Nothing. Which is why I didn’t mention day to day progress.
I don’t mind you disagreeing with me, but could you please show me the courtesy of limiting your disagreement to things I actually said? Otherwise I’d feel compelled to call into question your intelligence, at which point you’ll likely respond with unsavoury speculation about my parentage, and we’ll be at it all day. You know how it is on the Internet.
Up to a certain point. They promised an earlier release date. But delays are part and parcel of the crowdfunding world, no reason for alarm. The early marketing material also strongly hinted at something far slimmer than what we now know to be the case, but at that time the design was still pretty much a blank slate and the constraints imposed by their choices weren’t fully clear yet. As supporters we accepted those risks.
But, I must point out the same thing @Tatatirci said: the phone is still available for preorder, without the $50 “leap of faith” discount. Yet the product and preorder pages don’t mention, nor even hint at the dimensions. And all pictures of the phone conveniently happen to be frontal renders that just so happen hide the thickness from potential customers.
Same for the battery: 3500mAh… How much is that in hours? The metric we actually care about? If they still don’t know, less than 4 weeks before shipping finished products, that’s reason for concern.
Then obviously, having backed various other hardware projects that invariably did show them, I’m well in my right to be concerned with the lack of transparency.
No, it only proves that they’ve published photos of what they claim to be Librem 5 PCBs. Not that I doubt that’s precisely what they are; just pointing out that “proof” is a word one shouldn’t use too lightly.
Also, you’re making my point for me: if they had prototypes for months, why hide them from us?
That’s at least one thing I partially agree with: they shouldn’t be unveiling the prototypes now. They should have unveiled them a couple of months ago.
Nope, it would serve as an indication that they’re still on track for a Q3 (or Q4) delivery.
Every other hardware crowdfund campaign I’ve been a part of has shown their work in progress, and people generally look forward to these updates.
This is a niche product that caters to a crowd that’s generally on the smarter side, and that understands very well that a prototype is indicative only. I mean, how many people did you see freaking out when it turned out that rather than looking like a sleek last-gen Samsung, the dev boards looked like… Well… Dev boards?