I’m shopping for a cellphone. I run Linux exclusively, which almost certainly means that everything I think I should be able to do easily is a crack-initiated pipe dream, but here’s what I want in or with a phone.
- I want to be able to plug the phone into the USB port on my laptop and
- Manipulate the address book
- Change my ringtone
- Send SMS messages
- SSH out
- Charge the battery via USB
With Linux. So probably not, you’d think. Even “runs OK in Wine” is passable, and if I have to buy a USB/SIM-Card reader I will. I’m familiar with the process. Other criteria include:
- I don’t want a phone that looks like it was designed by the second-stringers from Ninja Science Team Gatchaman. The clamshell form factor is preferred, and I have a certain affection for the appearance of the Ericsson Z200.
- I don’t need a camera, or a PDA pseudo-phone. Thumb-keyboards are dumb.
- I don’t care about games, because cellphone games are stupid. If your spirit is not immediately crushed by the realization that you enjoy playing “Snake”, I probably don’t need to talk to you.
- Buying ringtones is doubly stupid; the idea that I should pay extra to make a device I own play a particular tinny little sounds is idiocy on its face, a way of extracting money from suckers.
Any insight that you would like to provide into the cellphone-buying process is appreciated.