[off-topic] smartphone alternatives?

Brian bneil at rochester.rr.com
Mon Dec 17 18:44:39 CET 2012

On Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:59:46 +0100
francesco.devita at mailoo.org wrote:

> Hi list
> Sadly to say, my GTA02 is going to retire. It is having too much 
> troubles to be used as a daily phone and I'm thinking to replace it.
> The perfect candidate is the GTA04 but I can't afford its cost right
> now. I didn't follow with attention the evolution of the smartphones
> market, so I'm asking you: what alternatives do I have? Is there
> something with a recent hardware but somehow "open" and that costs no
> more than 200€? I have to say that I'm not a big fan of android and
> for now I would prefer to go with a 30€ nokia in the pocket and a
> gnu/linux friendly tablet/netbook on the shoulders waiting for better
> times...
> Best regards
> Joif

Same applies to me. I love the GTA02 but wanted something a bit more
robust while still remaining affordable. So earlier this year I
purchased a used Nokia N900. It's still a bit on the slow side compared
to newer offerings but it does offer a good user experience. It gives
you a linux phone with a real shell and there's a ton of software in the
repos. I'd recommend using Opera instead of the standard browser
though because it's much faster. You should be able to find one in that
price range and be able to get an extra battery and a large mSD card
while still staying in budget.


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