Get Smart shoe-phone


[Ignores Apple.]

Non-Android 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"
But from someone on reddit 7/2020:
> will normal Android apps such as WhatsApp and my bank's app and K-9 Mail work on these phones ?

No, most likely not. Android apps were specifically built to work for Android (even though Android is itself a fork/derivative of Linux). You will need to wait for a Linux-native app to realistically use any Android apps*. Banking apps will likely be the most annoying and last to show up, but communication apps like WhatsApp and K-9 would likely be ported if the platform gained any significant user base. Already, apps like Signal have perfectly fine (even if not tailored for mobile experience yet) apps for Linux.

* technically Android apps will probably run through an emulation or interpretation layer, though the experience would likely be not very good, especially on an under-powered phone.

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

From people on reddit 8/2020:
My prediction of a Linux phone: It will probably never be all that good. I had a Windows phone which I loved, but it was completely crap to own due to the lack of apps. A phone is only as good as the apps that you can get for it.

Android is Linux, so getting the most pure, de-Googled Android ROM is the easiest way to get a Linux phone without compromising too much.


I doubt they will ever be a proper daily driver in a world where almost all applications rely on stable closed-source friendly development environments, which desktop ecosystem Linux suite has never been. If you have a limited digital life (no banking, no chat applications, no transportation apps, limited mapping functionality), my guess is you'll get something that occasionally bugs out and can hold a charge half a day in a year or so. I would bet my money on Pinephone rather than Librem. However considering the funding the software projects receive I am not that hopeful.

Custom (non-Android-compatible) smartphones:
Dangers of a completely unrestricted-software phone: megi's "Let's talk about safety of Pinephone"

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 generally force you to provide an email address and connect to cloud accounts, they nag you to provide a payment method (always skip that), 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, you may get no software updates, 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.


What I need from a phone:

This page updated: April 2020