I’m new here, and I’m clueless about smartphones and their operating systems. So far I’ve been using phones I could phone or write SMS with. My phone is close to ten years old and now a few of the keys are acting up so I’ll need a new one soon, and I’d like to try out a smart phone for the first time in my life (I’m 63).
I came across an article about Fairphone, and I like the “fair”-idea, I also like the “modular”-idea, but I don’t like the operating system at all. It seems that Android has a lot to do with Google (which I try to avoid like the bubonic plague). I read a test (on utopia.de) that tells me that Fairphone 2 comes with Google Apps that I won’t be able to completely get rid of.
I know that there is an alternative operating system called Sailfish. But I’m sure I don’t know enough to be able to delete (if that’s the right word) Android and install Sailfish instead.
Unfortunately, the Fairphone shop does not offer the Fairphone2 already equipped with a Google-free operating system (giving a choice here would go very well with the general policy of the company, I think, and I don’t really understand why they don’t go ‘modular’ in this respect as well) .
So finally, my questions:
Does anybody know of a vendor of Fairphone2 that sells it with an alternative OS?
Does anybody know of a firm firm that could replace the Android with Sailfish for me?
Does anybody know of a website with clear instructions on how to do it myself (something like "get rid of Android for Dummies)?
Are there more alternatives to Android, and which one would you recommend?