Wow, you can have a _complete_ set of digital computing devices for less than $500 USD with @PINE64 stuff.
* PineBook Pro: 199.99
* PineTab+keyboard: 119.98 (pre-order)
* PinePhone: 149.99 (uBPorts ed.)
* PineTime: 24.99 (dev kit)
= Total: $494.95 USD
They're all designed with FOSS in mind and schematics are provided. That's awesome.
@mcread The PineBook Pro is absolutely usable. The PinePhone ecosystem is rapidly getting there as is the PineTime and we'll see when the PineTab comes out where it stands. (They're also really transparent about this).
The best part is that, because it's all FOSS, if stuff isn't working well right now it's only a matter of time and effort before it's improved. Plus you can hack on it yourself to fix things you don't like.
It's like a hacker-friendly version of the Apple ecosystem. @PINE64
@jbauer @mcread @PINE64
I'm waiting for my #UBports CE #Pinephone. Looking hard at the #Pinetab and the #Pinetime. My TV box would be the only Android device left in my house*, I wonder if a PINE64 SBC could replace it.
*Not technically true, I need an Android device for work to run a VPN authenticator app... But it's its only use.
Another option which is also opensource is Olimex, which has a similar laptop model. I don't have one (yet) and probably won't order because of another project with different goals that I ordered (reform2) but -
and yes, got my pinephone yesterday, after initial issues with EXTREMELY SMALL TEXT and putting the sd card in the SIM slot - which does not work for booting - well, I just wish I had more time to work with it.
Anyone who reads this and who has a pinephone: That jumpdrive tool?
Very useful (:
@mathieu what an interesting question you have here. I am sorry I do not have a Pine, but here I found some reviews:
3) Personal review: https://haydenjames.io/pinebook-pro-my-first-impressions-and-setup-tips
I hope this helps!
@mathieu It depends on what your daily work tasks are. If you program, are a sysadmin for a *nix environment, work in social media or with documents, or spend a lot of time on the internet then it's perfectly usable.
This isn't the laptop for heavy tasks like CAD, big video editing projects, running many VMs, or compiling massive projects like Firefox or the Linux kernel (unless you're willing to wait a while).
Yes! I’d say it covers 90-95% of my usage. Aside from gaming and working on some larger/heavier projects, it’s been a wonderful machine so far for dev, web browsing, and watching videos. It also has amazing battery life.
I do use a pretty lightweight environment though (i3/sway and vim), so your experience may vary on KDE or Gnome or with heavier editors (I haven’t tested them).
@JoshuaRystedt @ademalsasa @mathieu @jbauer @PINE64
My main concern with using a heavier desktop environment would be the limited RAM, but from what I've heard KDE is pretty light nowadays. Manjaro KDE is the default OS on the PBP, so it's probably fine.
I've also heard of people having luck with zram to squeeze a bit more out of it, I was planning on trying it out myself eventually but I haven't run into memory limitations yet.
I have coincidentally both KDE and Sway on the Pinepook Pro. My experience is that KDE is surprisingly light nowadays. ~400 MB are taken after startup. Sway (on the very light postmarketOS) is around 200MB.
Now, for many casual use cases like browsing, light development, text editing and office that is absolutely fine with both GUIs.
@drgeo yes, of course.
One area where I got memory issues was when I used the Pinebook Pro for work. In my case that means a lot of O365, sharepoint and so on. With a lot of tabs for O365 open and some LibeOffice plus Microsoft Teams for Linux I got sometimes into memory trouble. The thing is the actual GUI and 200MB difference would have been irrelevant
@aml It depends on what you need out of your phone ;).
Plus other operating systems like SailfishOS can be made to work on it so if you're willing to tinker a bit at this early stage then it can be quite usable as a daily driver.
I plan to make my next phone a PinePhone when my current one dies. @PINE64
@jbauer This line up is all brand new to me. Excited to try them soon. Thanks for sharing!
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