Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Mobile
User Name
Linux - Mobile This forum is for the discussion of all topics relating to Mobile Linux. This includes Android, Tizen, Firefox OS, Sailfish OS, Maemo, MeeGo, Ubuntu Mobile, WebOS, Open Mobile Alliance and other similar projects and products.
A reminder that LQ now has a dedicated Android sister site:


  Search this Thread
Old 10-20-2012, 06:58 AM   #1
Registered: Jun 2012
Distribution: Linux Mint - Debian Edition
Posts: 341

Rep: Reputation: 7
Recommend a Mobile Phone?

Hi all!

I'm after a recommendation of mobile phones for my purposes. My only requirements (aside from calls and texts) are GPS/Navigation software, decent(ish) camera and the ability to tether my laptop to my phone for internet access. It also needs to have a keyboard rather than just a touch screen.

I dislike Androids as the hardware doesn't really match up to the software and endlessly run into "Out of memory" issues, despite having many GB left over on my SD card.

My searches brings up lots of "good idea" phones, but very few that actually exist.

Old 10-20-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
LQ Newbie
Registered: Sep 2012
Posts: 10

Rep: Reputation: 1
I'm not sure about keyboard models, but maybe you just need updated android?

I don't see any issues with out of memory on my Nexus S (running stock or cyanogenmod). I'm running 4.1.2 (aka jellyben). And it is an "older" device.

My old Samsung Captivate had gps locking issues, so I would recommend researching whatever you get, just to make sure the gps works well on that device.

I know this may not have been a useful post if your dead set on getting a non android device, but hopefully it will help not count out all android devices, because they may not all be equal.

I recommend the Nexus S, or even better the Galaxy Nexus (my brother has the GN, and he loves it).

Good Luck!
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 10-27-2012, 01:18 AM   #3
Registered: Jun 2012
Distribution: Linux Mint - Debian Edition
Posts: 341

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 7

I think I'll give the Nokia N900 a go. I'm very reluctant to throw 400 at a new Android device to find it just as frustrating as my HTC Desire. E.g. Have to root to get adblocking. Do I lose my warranty by rooting or put up with ads? Uninstalling some of the crap that comes on many phones as standard, using up the internal memory, such as "Twitter" or "Facebook". Want to uninstall it? No, you're not allowed.

Rant over.
Old 01-11-2013, 03:48 AM   #4
Registered: Oct 2010
Location: Paudpod, Botolan, Zambales, Philippines
Distribution: Mandriva, Ubuntu, Mint, Open Suse, Meego
Posts: 390
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 25
Hello try karboon a9+, or iphone 5.
Old 01-11-2013, 05:49 AM   #5
Registered: Dec 2012
Location: Holland
Distribution: Fedora 18 & CentOS 6.3
Posts: 61

Rep: Reputation: 8
Well.. the issues you are discribing with Android are more of the older generation phones then the new ones. If you do feel like looking into it, take a look at Huawei. They make some damm decent phones (yes with Android) with good hardware, and a good RAM base for the pricerange its in.
Old 01-13-2013, 01:00 PM   #6
Senior Member
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Distribution: Ubuntu Linux 14.10
Posts: 1,148

Rep: Reputation: 112Reputation: 112
Canonical is working on releasing an Ubuntu phone sometime in the future.

For a keyboard based phone, perhaps going with the original smart-phone, Blackberry, would make sense.

Last edited by mark_alfred; 01-13-2013 at 01:03 PM.
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 01-13-2013, 04:15 PM   #7
Registered: Jan 2013
Distribution: Centos
Posts: 97
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 10
Just go for an iphone 5.

You will thank me later..
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 01-16-2013, 12:33 PM   #8
Senior Member
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: infinity; (randomly born:) Milwaukee, WI, US, Earth... end borders!
Distribution: any free\GPL that works well on my cheapest with mostly KDE or CLI but open ;-)
Posts: 1,724
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 449Reputation: 449Reputation: 449Reputation: 449Reputation: 449
Thumbs up or older

Originally Posted by LeoPap View Post
Just go for an iphone 5.

You will thank me later..
iPhone1.1+root ✔ link in my signature

Last edited by jamison20000e; 01-16-2013 at 12:37 PM.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Which mobile phone are you using? TigerLinux General 29 01-04-2012 04:03 PM
Loaded Ubuntu 7.04. Mobile phone connected with cable via usb. Phone is seen, Hec Linux - Newbie 1 02-09-2008 05:46 AM
Charlotte Church's mobile phone Oops! Topless photo jumps through mobile phones in UK furfurdemon666 General 3 05-03-2005 09:03 AM
mobile phone softwares cranium2004 Linux - Software 0 12-02-2004 01:22 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:46 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration