I shot and published a video today, which is — among other things — the first part of my “PinePhone as a daily driver” challenge, in which I am currently just trying to solve the most immidiate issues and figure out the most necessary features I would require to use the PinePhone as my primary smartphone. In a recent post I made up a list.
Now: What would I need?
- access to my Nextcloud instance,
- a secure (as in encrypted) storage on the PinePhone/SD Card,
- a way to open/use my KeePass password database,
- XMPP+OMEMO messaging (already kind of works),
- encrypted Matrix chats,
- GPG encrypted email,
- a way to open text documents that are not PDF (Abiword still has that
- something usable for
- an application to view maps and my approximate location.
I would also like
- a way to run Android apps (like Threema) if necessary (= working anbox),
- and a lot more I can’t even think of now.
Obviously, this list is nowhere near complete. I would certainly require
- a camera app for quick “foto notes”,
- an app for listening to podcasts,
- an app for notetaking,
and a lot more I can’t think of now. Many of these are actually almost solved on the PinePhone with Mobian right now:
- Gnome Password Safe is a decent KeePass-Compatible password manager,
- the Nextcloud integration via Gnome Online Accounts works, calendar and contacts sync fine,
- XMPP+OMEMO is a given with Chatty, although the messages my brother sends me are quite often not being successfully decrypted,
- Fractal is a decent Matrix client, sadly it lacks encryption,
- Gnome Podcasts seems fine, though it lacks features,
- the new Gnome Camera app is good enough for just capturing a photo of a quick paper note or similar.
The Maps app, however, has issues and needs work, as you can see in my video:
- on YouTube