Hey, Lemmy people.

Apologies if this is the wrong community for this question, but I have a feeling my phone is about to die and I need a new one. I was hoping my current would last until either the Pinephone or Librem 5 were in a usable state, but as it stands it looks like I will have to wait a bit longer. So in the interim, Android it is.

Is there a cheapo Android phone out there that doesn’t make you jump through too many hoops to install a custom ROM? All I need is a device that I can run F-Droid on without gapps installed.

@ajz
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A second hand OnePlus One is a good phone for LineageOS and for Ubuntu Touch (It is one of the core devices). I’ve bought one for under 70 Euros. Another candidate is a second hand Samsung Galaxy SIII Neo but since Samsung uses the Odin layer, the install can be tricky unless you follow a good howto and do some searching. Note that several other SIII models are no longer supported : https://wiki.lineageos.org/devices/

@onlooker
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OnePlus One sounds very nice, actually. I’ll take a look around to see if anyone is selling one used. Thanks!

@ajz
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Another advantage is that the OPO is or was the most used LineageOS phone worldwide. (Stats page is down currently. https://status.lineageos.org/) So, if the current maintainer(s) would stop it is likely that others will step up to fill in. Note that buying second hand can be tricky, (Some older OPO models can fail for parts of the touch screen I read, and you should use the usb cable it came with to charge) so to be safe you could go for a refurbished model, paying more money. In my case my model is quite fine except for the home button, but for LineageOS I use a button app from F-Droid, and Ubuntu Touch does not use the home button. For the rest, it is a solid phone with 64 GB of disk space.

@lightstream
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You bought a refurbished phone and the home button doesn’t work? Were you aware of that before you bought it?

The main concern I would have with a refurb would be the battery. So many people take really bad care of their phone battery - letting it run right down in particular - and while a battery can be “reconditioned” itself (resetting the onboard charge controller all lithium batteries have by running it down to zero then fully charging it), once they are permanently degraded they only get worse.

@ajz
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Good point about the battery! I bought that phone directly from a person. Not refurbished via some company. The refurbished ones are quite a bit more expensive.

@ajz
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An option for refurbished phone with custom ROM installed. https://e.foundation/e-pre-installed-refurbished-smartphones/

@onlooker
creator
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Convenient as that is, I think I’ll go with the OnePlus option you mentioned instead. The refurbished phones are a bit outside my price range and I like to flash ROMs myself. I find it fun.

@ajz
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cool!

@otso
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i just got a pixel 3 on swappa and i’m running graphene os. been using it only like an hour now but so far i love it EDIT: grapheme->graphene

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