Well, the oneplus 6t seems to still get custom roms. So why change it if still good and working? Just swap the battery, use a custom kernel and custom rom and essentially its a new phone. In a matter of years maybe nothing 3 should be a good choice for a phone.I'm considering upgrading my phone and one of my buying criteria is that I want to be able to unlock the bootloader anytime, without any interaction with the company behind the phone. This means no registration, unlock codes etc. Ideally also no voiding the warranty, no efuses, no boot logo changes and possibility to restore full DRM support. What are my options?
So far I've found:
I'm currently using OnePlus 6T with its stock ROM because it just gets the job done and I love how low-maintenance it is, but I'm also happy with the fact that I can always flash something custom to give it additional year or two of usable lifespan. No need to let OnePlus know that I'm unlocking and I'm not dependent on their unlock code generator still being in service.
- OnePlus - all models?
- Pixels - all models?
- Nothing Phone (1)
I'm considering newer OnePlus models, but honestly, I don't see any sensible upgrades… 8T and newer have overly aggressive photo sharpening, 8 (Pro) have rounded edges and I know accidental touches will be infuriating for me, 7T (Pro) don't have a proximity sensor and 7 (Pro) aren't that much of an upgrade really.
Nothing Phone (1) looks super promising and I think it tries to be a spiritual successor of OnePlus One, which had served me well for 4 years, but I don't want to suffer from early adopter pains again. So maybe Phone (2) next year.
Pixels… great cameras, but I can't find any good deals on them and I'm not exactly happy about having more Google in my life. I want to have flashing as an option, not a necessity.