The PinePhone–mention that device to any Linux and open source enthusiast, and you’ll see their face light up with possibility. Mention that same device to anyone outside that realm, and you’d be lucky to get a shrug.
For those who don’t know, PINE64 has been working on an open source smartphone that can run nearly any flavor of Linux. But this isn’t just vaporware or a pipe dream–units have begun to ship. The units are called the BraveHeart edition, and they are something special. But special isn’t always a good thing.