For some reason (brand loyalty) my decision to leave the android sphere wasn't that popular with some of my friends. I get it, we've all been using it since its inception and making a wide variety of private apps together. Some agree with me but aren't going to switch. Some have already switched. Some are rabidly telling us we're making a mistake. In order to get this out of the way I figured why not another list? One where the actual essentials are listed.
I need my next phone to do the following;
1. Run TOR for individual applications.
2. Run Python (2.x is acceptable, 3.x much preferable).
3. The phone must run linux.
4. The bulk of the phone must be open-source or at least have its bits replaceable by open source.
5. A superuser setting must be enabled, I will never be forced to "root" my phone again.
Those are the essentials. There's a ton of other things that I require, as evidenced by my last post about must have android apps. But the above solves the vast majority of those, the rest I can code myself or just port. Here's some examples of apps that the above solve.
3. pdf/document readers
Some you just need a browser for, apps tend to be smoother but they're just not required.
Finally we're left with a handful that will affect me to some degree. The worst likely being the status of a KeePassX port. The chromecasting of netflix won't matter since I've got a nexus tablet around but I'll still mention it since it is inconvenient. I'm sure there'll be a podcast manager of some variety, but it won't be beyondpod.
- Keepass2android - Works perfectly with KeePassX.
- Beyondpod - Podcast perfection.
- Whitepapers link - Scanning of specially marked papers.
- Bankdroid - Not sure about internationally, but fantastic bank widget.
- Chromecast - For, well, our chromecast.
- Netflix - For now, there's finally cropping up alternatives.
- Skånetrafiken - Swedish public transport system.
- Yes, TOR is available via something called the package warehouse(?). Reports tell me it works, and the basic version of TOR we all know and love is being ported.
- Yes, "Starting with Sailfish OS 18.104.22.168, Python 3.3.3 and PyOtherSide are shipped in the official repositories". Perfect.
- Yes, it runs linux. Actual linux.
- Yes, Sailfish OS is built upon the Mer project. So parts will be interchangeable. Jolla also said their entire OS would be open-source, but even if it isn't I can always replace the bits that aren't.
- Enabling root is as simple as switching on developer's mode and setting a password. Perfect.
In other words, I could switch right now. The Jolla is being sold a few kilometres from me if I remember correctly. So, what's my lame excuse for not doing so right now? It's a mundane one, I'm a bit strapped for cash and my note 2 does function decently now that I've got cyanogenmod on it. I'm also interested in seeing just what the live Ubuntu phone will and won't do once it's released.
I've got a bad track record of jumping on the latest hotness and getting burned, badly. I think I'll wait just a bit this time, once the Ubuntu phone is out I'll do an in-depth comparison to the Jolla one and then pick the one I prefer. And, to be honest, the cheapest. Amusingly the cheapest will likely still end up in the premium range when compared to android/ios, but them's the breaks when living in a niché market.