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17th May 2019, 08:24 AM |#11581  
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17th May 2019, 08:10 PM |#11582  
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I 'm looking for my first Android phone (coming from Windows Phone) for T-Mobile (USA). I'd like one that could last at least 5 years and that works with all or most of the LTE bands from my service provider. I'd like a phone I could flash a custom ROM onto from someone who keeps up with security updates once I stop getting them from the manufacturer.

A couple phones that have caught my attention are the Motorola Moto G7 Power and the Google Pixel 3A.

I like the G7 Power because of the "3 days" of battery, the FM radio, also an SD card slot and because it has all the LTE bands used by my service provider. Also the price is great. But I understand this phone gets security updates only every 3 months and will likely be updated by the manufacturer for only 2 years.

What I like about the Pixel 3A is that it already comes with 3 years of updates. I mean, I feel like buying this phone is a way of supporting a company that also feels that updates are important. It also has 64GB internal memory instead of only 32 making the lack of the SD card slot less of a problem for me (only the 32GB G7 Power is available here.) The battery in the Pixel 3A is ok, but it has all but one of the LTE bands my service provider uses and it doesn't have an FM radio.

But which would be the best bang for buck and the one I could keep updated with a custom ROM? Or should I consider another phone?

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.
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18th May 2019, 12:37 AM |#11583  
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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.
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Motorola Moto G7 Power 32GB with SD card slot
Expected Lifecycle: 2 years
Cost: $240
Theoretical cost per year: $120

Google Pixel 3a 64GB
Expected Lifecycle: 3 years
Cost: $400
Theoretical cost per year: $133

iPhone XR 64GB
Expected Lifecycle: 5 years
Cost: $750
Theoretical cost per year: $150
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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.
18th May 2019, 11:27 AM |#11584  
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Originally Posted by Isaac Zackary

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.
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Motorola Moto G7 Power 32GB with SD card slot
Expected Lifecycle: 2 years
Cost: $240
Theoretical cost per year: $120

Google Pixel 3a 64GB
Expected Lifecycle: 3 years
Cost: $400
Theoretical cost per year: $133

iPhone XR 64GB
Expected Lifecycle: 5 years
Cost: $750
Theoretical cost per year: $150
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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.

I think it's a safe bet that any phones directly from Google will continue to have good dev support for many years ... They are ( as it stands... But may change in future I suppose ) easy to unlock and play around with... And source codes are released... And nerds love them ... And nerds are the ones that develop ... So all good there! ( I say nerds with the utmost respect and love!! )

If I hadn't stumped for a pixel 3xl... I would be def getting a 3a ... For the money, the camera is simply amazing.

And I just cannot bring myself to use an iPhone... They are awesome phones and I recommend my family get them.. especially ones less tech savvy... But they are just too restrictive.... I mean... You seriously can't just have a bottom row of apps on your home screen?? WTF!!
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19th May 2019, 11:14 AM |#11585  
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I'm in the market for a reasonably priced android phone, one that's unlocked and easy to root and customize unrestricted. My last couple phones where on the straight talk network. I'd prefer to keep that service if possible but their compatibility can be hit and miss... What would be my best bet?
19th May 2019, 07:43 PM |#11586  
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Hi there,

I'm looking for a 10inch Tablet:

rootable
aosp or los Rom available
WiFi
SD Slot
possibly cheap (as always ;])

Its supposed to be used as a Entertainmentsystem in my Car for the Kids. They dont Play Games on it but watch movies and listen to music.

What device would you recommend?
21st May 2019, 02:33 AM |#11587  
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Hi there,

I'm looking for a 10inch Tablet:

rootable
aosp or los Rom available
WiFi
SD Slot
possibly cheap (as always ;])

Its supposed to be used as a Entertainmentsystem in my Car for the Kids. They dont Play Games on it but watch movies and listen to music.

What device would you recommend?

Mi Tab 4
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24th May 2019, 10:27 AM |#11588  
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I'm looking for a 10inch Tablet:

rootable
aosp or los Rom available
WiFi
SD Slot

Great question! Anyone else have other recommendations than the Mi Tab 4?

I also need such a device. I was looking at recent Samsung tablets and was disappointed in the lack of development work. I have a Samsung Tab S4 (SM-T830), but I have to keep it on the stock OS for work. I would get another Tab S4 if there were any custom ROMs for it, but not yet, though recently it got TWRP.

I was looking at the Lenovo forms earlier. The Lenovo Tab 4 10" Plus, which is recent and apparently has good community support, is still sold as new, though a bit expensive at $350 USD. The 2016 Yoga Tab 3 Plus has offical Lineage OS support, but is no longer sold. It may be possible to find one used though.
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26th May 2019, 06:34 AM |#11589  
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Looking for the new phone options too. Requirements:

- dual sim
- major US + Eu bands, including LTE
- good DAC
- rootable
- waterproof, should survive wet pocket/fingers when skiing
- decent specs & camera

Ideas?
28th May 2019, 04:15 PM |#11590  
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What is the best phone under $700 I can buy right now with unlockable bootloader? I tried the Pixel 3a but didn't like it. Thank you.
31st May 2019, 12:48 AM |#11591  
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What is the best phone under $700 I can buy right now with unlockable bootloader? I tried the Pixel 3a but didn't like it. Thank you.

What didn't you like about the 3a?
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