some time ago I saw a review of a librem 5 batch by the linux gamer. When opening the box apart from the phone there were also:
- usb cable
While he was totally excited about the headphones, I am rather not. Why?
We have the “courage jack” because it’s a standard and everyone of us who uses it already has headphones. Same goes for USB-C. It’s the de facto standard of mobile phones which are not apple. Why have YAC (yet another cable) at home?
If you don’t have headphones, well probably you don’t use them or you better buy something with higher quality. Same goes with USB-C cables or chargers. There are companies specialized on cables and chargers of your personal preference. Like chargers with multiple USB Slots or special silk cloaked cables which hopefully endure longer.
It’s not what this phone is about. This phone is about FLOSS and Linux - not about throwing accessories at the customers. As the headphones and chargers are neither one of those core things, why include them?
It costs money and gives little in return. If I already have chargers, headphones and cables (in fact no USB-C as I still have a very old phone, but I can buy one) this is of no use for me. On the other hand purism had to invest money to buy them for all of us. They might not even have branding on it (yeah a purism usb charger from china TM?) and are probably (hopefully) of the lowest quality possible buying.
This phone has a lot of construction sites (battery life & performance, promised working minimal apps, shipment from Germany, convergence, even PR) which all need money for spending and I think, that the money would be better invested on those issues.
What do you think? Are you happy about getting something extra for money you already payed or would you prefer that the money invested in accessories should be invested in other things?