I had this phone with me for over 2 years now but very little has changed.
The battery does not last longer than 10 hours.
When i turn on the mobile data it doesn’t actually do anything because none of my apps get internet connection.
GPS module cannot interact with Gnome maps or Pure Maps. Gnome maps works only when I’m connected to wifi.
Camera can take pictures now which is a big improvement but there is no auto-focus and it makes no sound when picture is taken. So I don’t even know when the picture was taken.
When I plug L5 into my PC it doesn’t give me an option to access its storage. So I can’t easily move files between my devices. Regardless whether I use Windows or Linux.
One thing that really pisses me off is that L5 cannot read contacts from my SIM card. I have over 100 contacts and I really don’t have the patience to re-enter all them into L5 manually. It’s shocking that it cannot do something that dumb Nokia 3310 from 23 years ago can do. The whole point of saving contacts to SIM is that when I get a new phone I just move the SIM over and I can start calling/texting people without having to manually punch in their telefone numbers.
To make things worse in USA some network providers have whitelist of devices and Librem 5 is not on that list so large portion of americans cannot make phone calls or send SMS with their existing SIM cards. I don’t live in USA but this is a large disadvantage and Purism should do everything in their power to get this resolved.
Now you can start to understand why people are reluctant to buy this phone. I see so many posts from new users who immediately want to sell their L5 because it doesn’t meet their expectations. To be fair to them I’m not surprised. I work as IT helpdesk and even I get fed up trying to make things work on L5 it just gets tiring. There is no parallel universe in which you will get the normal users to type commands into terminal on their phone. I’m sorry but it’s not going to happen.
When it comes to normies convenience triumphs everything else. It’s unfortunate but that’s the reality. If Purism wants this project to succeed, normies need to buy this phone. To them it doesn’t matter why things don’t work or who’s fault it is. They just want a reliable phone and nothing else matters. For this project to succeed it needs more money and to get more money more people need to buy this phone. However the current state of the software is making this very difficult and the $1300 price tag isn’t helping either.
Taking into account that Purism’s reputation has been virtually destroyed due to refusing refunds in timely manner I struggle to see how they are going to turn this around.