t support the train wreck that is 5G? Neither does my $900 iPhone, and I’m glad it doesn’t. I take it lack of 5G is also the “old and out-dated” comments? 5G hasn’t been deployed yet.
While Apple has a better privacy record than Google (although I think anyone outside of Silicon Valley is better than Google on this), we don’t know what or how much Apple tracks and collects. We can think that by keeping iCloud signed out, we’re plugging a big data leak, but how do we verify? We can’t.
Also, forget putting ANY apps on an iPhone without an account. At least Android has this possibility once you knock down the walls Google and the phone manufacturers put into place.
Bad OS update? iOS and Android leave you to deal with it. Forget rolling back. We can’t even take security updates without them being bundled to UI changes. C’mon, even Microsoft had this down with the exception of Windows 10. Linux has this, although Linux updates tend to be solid as long as you’re not cutting edge.
If Purism fails as a company, the software will live on. New phones will likely cease to be made, but the software can continue to be maintained by other developers.
As far as not having spy apps, it’s true that you can do the same with existing phones. What we have little to no choice in is OS level, or even hardware-level, tracking and data collection. The Librem 5 gives you control in knowing that when you flip the switch to kill GPS, that chip has no power and can’t function. Same for cellular, same for the cameras, and same for the sensors (why should a phone know if I’m sitting or standing when it’s in my pocket? What benefit does that even provide?).
As for traffic data in maps, you guys know that’s all done through data collection from cell phones, right? That’s what the routing and traffic toggle does in the data collection settings. That’s why my phone gets way better than average battery life…all those toggles are off in my settings.