Your point is understandable, and Purism intended to make a 5" phone
For this first iteration they are doing their best. You can make everyone happy of course, so some might be a bit disappointed at the extra 0.5 to 0.7"
As @beFree mentions is, this is to fit the battery. As this is their first phone, they have to handle a lot of constraints including a very tight budget.
That would be a generous move from you but… isn’t that a bit extreme? You still get a phone that is well ahead of what the market can offer:
- Actively participating in the FLOSS commmunity and commons (all code produced by Purism is pushed upstream for all the projects their are based upon, including GNOME)
- Open specifications hardware that can be used by many open-source projects
I can understand a bit of disappointment for the extra 0.5" to 0.7", but does a 5" Android phone compete with that? This is a truly open question, not a rethorical one. One only you can answer depending on what you value most
Asking the real questions here
As the current owner of a Nexus 5 I would have loved a 5" screen, but I definitely would rather have a 5.5" screen on a 14mm phone than a 5" on a 20mm phone!
Let’s be honnest: the Librem 5 is not the perfect phone for me. This probably is not the perfect phone for everyone, not even for @todd-weaver (Purism CEO). This is the first phone they make, and they have additional difficulties most Android phone makers don’t have.
I am still happy to back the Librem 5 because:
- The points mentioned above still outweight the inconvenience of the phone at launch
- I find it important to show the world some people think privacy is more important than convenience and are willing to pay money for it
- Proving there’s a market may lead to competitors starting to do the same, and that’s for the best
- It is a first version of the phone, and I’m quite positive further iterations will address most of the pain points raised here
- For further iterations of the phone to be made, there already needs to be a community actively using, tweaking and toying with the first iteration!
Go Purism, go!