Get Smart shoe-phone


[Ignores Apple.]

Operating systems:
It's unclear to me: which of these give you a "smartphone", and which give you a "small computer with touchscreen" ?

It may be possible to run some stock Android apps on a Linux smartphone.
Bart Ribbers' "State of Linux on mobile and common misconceptions"

Madaidan's Insecurities' "Linux Phones - Comparison with Other Phones"

Custom (non-Android-compatible) smartphones:

Fairphone (Android phone with emphasis on repairability)

Security and Privacy

Smartphones are horrible for security and privacy. They constantly broadcast your location (to all cell-towers, not just those of your provider), they constantly look for known Wi-Fi networks, the cell-service provider knows your location and calls and messages, they're pre-loaded with apps you can't remove, all apps have a lot of access to your data, some apps have terrible security, etc.

Ludovic Rembert's "How to stay private when using Android"
Fieke Jansen and Helen Kilbey's "Cybersecurity Self-Defense: How to Make Your Smartphone More Secure"
Spread Privacy's "How to Set Up Your Devices for Privacy Protection"
DjiBestBuy's "Top 10 most dangerous things people do with their smartphone"
Attedz's "Android Privacy Guide"
Joseph Cox's "T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers' location data ..."


My smartphone configuration

Mainly, I use my phone for WhatsApp to a couple of people, for photography while walking around, and occasionally while in an airport or something. But now I'm using it to have full offline access to my emails and calendar and contacts too. I need to get away from the Google apps and servers, but I'm not there yet.


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This page updated: April 2020