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  • Originally posted by NatTuck View Post
    [*]The ability to run a full Linux distro as your phone OS, with all the software flexibility that implies.[*]This is effectively unique at the moment.
    you are too new on phoronix
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...tem&px=MTM4NDY
    screen is the most used part of smartphone. studies repeatedly show that customers value bigger screen over anything else. such screen would be good for sub $100 device, for sub $1000 it's ridiculous

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    • Originally posted by pal666 View Post
      you are too new on phoronix
      https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...tem&px=MTM4NDY
      screen is the most used part of smartphone. studies repeatedly show that customers value bigger screen over anything else. such screen would be good for sub $100 device, for sub $1000 it's ridiculous
      Yes, there are a couple of old but still workable phones you can install a native Linux distro on. Your Fedora link is neat, but that won't get you a working phone. As far as I can tell, there's exactly one option for a functional phone with a full Linux distro on it: Plasma Mobile on the Nexus 5X. That uses Halium, which means you get the old Cyanogen kernel and services with your distro on top - so it mostly works, but you're not on the mainstream update train. The Plasma Mobile site doesn't even list what actually works - other projects like Postmarket OS are stuck with issues like no WiFi on any device.

      That's all really cool - and getting a Nexus 5X to test out Plasma Mobile is on my list of things to do - but it's not a new phone with full support.

      As for screen complaints, the screen is plenty big - just not crazy high resolution. As a couple people elsewhere have pointed out, the Nintendo Switch has a 720p resolution on a slightly larger screen, and nobody's complaining about that.

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      • Originally posted by NatTuck View Post
        the Nintendo Switch has a 720p resolution on a slightly larger screen, and nobody's complaining about that.
        it's a gaming device, larger resolution requires either larger gpu or smaller frame rate. and you can buy several nintendo switches for price of subj, for $200 phone such screen is much more palatable

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