That is the exact point I had made. Camera megapixels do not matter much for me too. Since you brought up the National Geographic point, I think a good picture has more to do with the lighting effect and ability of person to take great shots.
A CHDK kind of hack can definitely be thought of once Librem 5 camera software is available for use.
I’ve had the opposite experience. The call quality on my Dogwood phone was good and Evergreen was better. When I’ve made calls people seem to think the audio quality is good. I wonder if amarok needs to investigate mixer settings, has a bad signal where they are, or something else.
With respect to cellular calls, it’s also worth noting that as the Librem 5 does not yet support VoLTE, the phone drops from LTE to 3g/2g when making traditional cellular calls. I’ve noticed in some areas where I’ve had strong LTE signal I had weak 3g/2g signal and that could account for it as well.
I have a good AT&T signal all around here at my house. T-mobile was a problem before I switched, because of the coverage problem you described. As a result my calls over 3G (on my Android, which is non-VoLTE) frequently didn’t ring in or even connect to voicemail, and I sometimes couldn’t call out. So I had to switch to the Death Star company.
My input device is Internal microphone and the volume is to the max. I believe that the calls application also does something special to the pulseaudio settings to avoid an echo between the two microphones. Perhaps @dos can speak to that.
@Kyle_Rankin, @dos Yeah, my input was also set to internal mike. Not sure where the volume was, but I cranked it up. It’s acceptable, but not crystal clear. As for the slight muffling I mentioned before, it wasn’t terrible, and it may be a little better now.
Another issue is that the proximity sensor isn’t disabling the screen when I bring the phone to my ear. As a result it transmits some extraneous sounds during the call, just from touches to the screen.
Edit: Although I can turn off the screen manually when I’m on a call.
Seems like we’re better at recording the room’s acoustics than N900 because of the stereo mics. The modem’s audio does sound a bit different between the devices. I wonder whether it’s the PulseAudio’s intelligibility enhancer’s output being slaughtered by the GSM network’s codec? When I get some time for that I’ll try to play with some knobs and check whether it can be improved further, but it seems good enough to me for now so I don’t think it’s the most urgent thing to do at the moment. Anyone’s free to play with it by themselves and report the results though