So we decided to take a bit of a vacation, and decided that the only electronic device I would take with me was a librem 5. Here’s my experiences:
One thing worth noting before continuing is that I’ve mainly used the librem 5 as a phone, and text tool day to day, so the big change here was accessing internet and other things. It’s also worth noting that before this, I would have not brought a phone at all on travel (didn’t have one), and would use a laptop only for electronic devices (and usually it stayed in the hotel room).
- 4G internet was really fast. I guess because I was in a more populous area than where I live, but the 4G seemed just as responsive for browsing as my laptop at home. (4G at home is really slow, and often takes minutes to load a page)
- Getting use to epiphany, I really grew to like it. It took me awhile to figure out how to do tabs and bookmarks.
- I found the todo application really useful for doing things like writing down my family’s order (to let them go elsewhere while I bought food).
- Location tracking without the gps worked a lot better in the more populous area. It was able to find where I was within about 30 feet of where I was standing every time I looked. (didn’t try any navigation though, as I was skeptical it would work well)
- Several times when I pulled out my phone, I found it wouldn’t turn the screen on. I had to hold down the power button until it powered off, and booted it up again. Didn’t look at logs, but this was really annoying.
- The phone really needs a lock or something on the minimize button on the bottom when typing. I keep accidentally hitting that when trying to type something (like when searching the web)
- When browsing the web while charging it, I found that it actually loses charge when doing that… (using stock charger)
- Attempting to bookmark npr.org, and edit the name of the bookmark causes epiphany to crash. My guess is it’s the extra long name that’s the cause?
General use things I learned
- wifi works considerably better when using the 2.4Ghz bands (I was using 5Ghz before and the damn thing only really got a signal when in the same room as the wifi router!). Learned this as I was surprised that I got a good signal on the hotel wireless, and decided to investigate further when I got home.
Edit: I am a bit curious how other people use a phone while on travel. What things they feel a phone needs (aside from the obvious navigation).