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24th June 2019, 06:09 AM |#11611  
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Lords, Geeks and fellow men, I need your advice for buying a new phone where I am asking if Apple / Samsung / Pixel are the only phones to go (excluding blackberry on purpose) if data security matters?

India is loaded with Chinese phones such as Vivo, Oppo, Xaomi, One Plus etc. I recently bought Nokia 3.1 plus and became victim of background app killings. It is not even sparing VPN and Antivirus. While the offer at midrange phones from Vivo, Xaomi sound attactive (considering value for money on hardware specs), I am a bit skeptical and scared on the news about data being sent to China without user's consent.
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You could probably change the battery optimization settings (under settings->apps) to not 'optimize' battery usage so the phone will try to keep the app in the background. Do it for the apps you want to keep it in background like chat apps, browser, google maps etc.

I don't think Xiaomi (or Oppo/Vivo) would violate user user privacy any more than brands like Samsung because it has been under scrutiny for a while and there hasn't been any reports about inappropriate data being sent back to China. Lenovo seems to have alot of issues with privacy after some spyware scandals.
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24th June 2019, 06:27 AM |#11612  
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You could probably change the battery optimization settings (under settings->apps) to not 'optimize' battery usage so the phone will try to keep the app in the background. Do it for the apps you want to keep it in background like chat apps, browser, google maps etc.

I don't think Xiaomi (or Oppo/Vivo) would violate user user privacy any more than brands like Samsung because it has been under scrutiny for a while and there hasn't been any reports about inappropriate data being sent back to China. Lenovo seems to have alot of issues with privacy after some spyware scandals.

tried it and it only seem to work if i restart phone everyday. otherwise, it continues to kill.

i got skeptical of Vivo as it still ships with apps such a UC browser that was banned in India.
25th June 2019, 12:41 AM |#11613  
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Hello,
on my old phone I am using xprivacy but since it is not ported to the newer Android releases I stuck with my current phone for a long time.
Time for change but this time I would like to install lineageos with microg (de-google it) and ... I am struggling with finding some budget phone which has its own microg release. Can you recommend any phone which:

  1. has at least 3 GB RAM
  2. costs under £170
  3. is dual sim
  4. has lineageos + microg release
  5. has quite decent camera

xiaomi redmi note 7 might be something for you to look at

https://www.gsmarena.com/xiaomi_redmi_note_7-9513.php
https://forum.xda-developers.com/red...-16-0-t3923203
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28th June 2019, 02:33 AM |#11614  
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Removable battery ( I know thats asking alot from God in 2019 )

GREAT Audio with DAC support

MicroSD support

Oled screen

decent battery life .

3.5mm headphone jack

No front camera ( motorized pop up or just no front camera at all . Not all of us need selfies. )

rootable with healthy dev community

Does this phone exist ?
28th June 2019, 09:28 AM |#11615  
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Removable battery ( I know thats asking alot from God in 2019 )

GREAT Audio with DAC support

MicroSD support

Oled screen

decent battery life .

3.5mm headphone jack

No front camera ( motorized pop up or just no front camera at all . Not all of us need selfies. )

rootable with healthy dev community

Does this phone exist ?

LG G5 maybe?
Screens LCD I believe but it still has AOD etc.
28th June 2019, 08:30 PM |#11616  
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Looking for a replacement for Xperia XZ Premium that is more flexible
Hey all!

I currently have an Xperia XZ Premium international, and while I love the phone and it's abilities, I'm sick of not having the options to flash ROMs freely, to root, or to swap the battery. I'd really appreciate any suggestions regarding a phone that could meet or exceed the XZ Premium's specs while providing these options. I'd prefer that the device have a nice screen, but a 4K screen isn't absolutely necessary, as I rarely use 4K mode on my XZP. Support for external SD is a must, and so is a nice quality camera, as I use that function quite a bit. I also play a lot of emulated games on RetroArch and other platforms, so I like to have decent 3D acceleration and RAM.

One other issue I have with the XZP is intermittent problems with running my Android Studio code on it, while not having any issues with that on my girlfriend's phone. At this point, I just use virtualized Android exclusively. I'd like to have a phone that will lend itself well to customization, or in this respect, a simpler ROM that eliminates some of the preloaded system apps. I guess a phone that has the interests of the developers on XDA would probably be good for me.

Thanks!
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29th June 2019, 09:15 PM |#11617  
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Hey all!

