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.
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!!