Help my find a Smartphone for my Linux addicted dad?
December 2, 2010 12:23 PM Subscribe
Can you help me find a smartphone to give my dad for Christmas? All his colleagues seem to have gotten iPhones. He is somewhat of a Linux geek tough, so I'm thinking a phone more in that spirit.
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My dad is really a hard person to find Christmas/Birthday gifts for.
Mainly, when he wants something, he buys it right away, and his interests are pretty much only tech/gadgets and music (which he also gets himself when he wants something).
But, lately, I've heard him talk about how all his colleagues at work all got themselves iPhones and how they keep talking about their iPhones....
I think I can definitely sense a good measure of interest/jealousy (lol) and he didn't go ahead and buy one which means it give me the window of opportunity to get him one for Christmas before he decides to buy one for himself.
I'm not thinking about an iPhone tough, and my dad pretty much never touched and never wanted anything to do with Mac, iPods and the such. (I suspect that's why he hasn't got an iPhone yet)
Maybe another, similar-ish smartphone?
Mainly, my dad is a fervent Linux user and by his own accounts he loves to tinker around and give himself an hard time with complicated open source programs he got to figure out by himself.
I'm not too bad at tech (heck studied in 3d art for videogames) but I'm really not versed into either smartphones, Android, Linux and other community-made OS, and all that stuff.
So I don't really know which model would hold the most appeal/ be the smartest (oh oh oh I pun'ed sorry) choice.
Amongst criteria I'd be looking for:
-possibility to work with Linux (d'huh)
-apps. Seems it's a huge part of the appeal of the iPhone and they seem to strike my father's interests. He talked to us about the medical apps on the iPhone a few times, clearly with interest.
-good battery life. My dad got a cellphone but he never lets it open (to everyone's total infuriation) because the battery drains easily. I hope to find him something that hopefully doesn't die in 3 hours (like the first models smartphones).
-Not too small keys/screen/adjustable font size maybe? His vision isn't the best due to age, and he got big fingers. :)
-Not TOO deep in the dark side of the geeky, open-source, program-yourself realm? MY dad loves to tinker with Linux and stuff but he is not a pro. He's self-taught and he's enthusiastic and likes to make his own life complicated but he's got his limits. I'm not looking for suggestions of hacked phones with custom firmware and whatnot that he won't be able to get help for if trouble arises.
Maybe my expectations are too harsh/unrealistic but as I said, I have no idea on how these work.
So far, I've typed "Linux smartphone" and got stuff like http://www.reghardware.com/2009/12/07/review_phone_nokia_n900_smartphone/ or http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/Linux-For-Devices-Articles/Linux-Mobile-Phones/ but I don't really know up from down in there.
So, please fellow mefites, help!
Thanks in advance!
P.S: Anyone knows if "setting up" your smartphone with Bell Mobility Canada is any complicated?