Hi /e/ Community,
I’m new here and these are my first experiences the last few days with /e/, which I like very much now:
4 Days ago I read about /e/ the first time. It was because since more than 4 years I am very happy with my Samsung Galaxy S7 that is no longer supported by Samsung.
I was thinking about some new Phone, but they are too big. I want it to fit in my Jacket, Bike-Bag etc…
So I was searching for options, and though I never installed a custom ROM and never rooted a phone I wanted to try /e/. I read about /e/ here:
Worst thing that could happen was, to have to buy a new phone :-((
(I still have a tablet as Emergency-Backup.)
I’m not an IT-professional but have spent more than 30 years with computers (some of them as developer, but long ago). And when I started, there was no Internet, so I’m used to the feeling, that I have the power to decide what the machines do. Well, meanwhile I gave up a little bit…
The Idea to get rid of Google and so on is of course also attractive, but not so easy for everybody, I will see…
I tried to install the official nougat via this howto:
After that my phone was heating up, loosing power and stuck in a boot-circle… I thought it was broken.
Through some websearch I managed to get into TWRP again and installed the original ROM using SamFirm and even could install a backup of my data. I was relieved and had to go to work.
Meanwhile I thought, I should try again and root my device prior installing a custom rom (advise somehere on YouTube hm…).
I tested some features, was glad, that bluetooth worked, even in my car and with my Polar-Watch (I only use it for sports) and managed to install the dirty things I still need (Whatsapp, Google Calender etc).
But I try to search for alternatives or at least to not get more dependent from the Monopolists.
The only thing I then noticed, was that the Camera-App crashed somtetimes (e.g. with hdr on) and found topics discussing this in this forum. And I was wondering, why I moved from Android 8 back to 7. But I was still exploring… and so far really surprised and excited.
Today I found the entry in the UnofficialBuild-Section with a link to a Android9-Version that seemed quite interesting.
I installed it and am really happy, hope that gets official soon. Camera is now satisfying and even hdr-images are ok (hard to compare to the original app now), but for me they are quite good now.
Still fiddling around (and because I am used to smaller Icons) I tried Nova-Launcher (I read about the privacy-Thing), I was just trying… And after some testing, I got stuck in the Lock-Screen.
Then got help by that Link:
After that I deinstalled Nova, too see if I get that problem again, Bliss Launcher is ok for me too.
Most important thing is, that everything works…
I should stop installing and start testing now.
I’m really curios, if I miss something, or if I get rid of some more Apps and how everything works in the next time.
Many Thanks to the Developers and the /e/-Foundation, we need more of this, especially in Europe.
Greetings from Germany,