So, here are the reasons why I stopped using the iPhone 8 I used for half a year now. I must admit that the design of the phone and the os is very slick and polished, most of it just works as expected. So why go back to my old #Fairphone2
with /e/ installed:
- I was unable to find a way to make it play my collection of ogg vorbis audio files in a decent music player app which behaves like a normal music player. As a matter of fact I would expect any mobile OS to come with such an app out of the box - without forcing you to use a Apple service or a software like iTunes.
- I was also unable to find a decent pod catcher which works as well as AntennaPod. Again here the main problem were my ogg vorbis feeds. Also the Apple Podcast app is very weird, I was unable to see all episodes in a feed, it would always only show the latest few.
- The slick and polished experience ends at the point where you open a web browser. Having used Safari for some time and being old enough to remember IE from its first version on, I totally get what people mean when they say "Safari is the new Internet Explorer". I wouldn't mind though if I had a choice, but for some reason Apple forces every browser app to use the safari engine.
- There is no way to block ads for every app on the system, like Blokada does. Additionally I was unable to find equivalent apps to NetMonitor or NetGuard on Android.
- Generally I missed the great selection of open source software on F-Droid. There aren't very many free (as in freedom) apps for iOS and it's troublesome to find them.
I'm very happy that /e/ provides a OS which integrates MicroG so I don't have to fiddle with Lineage and MicroG myself anymore.