A hands-on for the PinePhone from Pine64 comes from the community with a system-on-a-chip from the Chinese semiconductor manufacturer Allwinner and a free operating system of the Manjaro Linux type, which can be activated by an Ubuntu Touch, KDE Plasma Mobile (“Neon”) on request. and further derivatives can be substituted.
A first hands-on to the PinePhone
In his reader’s article “PinePhone Manjaro – First Impressions and Experiences”, community member “merlin123” describes his first impressions with the completely free software-based smartphone, which can be completely dismantled and easily rebuilt for better repairability.
The PinePhone is a smartphone that has a complete Linux operating system, is open source and can be completely dismantled and rebuilt. Nothing is glued, riveted or not accessible by the user.
merlin123, community member
The ComputerBase reader has chosen the PinePhone in the Community Edition with Manjaro Linux, which is available in the Pine Store for 149.99 to 199.99 US dollars, but would like to try Ubuntu Touch later.
After a short gimmick yesterday, I decided to continue testing and setting up the device. It feels completely different than an Android phone – and we like that.
merlin123, community member
In addition to Manjaro Linux and Ubuntu Touch, KDE Plasma Mobile (“Neon”), postmarketOS, Sailfish OS and the Sailfish OS derivative Nemo Mobile, various other Linux operating systems are available whose system images are provided and tested by the active community.
“Merlin123”, who would like to expand his experience report even further with future updates, is particularly pleased about questions and suggestions as well as praise and criticism about his reader’s article.
Bring the clues!
In the “From the Community” category, the editorial team is always focusing on interesting readers’ articles from the ComputerBase forum that deserve special attention.
In order to be able to report more often and more up-to-date on new developments and projects from the community in the future, the editors ask for information in the thread “From the community: Your information on interesting reader articles in the forum”.
Update 11/12/2020 10:38 p.m.
Ubuntu Touch und Open Store
Community member “merlin123” has once again significantly expanded its reader article and tested, among other things, the Ubuntu Touch, originally launched by Canonical, and the appropriately installed Open Store for apps on the PinePhone.
In addition, the ComputerBase reader has summarized the technical data of the test device and deals with reader questions from the ComputerBase community in a separate section. Topics such as the sound, the camera and the navigation of the PinePhone have already been touched upon and further tests are to follow soon.
Anyone who has questions about the PinePhone is called upon to address them directly to “merlin123” in the thread.
Update 11/21/2020 9:06 p.m.
Hands-ons in the video and community requests
Once again, community member “merlin123” added an extensive update to its PinePhone and produced, among other things, a ten-minute hands-on video that introduces the PinePhone with Ubuntu Touch.
In the second part of the “Community Wishes”, the ComputerBase reader answers the most frequently asked questions from the ComputerBase forum and deals with battery life, updates and his everyday experience with the PinePhone.
In a second hands-on video, “merlin123” shows the PinePhone using Arch Linux and will soon be adding a test from KDE Plasma Mobile (“neon”) to its reader’s article.
Further questions, suggestions and requests from the community are expressly welcome.