Slow for what? #Librem5 (including the USA version AFAIK) can smoothly play two videos simultaneously:
And it can smoothly play 3D games:
See also a list of Apps that fit and function well on #Librem5, with screenshots:
On the left, I installed #Mobian using instructions from here: https://wiki.mobian-project.org/doku.php?id=librem5. And on the right, it works!
There are serious reasons for #Librem5 to be expensive: https://social.librem.one/@ozmik/105988959710195259.
It it not slow at all:
The battery lasts 10 hours, and this is before suspend is even implemented:
It might be glitchy now, but it will have lifetime software updates:
I am sure all bugs will be fixed within a year. It will get better with time unlike iPhones.
Have a look at "reasons to buy" in the table comparing the #phones:
2. @purism pay to a team professional developers to work on #phosh free software mobile interface, which is installed on most Pinephones:
https://source.puri.sm/Librem5/community-wiki/-/wikis/Frequently-Asked-Questions#310-why-did-purism-decide-to-create-the-new-phosh-interface. Purism upstream everything.
Yes, Librem 5 is a custom design and much more complicated than any typical phone. See list of its hardware components: https://source.puri.sm/Librem5/community-wiki/-/wikis/Hardware/Librem-5-component-list.
The reason for that is that Purism made 6 innovations in the phone, including kill switches and kernel free of blobs: https://source.puri.sm/Librem5/community-wiki/-/wikis/Frequently-Asked-Questions#15-how-innovative-is-the-librem-5.
The camera has not been working for a very long time, so "a hardware feature did not exist". But very soon every phone will have it working with a software update: https://source.puri.sm/Librem5/linux-next/-/issues/44#note_148408.
You are right, this is currently a regression. But it will be solved with software updates, so I don't see it as a serious problem with the phone.
Librem 5 solved the problem with low-power mode in an elegant way: it does not have suspend enabled yet. It has ~12 hours battery life without suspend. But it will eventually be implemented.
Yes, of course.
Yes, the difference is noticeable. See my new post: https://social.librem.one/@ozmik/105939468751642844.
However I often see people saying that they have almost the same specs: same CPU and same amount of RAM.