If someone from 2005 were transported to the present, they would find it completely absurd that handheld computers are expected to last only a couple of years while desktop computers still last a decade (with repairs, of course).

Whether GNU/Linux phones become mainstream or not, I hope they will at least help establish the idea that smartphones can also be long-lasting devices.

#LinuxPhone #Smartphone


@njoseph In Arthur C.Clarke's Imperial Earth, smartphones ("minisecs") are handed down through generations.

There are no moving parts, nothing to wear out, other than a slight smudging of the lettering on the 'E' key on its keyboard.

@dredmorbius @njoseph

UK's Emergency Services are running into issues as they still use TETRA digital radio terminals (which look like giant 90s mobile phones) from early 2000s but Motorola and its suppliers can't support the older ones or the Airwave system much longer as components are no longer made; they plan to move to LTE devices but this has stalled due to technical issues (and this project will be affected further by current supply chain disruptions)

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