Not sure if Linux Discussion / Applications is the right place to put this, but here goes:
I’ve been very excited about Pine64 hardware of late, especially about the PinePhone. Now there was some discussion on DLN Xtend about what users might expect from PinePhone.
Some years ago when I bought my first Android device, I have to say, other than my Kindle, it’s really the device that changed my life more than any other, in recent times.
Now that finally we’re starting to get viable (and affordable) Linux options on smartphones, I’d like to ask the following:
Which OS does your smartphone run, and what are your absolutely essential apps, without which it’s just not functional for you? Also would you settle for alternative Linux apps on the PinePhone or would you really want your phone to have some compatibility layer (e.g. to run Android apps) otherwise you’re not interested?
Here are my essentials:
Normal mobile phone calls and SMS messages (obviously)
Integrate Contacts and Calendar that’s easy to back up
Camera and albums app, also easy to back up
Browser (preferably Firefox)
Weather (AccuWeather is my strong preference)
SatNav (including option to download maps so don’t need to worry about losing connection while driving, and public transport routes and scheduled arrival times for public transport.)
Todo-list manager (lightweight but flexible)
Shopping list manager (lightweight but flexible)
Security / Antivirus
If a Linux phone can give me that, I don’t need Android compatibility.