I received my Librem 5 USA yesterday, eleven months after I ordered it. Here’s the blow by blow and my first reactions.
Nice looking, fit and finish is good. It’s heavy. It’s thick. Followed the instructions in the little booklet. First issue - no SIM extraction tool was included. Paper clip worked fine. Charged the battery. It turned itself on. Initial setup worked fine, except it took 2 tries to connect to my WIFI network. Tried a phone call to my other cell phone. Phone rang and answered, but I couldn’t figure out the volume issue. Second issue - contacts and calendar. I use a service for my contacts and calendar provided by Fruux. There doesn’t appear to be a way to make that work. Ugh. I didn’t bother with my five email accounts, they are all IMAP so I assume they will work. Third issue - I looked around for a photo taking + photo viewing app. No joy. I turned on all the power saving features and left it alone. Wake up this morning. Fourth issue - Dead battery after 10 hours of inactivity. All of the other issues seem to be fixable at some level by software and in a year or two, but the battery issue is a deal breaker. Is the concept of using open technology (modems, radio, GPU, etc.) that is generally many years old compatible with decent perfomance as well as several days of battery life? Hopefully, the answer is yes, but if the answer is no, then I’ve got a very slightly used Librem 5 USA for sale.
I’m a software developer. I am a fanatic about open source for communications, primarily as a means for assuring privacy from snooping by the TLAs of the world. Librem 5 was a glimmer of hope for my fanaticisim.