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    Nice to see mention of the Palm Pre. I had one and absolutely loved it. WebOS was an amazing platform and Palm encouraged using developer mode and modifying the OS. As you note, it’s a real shame it didn’t take off.

    Prior to the Pre I’d had a T-Mobile G1 which was awful, partly because early Android was awful but as a device it got frustrating to keep having to physically rotate the device to use the keyboard (Android had no virtual keyboard then). I quickly grew tired of the G1 and went back to my Nokia E51 until the Pre came out.

    I held out until the iPhone 4 before switching to Apple. Prior iPhones seemed inferior to the Pre - and Apple eventually “borrowed” the webOS task switcher. I’ve tried Android a couple of times since and never got on with it.

    I too would like to see other than Apple and Google in the ecosystem again.

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      Fond memories of my G1. I really used and abused that phone. The keyboard was super annoying for sure.

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        pray tell do you still have that E51 laying around?

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          I do!

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        Interesting to see the late Sony Xperia 10 at the end, still running Android. The last paragraphs about alternative OS reminded me that SailfishOS runs pretty well on this device.

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          My phone memories include Motorola Linux phones.. specifically, trying to write a package manager for that in shell. Testing the removal function resulted in rm -rf / which wiped some unique security partition that hard bricked the phone. Yep, this is like the efivarfs read-write issue but on a phone and years before that :D

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            Is it me or is that a lot of phones?

            Mine are: Nokia 6150, Siemens ME45, Nokia 6230, HTC Tattoo, HTC Desire Z, KingZone N1, Nexus 5X - that’s 18.5 years and 7 phones (but I only count the N1 halfway because it stopped working reliably after 1 year and I still use it as a dedicated mp3 player..)

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              It did seem like a lot, but when I actually list them, I have a lot, too: LG 8370?, Motorola V275? (contract upgrade), LG Chocolate (upgrade), iPhone 4 (got damp), HTC One X? (traded in), my brother’s iPhone 4, Nokia C2 (carrier issue), LG E970? (another carrier issue), iPhone 6 (replaced screen, gave to mom), iPhone 7. I miss the Chocolate, but iPhones are generally great to me. On phone #10 since ~’06.

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              Very neat and always a nice surprise to see Auckland mentioned in a blog post :’)

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                The Razr design is still so fresh. Possibly the best looking phone of all time.

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                  He could install SailfishOS on his Xperia 10 and finally enjoy a different cellphone OS.

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                    Hmmmm, let’s see, I can remember owning at least these:

                    Nokia 1610, 3210, 8810, 8210, 8250, 8850 (I still have one somewhere I think), and my last Nokia was an n95, I think. Towards the end of the Nokia run there were a couple of KRZRs - my favourite dumb phone, with a neat little external OLED display when that was a very rare thing, and an excellent form factor and general hand-feel. It was superior to the big flat awkward RZR in every way, IMO. Since then I’ve been on the iTrain, upgrading yearly until recently, when I’ve started skipping a year as the form factors get worse and the actual feature upgrades less significant.

                    The best phone we’ve ever had was the 5s. Perfect size, thick enough to not have a retarded lump sticking out where the camera is, and just a physically beautiful object. It was too pretty to put in a case, and at the same time not made out of soapy wet teflon, so you could actually hold the fucking thing.

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                      Maybe iPhone se2 resembles the 5s

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                        I shouldn’t have to choose between “comfortable size and no stupid wobble” XOR “modern performance”. The insides of a modern smartphone are almost entirely battery, there’s absolutely nothing stopping them releasing a thicker model with a screen you can actually use without being Shaq or using two hands.

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                          The (probably fairly reliable) rumors say it uses the iPhone 8 enclosure with the A13 (iPhone 11) SoC:

                          https://www.macrumors.com/2020/01/02/apple-may-launch-two-iphone-se-2-models-2020/

                          So, I guess it’s the end of the 5s form factor. I can imagine that they want to get rid of that screen size. However, it’s interesting that the iPod still sports the old 4” (pre-iPhone 5) screen size. Maybe iPod users primarily use it for playing music?

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                        From what I know, you can unlock Sony’s bootloader: https://developer.sony.com/develop/open-devices/get-started/unlock-bootloader

                        (Well, worked for my Xperia Z1 at least :P)

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                          It worked on everything except that Z1C. Every other Sony I could unlock, but that one was from an Irish carrier that required Sony to lock the bootloader for them to be sold in their stores.