asonix 5 Posted August 11, 2022 Share Posted August 11, 2022 I drove across town this morning and set up camp at a coffee shop (coincidentally, my least favorite coffee in town) nearest my old apartment so when FedEx marked my phone as delivered I could swing by the old apartment and steal the package off the porch. Yes, I did update my address with indiegogo weeks in advance of my move but the phone still got sent to the old address anyway. I eventually did get the email & was able to complete my mission. I took the package across town to my favorite coffee shop (nearer where I currently live) and opened it there. The phone looks great! I had a bit of trouble figuring out which way the keyboard pops out, but I feel like I would get used to it if I did it a lot. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to use this phone. After powering it on, skipping through most of Android setup, and updating the pre-installed apps, I powered it back off and put it back in the box. The Pro 1 X was a cool idea, but the promise of booting 3rd party operating systems on it hasn't been fulfilled. Yes, there is an Ubuntu Touch build that I could install, but the build is so new (and not intended for public use) that there's not an entry for it on UBports' website. While there _is_ an entry for the Pro 1, the phones are significantly different to the point that the porting effort doesn't seem shareable. Which brings me to Android versions. Currently, there is a "Stock Android" build available, which is what the phone ships with (I chose "ubuntu" as the OS I wanted my phone to ship with btw). It comes pre-installed with all the google apps, which I do not want to use. Despite fxtec's public messaging indicating that the bootloader comes unlocked so that users can install Ubuntu or Lineage, the Ubuntu image isn't ready, and there _is no_ Lineage image. There _is no_ any Android image that isn't the one pre-loaded on the phone. The [xda developers ROMs page](https://forum.xda-developers.com/f/f-x-tec-pro1-x-roms-kernels-recoveries-other.11839/) is completely barren. Given that there's at least [some effort to mainline support in the pro 1](https://gitlab.com/postmarketOS/pmaports/-/merge_requests/2984) already, I feel like I would have been happier if fxtec just said "hey, we can't build the pro1x the way we wanted, so we'll be giving backers the pro1 instead." Maybe they couldn't scrounge up the parts even to build more Pro 1s, but they could have at least given us the option. Either that or fxtec could be more helpful to the developers working to port other OSs to this phone (by contributing code or money). Additionally, I've waited for longer than a year for this phone already, I would have been fine waiting until lineage and/or ubuntu were ready to drive on this device. There was even messaging a few months ago that fxtec would start shipping phones only to backers who chose Android, and that if we chose one of the other options we could opt-in to receiving an Android version. Somehow I guess they went back on that decision and shipped me an Android version anyway. All this to say: This is not the phone I backed the campaign for, it doesn't have the software I asked for, and I had to drive across town and steal it off my previous apartment's porch. I'm sure people who are fine running Android will like it, but mine is going to sit in a box at least until the software around it matures. Who knows when that will be. 2 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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