Ask Slashdot: Are There Any Alternatives To Android Or iOS?
Posted by BeauHD on 19th December 2017

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An anonymous Slashdot reader is asking whether or not there are any alternatives to Android or iOS smartphones: Like most of us, I’ve owned a few smartphones over time, ranging from a Nokia E71 to a Samsung Android phone and now, an Apple iPhone. It is close to phone upgrade time, and I’ve been reviewing the features that I use on my phone. When I think honestly about it, the only features I really need are: 1. Phone calls (loads of conference calls, for which I use a wired headset with a microphone) 2. SMS Messaging (unlimited on my plan) 3. Navigation (very important, and is probably the most-used app on my phone) 4. Occasional internet browsing All of this could be done by the Nokia E71, when Nokia Maps was a thing. If I want to move away from Apple, Google and the like, do I have any options now? Are there any trustable (and by trustable, I mean avoiding unknown Chinese manufacturers) phones in the market today that could do all four and (ideally) have better battery life than one day?

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