Originally Posted by lu99ke
If you want 5 years out of something .. you will need to probably go for top shelf processor... And something that has Lineage OS support as it is the only way you will get continued software updates...sp phones that can be unlocked and are popular enough in the developer space for people to keep tinkering on them ....and be prepared to swap a battery or two over it's life.
As an exercise... If you had a phone from 2014, what would still have LOS support ... Nexus 6...have a look at its forums to see of it is still active ....
Honestly...want 5 years out of a phone...get an iPhone.
Maybe I'm just stingy. I'm the kind of guy that goes and gets a $250 Walmart laptop and uses it until Microsoft drops the extended support for its OS 10 years later.
Anywho, I've compiled a small list of phones I might be interested in. I'm citing prices from my service provider since I will probably finance the phone in monthly payments.
Motorola Moto G7 Power 32GB with SD card slot
Expected Lifecycle: 2 years
Theoretical cost per year: $120
Google Pixel 3a 64GB
Expected Lifecycle: 3 years
Theoretical cost per year: $133
iPhone XR 64GB
Expected Lifecycle: 5 years
Theoretical cost per year: $150
iPhones, although they last longer, don't seem to be the best bang for buck. Plus there's no headphone jack which bothers me.
As far as Google Phones go, I did check out the Nexus 6 as well as the original Pixel and Pixel XL and saw that they all are supported by LineageOS 16.0 with nightlies. Does that mean there's a chance that the just released Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL might get LineageOS in the future? (I guess that's a question to ask in the respective forum/thread).
My wife's and my Windows Phones lose support in December, and our most important apps are already announced for losing support around that same time as well. The plan is to get an idea of what phones we want this summer and then look for deals this upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday.