Yes! Arrived today.
The overall experience was pretty good!
- I got a SanDisk Extreme SD card + adapter, just in case you wonder if it’s any good
- The SmartCard looks nice, with Purism logo on it. Also, its small bag was fixed with tape so it doesn’t get lost in the box.
- The charger can travel the world: US by default, adapter for EU and GB (I think)
Boot & Play
Turned it on, entered disk PIN, entered lock PIN, went through the assistant, and… ended up with a device that was connected to my WiFi and the Nextcloud instance on my Librem Mini.
Take a moment to appreciate how rad that is. A device that asks for your nextcloud credentials during setup. You open the Files app, and there it is: a nextcloud mount just waiting for you to exchange files.
Update: So, you open up contacts for the first time, and… gasp it… asks you whether your nextcloud should be your default address book!?
I was mildly amused that you are only allowed to connect to WiFis with 8-or-more character passwords. (Gnome default?)
Other than that, I installed all app & system updates, rebooted without any issues.
Installed Librem Social as a Web app.
Listened to a pod cast in the browser, sound was good
Usage says, initially, 3GB are used, ~27GB are free. (this is so not-Androidish)
I managed to not properly insert the cable into the wall-wart, leading to a non-charging phone. Well, PEBCAK. Or rather PICNIC.
I noticed, it charges at about 1% per minute, until about 70%, where it slows down a lot while approaching 100% (which already indicates that fully charging is not the best thing for batteries).
During my mild usage, all temperature sensors were pretty much 35°C, except the battery which was a bit above 40°C during charging.
It was a nice handwarmer, but really not bad.
I didn’t do much with it yet, just a bit of looking around.
I did not yet insert any cards.
It is, by the way, refreshing to enter passwords and not worry much about how safe they are on the device.
So far, I didn’t hit any major road-blocks, just a few minor glitches.
- Initially, the date was way off, (July), but that did not create a problem with the WiFi, and fixed itself after that was connected
- The timezone was wrong. I would expect the assistant to ask for that!?
- During keyboard selection, if you tap the prominently displayed Preview link, it opens a weirdly-sized new window, which, of course, does not show an on-screen-keyboard, but a desktop keyboard. There’s no back button, so if this is your first encounter with Phosh, you might struggle a bit
- Even though I was aware that swipe-up does not yet work (you have to tap), I’m not getting accustomed to it. For some reason I subconsciously thought, swipe down works, but of course not. And every time I fall for it. I should have known, because, luckily, @guido.gunther is working on that just right now, so thanks As he aptly points out, the video also works if you play it upside down
Updates / Store
- after rebooting, there was a message about the updates. It showed all app-updates twice, but the system-update only once
Well… that’s somewhat amusing. While still useful, the Usage monitor… I don’t know what’s a good term for this… It’s self-sufficient? Schroedingeresque? In the sense that, the resources are burnt because you look at them. It’s like… “Hey, look how I eat up one of your cores to show you that one of your cores is eaten by me, to show you this fact with 30fps.” Windows 95 on a 133MHz box solved that by only doing one fps
In case you have the kill-switch off, it’ll just be black. And stay that way if you flip the switch. However, that can be fixed by switchting between back/front camera input once (two taps).
That’s it for the moment. (minor updates)