it is with a deep sadness that I feel I have to leave sailifh behind. For now. Right now I still have my Jolla 1 in daily use, but with the recent update to Kvarken I’m left out. I applaud Jolla for seven years of software support and for seven years of keeping me on board.
However, times change and so does my personal and professional situation. I have long had the ability to use the Jolla 1 as a daily driver, because there alwasy was a safety net where I could contact family members for support in communications, should my own device fail me. With my Jolla 1 this is no longer the case, and after seven years of usage the battery is showing its age as well.
I was always hoping to get a new device just like the Jolla 1, but the Sony Xperia 10 II is just not it right now. Also, having to commute a lot in the forseeable future, I urgently require some form of voice assistant.
Now, the only other smartphone I have ever owned before my trusty Jolla1 was an iPhone4, so I have no experience with android flavours. I’m making this post to call upon your experience to help me find an adequate solution. Even if I’m asking for suggestions about other competing OSes, you should forgive me for doing so here, as no other community than the sailors truly seems to be able to understand what I seek in a smartphone ans mobile OS. As such, this may as well be understood as giving praise to all the little things sailfish does right, and concepts that pioneered in saifish years ago.
Since I made it seven years on saifish, it should be clear that I hardly cared about third party apps. I still do not play games, nor do I think that more that webapps are needed in most cases. However, with a change of times I need to be able to run some banking on my phone.
I am not bound at all to certain services, and I wish for it to remain like this. I prefer to own all my music and store them in files on my machine, copy them to my phone and not use a streaming service. I prefer to manage my files and backups myself and copy them to my NAS by hand as needed. Only once in a while I need some maps, for which I use the service of outdooractive, which is available on iOS, android and on their website (just not in an outdated browser).
- native keyboard: I’m from Germany, I write mainly in German and English. German has this feature where we use capital and small initial letters to signify nouns and verbs/adjectives respectively. Moreover, it is good practice to use commas on multiple occassions. When I was writing on an iOS14 native keaboard lately, I noticed I have to go extra steps to get to my beloved fullstop and comma, which delayed my writing considerably. Sailfish is, in my opinion, taking the right approach here by placing fullstop and comma, the two most-used sentence delimiters, left and right next to the spacebar. How do the andoir flavours deal with this? If everything goes south, of course there is a possibility to use a third-party app (SwiftKey, Fleksy, Typewise). But why can this important feature not be a part of the OS like in saifish?
- native filesystem access: One big grief I had with iPhones from the start is the problem of moving files from and to the device. It was refreshing, however, how sailfish exposed some important directories like a Flashdrive to my PC via USB, and how I was able to access the entire filesystem via a FTP-Client or SSH Console. I use my phone like a FlashDrive, so a feature like this is mandatory for me, and preferrably without the need of a special software like iTunes. I remember, that iOS exposed the photos directory with read access, but didn’t allow me to write to the phone or read and write music. Is android handling this any better, and is there a way to make iOS do it as I described?
- ringtones and alarm tones: I have music on my pgone, what a surprise. Then it seems only reasonable, that I use this same msuic as a ringtone or an alrm tone. On sailfish this was a given from release, and on iOS I noticed one can finally use music as a ringtone (without converting it first in some different format using PAID third party apps or software), but still in iOS14 we can’t use our music as alarms? Oh please. I hope android is doing this better.
- control where my data are going: When I was leaving iOS seven years ago, I noticed I didn’t even know where the photos I made on my adevice are going, nor where the contacts are stored. These are mine, they don’t belong onto an obscure cloud, only if I want them to be there. Sailfish went, in my opinion, the right way by letting the user make this choice: I can store the contacts on the device, on a sd-card, on my google account, use MS-Exchange or yahoo. I can choose a different way of storing where my pictures go. This is what I want.
- homogenous design: Sailfish went this way from the start and encouraged app developers to use the silica ui components. This way, most parts of the OS and third party apps look like they were made uniformly, to make me feel at home on my device and serve only me. I know that iOS, while following a different aesthetic, has a similar directive, albeit it has not been as uniform as sailfish. I suspect this is a bit of a shortcoming on most android flavours.
- swiping instead of typing: From the very start, saifish had this directive of preferring swipes instead of having the user lift their fingers from the screen. I felt right at home using the different pullers and edge gestures. Only on the iPhone X I observed a similar experience so far.
- turn phone upside down to mute call: How is this not a common feature on all phones?
Of course I’d like to keep all the little things, but now I need more reliability. This is:
- voice assistant to aid me during long drives.
- longer lasting battery (this is not at all a sailfish problem, it works for days on the Jolla1, but my battery is ancient)
- wish for fingerprint reader or face id to login
So, there are two ways this can go. And two ways you may approach an answer:
- Convince me how continuing using sailfish right now is viable for me
- Give advice how some feature I mentioned can be right in iOS or android for me (even with a paid app, but as I wrote, I think this is the expected behaviour and thus the responsibility of the manufacturer of the OS)
Just to be clear: Jailbreaking is an option, but it clashes with my reliability goal,so the preferred way is not requiring a Jailbreak.
I’m completely lost in this difficult decision, so I appreciate all the help I can get.