my perpetual notes on the PinePhone Pro

date: may 25, 2024

this page shall serve as a perpetual collection of my notes on the PinePhone Pro.

$ cat introduction

i bought the PinePhone Pro for $399 on my birthday, and i received it 9 days later, including customs. DHL was used as the carrier, and the package was sent from Hong Kong.

the Pro doesn't come with an OS pre-installed, you have to pick one. out of the various options available, i chose postmarketOS.[4]

it took me about an hour to realize that there is protective foil under the battery contacts, and that you have to charge a battery in order to function. :P

Tow-Boot was installed as per the guide.

KDE breaks audio, and phosh is ugly imo, so i chose gnome-mobile. it's more functional too, and the performance isn't that bad if you compile it yourself.


$ ls pics # or it didn't happen

a shot of the PinePhone Pro box, and Pro itself, on a white background. a shot of the internals of the PinePhone Pro box deceit is showbusiness

$ ls good

$ ls bad

$ cat conclusion




[1]: inspired by Jakob Kreuze's blog post.

[2]: PinePhone Pro store page

[3]: if someone could point me to the new Apps page for Lollypop, please let me know! they're retiring the wiki and it's not on

[4]: update, may 28, 2024: i've switched to mobian -- i like being able to use suspend.

[5]: i originally thought that was a benefit of the custom modem firmware, but apparently that is possible on stock, however.

watch The Americans on FX. it's too good.

  ~ spv, 2024.