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Volla Phone as alternative to mainstream Android and iOS

Oct. 25, 2021 -

Nearly all folks I know use iOS or Android from a mainstream smartphone brand, yet alternatives still exist! The German Volla Phone prides itself to be a worthy option for those who value privacy and freedom. I bought one to experience it firsthand, read along for my thoughts!

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My Volla phone runs an alternative, minimalistic launcher, aptly called the
My Volla phone runs an alternative, minimalistic launcher, aptly called the "unlauncher"
Syncing my photos to my NAS using Syncopoly, a rsync client for Android
Syncing my photos to my NAS using Syncopoly, a rsync client for Android
Who has a smartphone these days that says
Who has a smartphone these days that says "Made in Germany"?
Browsing the web using Fennec, a browser based on Firefox available in the F-Droid app store - this works well!
Browsing the web using Fennec, a browser based on Firefox available in the F-Droid app store - this works well!
No complaints in the battery department either - measuring remaining time in... days!
No complaints in the battery department either - measuring remaining time in... days!
Volla OS features a Springboard and a centralised way to access your contacts - an interesting idea yet it lacks refinement (the typos in this screenshot taken from the official Volla website are illustrative to this)
Volla OS features a Springboard and a centralised way to access your contacts - an interesting idea yet it lacks refinement (the typos in this screenshot taken from the official Volla website are illustrative to this)

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