I currently have an Xperia XZ Premium international, and while I love the phone and it's abilities, I'm sick of not having the options to flash ROMs freely, to root, or to swap the battery. I'd really appreciate any suggestions regarding a phone that could meet or exceed the XZ Premium's specs while providing these options. I'd prefer that the device have a nice screen, but a 4K screen isn't absolutely necessary, as I rarely use 4K mode on my XZP. Support for external SD is a must, and so is a nice quality camera, as I use that function quite a bit. I also play a lot of emulated games on RetroArch and other platforms, so I like to have decent 3D acceleration and RAM.

One other issue I have with the XZP is intermittent problems with running my Android Studio code on it, while not having any issues with that on my girlfriend's phone. At this point, I just use virtualized Android exclusively. I'd like to have a phone that will lend itself well to customization, or in this respect, a simpler ROM that eliminates some of the preloaded system apps. I guess a phone that has the interests of the developers on XDA would probably be good for me.

Thanks!

I had XZP and loved it... But went to a Pixel 2XL for the camera.

Removable battery these days is almost non starter....

For Dev support, look to a Pixel phone or a One Plus ...but no SD card.

Maybe Motorola .... Or Nokia?
2nd July 2019, 11:45 AM |#11618  
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Hi everyone,

This thread is a continuation of this thread.

This is here so you can discuss what your next phone/tablet should be, if you're not sure what to pick.

Also, if you need advice as to which device is better than another, then feel free to ask those questions in here aswell.

This is an attempt to clear out all the similar threads being created around these forums.

*NOTE* I will be requesting thread maintenance as and when it is needed, to remove any SPAM comments

In 2019, I suggest you to go with Huawei P30 Pro

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Hey all!

I currently have an Xperia XZ Premium international, and while I love the phone and it's abilities, I'm sick of not having the options to flash ROMs freely, to root, or to swap the battery. I'd really appreciate any suggestions regarding a phone that could meet or exceed the XZ Premium's specs while providing these options. I'd prefer that the device have a nice screen, but a 4K screen isn't absolutely necessary, as I rarely use 4K mode on my XZP. Support for external SD is a must, and so is a nice quality camera, as I use that function quite a bit. I also play a lot of emulated games on RetroArch and other platforms, so I like to have decent 3D acceleration and RAM.

One other issue I have with the XZP is intermittent problems with running my Android Studio code on it, while not having any issues with that on my girlfriend's phone. At this point, I just use virtualized Android exclusively. I'd like to have a phone that will lend itself well to customization, or in this respect, a simpler ROM that eliminates some of the preloaded system apps. I guess a phone that has the interests of the developers on XDA would probably be good for me.

Thanks!

I had the same Xperia XZP but due to low battery backup, recently I switched with Nokia 8.1 and now happy to use this one. Good battery life, run smoothly while playing games
2nd July 2019, 03:20 PM |#11619  
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I'm looking for a phone with a good camera with a strong lens, nice screen, micro SD, headphone jack, with an actively maintained LineageOS ROM and with a simple flashing procedure (e.g: no need to flash additional drivers, no A/B partitioning). Price point I'm looking at is <200 GBP. I'm not particularly picky about other specs as long as it beats my current phone.

I currently have a Moto G4 whose lens is shoddy and results in really bad pictures.
3rd July 2019, 12:12 AM |#11620  
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What android phone i get
I need to buy a new mobile phone was looking at Samsung Galaxy a20 oppo ax5s red
I just want to play games on it what one will be good for games im from Australia
4th July 2019, 07:33 AM |#11621  
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Hi everyone,

I am looking for a new phone to buy but I can't make my mind.

A bit of background: I currently own a HTC 10 with LineageOS and I am pretty happy with it. My favorite phones of all time were the Google Nexus One and The Sony Xperia Compact models. That being said I had hardware issues with ALL my Sony phones that forced me to change them after about 2.5 years.... which I find pretty disappointing.

Also I hate Samsung for doing stuff that feels exactly like Apple and as locked as Apple is... Plus, I hate the Samsung "UI". However, if the hardware is good, maybe some Samsung with a custom ROM could do the trick.

Now I am looking for a phone :
  • that is not big. I love "small" phone, I hate the feeling to carry a brick in my pocket all day ;
  • with a decent battery life, however I almost never watch video, listen to music on my phone, browse GIFs, nor I play with it ;
  • ideally I would love a notification LED with various colors, so that I quickly know what's going on (eg, received an email, a text, or missed a phone call), without having to turn on the screen. (or maybe some kind of "extra/special" display like some Windows / Lumia phone did) The Nexus did that beautifully with the little track point.
  • also, a phone that I can mod (custom ROM without Gapps), and root and possible OTA update for the custom ROM (but this might be more related to the ROM than the device itself) ;
  • finally, budget wise : under 400€ would be OK, and the cheaper the better
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Many thanks for your help.
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